Name: Ben Antao
BEN ANTAO was born in Velim, Goa, India, and has been a journalist, teacher, writer and a certified financial planner now living in Toronto, Canada.
He graduated from the University of Bombay (M.A. in English) and worked as a reporter for The Navhind Times, Panjim, Goa (1963-64) and later joined The Indian Express (1965-66) in Bombay as a reporter. In 1966, he was awarded a journalism fellowship by the World Press Institute based at the Macalester College, St. Paul, Minn., for a yearâ€™s study and travel in the United States.
On immigrating to Canada in 1967, he worked for The Catholic Register weekly and The Globe and Mail, both of Toronto. In 1976, he graduated from the University of Toronto (B.Ed) and switched to a teaching career, retiring from teaching English in high school in 1998.
In 1990, he published Images of Goa, a memoir of his early life and experiences in his native land. In 2004 he published Goa, A Rediscovery, a travelogue of his visit to Goa.
He has written five novels, several short stories, a play and a movie script based on his novel The Tailorâ€™s Daughter. His other novels include: Blood & Nemesis, Penance, Living on the Market, and The Priest and His Karma. His other non-fiction includes a memoir Images of the USA, 2009, and a bilingual travelogue The Lands of Sicily (Le terre di Sicilia), 2008.
Currently, Ben is writing short fiction. He is available for editing fiction and non-fiction.
Ben is the past president of the Canadian Authors Association, Toronto branch.
Ben and his wife Marinella have a son, Martin