Michael Kaan

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Michael Kaan is a Canadian writer, whose debut novel The Water Beetles was published in 2017.[1] The novel, a family saga about a young boy's experience during the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong, was based in part on Kaan's father's memoirs.[2]


Kaan, the child of a father from Hong Kong and a Canadian mother, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba.[3] He completed a degree in English from the University of Manitoba, later completing an MBA in Health Economics from the same institution.[4] He has worked as a healthcare administrator since 2000, primarily in mental health and health research.


The Water Beetles was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction at the 2017 Governor General's Awards,[5] and won the 2018 amazon.ca First Novel Award,[6] the Margaret Laurence Prize for Fiction, and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Prize.