|Born||Miguel Augusto Gabriel J. Syjuco
November 17, 1976
Metro Manila, Philippines
Early life and education
Born Miguel Augusto Gabriel J. Syjuco, he is the son of Representative Augusto Syjuco Jr. of the second district of Iloilo in the Philippine House of Representatives, and Judy Jalbuena.
Syjuco graduated from high school in 1993 from the Cebu International School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2000 and completed his MFA from Columbia University in 2004. In early 2011 he completed a PhD in literature from the University of Adelaide.
In 2010, the novel won the QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, Quebec's top literary prize, and was a New York Times Notable Book of 2010 as well as a Globe and Mail Top 100 of 2010. The novel was also a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, a finalist for the Amazon First Novel Award, and a finalist for the 2010 Grand Prix du Livre de Montreal. In late 2010, Ilustrado was published in translation in Spanish (Tusquets), Swedish (Natur och Kultur), and Dutch (Mouria).
In 2011, Ilustrado joined books by David Mitchell, Aleksandar Hemon, Marie NBiaye, and Wells Tower for the Premio von Rezzori. It was also among the three top finalists for the $55,000 Prix Jan Michalski, an annual Swiss prize for the best international book, as well as the Prix Courrier International, which honors the best international books translated in France.
In 2011, it was published in translation in Serbian (Geopoetika), French (Editions Christian Bourgois), Catalan (Tusquets), Italian (Fazi), Japanese (Hakusuisha), Czech (Jota), German (Klett-Cotta), and Brazilian Portuguese (Compahnia das Letras).
Syjuco is represented by Peter Straus at the Rogers, Coleridge and White Literary Agency in London, and by Melanie Jackson in New York City. He has already sold a second book to North American publishers.
In 2013, he was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. In 2014, he served as the International Writer-in-Residence at NTU, in Singapore.
- Lau, Joyce Hor-Chung (May 8, 2010). "An Expatriate Filipino Writes of a Parallel Life". The New York Times. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
- Sophia Lizares Bodegon (March 21, 2011). "Miguel Syjuco, author of 'global Filipino novel,' graces Perth Writers Festival". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved November 2011.
- "Miguel Syjuco". The Globe and Mail (Toronto).
- "100 Notable Books of 2010". The New York Times. November 24, 2010.
- Levin, Martin; Kirchhoff, Jack (November 27, 2010). "The 2010 Globe 100: Canadian fiction – The Globe and Mail". The Globe and Mail (Toronto).
- "Montreal's Miguel Syjuco disappointed to be shut out of Canadian book prizes". The Globe and Mail, October 20, 2010.
- The Man Asian Literary Prize 2008. Man Asian Literary Prize Official Site
- 2008 Palanca Awards. List of prize-winners for 2008.
- Q & A with Ilustrado author Miguel Syjuco. From The National Post (Canadian newspaper).
- Filipino Author Syjuco Wins Man Asian Literary Prize. From Wall Street Journal.
- Syjuco's "Ilustrado' blurs reality By Elizabeth Yuan, CNN, May 6, 2010
- An Expatriate Filipino Writes of a Parallel Life By JOYCE HOR-CHUNG LAU. May 8, 2010
- Q&A: Filipino Expat Miguel Syjuco's Breakout Novel By Justin Jimenez. May 11, 2010
- Ilustrado Review Illustrated"Ilustrado": A graphic journey into the Filipino underbelly. Slide show: A cartoonist's illustrated review of "Ilustrado," Miguel Syjoco's award-winning, globetrotting novel. By Ward Dutton, The Barnes & Noble Review. Featured by Salon.com. June 24, 2010.
- YouTube.com interview with Miguel Syjuco at Asia House in the United Kingdom.
- YouTube.com Miguel Syjuco in Conversation with Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, ALOUD, LA Central Library.
- Miguel Syjuco audio interview June 2010.