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Eddy Boudel Tan

Eddy Boudel Tan is a second-generation Asian Canadian writer who lives in Vancouver, B.C. He has a background in marketing.


After Elias

Toronto: Dundurn, 2020.
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Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

When the airplane piloted by Elias Santos crashes one week before their wedding day, Coen Caraway loses the man he loves and the illusion of happiness he has worked so hard to create. The only thing Elias leaves behind is a recording of his final words, and even Coen is baffled by the cryptic message.

Numb with grief, he takes refuge on the Mexican island that was meant to host their wedding. But as fragments of the past come to the surface in the aftermath of the tragedy, Coen is forced to question everything he thought he knew about Elias and their life together. Beneath his flawed memory lies the truth about Elias — and himself.

From the damp concrete of Vancouver to the spoiled shores of Mexico, After Elias weaves the past with the present to tell a story of doubt, regret, and the fear of losing everything.

Awards and Honours

2021 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction (Publishing Triangle) (Finalist)


The Rebellious Tide

Toronto: Dundurn, 2021.
e-book (Access restricted to members of the university community)

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Sebastien has heard only stories about his father, a mysterious sailor who abandoned his mother thirty years ago with nothing but a newborn baby. But when his mother dies after a lifetime of struggle, he becomes obsessed with finding an explanation — perhaps even revenge.  

​The father he’s never met is Kostas, the commanding officer of a luxury liner sailing the Mediterranean. Posing as a member of the ship’s crew, Sebastien stalks his unwitting father in search of answers to why he disappeared so many years ago.

After a public assault triggers outrage among the ship’s crew, Sebastien finds himself entangled in a revolt against the oppressive ruling class of officers. As the clash escalates between the powerful and the powerless, Sebastien uncovers something his father has hidden deep within the belly of the ship — a disturbing secret that would force him to confront everything he’s always wondered and feared about his own identity.

Awards and Honours

2022 Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction (Finalist)

Anthology (Short story)

The Spirits Have Nothing to Do with Us

Boudel Tan, Eddy. “Egg Tart Reconstructed.” In The Spirits Have Nothing to Do with Us: New Chinese Canadian Fiction, edited by Dan K. Woo. Hamilton: Buckrider Books, 2023, 83-88.


Eddy Boudel Tan personal website

Publisher Dundurn