Okay...so this is kind of cheating on my part since I've been basing the challenge on last name, but I'm sticking with this one. I bring you: Yann Martel.
I remember putting off reading Life of Pi for years. Not because it didn't sound interesting, it did, but because there was so much hype and I was terrified that it would be a letdown. Thankfully, I finally let one of my dear friends talk me into reading it and I'm so glad I finally caved! It's a fantastic book. Martel, a Canadian writer, has won multiple awards for his writing, including the Man Booker Prize for Pi in 2002. I have yet to read anything else by Martel, though Beatrice and Virgil sounds interesting. I have also not watched Ang Lee's film version of Pi, though it is in my Netflix queue.
*Recommendation: Life of Pi
Who are some of your favorite Y authors?