Shani Mootoo Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland and grew up in Trinidad. She has lived in Canada since the early 1980s. Her acclaimed first novel, Cereus Blooms at Night, was published worldwide and was a finalist for the Giller Prize, among other awards. Her second novel, He Drown She in the Sea, was on the longlist for the International IMPAC Dublin LiteraryAward. Mooto is also an accomplished visual artist. She has lived in Vancouver and Edmonton, and now lives in Toronto.