Giller Prize-winning author Joseph Boyden to read at York

Author Joseph Boyden

Winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his second novel, Through Black Spruce, York University alumnus Joseph Boyden will read from his newest work as part of the Creative Writing Reading Series.

Joseph Boyden
Joseph Boyden

Boyden will read from his novel The Orenda, which won Canada Reads and was nominated for a Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. The reading will take place Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 4:30 to 6:30pm, at 519 Kaneff Tower, Keele campus. Everyone is welcome to attend. A reception will follow the reading.

A novelist and short-story writer, Boyden is of Irish, Scottish and Métis descent and the son of a highly decorated medical officer of World War II (Raymond Wilfrid Boyden). As an author, Boyden became widely known in Canada following the publication of his first novel, Three Day Road, which was selected for the “Today” show’s book club and won various awards. It was also shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction.

Boyden has also written non-fiction works, including Extraordinary Canadians: Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont and From Mushkegowuk to New Orleans: A Mixed Blood Highway. He divides his time between Northern Ontario and Louisiana.

This talk is presented by the Creative Writing Program, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, in collaboration with the Department of English, The McLuhan Initiative and Winters College.

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