Joseph Boyden

Joseph Boyden

Internationally Renowned Novelist

Joseph Boyden is a national and international literary superstar. Shooting to fame with his first novel, the multi-award winning Three Day Road, Boyden has repeated his triumphs in his subsequent novels, Through Black Spruce and The Orenda. Exploring and delving into the experiences of Aboriginal peoples, while examining themes of history, race, alienation, culture, and diversity, Boyden’s engrossing talks deepen our understanding of today’s—and yesterday’s—complex world. He’s a seasoned public speaker whose words regularly receive standing ovations.

Boyden’s first novel, Three Day Road, was selected for the Today Show Book Club, won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year Award, the in Canada First Novel Award, the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction.

His second novel, Through Black Spruce, was awarded the Scotiabank Giller Prize and named the Canadian Booksellers’ Association Fiction Book of the Year; it also earned him the CBA’s Author of the Year Award.

Boyden’s most recent novel, The Orenda, won the CBC Canada Reads competition, and was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. He is also the author of the novella, Wenjack, which forms part of a number of artistic projects remembering the life of Charlie Wenjack, an Ojibway boy who died while running away from his Canadian residential school in 1966.

In addition to his numerous literary prizes, Boyden has received honorary degrees from Nipissing University, Algoma University, and Trent University, and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. He was named to the Order of Canada in 2015, recognized for his contributions to telling stories of common heritage and for his social engagement notably in support of First Nations.


One Writer's Life

In this engaging talk, at times funny, at times difficult, Joseph Boyden discusses his life to date as a writer. He’ll share stories of real-life inspirations and secrets of his craft, reading short passages from some of his bestselling and award-winning novels to highlight his tales. One of Canada’s most successful authors, Boyden is also an inspiring speaker, sure to send listeners home with a renewed sense of creativity.

What Can Reconciliation Look Like?

As the Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s Chair Murray Sinclair says, reconciliation isn’t just an Indigenous issue, but a Canadian one.

For decades, bestselling author and speaker Joseph Boyden, an honorary witness of the TRC, has had his feet planted firmly in some of the different nations that make up our country.

In this talk, he explores the complexities and dangers different roads to reconciliation can lead to, as well as the necessity for Canada’s future in finding a way to walk it together.