Calgary Distinguished Writers Program
The acclaimed novelist and Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author, Joseph Boyden, gives Alberta audiences a glimpse into the mind at work behind characters and scenes so real and striking it is hard to think of them as fictional. With an introduction and reading by Deborah Willis. Purchase tickets here.
“We had magic before the crows came. Before the rise of the great villages they so roughly carved on the shores of our inland sea and named with words plucked from our tongues—Chicago, Toronto, Milwaukee, Detroit—we had had our own great villages on these same shores. And we understood our magic. We understood what the orenda implied.”
– Joseph Boyden, The Orenda.
A visceral portrait of life at a crossroads, The Orenda by Joseph Boyden opens with a brutal massacre, the kidnapping of a young Iroquois girl by one of the Huron Nation’s great warriors, and the arrival of a charismatic Jesuit missionary. As these three souls dance each other through intricately woven acts of duplicity, small battles erupt into bigger wars and a nation emerges from worlds in flux.
Joseph 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 Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and 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 divides his time between Northern Ontario and Louisiana.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Margaret Greenham Theatre, The Banff Centre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Dr, Banff, AB
$25 (15% discount for seniors, students, and Friends of CJSW)