Tuesday, November 23, 2010 |
Top 10 author Joseph Boyden is travelling and wasn't able to answer the Canada Reads Questionnaire in time, so instead we're presenting a clip from an interview with him, done shortly after his debut novel Three Day Road was revealed as a Canada Reads 2006 contender. (It was defended in the debates by Nelofer Pazira.)
He spoke with Shelagh Rogers on Sounds Like Canada on April 6, 2006. You can listen to an excerpt of the interview below. Shelagh and Joseph talk about Three Day Road, exploring unknown parts of Canadian history and more. (Note: if the pop-up player does not display, please click on the title of this blog entry under the heading Blog Posts, below and to the right, and it should appear.)
His debut novel tells the story of two young Cree men, Xavier and Elijah, who decide to enlist as soldiers for Canada in the First World War, and become snipers on the front lines. It's also the story of Xavier's aunt, Niska, who pursues her tribe's traditional way of life in the wilderness of Northern Ontario. When one of the men loses his life and the other comes home badly injured, Niska tries to help heal him through stories of the past. The result? A stunning, unforgettable story.
Powerful and elegantly written, Three Day Road brings to light an aspect of history that few Canadians know about. Joseph stuck close to home for the inspiration, as his grandfather and uncle served as soldiers and many of their experiences informed this book.
Joseph Boyden has gone on to become one of Canada's most acclaimed authors. He followed up the runaway success of Three Day Road with a second novel, Through Black Spruce, published in 2008, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. After growing up just north of Toronto, he now splits his time between Louisiana and Northern Ontario.