Joseph Boyden bares all...for the radio

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Shelagh Rogers is interviewing all five of the Canada Reads authors on The Next Chapter -- one a week between January 6 and February 3! Last week Rogers spoke to Margaret Atwood, and in this edition she talks to Joseph Boyden, author of The Orenda.

Rogers originally spoke with Joseph Boyden in the fall of 2013 at the Kingston Writers Festival. Here is an extended version of that conversation.

The Orenda opens with a brutal massacre and the kidnapping of the young Iroquois Snow Falls, a spirited girl with a special gift. Her captor, Bird, is an elder and one of the Huron nation's great warriors and statesmen. It has been years since the murder of his family, and yet they are never far from his mind. In Snow Falls, Bird recognizes the ghost of his lost daughter and sees that the girl possesses powerful magic that will be useful to him on the troubled road ahead. Bird's people have battled the Iroquois for as long as he can remember, but both tribes now face a new, more dangerous threat from afar. The world is in flux, and a new nation is about to emerge.

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The Orenda was published this year by Random House, and was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Literature.

You can listen to Joseph Boyden's extended conversation with Shelagh Rogers in the audio player above. If you'd rather listen to the whole episode, you can do so on The Next Chapter website.

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