The week began with five books. One emerged. That book was The Orenda
by Joseph Boyden, which was masterfully defended by Wab Kinew and crowned the Canada Reads 2014 winner. The theme of this year's debates was finding the one novel that could change Canada. In the end, a majority of the panelists --
which included Stephen Lewis, Sam Bee, Donovan Bailey, and Sarah Gadon --
agreed that The Orenda
could help start an important conversation about Indigenous history and social and environmental issues.
Boyden and Kinew joined Q and Canada Reads host Jian Ghomeshi on Friday to elaborate further on the insights one can draw from The Orenda
. In the conversation, Boyden also addressed critiques that his book perpetuates stereotypes about Aboriginals and that the violence in the story is too graphic and excessive.
More from Canada Reads 2014
This year's Canada Reads experience may be winding down, but, if you're anything like us, you have CanLit on the brain all year 'round. Let's keep the fun and the discussion going. CBC Books is launching a new campaign to identify the most iconic literary Canadian character ever. Send us your picks and your reasons why you think they qualify!