Congratulations to Wab Kinew for successfully defending The Orenda by Joseph Boyden, this year's Canada Reads-winning book! Replay all the action here.
Wab Kinew is an award-winning journalist, aboriginal activist and hip-hop artist. He's currently the first director of indigenous inclusion at the University of Winnipeg.
Joseph Boyden is the author of three novels, including Through Black Spruce, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2008.
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.
The Orenda was published this year by Random House, and was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Literature.
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