Joseph Boyden’s debut, Three Day Road, won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year Award and the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award. His second novel, Through Black Spruce, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, was named the Fiction Book of the Year by the Canadian Booksellers Association and earned him the CBA’s Author of the Year Award. Boyden presents his latest novel, The Orenda, which was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language Fiction and named the winner of 2014 Canada Reads. It is a nearly 400-year-old tale about the kidnapping of a young Iroquois girl, her Huron Nation captor and a Jesuit missionary.
Jian Ghomeshi is a broadcaster, writer, musician and producer. He is the host and co-creator of the national daily talk programme Q on CBC Radio One and CBC TV. The show, which began in 2007, now has the largest audience of any cultural affairs programme in Canada. In 2012, Ghomeshi was awarded the prestigious Gold Radio Award for Best Talk Show Host at the New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards. Ghomeshi presents his first book, 1982, a memoir told through intertwined stories of the songs and musical moments that changed his life.
John Ralston Saul is one of Canada's leading public intellectuals. Saul has received many awards, including Chile’s prestigious Pablo Neruda Medal of Honour. He is International President of PEN International and has published 14 works, which have been translated into 25 languages. Saul presents The Comeback: How Aboriginals are Reclaiming Power and Influence, which presents a powerful portrait of Aboriginal life in Canada in contrast to the perceived failings often portrayed in media.
Johanna Skibsrud is the award-winning author of two collections of poetry and one short story collection, This Will Be Difficult to Explain and Other Stories. Her debut novel, The Sentimentalists, was awarded the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Skibsrud presents her latest novel, Quartet for the End of Time. Set in 1932, it is a profound mediation on human nature that follows embittered WWI veterans who march on Washington to demand their wartime bonus.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: $18/$15 supporters/FREE students & youth 25 and under (Jenni_Canuck)