“The Orenda, Writing and Approaching First Nations Issues in Canada"
Thursday, November 12, 2015
7:30 P.M. | Student Union Ballroom B
Award-winning author, Joseph Boyden, will be discussing his acclaimed historical novel, The Orenda, which is set in 17th-century Canada and told from the point of view of three narrators, a Huron warrior, a young Iroquois girl and a French Jesuit missionary.
The lecture will discuss the research that goes into writing a historical novel, as well as the issues surrounding the depiction of historical events in imaginative literature, gender dynamics in The Orenda, and the response that the novel has elicited from both indigenous and non-indigenous readers.
The Orenda won the 2014 Canada Reads competition. Joseph Boyden’s earlier novel, Through Black Spruce, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2008.