Writer-in-residence Joseph Boyden to deliver free public lecture March 8

by NationTalk on March 6, 2012405 Views

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Joseph Boyden, the award-winning author of Through Black Spruce and Three Day Road, will deliver a public lecture March 8 as part of a three-day visit to Laurier’s Waterloo campus as the university’s writer-in-residence.

Boyden’s lecture, titled “Write From Wrong: Giving Voice To A People,” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, and will focus on reimagining the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada.Boyden gave a public lecture, discussed his work, and talked to students and faculty about writing at Laurier’s Brantford campus in November 2011. Visit Laurier’s YouTube channel to watch portions from his reading and book signing at the Brantford Public Library.

Boyden is an award-winning novelist whose work has been influenced by his Métis heritage. His first novel, Three Day Road, won the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award, the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2006, and was nominated for a 2005 Governor General’s Award. His second novel, Through Black Spruce, won the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Boyden is working on the third novel in the trilogy, which will likely be available in spring 2013. He is also writing his first young adult novel. In addition to writing, he is starting a not-for-profit organization to help teens who may be at risk of suicide in Aboriginal communities.

During his three-day visit to Laurier’s Waterloo campus, Boyden will meet with Aboriginal students, as well as faculty, staff and students within the Laurier community who are part of reading groups organized ahead of his visit. Boyden’s visit to Laurier is sponsored by the Office of the Vice-President: Academic and Provost, with the assistance of Laurier’s Office of Aboriginal Initiatives.

“We are thrilled that Joseph Boyden has shown such enthusiasm for engaging with Laurier and our external communities,” said Deborah MacLatchy, Laurier’s vice-president: academic and provost. “His interest in taking part in meetings with reading groups, writing groups, Aboriginal students, and the public speaks to his reputation as an exceptional teacher and mentor.”

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