Ep. #34: Joseph Boyden, Sarah Elton, Thomas King

Joseph Boyden, Sarah Elton, and Thomas King are three of Canada’s most acclaimed authors. Boyden splits his time between Ontario and New Orleans and his first novel, 2005’s Three Day Road, about a pair of Cree soldiers fighting in World War I, received a number of awards and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. His second novel, 2008’s Through Black Spruce, was ostensibly a sequel to Three Day Road, following the next familial generation depicted in Boyden’s first book. Through Black Spruce won the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize and was named the Canadian Booksellers Association Fiction Book of the Year. On Sept, 10, Boyden’s third novel, The Orenda, will be published by Hamish Hamilton, a division of Penguin.

Sarah Elton is the best selling author of Locovore: From Farmers’ Fields to Rooftop Gardens–How Canadians are Changing the Way We Eat, which won gold at the Canadian Culinary Book Awards. She is the food columnist for CBC Radio’s Here and Now and has written for The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, and Maclean’s among other publications. Elton’s latest book is Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet and it chronicles her examination of people from all over the world who, in anticipation of the increasing strain on our planet by growing populations and climate change, are creating sustainable alternatives to industrial farming by getting to know the food we consume on a personal level.

Thomas King is a Guelph resident and one of Canada’s most respected intellectuals. He has spent the past five decades working as an activist and administrator and teaching at the University of Lethbridge, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Guelph. King was the first Aboriginal person to deliver the prestigious Massey Lectures and has won several awards, including the National Aboriginal Achievement Award and the Order of Canada. He created the CBC Radio One series, The Dead Dog Cafe Comedy Hour and is the bestselling author of five acclaimed novels, a couple of short story collections, some non-fiction work, and children’s books. His latest book is The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America.

All three of these people are appearing at the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival between Sept. 13 and 15 so it seemed like a good time to catch up with each of them.

Related links: edenmillswritersfestival.ca hamishhamilton.ca sarahelton.ca randomhouse.ca

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