To commemorate Penguin Canada‘s 40th anniversary, join Joseph Boyden, Lee Henderson, John Ralston Saul and Johanna Skibsrud for a discussion about the transformative power of literature and the Penguin books that have impacted their lives. Jared Bland moderates.
This event is part of CBC@IFOA, a curated series featuring some of the public broadcaster’s top hosts in conversation with renowned and debut authors.
Jared Bland is the Arts editor of The Globe and Mail.
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.
Lee Henderson is the author of the award-winning short story collection The Broken Record Technique. He is a contributing editor to the arts magazines Border Crossings in Canada and Contemporary in the UK, and has published fiction and art criticism in numerous periodicals. His first novel, The Man Game, won the BC Book Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Henderson presents his latest novel, The Road Narrows as You Go, a bright, rollicking, unflinching portrait of the 1980s and of a young woman struggling to find her place.
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.