Audio Interview with Joseph Boyden on his Giller Shortlisted…make that winning…Novel: Through Black Spruce
Jack Rabinovich founded The Giller Prize in 1994 to honour the memory of his late wife Doris Giller, an outstanding literary journalist who died of cancer in April 1993. He was assisted by several friends – most notably the late Mordecai Richler, author Alice Munro, and academician David Staines – in building the Prize’s creative template. It is Canada’s richest literary award for fiction, with $40,000 going to the winner, and $2,500 given to each of the four finalists. The 2008 prize will be awarded tomorrow evening.
I’m pulling for Joseph Boyden. We met recently at the IFOA in Toronto, and talked about his Giller
short-listed winning novel Through Black Spruce. Topics covered include: the psychic distance Jospeph requires to write novels about Northern Ontario and the Cree; the similarities between North and South, James Bay and New Orleans; snowmobiling over vast amounts of snow-covered bush, isolation in the wilderness; bridges between communities, oral culture, First Nation humour, respect for myths and legends, and soapboxes. Please excuse the abrupt ending!
The Biblio File © Nigel Beale 2008
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