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June 17, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Joseph Boyden, one of the best Canadian novelists you’ve never heard of

"The Orenda" by Joseph Boyden

“The Orenda” by Joseph Boyden

Why does it take well-known Canadian authors so long to gain a following on the south side of the border? I can’t answer that question, but I can do my part by letting you know about one - Joseph Boyden, author of “The Orenda.”

Boyden’s latest novel is the gripping tale of a 17th century conflict between the Iroquois and the Huron tribes in French Canada, and of a Jesuit priest who gets swept up in it. It has been chosen for the “Canada Reads” program, chosen as the book most likely to change Canada (imagine trying to organize that here).

Boyden discusses it tonight on “Well Read,” the books and authors interview program aired by state public affairs network TVW.

You can watch it at 7 and 10 p.m. (in Seattle, Comcast channel 23). Or you can watch it here.

For more information on “The Orenda,” here is the Seattle Times review.

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