Joseph Boyden

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Date of Birth October 31, 1966
Place of Birth Canada
Age 54 years old
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Joseph Boyden

Joseph Boyden is a Canadian novelist and short story writer of Irish and Scottish descent. Boyden is best known for writing about First Nations culture. Three Day Road, a novel about two Cree soldiers serving in the Canadian military during World War I, was inspired by Ojibwa Francis Pegahmagabow, the legendary First World War sniper. Boyden's second novel, Through Black Spruce follows the story of Will, son of one of the characters in Three Day Road. The third novel in the Bird family trilogy was published in 2013 as The Orenda.

Born: October 31, 1966, Willowdale, North York, Ontario
Occupation: professor, novelist and short story writer
Nationality: Canadian
Alma mater: Brebeuf College School, York University, University of New Orleans
Genre: historical fiction, First Nations heritage and culture
Notable works: Three Day Road, Through Black Spruce, The Orenda

About Joseph Boyden

Known for works of historical fiction that focus on the lives of members of Canadian First Nations Aboriginal groups, Boyden penned several acclaimed novels, including Through Black Spruce (2008); The Orenda (2013); and Three Day Road (2005).

Before Fame

He attended the creative writing programs at both Canada's York University and America's University of New Orleans and went on to teach at the University of British Columbia and at Northern College.


His literary honors include the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Canada Reads Award, and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.

Family Life

The son of distinguished Second World War medical officer Raymond Wilfrid Boyden, Joseph Boyden was raised in North York, Ontario, Canada, as a member of a family of Anishinaabe, Scottish, and Irish descent. His wife, Amanda Boyden, also pursued a literary career.


He and fellow Canadian author Tomson Highway both set their novels against primarily Canadian Aboriginal landscapes.

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  • University of New Orleans faculty
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  • Indspire Awards
  • Canadian male short story writers
  • 21st-century Canadian short story writers
  • Canadian male novelists
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Latest information about Joseph Boyden updated on January 19, 2021.

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