Author Joseph Boyden is of Irish and Scottish descent, and a member of the Ontario Woodland Métis. He writes about the First Nations voice, First Nations heritage and culture. He studied creative writing at York University and the University of New Orleans, and subsequently taught in the Aboriginal Student Program at Northern College. Boyden divides his time between Moosonee (or James Bay Lowlands) and New Orleans. He and his wife, novelist Amanda Boyden, are both currently writers-in-residence at the University of New Orleans.
His acclaimed debut novel, Three Day Road, is an international bestseller and has been published in thirteen languages. The first novel to be translated into Cree, it has received numerous awards in Canada and abroad, including the Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize, the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel, and was a nominee for the 2005 Governor General's Awards. His second novel, Through Black Spruce, won the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize. He has indicated in interviews that the novels are part of a planned trilogy, the third of which is forthcoming.
From Mushkegowuk to New Orleans: A Mixed Blood Highway is the first of The Kreisel Lecture Series publications to be released by NeWest Press.