One of the stops on the tour of the International Festival of Authors was Barrie, Ontario where they celebrated with an Aboriginal Authors Festival. Poet David A. Groux and writers Lee Maracle, Joseph Boyden and Drew Hayden Taylor gathered for a round-table discussion and readings. The event took place at Georgian College. We created a slideshow of the evening. And before they got started Cheryl Jackson got a chance to sit down with both Joseph Boyden and Drew Hayden Taylor to see what inspires their writing.


Drew Hayden Taylor is an Ojibway from Curve Lake First Nation. He uses humour to describe the experience of First Nations people on and off the reserve. His novel Motorcycles and Sweetgrass was nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award.


Joseph Boyden explores the aboriginal experience in much of his writing. He has written novels like Three Day Road and the Giller Prize Winning Through Black Spruce, as well as the non-fictional account of Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont.

Would you like to see the other interviews Cheryl did on tour with the IFOA?