2005 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Winner

2004 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize winner Joseph Boyden for Three Day Road

Joseph Boyden
Three Day Road
Viking Canada

Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize 2005 winner Joseph Boyden

“Three Day Road is a compelling and memorable novel that looks unflinchingly at a great horror yet is also full of great beauty. 

Boyden’s three Cree Nation protagonists are wholly original creations in Canadian fiction, and their story of friendship, self-discovery, and sacrifice is handled with remarkable maturity and insight. The novel convincingly moves between the disappearing way of life of the Cree Nation in Canada’s wilderness and the brutality of Europe consuming itself in war. 

Powerfully disturbing in its depictions of the soul-destroying trench warfare on the two Cree soldiers, the novel also takes us into a haunting world of Cree mysticism and myth. The book is a tragedy, a poignant elegy, but also a confirmation of the possibility of redemption, written in mesmerizing, accomplished prose. Three Day Road is illuminating, it is powerful, and it is unforgettable."

-2005 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize jury (Anita Rau Badami, Lewis DeSoto, and Mary Swan)

About the Book

It is 1919, and Niska, the last Oji-Cree woman to live off the land, has received word that one of the two boys she saw off to the Great War has returned. Xavier Bird, her sole living relation, is gravely wounded and addicted to morphine. As Niska slowly paddles her canoe on the three-day journey to bring Xavier home, travelling through the stark but stunning landscape of Northern Ontario, their respective stories emerge—stories of Niska’s life among her kin and of Xavier’s horrifying experiences in the killing fields of Ypres and the Somme.

About the Author

Joseph Boyden’s first novel, Three Day Road, won numerous awards including the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. His second novel, Through Black Spruce, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. In 2012, Boyden received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canadian art and culture. Boyden divides his time between Northern Ontario and Louisiana.




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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