A Boy’s Life

Camille Bordas, John Boyne, Wayne Johnston

A Boy’s Life

Moderator: Bill Richardson

Event Number: 73
Tickets: $20.00

A Boy’s Life

Camille Bordas, John Boyne, Wayne Johnston

Saturday, October 21
10:30am - 12:00pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright St.

Three accomplished writers look up at the complicated, messy world of adults through the eyes of their young, male protagonists. Canada’s Wayne Johnston tells his new novel through the perspective of 14-year-old Ned who, when his parents disappear, is enmeshed in the Newfoundland poverty that his father had escaped. Ireland’s John Boyne, whose narrator in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was nine, begins his new novel with a male narrator still in the womb, whose travel through the world of Catholic, post-war Ireland is anything but easy. France’s Camille Bordas relates the confusions of adolescence through an 11-year-old boy, simmering with anger. What do children see that adults don’t?

Presented with the support of the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in Canada.

Event Participants:

Camille Bordas


Camille Bordas grew up in Paris and Mexico City and now lives in Chicago. Her transitory life is reflected in her sensitive and thoughtful writing. Her previous novels Les treize desserts and Partie commune were published in French. Her fiction has also appeared in The New Yorker. Bordas’ first English novel, How to Behave in a Crowd, has been described by George Saunders as “an utterly charming book.” It is an immersive coming of age story that brilliantly captures the difficulties of being a teenager and the realization that adulthood is just as confusing.

Camille Bordas’ appearance is supported by the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France in Canada.

John Boyne


John Boyne has written several adult novels, young adult novels and a short story collection. He has been published in 51 languages. His novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas sold nine million copies worldwide, and was made into a film. He was awarded the Hennessy Literary Hall of Fame Award for his body of work and many other literary awards. He is a regular book reviewer for The Irish Times. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is the story of one man’s life in post-war Ireland as he struggles to discover an identity, a home and his place in the world.


Wayne Johnston


Wayne Johnston is a bestselling fiction and memoir author. His books include The Divine Ryans and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, which has been made into a stage play and is being developed into a television series. He worked as a reporter for the St. John’s Daily News and was a part of a championship ball-hockey team before committing himself to writing. His latest work, First Snow, Last Light follows a young boy as he searches for his missing parents. As he encounters his larger-than-life family, he learns what can challenge and compel a person’s actions.