Biographies and Publications – Joseph Boyden and Patrick Süskind

Joseph Boyden

Born 1966 in Willowdale, Ontario.
Begins travelling the United States alone at sixteen, works as a gravedigger, tutor, dishwasher, waiter, and bartender. Later studies Creative Writing in New Orleans.

Debuts with his short story collection Born with a Tooth.

First novel Three Day Road follows two Cree friends through the trenches of World War I. Nominated for a Governor General’s Award, wins the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award.

Boyden delivers the inaugural Henry Kreisel Lecture at the University of Alberta. From Mushkegowuk to New Orleans: A Mixed Blood Highway is published in 2008.

His second novel, Through Black Spruce, further explores the cultural identities of the First Nations in modern Canada and becomes a national bestseller.

Through Black Spruce wins the prestigious Giller Price.

Invited to readings and discussions with students at the International Spring Book Fair in Munich.

2009 - 2010
Exploring the real-life backgrounds behind his novel Three Day Road, Boyden works his research on Native American snipers in World War I into the double biography Extraordinary Canadians: Louis Riel & Gabriel Dumont, part of Penguin’s Extraordinary Canadians series.

His third novel, The Orenda, is on the longlist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and also receives a Governor General’s Award nomination.

Boyden is made a Member of the Order of Canada.

In addition to teaching creative writing at the University of New Orleans, Boyden has been writer-in-residence at Trent University, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Athabasca University. He also serves on the jury for the Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge, a writing and visual arts competition for youth of Aboriginal descent.

Since the late 1990s, when Joseph Boyden spent two years as professor for Aboriginal programs on James Bay, he has been dividing his time between Northern Ontario and New Orleans, where he teaches Creative Writing and continues to live with his wife and son.

Patrick Süskind

Born 1949 in Ambach, Bavaria, to the literary translator and political journalist Wilhelm Emanuel Süskind.
1968 – 1974
Süskind studies Medieval and Modern History in Munich and Aix-en-Provence.

After several years of freelance work as a screenwriter, The Double Bass, his first play, becomes an international success and is shown on stage in Germany, Switzerland, London, Edinburgh and New York.

With Helmut Dietl, he writes the screenplay for the tv mini-series Der ganz normale Wahnsinn.

With Helmut Dietl, he writes the screenplay for the tv mini-series Monaco Franze.

Debuts with his thus far only novel Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.

With Helmut Dietl, he writes the screenplay for the tv mini-series Kir Royal.

Rejects all prizes (the FAZ Literaturpreis and the Tukan-Preis, most famously), dodges the media and slowly withdraws from the public.

Publishes his short story The Pigeon.

Publishes his short story Mr. Summer’s Story.

Publishes his short story collection Three Stories and a Reflection.

With Helmut Dietl, he writes the screenplay for the motion picture Rossini.

With Helmut Dietl, he writes the screenplay for the motion picture Vom Suchen und Finden der Liebe.

Publishes his essay Über Liebe und Tod.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is adapted into a major motion picture by Tom Tykwer, starring Ben Whishaw, Alan Rickman and Dustin Hoffman.

Without ever giving interviews or making public appearances, Patrick Süskind lives in Munich and France with his partner, a publisher from Munich, and their son.