The Boundless Talent of Kenneth Oppel ’85

Alumni Weekend may end on Sunday, but one fairly famous alumnus will be on campus next week. Author Kenneth Oppel ’85 will be speaking to students from Grade 4 to 8 about his newest book, the life of a writer and the secrets of story-telling on Monday, May 5.

Kenneth’s latest book, The Boundless, is a mythical take on Canadian history. Re-imagining the building of the Canadian National Railway as an endeavour plagued by sasquatches, the book includes real-life figures from the era and tackles real issues from the exploitation of Chinese workers to tensions with First Nations. The story of protagonist Will Everett is largely a figment of Oppel’s imagination, as is the grandiose version of our nation’s first train (as large as a city) and the circus performers that inhabit several of the cars.

Kenneth recently appeared on CTV’s Canada AM to talk about his latest book and the inspiration behind it. The Boundless has debuted to rave reviews so far and has been covered in both Maclean’s and Quill and Quire.

Parents and students not attending Oppel’s chapel talk can also have their chance to hear the author, as he is giving a public talk and signing books at Munro’s Books on Monday, May 5, 7:00 pm.

Check out the trailer for The Boundless below or read about Kenneth Oppel’s visit to SMUS in 2011.


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