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The latest edition of The Globe and Mail Book Club was held on Wednesday, Sept. 23, with a livestream conversation between Margaret Atwood and Thomas King. The authors discussed King’s career with a focus on three of his works: his just-published novel Indians on Vacation, his Taylor Prize-winning The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, and Obsidian, the latest in his Thumps DreadfulWater mystery series.
You can play the full video of their conversation and catch up on all our coverage of the Book Club and Thomas King and his works.
Why are there so few Indigenous crime writers? It’s no mystery
Wayne Arthurson is a writer of Cree and French Canadian descent. He is the author of five novels. The Red Chesterfield won the 2020 Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novella.
In Canada, there are two writers who define ourselves as 1) Indigenous, and 2) crime writers. One of them is me and the other, Thomas King, didn’t even use his own name when he debuted the first book in his Thumps DreadfulWater mystery series. Of course, everyone knew Hartley Goodweather was Thomas King, but for some reason someone thought his real name would confuse readers and not sell books. We know now this made no sense, because the crime books bearing his actual name are selling like crazy. Read the full story
With his wry observations on life, Thomas King educates and entertains
An Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nation in Ontario, Drew Hayden Taylor is an award-winning playwright, author and journalist.
First of all, let me start off by confessing that I’m a huge Tom King fan. By that I don’t mean I’m a physically imposing fan, but merely a reader who appreciates his talents. As a developing author, I hoped to grow up to be much like him – again, not specifically a 6-foot-5 half-Greek, half-Cherokee, American-turned-Canadian photographer and former moustache grower. Instead, I wanted to stand in his shadow or beside it, using the written word and humour to showcase the multifaceted environments of the Indigenous community. In that journey, I still have far to go. Read the full story
- The Inconvenient Indian: The true story of native North Americans – ‘Whites want land’
- The characters shine in Thomas King’s latest detective novel, Obsidian: A DreadfulWater Mystery
- A Matter of Malice is an engaging mystery novel with memorable characters
- In The Back of the Turtle, Thomas King asks us to relax and enjoy ourselves
- The Red Power Murders: Thumping good entertainment
- A Short History of Indians in Canada: Welcome to Thomas King country
- The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative – Trust the tale, not the teller