A prolific, humorous storyteller, Mitchell succeeds particularly well in his story collection Everybody Gets Something Here (1977), in his entertaining novels Wandering Rafferty, (1972), The Meadowlark Connection: A Saskatchewan Thriller (1975), The Con Man (1979) and in his anthology of selected works, Ken Mitchell Country (1985). Believing that Canadians need to know more about their heroes, and possessing a keen ear for dialogue, Mitchell has turned naturally to play writing. Several of his plays, including The Medicine Line (1976), The Shipbuilder (1979) and Tommy, (1986), as well as Davin: The Politician (1979) and the much-acclaimed country western Cruel Tears (1977), retain a strong prairie flavour. Mitchell has subsequently extended his range to China in The Great Cultural Revolution (1980) and Gone the Burning Sun (1985), a one-man show based on the life of Dr Norman BETHUNE, which toured China in 1987. Through the NanDa Gate (1986) is a poetic/photographic account of Mitchell's teaching experiences in mainland China. Other works include Witches and Idiots (1990), The Shipbuilders (1990), Rebels in Time: Three Plays (1991), and Stones of the Dalai Lama (1993).
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