King emigrated to Canada in 1980, accepting a position in Native Studies at the University of Lethbridge. It was during this time that he began writing serious fiction. His first novel, Medicine River (1990), received considerable critical praise, and was made into a CBC film.
Often described as one of the finest contemporary native America writers, two of King's books have been nominated for GOVERNOR GENERAL 'S AWARDS: a children's book, A Coyote Columbus Story (1992), and a novel, Green Grass, Running Water (1993). One Good Story, That One (1993) is a collection of ten short stories, including his often anthologized "The One about Coyote Going West." A second children's book, Coyote Sings to the Moon, appeared in 1998, and his novel Truth and Bright Water was published in 1999.
King spent 1993-94 as story editor for Four Directions, a CBC-TV dramatic series by and about native people. He wrote and starred in the very funny Dead Dog Cafe, which aired on CBC Radio from 1997-2000. He has also written a detective novel, Dreadful Water Shows Up (2003) under the pseudonym Hartley GoodWeather.
Critics and reviewers praise Thomas King's funny and poignant portrayal of the challenges facing Native Canadians in the past, and today. His characters are strong in the face of oppression and prejudice, but they are also fallible in endearingly humorous ways.
King has edited both Native Canadian fiction anthologies, such as All My Relations (1990) and First Voices, First Words (2001), and collections of critical essays such as The Native in Literature (1987). In 2003 King was the first Native Canadian to deliver the Massey Lectures. His presentation, titled The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative, was later published by Anansi press.
King currently teaches English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.
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Links to Other Sites
King Novel Popular in Canadian Literature Courses
An article about the works of Canadian author Thomas King from the University of Guelph.
Harper Canada: Thomas King
A Harper Canada feature about award-winning author Thomas King.
The Inconvenient Indian
A synopsis of Thomas King's book "The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America" from randomhouse.ca.
Shawnadithit grew anxious waiting for her uncle, Longnon, to return to camp at the junction of Badger Brook and the Exploits River, deep in the wilds of Newfoundland...