Thomas King (born April 24, 1943 in Sacramento , California , USA) is a Native American author. If he was also born in the USA , he is primarily considered a Canadian author, since he has lived in Canada for many years and, according to his own admission, feels more connected to his adopted country than to the USA; he considers the border between the USA and Canada to be drawn arbitrarily. He has both nationalities. He is partly Cherokee , partly of Greek, partly of German descent.
Life and work
Thomas King holds a Ph. D. in English literature and has taught at various universities for years. For many years he was Professor of Native Studies at the University of Lethbridge ( Alberta ). He currently teaches Creative Writing and Native American Literature at the University of Guelph , Ontario .
In addition to his career as a university professor and writer, he was involved in the radio show Dead Dog Cafe Comedy Hour from 1997 to 2000 . The show took place in a fictional café in the fictional town of Blossom, Alberta. Thomas King and his two comrades-in-arms Edna Rain (as Gracie) and Floyd Favel Starr (as Jasper) offered a mixture of humorous comments and serious criticism of the way the State of Canada dealt with the Indian inhabitants .
Under the pseudonym Hartley Goodweather , the crime thriller DreadfulWater Shows Up was published in 2003 . Another thriller starring Thumps DreadfulWater was released in 2006 under the title The Red Power Murders .
Also in 2003, as part of the Massey Lectures , he held a lecture series in five different Canadian cities under the title The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative .
King's nonfiction book The Inconvenient Indian (2013) won the 2014 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and the RBC Taylor Prize. For his novel The Back of the Turtle , published in 2014, he received the Governor General's Award for Fiction and the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic.
- Medicine River. Novel. 1990
- A Coyote Columbus Story. Children's book. 1992
Green grass, running water. Novel. 1993
- Translator Cornelia Panzacchi: When Coyote is dancing. A1 Verlag, 2003
- One Good Story, That One. Short stories
- Truth & Bright Water. Novel. 1999
DreadfulWater Shows Up. Detective novel. 2003
- Translated by Monika Blaich, Klaus Kamberger: DreadfulWater is showing up. Unionsverlag, Zurich 2005
- A Short History of Indians in Canada. Short stories. 2005
- The Red Power Murders. Detective novel. 2006
- Coyote Solstice Tale. 2009
- A Short History of Indians in Canada: Stories. 2013
- The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America. 2013; new illustr. Edition 2017
- The Back of the Turtle. 2014
- 2006 McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award for A Short History of Indians in Canada
- 2014 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for The Inconvenient Indian
- 2014 RBC Taylor Prize for The Inconvenient Indian
- 2014 Governor General's Award for Fiction for The Back of the Turtle
- 2015 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic for The Back of the Turtle.
- 2016 Literary Review of Canada: One of Canada's 25 Most Influential Books in the Past 25 Years, for The Inconvenient Indian
- Andrew Wiget (Ed.): Dictionary of Native American Literature. 1994, pp. 459-461
- Jennifer Andrews: Border Trickery and Dog Bones: A Conversation with Thomas King. In: Studies in Canadian Literature. 24.2, 1999, pp. 161-185
- Arnold Davidson et al. a .: Border Crossings. Thomas King's Cultural Inversions. 2003
- Eva Gruber: Thomas King: Work and Impact. Camden House, NY 2012 (European Studies in North American Literature and Culture)
- Elisabeth Mårald: The Young Generation's Images of Canada in Novels by Carol Shields , Thomas King, and Eva Hoffman, in Gunilla Florby, Mark Shackleton, Katri Suhonen eds., Canada: Images of a post / national Society. Peter Lang, Bern 2009, ISBN 9789052014852 Series: Études canadiennes - Canadian studies
- Markus M. Müller: "All this water imagery must mean something". On the fluctuating state of nations in Suzette Mayr's "The Widows" and Thomas King's "Green Grass, Running Water", in ibid.
- Literature by and about Thomas King in the catalog of the German National Library
- Thomas King in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Thomas King on the A1 Verlag website
- Book Making: "A new illustrated edition of Thomas King's The Inconvenient Indian keeps words and ideas at the Forefront," by Sue Carter, Quill & Quire , November 2017
- King , entry in the English-Canadian Writers project, Athabasca University , by Lee Skallerup, with additional links to texts by and about him
- Thomas King ( English, French ) In: The Canadian Encyclopedia . Retrieved September 22, 2019.
- Thomas King: Borders (English, short story)
- Thomas King wins $ 25K RBC Taylor Prize for non-fiction. on: cbc.ca, accessed August 13, 2015.
- Mark Medley: Thomas King wins Governor General's award for fiction. theglobeandmail.com, accessed August 13, 2015.
- 2015 Sunburst Awards Winners. In: Locus Online . Retrieved October 5, 2015 .
- this Wolfgang Hochbruck: Overcoming Borders in Native American and Canadian First Nations Short Stories: Simon Ortiz '"Howbah Indians" and Thomas King's "Borders". In Michael Basseler, Ansgar Nünning ed .: A history of the American short story. Genres, developments, model interpretations. WTV, Trier 2011, pp. 379-395
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Indian author|
|DATE OF BIRTH||April 24, 1943|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Sacramento, California|