Guelph’s Very Own: Thomas King

kingWe have many celebrated authors that live among us in the Royal City including Mary Swan, Edeet Ravel, Nicholas Ruddock, Adwoa Badoe, Jean Little and of course Robert Munsch, just to name a few. But there is one Guelph author and academic that has been receiving a lot of attention for his latest book, The Inconvenient Indian. I’m of course talking about Thomas King (and if you’re lucky, you just might spot him at the Main Library from time to time!). His book has just recently been awarded the RBC Taylor Prize. This critical and personal inconvenient indianmeditation that King has conducted over the past 50 years is about what it means to be “Indian” in North America and the relationship between non-Natives and Natives in the centuries since the two first encountered each other. It won for the Canadian Booksellers Association Non-Fiction Book of the Year in 2013, named a finalist for the 2013 Trillium Book Award and named a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction.

If you haven’t had a chance to read this phenomenal book, make sure you place your hold in the GPL catalogue today! If you are interested in King’s other works, click here.

And if you are interested in other books on the Native experience, check out some of these great titles:
One Native Life – Richard Wagamese
The Redemption of Oscar Wolf – James Bartleman
Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation and Residential Schools
Motorcycles and Sweetgrass: A Novel – Drew Hayden Taylor
Our Story : Aboriginal Voices on Canada’s Past
The Round HouseLouise Erdrich
The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie


About gpltara

Hi blog readers! I am an information services librarian at the Guelph Public Library (which essentially means I order materials for the library, help customers, look after the book club services and plan adult programs!). Personally, I love practicing yoga, baking cupcakes late at night, reading (surprise, surprise!), and escaping to the mountains whenever possible. I believe GPL plays such an important role in the Guelph community not only helping to connect people to information and great books, but also to each other through programs and other services.
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