A Short History of Indians in Canada: Stories

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 Winner of the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year and the Aboriginal Fiction Book of the Year—a collection of twenty short stories told in Thomas King's classic, wry, irreverent, and allegorical voice.

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About the Author:


Thomas King is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter, and photographer. His many books include the novels Medicine River; Green Grass, Running Water; Truth and Bright Water; two short story collections, One Good Story, That One (Minnesota 2013) and A Short History of Indians in Canada (Minnesota 2013); nonfiction, The Truth About Stories (Minnesota 2005); and the children’s books A Coyote Columbus Story, Coyote Sings to the Moon, Coyote’s New Suit, and A Coyote Solstice Tale. King edited the literary anthology All My Relations and wrote and starred in the popular CBC radio series, The Dead Dog Café. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western American Literary Association (2004) and an Aboriginal Achievement Award (2003), and was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2004. King has taught Native literature and history and creative writing at the University of Lethbridge, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Guelph. He is retired and lives in Guelph, Ontario, with his partner Helen Hoy.

Review:

"A master craftsman at work . . . In A Short History, we see King at work and at play in various narrative traditions: fable, tall tale, realistic story, magic-realist story. . . . Familiar and yet happily unpredictable." —Ken McGoogan, Globe and Mail


"Ultimately, A Short History of Indians in Canada can be read purely for its exuberance, storytelling, and wit, but there’s no reason for the reader to settle for charm and escapism when, with just a little digging, you can have so much more." —Toronto Star


"[Thomas King is] at his best writing serious comedy about subjects close to his heart. The truth about his stories is that they’ll leave you laughing, but they'll take a long time to leave you." —Vancouver Sun

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