Author Thomas King to speak at Sheridan College

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Thomas King’s critically-acclaimed book, An Inconvenient Indian, has been selected for Sheridan Reads 2016. The author will speak at Sheridan College’s on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM in a launch event for the second Sheridan Reads initiative, part of the college’s Creative Campus Series, sponsored by TD Bank Group. This free event is open to the public.

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. He has taught Native literature and history and creative writing at the University of Lethbridge, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Guelph and is now retired and lives in Guelph, Ontario.

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Thomas King will be at Sheridan College for a Free event on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

An Inconvenient Indian has been described as a critical and personal meditation conducted by Thomas King over the past 50 years about what it means to be “Indian” in North America.

The event is a conversation/interview between Thomas King and a faculty member from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Dr. Alex Hollenberg) and a Research Assistant – and Sheridan graduate – from the Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support (Elijah Williams). Mr. King will be answering questions from the audience submitted either in person or via twitter.

“We hope that this event will spur a meaningful dialogue in our community about the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous people in our country, to consider our history and its implications for our future as a society,” commented Sean McNabney, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the coordinator behind Sheridan Reads.

This free event will be held at the Trafalgar Campus of Sheridan College in McDonald-Heaslip Hall which accommodates over 250 people. Seating is on a first come, first served basis so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Books will be available for sale at the event, and Mr. King will be signing books on stage after the event.

Sheridan Reads is part of the Creative Campus Series, which brings diverse speakers on campus to engage students, staff and the wider community in thought-provoking experiences.

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