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Thomas King, 1943-


Thomas King was born in 1943 in Sacramento, California and is of Cherokee, Greek and German descent. He obtained his Ph.D from the University of Utah in 1986. He is known for works in which he addresses the marginalization of American Indians, delineates “pan-Indian” concerns and histories, and attempts to abolish common stereotypes about Native Americans. He taught Native American Studies at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, and at the University of Minnesota. He is currently a Professor of English at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. King has become one of the foremost writers of fiction about Canada’s Native people.

Awards and Honors

Ontario Trillium Award


Online resources by or about Thomas King:

Northwest Passages – Author Profile: Thomas King
Author: Northwest Passages.
Type: authorbio
Description: Includes biographical and bibliographical information about King.


A Writer Without Reservations
Author: Mary Dickieson
Type: authorbio
Description: A profile of King from the 1/19/00 issue of @Guelph, a public affairs publication of the University of Guelph, Ontario.


Books by Thomas King:

King, Thomas. All my relations : an anthology of contemporary Canadian native fiction
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 1992.
Genre: Short Stories
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0806124296 (alk. paper)

King, Thomas. A Coyote Columbus story
Toronto : Douglas & McIntyre, 1992.
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Youth
ISBN: 088899155X

King, Thomas. Coyote sings to the moon
Toronto : Key Porter Kids, 1998.
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Youth
ISBN: 1550139460

King, Thomas. Green grass, running water
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1993.
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0395623049 (hc.) / 0553373684 (pbk)

King, Thomas. Medicine river
Markham, Ont : Viking, 1990.
Genre: Nonfiction
ISBN: 0670829625

King, Thomas. One good story, that one : stories
Toronto : HarperPerennial, 1993.
Genre: Short Stories
ISBN: 0002240009

King, Thomas. Truth and Bright Water
Toronto : HarperFlamingo Canada, 1999.
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0002255030

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