2013 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust  Prize for Nonfiction Finalist

Inconvenient Indian


Thomas King
The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America

Doubleday Canada


Thomas King


Jury Citation

With wit, grace, and searing anger, Thomas King explores the post-contact history of indigenous people in Canada and the United States. Along the way, King argues that, curiously, very little has changed over the last 400 years. The Indian remains unwanted and in the way – inconvenient. A book leavened with rage, sorrow, and humour, this is a powerful reflection on the past, present, and future of the Native experience.
 

About the Book

In a personal meditation on what it means to be “Indian” in North America, Thomas King examines the relationship between Natives and non-Natives in the centuries since the two first encountered each other. He refashions old stories about historical events and figures, takes a sideways look at film and pop culture, relates his own complex experiences with activism, and examines the cumulative effects of ever-shifting laws and treaties on Native peoples and lands. Burnished with anger but tempered by wit, and ultimately a hard-won offering of hope, The Inconvenient Indian is an indispensable account for all of us, Indian and non-Indian alike, seeking to understand how we might tell a new story for the future.
 

About the Author

Thomas King is the author of five novels, including Green Grass, Running Water; two collections of short stories; several books for children; and the 2003 CBC Massey Lectures, The Truth About Stories. He has won numerous awards and honours, including the National Aboriginal Achievement Award and the Order of Canada. For the past five decades, he has worked as an activist for Native causes, as an administrator in Native programs, and has taught Native literature and history at universities across North America. The Inconvenient Indian was nominated for the Canadian Booksellers Association Nonfiction Book of the Year and the Trillium Award earlier this year. King lives in Guelph, Ontario.

 


  
 
 

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