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An Evening with Thomas King
September 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join Kingston WritersFest as we welcome back two festival alumni for a virtual European holiday. Tune in as podcaster Ben Charland speaks with award-winning author Thomas King about Indians on Vacation, a witty and unforgettable new tale about a couple, Mimi and Bird, who unearth a stash of old postcards and attempt to trace Mimi’s long-lost uncle and the family medicine bundle he took with him to Europe.
“I’m sweaty and sticky. My ears are still popping from the descent into Vaclav Havel. My sinuses ache. My stomach is upset. My mouth is a sewer. I roll over and bury my face in a pillow. Mimi snuggles down beside me with no regard for my distress. ‘My god,’ she whispers, ‘can it get any better?’”
Kingston WritersFest Virtual Platform
Wednesday, September 2
7:00 – 8:00 pm ET
Donations gratefully accepted
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About the Author
Thomas King is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter and photographer. His critically acclaimed, bestselling fiction includes Medicine River; Green Grass, Running Water; One Good Story, That One; Truth and Bright Water; A Short History of Indians in Canada; The Back of the Turtle (winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction); The Inconvenient Indian (winner of the RBC Taylor Prize); the DreadfulWater mystery series, including most recently Obsidian; and the poetry collection 77 Fragments of a Familiar Ruin. A Member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, Thomas King lives in Guelph, Ontario.
About the Interviewer
Ben is a writer, podcaster and creative consultant currently based in Whitehorse, Yukon. Ben’s work is informed by the many hats he’s worn over the years: playwright, theatre director, artistic director, tour guide, actor, political hack, traveler, teacher, government worker, blogger, speechwriter, manager and (yes) traffic coordinator for a paper shredding company. He’s lived in four continents and has been lucky to visit over 50 countries, but the common thread for Ben is unrelenting curiosity. Ben has a BFA from the University of Calgary and an MA from the University of London (UK), and is married to the woman of his dreams, Shelaine.
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