Thomas King is an award-winning writer whose work consists of fiction, non-fiction, short stories, radio plays, children’s books, and a mystery series.
His first novel, Medicine River, was made into a CBC television movie. Green Grass, Running Water, his second novel, was shortlisted for the 1993 Governor General’s Award. King’s satiric CBC radio drama, The Dead Dog Café ran from 1996 to 2000. His short story collections, One Good Story, That One and A Short History of Indians in Canada, were Canadian bestsellers, and his Massey Lectures, The Truth about Stories, won the 2003 Trillium Book Award. His fourth novel, The Back of the Turtle (2014), received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, while The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America won both the RBC Taylor Prize and the B.C National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.
He has received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award and is a member of the Order of Canada.
Thomas King has taught at the University of Lethbridge, the University of Minnesota, and is a University Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph, where he taught Native Literature and creative writing until he retired. He lives in Guelph, Ontario with his partner Dr. Helen Hoy.