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A Short History of Indians in Canada

Stories

2013
Author:

Thomas King

A Short History of Indians in Canada

A collection of twenty short stories told in King’s classic wry, irreverent, and allegorical voice—now available in the United States

A master craftsman at work . . . In A Short History, we see King at work and at play in various narrative traditions: fable, tall tale, realistic story, magic-realist story. . . . Familiar and yet happily unpredictable.

Ken McGoogan, Globe and Mail

A Short History of Indians in Canada

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. King has taught Native literature and history and creative writing at the University of Lethbridge, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Guelph. He is retired and lives in Guelph, Ontario, with his partner Helen Hoy.

A Short History of Indians in Canada

A master craftsman at work . . . In A Short History, we see King at work and at play in various narrative traditions: fable, tall tale, realistic story, magic-realist story. . . . Familiar and yet happily unpredictable.

Ken McGoogan, Globe and Mail

Ultimately, A Short History of Indians in Canada can be read purely for its exuberance, storytelling, and wit, but there’s no reason for the reader to settle for charm and escapism when, with just a little digging, you can have so much more.

Toronto Star

[Thomas King is] at his best writing serious comedy about subjects close to his heart. The truth about his stories is that they’ll leave you laughing, but they'll take a long time to leave you.

Vancouver Sun

A Short History of Indians in Canada

Contents

A Short History of Indians in Canada
Tidings of Comfort and Joy
The Dog I Wish I Had, I Would Call It Helen
The Baby in the Airmail Box
Coyote and the Enemy Aliens
Haida Gwaii
Little Bombs
The Colour of Walls
Bad Men Who Love Jesus
The Closer You Get to Canada, the More Things Will Eat Your Horses
Not Enough Horses
Noah’s Ark
Where the Borg Are
States to Avoid
Fire and Rain
Rendezvous
Domestic Furies
The Garden Court Motor Motel
Not Counting the Indian, There Were Six
Another Great Moment in Canadian Indian History