Thomas King wins $40,000 non-fiction prize for The Inconvenient Indian
“I loved it. It’s a new way of looking at the [issue],” said Anna Porter, who sat on the jury along with Globe and Mail Books editor Jared Bland and Vancouver Sun columnist Daphne Bramham. They selected the book from more than 140 submissions. “He’s able to make you see things with different eyes and I think that is the hallmark of a truly outstanding book,” Porter added.
In The Inconvenient Indian, King unleashes his trademark humour on a seriously unfunny subject: the unconscionable treatment of First Nations and native Americans in Canada and the United States – massacres that have been wiped from memory and history books, the removal of people from their land and residential schools.