Immerse yourself in a great book, join a community discussion and visit with the author.
Arts & Science Book Club
2018 Arts & Science Book Club selection:
The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America
by Thomas King
On Jan. 29, 2018, the College of Arts & Science welcomed award-winning author Thomas King as a special guest at two events focused on his book The Inconvenient Indian, the 2018 Arts & Science Book Club selection.
At the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre, King read from the book and participated in a discussion with students and community members during the afternoon. In the evening, StarPhoenix journalist Betty Ann Adam interviewed King onstage at a public event at Convocation Hall. The author discussed his life as a writer, photographer and activist, and spoke on the social and political themes that have shaped his career.
About Thomas King:
Thomas King is an award-winning writer whose fiction includes Green Grass, Running Water; Truth and Bright Water and The Back of the Turtle, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award. His non-fiction book The Truth About Stories won the Trillium Book Award, while The Inconvenient Indian won the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and the RBC Taylor Prize. A member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of an award from the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Thomas King has taught at the University of Lethbridge and was chair of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota before moving to the University of Guelph, where he taught until he retired. He lives in Guelph with his partner, Helen Hoy.
About the Arts & Science Book Club
The Arts & Science Book Club brings together the entire College of Arts & Science in the study of a chosen book, culminating in a visit by the author. The college encourages students, staff and faculty to read the book in anticipation of the author's visit, and asks faculty to incorporate the book into their courses wherever possible.
Book Club selections are chosen by a committee from nominations submitted by faculty, staff, students and alumni of the College of Arts & Science.