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Thomas King Will Be Keynote Speaker

Centre for Family Literacy staff who are organizing the Cultivating Connections: Global Perspectives & Practices in Family Literacy conference were delighted when Thomas King agreed to be the keynote speaker at the conference banquet. A prolific author, photographer, and scholar, Thomas King holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Utah and has worked in Native Studies programs, both as a teacher and as an administrator, in Canada and the United States. He is currently a professor at the University of Guelph.

A nominee for both the Governor General’s Award and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize and the winner of the Canadian Authors Award for Fiction, Thomas King has also been named a member of the Order of Canada. His first novel, Medicine River, was published in 1990, and in 2003 he delivered the prestigious Massey Lectures The Truth About Stories. The published lecture won the Trillium Award, whose jury praised it as “profound, funny and subversive. Thomas King has created a group of essays that examine the complex and diverse nature of Native peoples and their relationship to North American society. The Truth about Stories is playful, philosophical and deeply political.”

Cultivating Connections: Global Perspectives & Practices in Family Literacy is a national family literacy conference being held from July 15 to July 17, 2010. This conference will provide the opportunity for literacy workers from Alberta, Canada, and around the world to come together to share and learn.

Further information about the conference, registration, its speakers and presenters, as well as the opportunity to buy tickets to attend the Banquet on Friday, July 17 and hear Thomas King speak, can be found at the conference website: www.cultivatingconnectionsconference.ca Enquiries can be emailed to conference@famlit.ca

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Thomas King

The truth about stories is that that's all we are.

The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative

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