The April meeting of the HAT book group will take place on Saturday, April 7th from 2:30- 4:00pm
Location: OISE, 252 Bloor St. W, Room 4418
We will be looking at the following book by Thomas King which has numerous copies in the library so is hopefully easy to access!
The Truth about Stories : a Native Narrativeby King, Thomas, 1943-
Comments from library review and amazon.ca.
The Truth about Stories is a brilliant collection of lectures presented by Thomas King. Although this particular presentation has been done on the page, King still managed to maintain many of the qualities of an oral presentation. Drawing upon the strengths of storytelling, King succeeded in presenting material which is wholly relevant and very informative in a manner which is entirely accessible to the reader. Perhaps King's greatest strength is his ability to tell the truth in a way that does not offend, rather engages the reader and encourages meaningful discussion.
The book is a tremendous feat in every way; however, what I found most impressive was the way in which it challenged and changed my thinking about Aboriginal people in Canada. Furthermore, the information presented inspired me to learn more about Canadian and Aboriginal history in the hopes of better understanding the challenges faced by the today's Aboriginal people.
Stories shape who we are and how we understand and interact with each other, says novelist, short-story writer, and scholar King (English U. of Guelph), but they can be dangerous as well as entertaining and enlightening, and storytellers assume a heavy responsibility. He uses events from his own life as a Native American in California and Canada as examples. The book is based on the Massey Lectures he delivered on CBC Radio in November 2003. It won that year's Trillium Award, Canada's highest literary honor.