His first novel, Medicine River, was made into a CBC television movie. Green Grass, Running Water, his second novel, was shortlisted for the 1993 Governor General’s Award. King’s satiric CBC radio drama, The Dead Dog Café, which ran from 1996 to 2000 and again in 2006 (as Dead Dog in the City), was a favourite with devoted listeners. His highly praised short story collections, One Good Story, That One and A Short History of Indians in Canada, were Canadian bestsellers, and his collection of Massey Lectures, The Truth about Stories, won the 2003 Trillium Book Award.
His photographs have been shown internationally. In 2013, his Sound Check: The Jazz Photographs of Thomas King was a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of Guelph.
His latest novel, The Back of the Turtle (2014), received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction while The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America won the RBC Taylor Prize and the B.C National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.
King has also written four acclaimed children’s books: A Coyote Columbus Story, Coyote Sings to the Moon, Coyote’s New Suit, and A Coyote Solstice Tale. Writing as Hartley GoodWeather, he has created three detective novels, featuring detective-turned-photographer Thumps DreadfulWater.
Thomas King is a University Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph (where he taught Native Literature and creative writing) and lives in Guelph, Ontario. He has received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award and is a member of the Order of Canada.