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Tom King

Born April 24, 1943 (1943-04-24) (age 66)
Sacramento, California
Occupation Novelist, Politician
Nationality American - Canadian (Dual)
Writing period Contemporary
Genres Postmodern, trickster novel
Subjects First Nations
Notable work(s) Medicine River, Green Grass, Running Water, The Truth about Stories
Notable award(s) Order of Canada Member (2004)

Thomas King, CM (born 24 April 1943) is a noted novelist and broadcaster who most often writes about Canada's First Nations and is an outspoken advocate for First Nations causes. He is of Cherokee and Greek descent.



King also wrote The Dead Dog Café Comedy Hour which aired on CBC Radio from 1997 to 2000, and its sequels, which aired in 2002 and 2006.

Awards and recognition

Canadian Federal Election 2008

In 2008 Tom King was the NDP candidate for the city of Guelph. His bid to become NDP came short when he came in fourth place making this the first time the NDP would finish outside of the top three places. Tom King along with Conservative candidate Gloria Kovach and Green Party candidate Mike Nagy have all stated they will not run in the 41st Canadian Federal Election.[1]

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Liberal Frank Valeriote 18,977 32.22% -6.17
     Conservative Gloria Kovach 17,185 29.18% -0.57
     Green Mike Nagy 12,456 21.15% +12.43
     New Democrat Tom King 9,709 16.49% -5.51
     Marijuana Kornelis Kleverling 172 0.27% N/A
     Libertarian Philip Bender 159 0.27% N/A
     Communist Drew Garvie 77 0.13% -0.05
     Animal Alliance Karen Levenson 73 0.12% N/A
     Independent John C. Turmel 58 0.10% N/A
     Marxist-Leninist Manuel Couto 29 0.05%
Total valid votes
Total rejected ballots
Turnout  %

See also



  • W. H. New. Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002. 577-80.

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