Book details

Publication date: February 2015
Features: Foreword/liminaire, introduction
Series: Henry Kreisel Memorial Lecture Series
Keywords: Canadian Literature / Essays
Subject(s): LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General, Canadian Literature / Essays, LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays, Literary essays, Canadian Literature / Essays, Literature, Essays, Language Studies
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press, Canadian Literature Centre / Centre de littérature canadienne

Tomson Highway. Tomson Highway enjoys an international career as a playwright, novelist, and pianist/songwriter. He is considered one of Canada's foremost Indigenous voices. He is best known for his award-winning plays, The Rez Sisters (1986), Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing (1989), Rose (2000), and Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout (2005), as well as his critically acclaimed novel, Kiss of the Fur Queen (1998). He lives in Gatineau, Quebec.

Christine Sokaymoh Frederick.

"...a humourous tour through the languages and communities that have shaped the playwright, novelist, and musician as a person." January/February 2015

Quill & Quire


"An incomparable storyteller with a knack for exaggeration so deft you'll think he's telling the truth, Highway elaborates on how he added Dene, Inuktitut, Latin, English, French and some Spanish to his lexicon.... Learning new languages later in life is difficult, but let the power of language broaden your world, Highway encourages. Appreciate that multilingualism can hold this stunning country together--and give your children this gift, too."

Dianne Meili, Alberta Views


"Tomson Highway‘s 2014 Kreisel talk...is a brief life story with a point to make: learn languages. He himself began life with Dene and Cree, picked up some Inuktituk, went on to learn Latin and French at boarding school, then English at highschool in Winnipeg, then more French and some Spanish while living in France with his partner for 13 years. And music. With words that range from professorial ('entailed') to mundane ('butt-freezing'), he sets a lively tone to make his case." [F https://canadianwritersabroad.com/2018/10/31/tell-us-a-story]

Debra Martens

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