Tomson Highway was born in a snow bank on the Manitoba/Nunavut border to a family of nomadic caribou hunters. He grew up in two languages, Cree, his mother tongue, and Dene, the language of the neighbouring nation. A playwright, novelist, and pianist/songwriter, Highway is best known for the plays, The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, as well as the novel Kiss of the Fur Queen. Last year he published From Oral to Written, a study of Native literature published in Canada between 1980 and 2010. He divides his time between his cottage near Sudbury, Ontario, and Gatineau, Québec.
For more than 30 years, the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Margaret Laurence Lecture Series has invited Canada’s most prominent authors to discuss the theme of “A Writer’s Life.” Margaret Atwood, Alistair MacLeod, Dionne Brand, Guy Vanderhaeghe, and Mavis Gallant, among others, have all shared candid stories of how they became writers. Intimate in tone, frank, […]