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Tomson Highway: In Conversation

Tuesday, November 23, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In partnership with the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University, the Words Festival is pleased to welcome renowned author, performer, and playwright, and Western alumnus Tomson Highway, BMus'75, DMus'93, who will join us to talk about his memoir, Permanent Astonishment!

Tomson Highway was born in a snowbank on an island in the sub-Arctic, the eleventh of twelve children in a nomadic, caribou-hunting Cree family. Growing up in a land of ten thousand lakes and islands, Tomson relished being pulled by dogsled beneath a night sky alive with stars, sucking the juices from roasted muskrat tails, and singing country music songs with his impossibly beautiful older sister and her teenaged friends.

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Tomson Highway is the celebrated author of the novel Kiss of the Fur Queen and several plays including The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, both of which won Dora Mavor Moore Awards and Floyd S. Chalmers Awards. He has criss-crossed North America, Europe, and the world with his readings, lectures, piano performances, and teaching engagements. He divides his time between Canada and Italy.

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