True Stories of Adventure

What is it that makes adventure stories so compelling? 

This talk was given by Thomas King for the Massey Lecture Series and was broadcast in November 2003.

King speaks to the audience about stories.  In particular, he is interested in the different ways that we can understand stories. Here he speaks about his personal family stories and about creation stories, highlighting the differences between First Nations story-telling traditions and Christian mythology. 

Notice how King tells the audience that the details of the stories he tells do not really matter.  Names can be changed, even the gender of characters can be swapped. What matters to him is the essential values that stories contain.  This, to him, is the unchangeable truth of the story. 

What do you think that King would say if you asked him, "What is it that makes for a good story?"

Now, read his lecture The Truth About Stories here.

Thomas King

Thomas King holds a Ph.D. in English/American Studies from the University of Utah and has taught Native Studies at Utah, Minnesota, and Alberta for the past twenty-five years. He is currently Professor of English (teaching Native Literature and Creative Writing) at the University of Guelph. His father was Cherokee, his mother is Greek, and King is the first Massey lecturer of Native descent.