The Re-Read: Tomson Highway on Indigenous Mythology

Tomson Highway 

The Re-Read: Tomson Highway on Indigenous Mythology

Tomson Highway 

8:00pm

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Join us as we explore the influential books and writers who defined genres and captivated readers for decades. Each session of The Re-Read features a contemporary writer presenting a favourite book or author, to offer their insight as an author and share their joy as a reader. In this session, Cree author and recent Governor General’s Lifetime Performing Arts Award-winner Tomson Highway will present insights from his latest book, Laughing with the Trickster: On Sex, Death and Accordions. Hot off the heels of this national 2022 CBC Massey lecture tour, Highway will bring his signature irreverence to the TIFA stage to explore the context of how North American Indigenous mythologies provide unique, timeless solutions to our modern problems. Join Highway for an illuminating talk exploring five themes central to the human condition: language, creation, sex and gender, humour and death. Highway will delve into the ways in which Indigenous mythologies and teachings have contributed to Western thought, life and culture – with an important reminder from the zany Trickster to have a blast and laugh ourselves to death.

Interviewed by Alicia Elliot.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 28 at 8pm ET
Where: Harbourfront Centre Theatre
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass
*This event will be followed by a book signing

This event is supported by Charles & Marilyn Baillie.

Conversation

Join us as we explore the influential books and writers who defined genres and captivated readers for decades. Each session of The Re-Read features a contemporary writer presenting a favourite book or author, to offer their insight as an author and share their joy as a reader. In this session, Cree author and recent Governor General’s Lifetime Performing Arts Award-winner Tomson Highway will present insights from his latest book, Laughing with the Trickster: On Sex, Death and Accordions. Hot off the heels of this national 2022 CBC Massey lecture tour, Highway will bring his signature irreverence to the TIFA stage to explore the context of how North American Indigenous mythologies provide unique, timeless solutions to our modern problems. Join Highway for an illuminating talk exploring five themes central to the human condition: language, creation, sex and gender, humour and death. Highway will delve into the ways in which Indigenous mythologies and teachings have contributed to Western thought, life and culture – with an important reminder from the zany Trickster to have a blast and laugh ourselves to death.

Interviewed by Alicia Elliot.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 28 at 8pm ET
Where: Harbourfront Centre Theatre
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass
*This event will be followed by a book signing

This event is supported by Charles & Marilyn Baillie.

Conversation

Featured Authors

Tomson Highway is a Cree author, playwright, and musician. His memoir, Permanent Astonishment, won the 2021 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. He also wrote the plays The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, and the bestselling novel Kiss of the Fur Queen. Tomson Highway is a member of the Barren Lands First Nation and lives in Gatineau, Quebec.

Read more about Tomson Highway 

8:00pm

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

What to read

Laughing with the Trickster by ,
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