The Re-Read: Tomson Highway on Indigenous Mythology
September 28 at 8pm
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.
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.