“Green Grass, Running Water” by Thomas King is one of my favourite Canadian novels. It is like a warm afternoon with a dry sense of humour and a backyard full of “those” kids, ancestors, and mythical creatures telling stories about each other, and life in general, on a Blackfoot reserve in Alberta, Canada. The novel is whimsical and wise. The characters’ misadventures are equal parts political fable, spiritual quest, and just silly. King cleverly combines oral tradition and the written word to explore both life in a small town and the modern history of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
Kate Keating is a writer and researcher whose daily commute happens in cyberspace most days (mostly because, in real time and space, she lives and works across a province instead of in a city). Kate divides her work and life between Toronto, Ottawa, and London, Ontario, Canada.