Did a blow from a canoe paddle knock Tom Thomson unconscious and into the water? Was he fatally injured in a drunken fight? Did he end his life out of fear of being forced to marry his pregnant girlfriend? Or, as was decided at the time, was his death accidental?
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of the renowned Canadian landscape painter, The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson, published by Dundurn Press, is an authoritative review of first-hand testimony and archival records about Thomson’s tragic demise. The book is a National Post bestseller. The Writers’ Trust of Canada listed it among the Best Books of 2016.
Join the author, Dr. Gregory Klages, for this special talk followed by a book signing.
Klages was Research Director for Death on a Painted Lake: The Tom Thomson Tragedy, a book-length website offering transcriptions of historical documents and images related to Tom Thomson’s life and death. The site is one of 13 produced by the international award-winning Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History project. Klages’ writing has appeared in the American Review of Canadian Studies, the Asian Journal of Canadian Studies, Canadian Historical Review, Ontario History, and Saskatchewan History, as well as in the edited volume, Archives & Canadian Narratives (2011).
Offered in partnership with York University’s Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies