Friday, August 26, 2016

Writer Mark Reynolds reviews "Many Deaths…" for Christopher Moore's blog

Mark Reynolds, a Chicago writer who has written for popular outlets such as Canada's History, recently reviewed The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson for Christopher Moore's blog.

Reynolds says:
"Klages' mission was to rip up th[e] overgrowth of supposition away from the record, and then trace the vines and roots of each to disentangle them from the truth. As such, reading the book is less like reading a conventional history that it is akin to sitting in the jury while a very thorough prosecutor methodically, rigorously and uncompromisingly builds a case. No witness, no piece of evidence is left without having its credibility or provenance examined to the minutest degree."

Regarding Klages' assessment of one popular writer's work on Thomson, Reynolds offers:
"...the ruthlessness with which Klages reveals the speculation, sloppy research and unsupported family legend through which the author has polluted the public understanding of Thomson’s story was a tour de force of rigorous history over sensationalizing careerism." 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Award-winning author Debra Komar reviews MDTT on Goodreads

Debra Komar, author of the multiple award-winning 'The Bastard of Fort Stikine' (among other titles), has reviewed The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson on Goodreads. I am flattered that such a respected author (and retired forensic pathologist) had so many good things to say about the book, including:

"I have read many books on the subject and this is the most even-handed account available. Klages ...does a great job of tracing the origins of the narratives [regarding Thomson] that persist in Canadian history. The book is better written than any of its predecessors and is competently researched. ...the book is interesting, surprisingly fast-paced and lean, and worth a read."

Update: pictures from summer 2016 'Many Deaths of Tom Thomson' author talks

Scugog Shores, May 2016:

Lakefield Literary Festival, July 2016:

Monday, August 8, 2016

Interview: CBC Radio's "Fresh Air" re: Many Deaths of Tom Thomson

In July, Sean Foley, interim host of CBC Radio's "Fresh Air", interviewed Gregory Klages regarding The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson, reflecting on the significance of Thomson's life and art, sense-making about Thomson's death, and what Canoe Lake feels like today.