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H. Nigel Thomas

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H. Nigel Thomas emigrated from St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 1968. He now lives in the Greenfield Park suburb of Montreal. He is a graduate of Concordia University, McGill University, and Universite de Montreal. Until 2006 he was professor of US literature at Universite Laval. His short stories, poems, and articles have appeared in several journals and anthologies. He is the author of eleven books. Lives: Whole and Otherwise is available in French with the titleDes  vies cassées,  and Behind the Face of  Winter with the title De glace et d'ombre.  See his website for full details of his publications, etc.


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From Folklore to Fiction: A Study of Folk Heroes and Rituals in the Black American Novel. Scholarly Text: Greenwood, 1988.
Spirits in the Dark. Novel: Anansi 1993; Heinemann, 1994.
How Loud Can the Village Cock Crow?. Short Fiction: Afo, 1995.
Moving through Darkness. Poetry: Afo, 1999.
Behind the Face of Winter. Novel: TSAR, 2001.
Why We Write: Conversations with African Canadian Poets and Novelists. Scholarly Text: TSAR, 2006.
Return to Arcadia. Novel: TSAR, 2007.
Lives: Whole and Otherwise (short fiction). TSAR, 2010
Des vies cassées. Mémoire d'encrier, 2013
"When the Bottom Falls Out" and Other Stories. TSAR, 2014
NO SAFEGUARDS. Guernica Editions, 2015
Fate's Instruments. Guernica Editions, 2018


Shortlisted for the 1994 QSPELL Hugh MacLennan Fiction Award. for SPIRITS IN THE DARK, 1994
Jackie Robinson Professional of the Year Award, 2000
Hommage aux Créateurs (Université Laval), 2013
Finalist Paragraphe Quebec Writers' Federation Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction for NO SAFEGUARDS, 2015
Finalist Prix Carbet des Lycéens for Des vies cassées, 2016
Martin Luther King Jr. Achievment Award, 2020
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