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Borders

A comic by Thomas King and Natasha Donovan.

Thomas King, illustrated by Natasha Donovan

Acclaimed writer Thomas King is publishing his first graphic novel. Borders was originally a short story written in 1993. It's about a boy and his mother who try to take a road trip from Alberta to Salt Lake City. When they reach the American Canadian border, they identify as Blackfoot, and not Canadian or American — causing problems and putting the pair in limbo between the two countries. What unfolds is a powerful story about justice, identity and belonging.

Borders was adapted into a graphic novel by Natasha Donovan. 

King is a Canadian American writer of Cherokee and Greek ancestry who is regarded as one of the most influential Indigenous writers and scholars of his generation. 

King was the first Indigenous person to deliver a CBC Massey Lecture in 2003. His bestselling books include Truth & Bright WaterThe Inconvenient IndianGreen Grass, Running WaterThe Back of the Turtle and the DreadfulWater mystery series. He's also written a poetry collection, 77 Fragments of a Familiar Ruin.

Donovan is a Métis illustrator originally from Vancouver. She has illustrated several graphic novels, including the Surviving the City series by Tasha Spillet and Brett Huson's animal series, which includes The Sockeye MotherThe Grizzly Mother and The Eagle Mother. She also illustrated the cover for The Ghost Collector by Allison Mills and her work appears in the anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold.

From the book

An interior spread from Borders, a graphic novel by Thomas King and illustrated by Natasha Donovan. (HarperCollins)
An interior spread from Borders, a graphic novel by Thomas King and illustrated by Natasha Donovan. (HarperCollins)

Interviews with Thomas King

Since its release nearly three decades ago, writer Thomas King's acclaimed short story Borders has gone through several permutations. The latest adaptation is a graphic novel, illustrated by Métis artist Natasha Donovan. King and Donovan discuss the new adaptation and why it continues to resonate today.

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