Michael Christie

Michael Christie

Michael Christie’s previous novel, If I Fall, If I Die, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Kirkus Prize, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and was selected as a New York Times Editors’ Choice title. He is also the author of a linked collection of stories, The Beggar’s Garden, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and won the Vancouver Book Award. Christie’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Globe and Mail. A former carpenter, homeless-shelter worker, and professional skateboarder, he divides his time between Victoria and Galiano Island, where he lives with his wife and two sons in a timber frame house that he built himself.

Website: michaelchristie.net
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This book is why we read books. Why we need books. Wildly inventive, structurally elegant, deeply felt, and so very wise. Greenwood is Michael Christie’s best work ever, and that’s saying something.” — Alexander MacLeod, author of Light Lifting



It’s 2034 and Jake Greenwood is a storyteller and a liar, an overqualified tour guide babysitting ultra-rich vacationers in one of the world’s last remaining forests. It’s 2008 and Liam Greenwood is a carpenter, fallen from a ladder, calling out from the concrete floor of an empty mansion. It’s 1974 and Willow Greenwood is out of jail, free after being locked up for one of her endless series of environmental protests. It’s 1934 and Everett Greenwood is alone in his maple syrup camp squat when he hears the cries of an abandoned infant and gets tangled up in the web of a crime that will cling to his family for decades.

A magnificent novel of inheritance, sacrifice, nature, and love that takes its structure from the nested growth rings of a tree, <em>Greenwood</em> tells the story of a family living and dying in the shadows cast by its own secrets.
<h3>DIVE DEEPER</h3>
<li>“Michael Christie on the Fears that Wake Him Up at Night” — <a href="https://www.cbc.ca/books/michael-christie-on-the-fears-that-wake-him-up-at-night-1.4038175"><em>CBC.ca</em></a></li>
<li>“A mighty heart: Michael Christie on his debut novel, <em>If I Fall, If I Die</em>” — <a href="https://quillandquire.com/authors/a-mighty-heart-michael-christie-on-his-debut-novel-if-i-fall-if-i-die/"><em>Quill &amp; Quire</em></a></li>
<li>“Scotiabank Giller Prize Spotlight: Michael Christie” — <a href="https://scotiabankgillerprize.ca/scotiabank-giller-prize-spotlight-michael-christie/?fbclid=IwAR35mfBj5LcU6_4ZL9OJWl9mO3vK83CUN-c3hw7vriCxuci6tnuS9qj-pQw"><em>Scotiabank Giller Prize.ca</em></a></li>

ALL EVENTS WITH Michael Christie

5 PM
Wordfest & The Sprawl Present Going Green(wood)
Oct 18 @ 5 PM MT - 6:15 PM MT

Memorial Park Library, Alexander Calhoun Salon

1221 2 St SW
7 PM
Cabinet of Curiosities
Oct 19 @ 7 PM MT - 8:30 PM MT

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2 St SW