Michael Christie (writer)
|Born||Thunder Bay, Ontario|
|Occupation||short story writer|
|Notable work(s)||The Beggar's Garden|
Michael Christie is a Canadian writer, whose debut story collection The Beggar's Garden was a longlisted nominee for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize and a shortlisted nominee for the 2011 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.
Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Christie later moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to pursue professional skateboarding, and studied psychology at Simon Fraser University. He subsequently worked for several years in social services before returning to the University of British Columbia's creative writing program in 2008. He published The Beggar's Garden in early 2011.
His debut novel, If I Fall, If I Die, a coming-of-age-story about the son of a reclusive agoraphobic filmmaker who leaves home for the first time to search for a lost boy, will be published early 2015 in the US by Hogarth, and in Canada by McClelland & Stewart.
- "Michael Ondaatje and Guy Vanderhaeghe among writers on Giller Prize longlist". National Post, September 6, 2011.
- "Booker nominees Edugyan, deWitt make shortlist for Writers' Trust prize". The Globe and Mail, September 28, 2011.
- "Book of short stories set in Downtown Eastside wins Vancouver Book Award". The Globe and Mail, October 18, 2011.
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