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2023 Event:
Michael Christie

Hosted by Thomas Trofimuk


Beautifully written and brilliantly structured like the nested growth rings of a tree, Greenwood reveals the knot of lies, omissions, and half-truths that exists at the root of every family’s origin story. It is a magnificent generational saga of greed, sacrifice, love, and the ties that bind, charting a family’s rise and fall, its secrets and inherited crimes, and the conflicted relationship with the source of its fortune – trees.

About Michael Christie

Michael Christie’s international bestselling novel Greenwood was a 2023 CBC Canada Reads finalist, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and won the Arthur Ellis award. If I Fall, If I Die, his previous novel, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Kirkus Prize. His story collection, The Beggar’s Garden, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust Prize for Fiction, and won the Vancouver Book Award. A former carpenter and homeless shelter worker, he lives in Victoria.

Greenwood (2020)

They come for the trees. It’s 2038 and Jacinda Greenwood is an overqualified tour guide babysitting ultra-rich-eco-tourists in one of the last forests. It’s 2008 and Liam Greenwood is a carpenter, sprawled on his back after a fall, facing his possible death. It’s 1974 and Willow Greenwood is just out of jail for environmental protest: attempted atonement for her father’s once rapacious timber empire. It’s 1934 and drifter Everett Greenwood saves an abandoned infant, only to find himself tangled in web of a crime and betrayal that will cling to his family for decades.

Thomas Trofimuk writes poetry and fiction. He has published five novels: The 52nd Poem, Doubting Yourself to the Bone, Waiting for Columbus, This is all a Lie, and The Elephant on Karlův Bridge, which was released in 2022. He writes on an irregular basis for his own website, “writer, gardener, failed Buddhist” at, and lives in Edmonton with his wife, daughter, and a small black cat.