Thursday, 15 September: Interview @ 4pm, Reading @ 7.30pm
The Ballroom, Metropole Hotel, Cork
Michael Christie was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He recently worked for six years in a homeless shelter on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Canada’s poorest neighborhood, providing outreach to the severely mentally ill. His first book, The Beggar’s Garden, a collection of stories set in Vancouver, published by HarperCollins Canada, was released in early 2011. “Tenderness, whimsy, goofiness, brilliance — a polished gem of narrative.”- Globe and Mail. “The Beggar’s Garden is about as good as a first book can be.” – The Toronto Star. He holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, and his fiction has been twice nominated for the Journey Prize, Canada’s top short story honour. He is also a former professional skateboarder, and is currently an editor for Color, a skateboard magazine based in Vancouver.