A former skateboarding athlete and writer for Color magazine, Michael Christie of Galiano Island earned his MFA from Creative Writing UBC and laid the groundwork for a first collection of linked short stories, The Beggar's Garden (HarperCollins 2011), about disparate lives in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. It earned him the City of Vancouver Book Prize. It was later shortlisted for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature, sponsored by both Okanagan College and BC BookWorld, long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and was a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.

His second book If I Fall, If I Die (McClelland & Stewart 2015) is about a young boy embracing new-found freedom from his agoraphobe mother and the small house he shares with her. Life "Outside" as the protaganist, Will, calls it quickly grows complicated. When Will comes face to face with the criminal underbelly of city life, his mother must face her biggest fears and decide if she can be brave enough to save her son. According to the book's jacket cover, the story encompasses ideas about "family and friendship, overcoming fears, and learning when to protect the ones we love and when to let them fall."

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
The Beggar's Garden

BOOKS:

The Beggar's Garden (HarperCollins 2011). 9781554688296 $24.99

If I Fall, If I Die (McClelland & Stewart 2015) $29.95 978-0-7710-2365-1

[BCBW 2015] "Galiano"