Michael Christie is a former professional skateboarder turned award-winning author. His first book, The Beggar’s Garden, a collection of linked stories set in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, was the winner of the 2011 City of Vancouver Book Award. His first novel, If I Fall, I Die, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, was winner of the Northern Lit Award, and was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection. His newest novel, Greenwood, is a multi-generational story that opens in 2038 with forest guide Jake Greenwood taking a group of eco tourists into one of the last remaining stands of forest on the planet. With Kirkus Review calling it “beguilingly structured, elegantly written,” Greenwood is a national bestseller and was nominated for both a Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and was winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel.