WHATCOM — The novel “Greenwood” by Canadian author Michael Christie has been named the Whatcom READS 2022 book selection. The announcement was made at the close of a March 4 event featuring Esi Edugyan, author of the 2021 featured title, “Washington Black.”
Publisher Penguin Random House describes “Greenwood” as a magnificent generational saga and a “shining, intricate clock-work of a novel.”
This is more of the publisher’s description: “The book charts a family’s rise and fall, its secrets and inherited crimes. And throughout, there are trees: a steady, silent pulse thrumming beneath author Michael Christie’s effortless sentences, working as a guiding metaphor for withering, weathering and survival, for the hopeful, impossible task of growing toward the light.”
Christie is also the author of the highly regarded novel “If I Fall, If I Die” and the linked collection of stories “The Beggar’s Garden.” His work has been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in Canada. His essays and book reviews appear in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Globe and Mail.
A former carpenter and homeless-shelter worker, the author divides his time between Victoria and Galiano Island, British Columbia, where he lives with his wife and two sons in a timber-frame house that he built.
Community members may borrow “Greenwood” as a book, eBook, or eAudiobook from local libraries or purchase it from Village Books, which donates a percentage of each sale to Whatcom READS.
Leading up to the author events in March 2022, the Whatcom READS planning committee will work with community groups to create programs that explore themes from the book. Inspired by the book, the 2022 Whatcom WRITES prompt is Interconnectedness.
Visit Whatcom READS website, whatcomreads.org, and social media pages for updates and to get involved.