The Canadian Cultural Centre invites you to a literary conversation with Canadian author Michael Christie, on the occasion of the publication of his novel in France, “Greenwood” (“Lorsque le dernier arbre”, Albin Michel, August 2021). This conversation (in English, with a French interpreter) will also be broadcasted live on our Facebook Page.
In 2038, scientist Jake Greenwood is working as an overqualified tour guide to ultra-rich eco-tourists in one of the world’s last remaining forests. As the rest of humanity chokes on the dust storms that follow the environmental collapse known as the Great Withering, Jake finds temporary refuge on Greenwood Island, a place whose connection to her own family name she had thought just a coincidence — until someone from her past reappears with a journal that might give Jake the family story she’s long craved. A magnificent novel of inheritance, sacrifice, nature, and love that takes its structure from the nested growth rings of a tree,Greenwood spans generations to tell the story of a family living and dying in the shadows cast by its own secrets. With this breathtaking feat of storytelling, Michael Christie masterfully reveals the tangled knot of lies, omissions, and half-truths that exists at the root of every family’s origin story.
Born in Vancouver (British Columbia), Michael Christie made a high-profile entry on the literary scene with his first book of short stories, “The Beggar’s Garden” (Albin Michel, 2012). Translated into fifteen languages, “Greenwood” was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel.
The conversation with Michael Christie will be moderated by Francis Geffard (founder of the Festival America in Vincennes and director of the Terres d’Amérique collection at Albin Michel) and will be followed by a signing session.
In response to French government measures, presentation of a valid health pass, a negative test or a recovery certificate will now be mandatory.