All Roads Lead to Writing

Moderator: Bill Richardson

Event Number: 31
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00
Student Groups: $9.50

All Roads Lead to Writing

Thursday, Oct 24
10:15am - 11:45am
Granville Island Stage

1585 Johnston Street

Michael Christie (Greenwood) was a professional skateboarder before his Giller-longlisted debut. High school dropout Jesse Thistle (From the Ashes) struggled with homelessness, crime and addiction before he turned his life around—and channelled it into his extraordinary memoir. Between the two of them, Robyn Harding (The Arrangement) and G. Willow Wilson (The Bird King) have experimented with almost every form, from journalism to superhero comics, while Karen McBride (Crow Winter) balances her passion for novel-writing and teaching. Sharing their surprising paths to the page, this conversation offers refreshing perspective on the age-old question “What should I be?”, underlining that while we may not know what our careers will be, passion is paramount for both good writing and good living.

Event Participants:

Michael Christie

British Columbia

Michael Christie is the author of the novel If I Fall, If I Die, and the story collection The Beggar’s Garden, which were both nominated for numerous awards. His most recent novel, Greenwood, is an environmental epic that spans 125 years. A former carpenter and homeless shelter worker, he divides his time between Victoria and Galiano Island, where he lives with his wife and two sons in a timber frame house that he built himself.

Robyn Harding

British Columbia

Robyn Harding is the internationally bestselling author of The Arrangement, Her Pretty Face, and The Party, finalist for the Arthur Ellis award for best crime novel. She has also written and executive produced an independent film. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her family.

Karen McBride


Karen McBride is an Algonquin Anishnaabe writer from the Timiskaming First Nation in the territory that is now Quebec. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and English, as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. Most recently, McBride graduated with a Master of Arts in the Field of Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. Crow Winter is her debut novel.


Jesse Thistle


Jesse Thistle is Métis-Cree from Saskatchewan and raised in Toronto. He is a PhD Candidate in history at York University where he is also an Assistant Professor in Metis Studies. Thistle’s doctoral work on Metis road allowance communities has won the P.E. Trudeau and Vanier doctoral scholarships, and he is a governor general medalist. Jesse is the author of the Definition of Indigenous Homelessness in Canada published through the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, and his historical research has been published in numerous academic journals, book chapters, and featured on CBC Ideas, CBC Campus, and Unreserved. His most recent work is a memoir published by Simon and Schuster entitled From the Ashes.


G. Willow Wilson


G. Willow Wilson is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Alif the Unseen, the memoir The Butterfly Mosque, and the graphic novels Cairo, Air, and Vixen. She co-created the celebrated comic book series Ms. Marvel starring Kamala Khan, winner of the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story, and recently debuted as writer of the Wonder Woman comics. She currently lives in Seattle., @GWillowWilson