CanLit Fiction Showcase

Moderator: Zsuzsi Gartner

Event Number: 14
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

CanLit Fiction Showcase

Tuesday, Oct 22

(formerly Studio 1398)
3rd Floor, Festival House
1398 Cartwright Street

What defines our communities? Is it history or humour? Politics or propaganda? In Michael Christie’s dystopian epic, Greenwood, scientist Jacinda Greenwood uncovers a personal connection to one of the world’s last remaining forests. Sarah Henstra plunges readers into divisive campus politics, as sophomore Karen searches for belonging while navigating tense conflicts between frat boys and radical feminists in her Governor General’s Award-winning The Red Word. Richard Van Camp’s latest collection of stories, Moccasin Square Gardens, comically illuminates life in the Denendeh, the land of the people north of the sixtieth parallel. In the face of social upheaval, these authors explore the innumerable ways we shape and are shaped by the places we inhabit.

About the moderator:
Zsuzsi Gartner is the author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlisted Better Living through Plastic Explosives and the acclaimed story collection All the Anxious Girls on Earth. She is the editor of the award-winning anthology Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow and was the inaugural Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellow for Cork, Ireland in 2016. Her novel, The Beguiling, will be published by Penguin Canada in 2020.

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.

Sarah Henstra


Sarah Henstra is the author of the Governor General award-winning The Red Word as well as the YA historical fiction Mad Miss Mimic. She is a professor of English at Ryerson University, where she teaches courses in Gothic Literature, Fairy Tales & Fantasy, and Women in Fiction. Some of her best story ideas come from class discussions.

Richard Van Camp

Northwest Territories

Richard Van Camp is an internationally renowned storyteller and best-selling author, a member of the Dogrib (TłĮchǫ) Dene Nation, and was born in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. He is the author of dozens of books, including The Lesser Blessed, a Canadian classic. Van Camp uses oral story-telling skills and traditions to braid together pop culture with TłĮchǫ Dene customs and some Fort Smith grace in his short story collection Moccasin Square Gardens., @richardvancamp