And Introducing: Michael Christie, Rosemary Nixon, Thomas Pletzinger & Harry Whitehead

Recorded at the Revue Stage on Tuesday, October 18, 2011.

First novels are a hold-your-breath moment for writers. Meet four who are riding the wave of critical acclaim, publishing first novels after many years of teaching writing and publishing in other print forms. Pletzinger’s novel, in translation from the original German, has elicited unrestrained fanfare; Nixon’s novel was received with the words “You are about to read greatness.” Whitehead’s work has been called “masterful.” And it has been said that if Christie’s award-winning story collection “doesn’t pluck at your heart, you have no heart worth plucking.“ Discover new novelists well worth waiting for.

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Michael Christie received his MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia. Prior to this, he worked in a homeless shelter on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and provided outreach to the severely mentally ill. A former professional skateboarder, he is a senior writer for Color Magazine, an award-winning publication that celebrates skateboarding culture. Michael Christie lives in Thunder Bay, and is working on his next book, a novel.




Rosemary Nixon penned her acclaimed new novel, Kalila, on two continents over 15 years. She is the author of two previous short story collections, Mostly Country and The Cock’s Egg, winner of the Howard O’Hagan Short Fiction Award. Nixon has taught creative writing at the University of Calgary, Chinook College and at the Sage Hill Writing Experience. She was Canadian Writer-in-Residence for the Markin-Flanagan Distinguished Writers Program and is now Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor.


Thomas Pletzinger was born in 1975 in Münster, Germany. His critically acclaimed debut novel, Bestattung eines Hundes (Funeral for a Dog), has recently been translated into English. Pletzinger has received various literary awards and fellowships, including the 2009 Uwe-Johnson-Förderpreis. He teaches Creative Writing at the Swiss Literature Institute in Biel, Switzerland, and otherwise lives in Berlin, where he works as a freelance writer and translator.



Harry Whitehead worked for many years as a location manager in the film business. He has master’s degrees in creative writing and medical anthropology, and a Ph.D. from Lancaster University. He has published a number of short stories and articles and teaches creative writing at the University of Leicester. The Cannibal Spirit is his first novel.