One Book One Community

One Book One Community is a shared reading experience throughout the Thompson-Nicola Regional District. Supporting literacy and promoting Canadian authors and their stories, One Book One Community encourages discussions and helps build understanding.

Thank you for participating in our 2024 OBOC read! We are grateful to Michael Christie for sharing his wonderful work with us. If you haven’t read Greenwood yet, you still can! Borrow a copy and enjoy!

2024 Read - Greenwood by Michael Christie

Greenwood by Michael Christie is a mesmerizing tale that intricately weaves the history of the Greenwood family with the timeless beauty of an ancient forest on Vancouver Island. Across different generations, the story unfolds with a simplicity that draws you in, showcasing the profound connection between the Greenwoods and the natural world. Christie’s vivid writing lets you feel the magic of the old-growth forest. 

This novel effortlessly explores themes of family, the environment, and the impact of our choices. It’s like peeling back the layers of time, revealing the unique journey of the Greenwood family amid the towering trees. The narrative prompts reflection on our interconnectedness with nature, urging us to consider the significance of preserving our environment. Greenwood is more than a book; it’s a poignant reminder of the stories we share with the earth.

About the Author

Michael Christie is the award-winning author of the novel If I Fall, If I Die, the linked collection of stories, The Beggar’s Garden and his most recent novel, Greenwood. His essays and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Globe & Mail.

A former carpenter and homeless shelter worker, he lives with his two children in Victoria, BC, the unceded territory of the Lkwungen speaking people, and teh Songhees, Esquilmalt, and WSÁNEC First Nations.  

How to Participate

Read the Book

Borrow the book from the library and read it on your own.

Start a Book Club

We have book club kits that you can borrow for your own book club. Coming Soon!

Tell a Friend

Discuss the book with your friends and neighbours.


Programming for our 2024 session is complete. 

Past Reads

Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest is a scientific memoir that explores the many mysteries of the forest, and of life. Through decades of research as an ecologist, Suzanne Simard has discovered that trees do not compete for resources, as conventional wisdom suggests, but communicate with each-other through fungal networks, sharing nutrients and information. At the center of the forest is the “mother tree” – the oldest one that nurtures the rest. 

Simard is a Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia. Growing up in a logging family in British Columbia led to her career in ecology. She has lived throughout British Columbia, including Kamloops.

With compassion and insight, ‘Five Little Indians’ chronicles the desperate quest of these residential school survivors to come to terms with their past and, ultimately, find a way forward. Michelle Good is a writer of Cree ancestry and a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in SK. 

  • Winner of the 2021 Governor General’s Literary Award
  • Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist
  • Winner of the Amazon Canada First Novel Award
  • Finalist Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize
  • A CBC Best Book of the year
  • A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of the Year

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