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Christopher Paul Curtis

Christopher Paul Curtis grew up in Flint, Michigan. After high school, he spent 13 years on the assembly line of the Fisher Body Flint Plant No. 1 where his job hanging car doors left him with a lifelong aversion to getting in and out of automobiles. He graduated from the University of Michigan – Flint, where he began writing fiction. His first novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham1963 was awarded both a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor in 1996. His second novel, Bud, Not Buddy received the Newbery Medal and a Coretta Scott King Award in 2000.

Elijah of Buxton was his first book set in Canada. Elijah of Buxton was a Newbery Honor Book and won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction and the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year in 2008.

"This novel came to me in a way that was far different than any other," says Christopher. "From the word 'go' Elijah and I became close friends. When I'd go to the library to write, it was as if he were anxiously waiting for me, waiting to tell about his life, his worries, his adventures."

In his 2014 release, The Madman of Piney Woods, a tale brimming with intrigue and adventure, Christopher returns to the vibrant world he brought to life in Elijah of Buxton.

Christopher lives in Windsor, Ontario. Visit him at