Christopher Canniff is the author of Abundance of the Infinite (Quattro Books, 2012) and Poor Man’s Galapagos
(Blue Denim Press, 2015), nominated for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize (http://www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/canlit/2016-crazy-for-canlit/). Christopher has a new novel set to be launched in April 2020. More details to come!
Christopher has been mentored by two of Canada's top writers, MG Vassanji and David Adams Richards, at the Humber School for Writers. He is the Past President of the Canadian Authors Association Toronto Branch (https://canadianauthors.org/toronto/).
He shortlisted for the 2010 Matrix Litpop Awards for fiction, and he won a short novel contest with LWOT Magazine in Montreal. He has published in Descant Magazine Issue 152 (Spring 2011), and he also shortlisted in the 2012 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest with Quattro Books. He has sold two radio scripts to Falcon Picture Group in Chicago, Illinois, USA for a nationally-syndicated radio program, and he has published with Tightrope Books in Toronto.
Christopher moved to Ecuador to begin writing. There, he read over fifty books of world literature, learned a new language and culture, and taught English at an Ecuadorian university for WorldTeach, a non-profit and non-governmental organization based at the Harvard Institute for International Development. While in Ecuador, Christopher began work on two novels, one of which became Poor Man's Galapagos. He lived briefly in Quito (the country’s capital) and, for six months, lived with an Ecuadorian family in Portoviejo (literally translated, "old port," a dusty town 30 kilometres from the coast, said to have been relocated from beach dwellings as pirates chased the residents further inland.) Christopher took culture, language and history classes about Ecuador, and worked with Plan International, an organization with the aim of improving Ecuador's faltering rural education system. Christopher obtained a Mechanical Engineering degree in 1995 from the University of Toronto, and he is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario.
He is married to Roxanne, and has two children, Colin and Abigail.