Christopher Paul Curtis
Novelist, Children’s Author.
Christopher Paul Curtis is the multi-award winning author of eight books for children and young adults. His first published title, The Watsons go to Birmingham – 1963, was recognized with over 100 award nominations and best book lists. His second title, Bud not Buddy, won the Coretta Scott King Award and the Newbery Medal, among dozens of other children’s literature prizes.
The author has strong connections to Windsor, and to Windsor Public Library in particular. In the mid 1990’s, Curtis and his family moved to Windsor, Ontario. Every week, he came to the Central Library and sat at a table and wrote. The result was The Watsons go to Birmingham – 1963, which received multiple award nominations and was placed on the best books lists of many industry publications. Mr. Curtis more than repays the library for the support it provides in the early days of his writing career. He has sponsored writing contests, and delivers annual programs that entertain and inspire children from neighbourhood schools. These programs are among the most popular offered by the library each year.
Christopher Paul Curtis was born in 1953 and raised in Flint, Michigan. After high school, he enrolled at the University of Michigan-Flint. To earn some money for college, he started working at the Fisher Body plant in Flint, where his job was to put the heavy doors on the cars. To break the monotony of the job, at which he worked for 13 years, Curtis began to write during his coffee breaks and down time. Finally, he quit his job to concentrate on writing a novel, and used the facilities of the Central branch of the Windsor Public Library to do so. His first novel for children was published in 1996 and subsequently turned into a television movie. His second book, Bud not Buddy (1999), won over two dozen children’s literature awards, including the Newbery Medal, and the Coretta Scott King Award. With the success of his first two books, Curtis has been able to concentrate on writing and speaking engagements at schools. His books have been published in many languages, including French, German, Italian, Japanese and Chinese.