Christopher Paul Curtis was born in Flint, Michigan. After high
school graduation, he worked on the assembly line of the Fisher Body Plant
for 13 years, until Christopher took a year off work to write his first
novel. Luckily for us, he has not looked back.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 won a Newbery Honor
and a Coretta Scott King Honor book citation in 1996. Bud, Not Buddy received
the Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award in 2000.
His most recent book, Elijah of Buxton has garnered multiple awards,
including a Newbery Honor, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the
Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Elijah of Buxton was
also named CLA Book of the Year in 2008 and the year before, was a finalist
in the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature.
"This novel came to me in a way that was far different than any other," says
Curtis. "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."
Christopher lives with his wife and two children in Windsor,