Christopher Anderson Arnett was born in St Catharines, Ontario, and raised in North and West Vancouver. You may recognize him from his days of being in Vancouver’s first punk-rock band called “The Furies”, but today he has settled down on Salt Spring Island and is completing his PhD thesis.
For 28 years, Chris has lived on Salt Spring with his wife Barbara and family. They moved here to escape the city, to farm, and raise a family, which are goals they share with many newcomers to the island. Chris began writing fiction as a child and developed a strong passion for history: “I’m interested in history and I like to share what I’ve learned with people and bring to light native and colonial history.” Chris strives to educate people on narratives that are not taught in the school system and wishes to reach as many people as possible with his words.
Living on Salt Spring has allowed Chris to focus on his literature. He has been inspired by the beauty of the island and had always wanted to live here since a teenager. Currently, Chris is working on his PhD on the Rock Art of the Nlaka’pamux. He will be defending his PhD in the fall of 2015 and it will become his next book.
- The Terror of the Coast: Land Alienation and Colonial War on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, 1849-1863.
- Two Houses Half-Buried in Sand: Oral Traditions of the Hul’q’umi’num’ Coast Salish of Kuper Island and Vancouver Island.
- They Write Their Dreams on Rock Forever: Rock Writings in the Stein River Valley of British Columbia.
- 4000 Years: A History of the Rainforest on the Southwest Coast of Vancouver Island