Montgomery is a journalist, urbanist, photographer, speaker and
advocate for cities and well-being.
was born in 1968, and spent his formative years in Vancouver and
on a farm in North Cowichan, Vancouver Island. He has been a writer
and photojournalist since 1996.
interest in people, science, myth and cities have led Charles to
stories in Nunavut, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Thailand, Laos,
Hong Kong, Japan, Peru, Fiji, Colombia, Vanuatu, Mexico, France,
Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates and the Solomon Islands.
covering conflict in the Andean foothills or exploring the mental
life of cities, Charles has won accolades for his ambitious reportage,
taut storytelling and iconoclastic essays.
first book, The Last Heathen , Encounters with Ghosts
and Ancestors in Melanesia , won the 2005 Charles Taylor Prize
for Literary Non-fiction. Jurors called it ďan irresistible adventure
in discovery, a journey into rough terrain and a revelation of the
power of ancestral stories across cultural divides." The book
has also won the Hubert Evans Prize for Non-fiction and was short-listed
for two Writers' Trust of Canada awards. It
was published internationally as The
Shark God in 2006.
contributed to Way Out There, Explore Magazine's anthology
of the best Canadian adventure writing. Since 2001, he has won four
Western Magazine Awards, a National Magazine Award and the 2003
American Society of Travel Writer's Lowell Thomas Silver Award for
best North American travel story.
splits his time between Mexico City and Vancouver, Canada, where
he is a member of the FCC,
a collective of literary journalists who use stories about the world
to shed light on contemporary issues. He has been influenced by
the writing of Malcolm Lowry, Laurens van der Post, Bruce Chatwin
and Carlos Fuentes.