Sean Michaels

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An Instrument of Love

Tune in to the Giller award-winning Sean Michaels as he talks about how his win has transformed his career and how blog writing acted as a training ground for the orchestration of his first novel. Michaels’ presentation will be complemented by theremin player Dave Clarke.

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Saturday, October 24. 7pm. St. Albert Public Library.

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Sean Michaels is an influential writer and critic in the world of independent music, known for his dreamy, literary writing style. He founded Said the Gramophone, recognized by Time as one of the world's 25 best blogs. He has also written about travel, food and culture, and has two National Magazine Awards.

In 2014, Michaels published his first novel, Us Conductors. In a series of flashbacks and correspondence, Us Conductors takes us from the glitz of 1930s New York to the gulags of the Soviet Union. The book is inspired by the lives of Lev Termen, inventor of the theremin, and its greatest player Clara Rockmore. This is a book of love and electricity, jazz and espionage—filled with music, longing and a little kung fu. Michaels is only the second debut novelist to win the Scotiabank Giller Prize in its 21-year-history. The book also won the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and was one of five books nominated for Amazon.ca’s 2015 First Novel Awards.

Dave Clarke is a writer, actor, composer, sound designer and winner of several awards for his work in theatre and film. He is also the sound guy for CBC Radio's The Irrelevant Show. He will play the theremin as part of this evening’s event.


This event will be hosted by Elizabeth Withey, the Writer in Residence at Edmonton Public Library, and book columnist at the Edmonton Journal.


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