Experimental vocalist and artist Tanya Tagaq won the Polaris Prize for best Canadian album in 2014, for Animism. Those who thought she had then made her definitive artistic statement are in for a surprise. Also in for a shock are those who thought international success, playing to major festivals and packed houses all over the world, would lead to a mellower sound, or a more laid back approach. Tagaq follows up Animism with Retribution, an even more musically aggressive, more aggressively political, more challenging, more spine tingling, more powerful masterpiece.
Haroon Siddiqui worked in various newsroom roles throughout his 37-year tenure at the Toronto Star, including foreign affairs reporter, news editor, national editor, editorial page editor and columnist. He also spent 10 years at the Brandon Sun and two years at the Press Trust of India news agency based in Bombay.
A former director on the Canadian Newspaper Association board and the past president of PEN Canada, Siddiqui has received numerous industry awards and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2001.
Esi Edugyan was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and studied creative writing at the University of Victoria. She is author of the novels The Second Life of Samuel Tyne which was shortlisted for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and Half-Blood Blues which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize, and the Orange Prize. In 2014, she published her first book of non-fiction, Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on Home. Her most recent novel, Washington Black, will be released in September 2018. Esi lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and two children.
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