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By (author): Tanya Tagaq
9780670070091 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Sep 25, 2018
$29.95 CAD
Active 6.3 x 9.3 x 0.81 in 208 pages Penguin Canada Viking
 
Scotiabank Giller Prize 2018, Long-listed
From the internationally acclaimed Inuit throat singer who has dazzled and enthralled the world with music it had never heard before, a fierce, tender, heartbreaking story unlike anything you’ve ever read.

Fact can be as strange as fiction. It can also be as dark, as violent, as rapturous. In the end, there may be no difference between them.

A girl grows up in Nunavut in the 1970s. She knows joy, and friendship, and parents’ love. She knows boredom, and listlessness, and bullying. She knows the tedium of the everyday world, and the raw, amoral power of the ice and sky, the seductive energy of the animal world. She knows the ravages of alcohol, and violence at the hands of those she should be able to trust. She sees the spirits that surround her, and the immense power that dwarfs all of us.

When she becomes pregnant, she must navigate all this.

Veering back and forth between the grittiest features of a small arctic town, the electrifying proximity of the world of animals, and ravishing world of myth, Tanya Tagaq explores a world where the distinctions between good and evil, animal and human, victim and transgressor, real and imagined lose their meaning, but the guiding power of love remains.

Haunting, brooding, exhilarating, and tender all at once, Tagaq moves effortlessly between fiction and memoir, myth and reality, poetry and prose, and conjures a world and a heroine readers will never forget.

Story Locale: an annamed Arctic town

PLATFORM: As a Polaris and Juno winner, who beat out Arcade Fire and Drake, has been profiled and written about regularly in the New Yorker, Rolling Stone and other flagship media, Tanya already has a huge body of truly adoring fans.

ENERGY: Tanya herself is a huge asset, and fans and media will line up for her.

HIGH-PROFILE ART: cover art and ten illustrations throughout by Jaime Hernandez, co-creator of multiple award-winning Love and Rockets

TIMELINESS: The themes of the book could not be more timely: alcoholism, violence, despair in an arctic town.

HOPE: despite the darkness of the material, the artistic vision behind it is redeeming and ultimately beautiful—not a depressing read at all.

POETRY: Tanya is Rupi Kaur on steroids.

DIVERSITY: Tanya is a Canadian (Inuk) throat singer from Cambridge Bay (Iqaluktuutiaq), Nunavut, Canada, on the south coast of Victoria Island.

TANYA TAGAQ is an improvisational performer, avant-garde composer, and experimental recording artist who won the 2014 Polaris Music Prize for her album Animism, a work that disrupted the music world in Canada and beyond with its powerfully original vision. Tagaq contorts elements of punk, metal, and electronica into a complex and contemporary sound that begins in breath, a communal and fundamental phenomenon. While the Polaris Prize signaled an awakening to Tanya Tagaq’s art and messages, she has been touring and collaborating with an elite international circle of artists for over a decade. Tagaq’s improvisational approach lends itself to collaboration across genres, and recent projects have pulled her in vastly different directions, from contributing guest vocals to a F**ked Up song (a hardcore punk band from Toronto) to premiering a composition made for Kronos Quartet’s Fifty for the Future collection, and composing a piece for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Tanya’s most recent album Retribution was released in fall 2016.

Author Hometown: Cambridge Bay (Iqaluktuutiaq), Nunavut

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Publicity: Extensive review coverage (Globe & Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Winnipeg Free Press, Montreal Gazette)

Select print features (Globe & Mail, Vice, Cult MTL)

Limited excerpts and original essays (Globe Opinion, The Walrus)

Select blogger coverage

Toronto launch event

Regional events (Montreal, Winnipeg, Saskatoon)

Fall literary festivals

Select national and regional radio interviews (CBC Q, Out in the Open, Unreserved)

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