Giller Prize winner Sean Michaels to speak at Côte Saint-Luc library

Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Sean Michaels will speak at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on Wednesday, May 13 at 7 pm.

The event is free and open to the public and is presented in collaboration with the Quebec Writers’ Federation.

Michaels is based in Montreal. He won Canada’s top literary prize in 2014 for his debut novel Us Conductors. He will discuss his book, which tells a fictionalized account of the life and love of Lev Termen and his invention of the theremin, a unique musical instrument that is played without being touched. The story is set in Jazz Age New York City and the Soviet Union and explores themes of invention, memory, and unrequited love. Michaels is only the third writer to win the prestigious Giller Prize for a debut novel.

“Since we first acquired Us Conductors, it has been extremely popular with our readers,” said Library Director Janine West. “We’re honoured to be welcoming such a promising and intriguing writer to the library.”

The event will begin with a talk and reading by Michaels about his book. A questions-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Michaels first made his name as the founder of the music blog Said the Gramophone. He has contributed to many publications including the Guardian, McSweeneys, the National Post, and the Globe and Mail. He is at work on a second novel.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. For more information about this event, call the library at 514-485-6900 or email



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