Sean Michaels is a novelist, short-story writer, critic, and founder of the pioneering music blog Said the Gramophone. His award-winning writing has also appeared in The Observer, McSweeney’s, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Maisonneuve, and The Globe and Mail. Michaels’s debut novel, Us Conductors, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and was nominated for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Kirkus Prize for Fiction, the International DUBLIN Literary Award, and (in translation) the Prix des libraires du Québec. He enjoys cold water, warm madeleines, and songs with colours in their titles. Born in Stirling, Scotland, and raised in Ottawa, Michaels lives in Montreal.
Us Conductors stretches its arms to encompass nearly everything – it is an immigrant tale, an epic, a spy intrigue, a prison confession, an inventor’s manual, a creation myth, and an obituary – but the electric current humming through its heart is an achingly resonant love story.” — Anthony Marra