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Sean Michaels Wins the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize

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Sean Michaels has won the most lucrative literary prize in Canada - the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize - for his debut novel Us Conductors.

The story is inspired by the life of Lev Sergeyevich Termen, the Russian inventor of the eerily beautiful theremin, taking him from the rambunctious New York clubs of the 1930s to the bleak gulags of the Soviet Union.

A clearly emotional Michaels took to the stage after being revealed as the winner.
"I feel like a whale who has found a whole city in his mouth," he told the audience.

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Sean Michaels reads from his novel, US Conductors

The Giller jury had praised Michaels' writing, saying "he succeeds at one of the hardest things a writer can do: he makes music seem to sing from the pages of a novel."

The Montreal-based Michaels is also a music critic and blogger, and had said he was drawn to write about the theremin because it's been so misunderstood.

WINNER 2014 - The Scotiabank Giller Prize
FINALIST 2014 – Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction
FINALIST 2014 – Concordia University First Book Prize