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Sean Michaels is a novelist, short story writer, and critic. Born in Stirling, Scotland and raised in Ottawa, he eventually settled in Montreal where he founded the pioneering music blog Said the Gramophone. He is the author of the novels Us Conductors and The Wagers and his honours include the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Hugh MacLennan Prize, the Numix Grand Prize, a Prix Gémeaux, and two National Magazine Awards.