Polaris Prize-winning musician Tanya Tagaq is publishing her first book

Split Tooth is a work of fiction and will be available on Sept. 25, 2018.
Split Tooth is Polaris Prize-winning artist Tanya Tagaq's first book. (Penguin Random House, Peter Power/Canadian Press)

Tanya Tagaq, celebrated Inuit throat singer, artist and advocate, will be publishing her first book, Split Toothon Sept. 25, 2018.

The 340-page book is a work of fiction set in 1970s Nunavut, following a girl from a loving family who sees the magic of the natural world amidst a community shaken by alcoholism and violence.

"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," the book's publisher, Penguin Random House, describes on their website.

"Tagaq moves effortlessly between fiction and memoir, myth and reality, poetry and prose, and conjures a world and a heroine readers will never forget."

Tagaq won the Polaris Prize for best Canadian album in 2014 for Animism. Her 2016 album, Retribution, is a searing collection of songs about the rape of women and land. The album was nominated for a 2018 Juno Award and 2017 Polaris Prize.


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