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 in 2003. In 2014, Michaels received the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his debut novel, Us Conductors. His second book, a heist novel called The Wagers, will be published in September. He enjoys cold water, warm madeleines, and songs with colours in their titles.