This fall, Tanya Tagaq will release Split Tooth, her first book. The work, which folds memoir with fiction, traditional stories with reality and poetry with prose, is the story of a girl growing up in the Nunavut in the 1970s. Dark and rapturous, Split Tooth does with words what Tagaq’s music often does without, sweeping the reader into a space where life’s artificial constructs hold no claim. Tanya Tagaq has spoken of her musical improvisation as a never-ending thread pulled through the needle’s eye; set in a part of the world where a year can feel like one long day, Split Tooth is a rich and startling expression of this continuum, a striking metaphysics that informs Tagaq’s art across forms.

Split Tooth was released on September 25, 2018 via Viking Canada, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada.

Split Tooth cover art by Jamie Hernandez. “Run To The Hills” cover art by Tanya Tagaq.




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