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SJU Lecturer, Award-winning Author Releases Second Book

SJU Lecturer, Award-winning Author Releases Second Book

Date: Tuesday, June 05, 2018
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St. Jerome’s University lecturer and award-winning author Claire Tacon’s second novel has just been released.  In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo (Wolsak & Wynn) follows Tacon’s 2010 Metcalf-Rooke Award-winning book In the Field.  The story tells of a father struggling to let his daughters grow up and of a family struggling against hard odds, taking care of each other when the world lets them down.
Tacon, who lectures at the University in the Department of English, noted that a lot of research went into In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo. She named research as one of her “favourite parts of writing.”
“A lot of the book takes place in a Chuck E. Cheese-style restaurant, and I was surprised by how much online enthusiasm still exists for the chain and its animatronics. The other major research component was around Williams syndrome,” noted Tacon, adding that the Canadian Association for Williams Syndrome was kind enough to put her in touch with several families in their membership early on in her writing process.  Tacon is extremely grateful to those families for sharing their experiences.
“One of the things I wanted to explore in this book is the gap between public policy that supports inclusion in theory and the lack of practical supports to make it a reality. My hope is that the novel will leave the reader asking questions and that they will be curious enough to look to disability activists for answers.”
The St. Jerome’s University community is proud to celebrate this new publication with Claire Tacon. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Bronwen Wallace Award, the CBC Literary Prizes and the Playboy College Fiction Contest, and has appeared in journals and anthologies such as the New QuarterlySubTerrain and Best Canadian Short Stories. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and is a past fiction editor of PRISM international. Tacon runs the fiction podcast The Oddments Tray with Chioke I'Anson.


Marilyn Caird, Administrative Manager
Vice President Academic and Dean’s Office
St. Jerome’s University
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