Profile: Claire Tacon

By Anna Bowen, June 2018

Those lucky enough to be at the Bookshelf in Guelph on Saturday, June 2, 2018, would have heard local, acclaimed writer Claire Tacon reading from her newest work, In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo (Wolsak & Wynn, 2018).

Claire Tacon is a Guelph-based novelist and the author of In the Field (Biblioasis 2011), which was the winner of the Metcalf-Rooke award. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, lectures at St. Jerome’s University, and produces micro-fiction podcast The Oddments Tray with Chioke I’Anson. Her work has been shortlisted for the Bronwen Wallace Award, the CBC Literary Prizes and the Playboy College Fiction Contest, and has been published in the New QuarterlySubTerrain and Best Canadian Short Stories. She is also the former fiction editor of PRISM International. You can find the animated trailer for her much-anticipated new novel, In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo, here or read or listen to an excerpt of the novel here.

The novel is written from four perspectives: that of Starr, a young woman in her twenties with Williams Syndrome; her sister, Melanie; her father, Henry Robinson, who wants the best for his daughter; and Darren, an employee at Frankie’s Funhouse where Henry works.

The story, praised as tender, funny, and charming, with characters both “touching and resonant” examines the struggles of a father working to support his daughter against all odds, while letting her and her sister grow up. And it features an unexpected road trip from Mississauga to Chicago Comic Con with a set of pet turtles. What could be better?

You can hear Claire Tacon read from her novel at the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival on Sunday, September 9th, 2018.