In this sweeping, allusive novel, the celebrated poet, dervish, and oral storyteller Tawhida Tanya Evanson comes to terms with what it means to stand on one’s own two feet in an uncertain world. The acclaimed Antiguan-Canadian artist traces a global journey from Vancouver to the United States, Caribbean, Paris, and Morocco as a relationship with her lover and travel partner disintegrates and she finds herself on a path toward personal discovery and spiritual fulfillment that leads her deep into the North African landscape.
Tawhida Tanya Evanson is an Antiguan-Québecoise poet, author and artist. Her two poetry collections are Bothism and Nouveau Griot, and her first novel Book of Wings is fresh from Véhicule Press. She also has recent work in The Fiddlehead, UPPERCASE and Changing the Face of Canadian Literature (Guernica).
With a 25-year practice in spoken word, she has performed at literary and arts festivals in over a dozen countries, released four studio albums and six videopoems including the award-winning Almost Forgot my Bones. In 2013, she was Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and received the Golden Beret Award for her contribution to the genre. She is program director of The Banff Centre Spoken Word Residency and vice president of The Quebec Writers' Federation. She works as an arts educator and arts event producer in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, and moonlights as a whirling dervish.