Sean was born in Stirling, Scotland in 1982. He grew up in Ottawa, Canada. Apart from stays in Edinburgh and Kraków, he has lived in Montreal since 2000. Sean founded Said the Gramophone in 2003. This was one of the earliest music blogs. His writing has also appeared in The Guardian, The Believer, the Walrus, Pitchfork and at McSweeney’s. His debut novel, Us Conductors, published as a Tin House New Voice in the U.S. and as a Random House Canada “New Face of Fiction” title, was a #1 national bestseller and a Globe and Mail Book Book in Canada, where it also won the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2014. As well, Michaels’ Us Conductors won the QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and was a finalist for the QWF Concordia University First Book Prize and Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Additionally, the book was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize for Fiction.
US CONDUCTORS (Random House Canada, Tin House, Bloomsbury UK, 2014)