THE CELLO SUITES

THE CELLO SUITES

The Cello Suites tells a multi-layered story of mystery, passion, history, and politics surrounding an epic piece of music by Johann Sebastian Bach. The award-winning book was a No. 1 national best-seller in Canada and has been translated into nine languages.


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STUDIO GRACE

STUDIO GRACE

Studio Grace chronicles a year-long adventure in which Eric Siblin records a dozen original pop songs while musing about creative inspiration. Along the way we meet veteran instrumentalists, producers with clashing philosophies, and a clutch of superb singers ranging from R&B performer Shaharah to YouTube teen sensation Hayley Richman. The book's publication coincides with the release of an album of the same name. The songs can be found on iTunes, streaming sites, and on this website.


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Journalism

JOURNALISM

 

 

 

POLITICS



PROFILE

Rosie the Red Takes Power

How Canada's “national-security risk” became prime minister of a Caribbean island

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ARCHITECTURE

Designs on Jerusalem

Moshe Safdie’s ambitious blueprint for a city

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OBITUARY

Passion Before Reason

Former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's turbulent marriage showed his human face

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ELECTION COVERAGE

Separatist Fortress

For Quebec Premier Lucien Bouchard, independence goes with the territory

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NEWS

Quebec Cliffhanger

Province narrowly votes against sovereignty in divisive 1995 referendum

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ANALYSIS

Where to Draw the Line

History provides abundant examples of partition and secession, but few rules govern national breakup

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Shrinking Heads of State

Can psychoanalysis cure political problems?

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CULTURE



LEISURE

Holy Rollers

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish bowlers focus on the straight and narrow

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BOOK REVIEW

Presssed Into Service

Novel is a shimmering ode to beloved olive tree

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Factual Fiction

Who killed Canada’s ambassador to Moscow?

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MUSIC



PROFILE

Uncommon Virtuoso

Is Marc-André Hamelin the world's greatest pianist?

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Showman in the Shadows

R&B hitmaker Vann “Piano Man” Walls re-discovered half a century after making his mark

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AUDIO FILE

There is no Accounting for Musical Taste

Why listeners are set in their ways from an early age

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INTERVIEW

Punk Paleontology

Bad Religion frontman Gregg Graffin finds time for ancient vertebrae

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Björk's Dream

An Icelandic techno pop diva wakes up slowly

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NEWS CONFERENCE

Exporting World Rhythm

Cuba's Compay Segundo is an overnight success at 91

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RAVE

Escape from Electronica

Prodigy, Bran Van 3000 headline 13-hour even

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CONCERT REVIEW

Hanson Plays to Hormones

Teen phenom drowned out by girl-powered screams

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REHEARSAL

The Basement Tapes

Child 44 combats suburban boredom with peanut butter, girlie mags, and three chords

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FUGUE

Neo-Punk Meets Old Folk

Bruce Cockburn cut and pasted with Green Day

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About the author

ERIC SIBLIN

Eric Siblin is a writer with interests in history, music, hockey, and olive oil. Educated at Concordia University in Montreal, he has worked as a staff reporter for The Canadian Press and The Montreal Gazette. His first book, The Cello Suites, explores the multi-layered story of an epic composition by Johann Sebastian Bach. The Cello Suites was a No. 1 national best-seller in Canada and named an Economist Book of the Year for 2010. It won the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction, and the McAuslan First Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award (Non-Fiction), the Writers’ Trust of Canada Non-Fiction Prize, and British Columbia’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. It has been translated into nine languages. Studio Grace, published in 2015 to coincide with an album of the same name, is his second book.