Award-winning musicians Tegan and Sara have announced they are to release a memoir in September 2019.
Titled ‘High School’, the memoir will share the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary Alberta, growing up in the height of grunge and rave culture in the 90s, well before they became the celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ+ icons we know today.
While grappling with their identity and sexuality, often alone, they also faced academic meltdown, their parents’ divorce, and the looming pressure of what might come after high school. Written in alternating chapters from both Tegan’s point of view and Sara’s, the book is a raw account of the drugs, alcohol, love, music and friendship they explored in their formative years.
A transcendent story of first loves and first songs, the memoir will capture the tangle of discordant and parallel memories of two sisters who grew up in distinct ways even as they lived just down the hall from one another.
“How did you start your band? When did you know that you were gay? What were you like before Tegan and Sara? We have spent twenty years answering those complicated questions with simple answers,” Tegan and Sara explain.
Writing ‘High School’ gives us the opportunity to tell the intricate stories that shaped our relationship as sisters, musicians, and queer girls.
‘High School’ will be published on September 24th 2019. In Canada, the book will be published by Simon & Schuster Canada, Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the U.S. and Virago in the United Kingdom.
“We are tremendously proud to be publishing this memoir by two Canadian icons. Like its writers, this book is authentic and outspoken. It shines new light on the high school experience and reveals how these two artists found their voices and a sense of belonging,” says Nita Pronovost, Vice President and Editorial Director of Simon & Schuster Canada.
During the course of their twenty-year career, Tegan and Sara have sold well over one million records and released eight studio albums. They have received three Juno Awards, a Grammy nomination, a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and the 2018 New York Civil Liberties Union Award.