Taras Grescoe is a Montreal-based writer, the author of Sacré Blues: An Unsentimental Journey through Quebec (Macfarlane, Walter & Ross), a non-fiction portrait of contemporary Quebec that won Canada's Edna Staebler Award for Non-Fiction, two Quebec Writers' Federation Awards, a National Magazine Award (for an excerpted chapter), and was short-listed for the Writers' Trust Award. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Salon, the Independent, and National Geographic Traveler. and has written features for Saveur, the New York Times Magazine (substituting for William Safire), Wired, the Chicago Tribune Magazine, the Times of London, and Condé Nast Traveller. His latest book, The End of Elsewhere: Travels Among the Tourists, a travelogue that is at once a history of leisure travel and a critique of mass tourism, was published last April and was also nominated for the Writers' Trust Award. It is to be published by Serpent's Tail (London) in the U.K. and the United States in Fall 2004.
Grescoe is currently working on The Devil's Picnic, a cross-cultural comparison of prohibitions, to be published by Bloomsbury (New York), Macmillan (London) and HarperCollins (Toronto) in Fall 2005.
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