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House of Anansi Press

In-Between Days

A Memoir About Living with Cancer

Written by Teva Harrison

Published April 23, 2016 | ISBN 9781487001087

Cover of In-Between Days

Regular price $19.95 CAD

128 pages | 10.07 in × 6.88 in
Print Format

About this book

In-Between Days

A Memoir About Living with Cancer

Teva Harrison

2016 Governor General's Literary Award Finalist

2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Winner

2017 Joe Shuster Award Nominee

Teva Harrison was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37. In this brilliant and inspiring graphic memoir, she documents through comic illustration and short personal essays what it means to live with the disease. She confronts with heartbreaking honesty the crises of identity that cancer brings: a lifelong vegetarian, Teva agrees to use experimental drugs that have been tested on animals. She struggles to reconcile her long-term goals with an uncertain future, balancing the innate sadness of cancer with everyday acts of hope and wonder. She also examines those quiet moments of helplessness and loving with her husband, her family, and her friends, while they all adjust to the new normal.

Ultimately, In-Between Days is redemptive and uplifting, reminding each one of us of how beautiful life is, and what a gift.

About the Author

Teva Harrison

TEVA HARRISON is a writer and visual artist. She is the author of the critically acclaimed graphic memoir In-Between Days, which was the winner of the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Nonfiction, a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction and the Joe Shuster Award for Cartoonist or Auteur, and was a Globe and Mail, National Post, Kobo, and Quill & Quire Book of the Year. Forty-five works from In-Between Days have been exhibited in a solo show at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Teva is Principal Illustrator for the National Film Board/National Theatre production of playwright Jordan Tannahill’s Draw Me Close: A Memoir, a virtual reality theatrical experience blending live theatre and virtual reality technology. She is a Canadian Magazine Award and National Magazine Award finalist, whose writing and comics have appeared in The Walrus, Granta, Quill & Quire, Huffington Post, Carte Blanche, Reader’s Digest (Canada, U.S., and International editions), Globe and Mail, and more. She is a commentator on CBC Radio, in the Toronto Star, and in the Globe and Mail, and has appeared on programs, including Canada AM, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, Space TV’s InnerSpace, The Morning Show, and in Maclean’s, Chatelaine, and Rabble.ca. Teva regularly speaks on creativity and leads workshops on telling life stories. She is also the illustrator of The Joyful Living Colouring Book. Born and raised in rural Oregon, Teva currently lives in Toronto with her husband.

Awards and Praise
  • Short-listed Governor General's Literary Award, 2016
  • Winner Kobo Emerging Writers Prize for Nonfiction, 2017
  • Long-listed Joe Shuster Award, 2017