Michael Turner spent his summers working in a salmon cannery on British Columbia’s northwest coast. After moving to Europe and North Africa, he headed back to Canada where he received a degree in Anthropology. Playing in The Hard Rock Miner, a “postmodern jugband”, Michael released three albums and toured extensively for several years. This experience on the road would ultimately lead to the kernel of an idea that became Hard Core Logo, the 1993 novel that turned into a feature film, play, comic book. The autumn 1999 publication of Michael’s fifth book, The Pornographer’s Poem remains his most darkly disturbing novel, a first-hand account of the life of an unnamed pornographic filmmaker. In recent years, Michael has worked in a variety of media. Growing less and less interested in the traditional prose novel, he has written opera librettos and screenplays for movies.