Taras Grescoe’s books include the best-selling Bottomfeeder, which won the Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction. Sacré Blues, The End of Elsewhere, and Straphanger were also Writers’ Trust Prize finalists. Shanghai Grand: Forbidden Love and International Intrigue on the Eve of the Second World War was a finalist for the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction. His latest work, Possess the Air: Fascism, Freedom, and the Fate of Mussolini’s
Rome (biblioasis), revisits the heroic people who, decades ago, defied Italy’s authoritarian despot by opposing the rising tide of populism and xenophobia.
Grescoe lives in Montreal.