After 20 years of making music, Tegan and Sara will release a memoir, High School, on Sept. 24, 2019, via Simon & Schuster in Canada, MCD × FSG in the U.S., and Virago in the U.K.
Said the dynamic duo in a statement: “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 20 years answering those complicated questions with simple answers. Writing High School gives us the opportunity to tell the intricate stories that shaped our relationship as sisters, musicians, and queer girls.”
High School promises a unique coming-of-age story of the twin SOCAN members from Calgary, growing up at the height of grunge and rave culture in the ’90s, before they became celebrated musicians and LGBTQ icons. While grappling with their identity and sexuality, they faced academic meltdown, their parents’ divorce, and the looming pressure of life after high school. Written in alternating chapters from Tegan’s point of view and Sara’s, the book is a raw account of the drugs, alcohol, first loves, first songs, and friendship they explored in their formative years.
Tegan and Sara have sold well over a million records and released eight studio albums. They’ve earned three JUNO Awards, a Grammy nomination, a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and the 2018 New York Civil Liberties Union Award. They’ve performed on some of the world’s biggest stages, from Coachella to the Academy Awards. In 2016 they created the Tegan and Sara Foundation, which fights for health, economic justice, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women.