Teva Harrison in the media

CBC Metro Morning, interview

“There are many books about living with cancer, and then there is Teva Harrison's, "In-Between Days"


A devastating and inspiring cancer memoir mixing drawings and essays, hope and dreadThe narrative amplifies the art, as each single-page comic is followed by a short essay with the same title, the words illuminating the theme with greater depth and nuance, the drawings conveying feelings and experiences so powerful that they transcend expression in words… An impressive graphic memoir.” 

Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"[An] unforgettable memoir...raw, brilliant, thought-provoking, and very disquieting.” 

National Post: NP 99 Best Books of the year

Harrison’s graphic memoir of her life with cancer has been one of the most talked-about books of the year, and it is a refreshing, heartbreaking, charming look at the uncertainty of Harrison’s days. The near-universality of cancer in our lives and families makes this an indispensable read.”

Globe and Mail Best 100 Books of 2016

“This profoundly touching memoir, told through comics and prose, chronicles the author’s life after she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.”

Quill and Quire Best Books of the Year

In-Between Days collects illustrations and essays that Teva Harrison began compiling following a diagnosis, at the age of 37, of metastatic breast cancer. Harrison openly shares her inner doubts, joys, and pain – not as a hero but as a human. That she does so makes this one of the most powerful memoirs on the subject.”

Shelagh Rogers, CBC The Next Chapter

This is a book of comic-style drawings about living with metastatic breast cancer. It is a deeply moving book and a vivid portrayal of Teva's life and the choices cancer forces her to make. Teva has always been an artist. Turns out, she is a genius at being human. Cancer touches all our lives. This book, thanks to Teva's courage, makes us all less afraid.”

National Post, review

“In her heartbreakingly honest exploration of these spaces in-between, Harrison provides a useful guide for those who cannot know the thoughts and fears of someone living with chronic illness; and for those experiencing a similar situation, the book shows that even in the most personal of journeys, you are not alone. At its heart, In-Between Days is a firm statement that joy and hope can exist in the same space as anxiety and fear; that each day we are given should be lived, as Harrison says, “With a sense of wonder and delight.”

Canadian Jewish News, interview

In-Between Days, a graphic novel that combines comics and short essays that explore what it is like to live with incurable cancer, is, all at once, heartbreaking and heartwarming, revealing and honest, all the while showcasing how beautiful and unfair life can be”

Metro News (National), interview Bookworm Column

“…an unflinchingly honest and occasionally joyful account of Harrison’s day-to-day life”

Maclean’s Magazine, review

“Harrison’s drawing style is more freeform than finicky, and her linework has an appealing vulnerability. But even beyond that aesthetic quality, there’s a remarkable directness to seeing vignettes from a life coloured by cancer that cuts to the quick…The results are profoundly, achingly affecting…What’s striking is, as Sontag might say, her resistance to metaphoric thinking. There’s whimsy, to be sure: the author and a friend don tails and sequins and march in a mermaid parade, and Harrison conjures childhood summers spent stargazing and having flower-petal snowball fights. But when it comes to the day-to-day details of cancer, Harrison is unflinching in her efforts to tell—and show—the straight story.”

CBC Books “How I Wrote It,” online feature

Inspiring, eye-opening and darkly funny, In-Between Days runs the emotional gamut, with comic strips so sharp they feel like a punch to the heart.”

Globe and Mail, review

“Beautiful and often arresting account of living and dying with metastatic breast cancer…Harrison demonstrates with humour, with wisdom, with artistry, that cancer is by no means the end of the story.”

The New York Times, review

 "The stark black-and-white drawings ... have the urgency of fighting back."

 Winnipeg Free Press, review June 4 

“… the humour, honesty and hope that infuses Harrison’s story will undoubtedly resonate with readers”

49th Shelf- The Chat, interview May 24

“At times heartbreaking, always revealing, and often fiercely uplifting, In-Between Days is a book that reminds us what a precious gift it is to be alive and awake in the world”.

Toronto Star, Summer Reads, June 25

“ This is a very special book — Toronto author and artist Teva Harrison wrote and drew it as a way of dealing with her diagnosis at age 37 of metastatic breast cancer. Part graphic, part diary, it’s a moving book that approaches this devastating topic with joy, hope and heartbreak. She shares so openly how she feels about mortality that her great gift becomes showing us all how to live.”

LitFest Summer Reading list, June 26

“In-Between Days is an honest and powerful work that reminds us just how beautiful the gift of life truly is.”

The Indextrious Reader, review, Sept 12

“[Teva Harrison] has an unsentimental voice and a beautiful, generous eye, and together these gifts create an unforgettable book. While I wholeheartedly wish she had never had reason to write such a book, she has looked at her life unflinchingly and created a stunning book that should be shared widely.” 

Walrus Magazine The Best Books of 2016: Kamal Al-Solaylee : “Also among my favourites this year are Madeleine Thien’s Giller Prize-winning Do Not Say We Have Nothing and Teva Harrison’s graphic memoir In-Between Days. In their own different and gorgeous ways, both books are testimonies to the power of art in times of extremities."

Walrus Magazine The Best Books of 2016: Emily Urquhart: “intimate and intensely-readable”

The Globe and Mail: A Year in ReadingStacey May Fowles: “Teva Harrison moved readers with her stunning graphic memoir, In-Between Days, a bighearted depiction of living with metastatic breast cancer, and one that offered much needed hope, wide-reaching comfort, and a necessary perspective on living well.”

49th Shelf Talkers (Blue Heron)

“With grace and passion Teva Harrison paints a genuine portrait (literally and figuratively) of living with terminal cancer. Without ever descending into a pity party, Teva's honesty and ability to share the truth strikes a chord with all who read her graphic memoir.”

Kobo Best Books of the Year

iBooks Best of 2016

CBC Best Books of 2016

49th Shelf Books of the Year

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Smash Pages Q&A: Teva Harrison on ‘In-Between Days’

The New York Times Cancer Humor by Susan Gubar

Oregon Jewish Life Author Helps Other Women With Cancer Feel Less Alone

The New York Times, review


The Globe and Mail 16 Torontonians to Watch in 2016

TVO: The Agenda appearance and report on the In-Between Days book launch

The Globe and Mail Review Teva Harrison’s In-Between Days is a beautiful and arresting account of living with cancer

Maclean's Review In-Between Days offers a deeply affecting memoir

The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers

National Post Review Drawing outside the lines: Teva Harrison authors a fresh take on the memoir of illness

The Globe and Mail Finding strength to fight cancer in the potency of the wild

The Toronto Star Cancer patient Teva Harrison draws on her inner strength

Quill & Quire Spring preview

Chatelaine Teva Harrison on how a serious illness impacted her

CBC Yukon A memorable trip to the Yukon for Teva Harrison

The Globe and Mail 16 Canadian reads for the first half of 2016

Canada AM with Marci Ien

The Globe and Mail Writing graphic memoir was this woman's answer to terminal cancer

Metro Morning with Matt Galloway 

Herizons Diving Deep

The Canadian Jewish News Emotional Book Explores Living with Cancer

The 180 with Jim Brown

W May Book Picks: Memoirs To Make You Laugh And Cry

The Trailbreaker Northwords: Teva Harrison

Global The Morning Show, Calgary

CBC Books' 2016 writers to watch

CBC Books Teva Harrison: How I wrote about my incurable cancer 'We are the story of the women who die': 'In-Between Days' chronicles life with cancer

CBC Books' Spring Preview

Winnipeg Free Press Dire Diagnosis

Ottawa Morning

The Toronto Star Summer Reads

Toronto Life The 14 books you have to read this spring

Kickass Canadians Teva Harrison, artist-writer-cartoonist-student of nature-beam of light

The Toronto Star Graphic Novelists Find Power in the Personal

The Humber Literary Review Stealing Time

49th Shelf The Chat: Trevor Corkum Interviews Teva Harrison

The Hamilton Spectator Teva Harrison uses illustrations to document cancer journey in ‘In-Between Days’

Toronto Metro Teva Harrison's graphic memoir depicts her struggle with breast cancer

Vue Weekly Accepting the In-Between: Teva Harrison’s graphic memoir deals with the realities of a cancer diagnosis

Healthline Living With Cancer in 3 parts 1) What Matters More Now, 2) Cancer Warrior, 3) What I Wish They Told Me