Today IF CLARA by Martha Baillie publishes with Coach House Books and we couldn’t be more excited! Happy Book Birthday Martha!
From the Publisher: A mysterious manuscript falls into a bed-ridden writer’s lap in this novel of broken bones, Syrian folktales, and plummets of all varieties.
In If Clara, nobody stands on firm ground. Daisy, an author confined to her home, her leg in a cast from hip to ankle, receives a parcel containing the manuscript of a novel about a Syrian refugee, and is asked to pose as its writer. Julia, a curator of installation art, has no idea that her sister, Clara, has written a novel. However, she does know that Clara suffers from a debilitating mental illness that renders her wildly unpredictable. And Maurice’s life is changed by a pair of binoculars welded to the wall of Julia’s gallery. These stories collide in a most unexpected way.
Also, please join Martha Baillie on September 19th! In partnership with the IFOA and Toronto Lit Up, Coach House Books is launching IF CLARA. Doors open at 7 and readings will begin at 7:30. Don’t miss the chance to see her on October 5th at the Coach House Books Fall Launch. She will attend alongside fellow Transatlantic Agency client Naben Ruthnum. Full event details can be found at the following link: chbooks.com/Events
“Baillie’s mastery distinguishes each voice. Even the neat and sentimental conclusion offers solace as the characters’ complexity resonates beyond the page…Baillie’s novel will appeal to many and please the literary-minded too.” – Quill & Quire
Rights Sold: Coach House Books, World, All Languages ex. French
World Rights Ex: France/Quebec to Martha Baillie‘s exquisite new novel, IF CLARA – looking at family, friendship, memory, and the anxiety of contemporary life as if through a kaleidoscope, the colourful shards keep rearranging themselves. Flawlessly woven together are characters that fall and break their bones, dive into erotic love, drop from the sky, and plummet into mental illness. Their lives, they quickly discover, are inextricably intertwined. To Alana Wilcox at Coach House Books for Fall 2017.
The French edition of THE SEARCH FOR HEINRICH SCHLOGEL by Martha Baillie published this week on September 14, 2016 with Lemeac Editeur! The novel tells a sophisticated story with magical underpinnings about a young man who escapes the claustrophobia of small-town Germany by traveling to Canada, where he sets out on a long solo hike into the interior of Baffin Island; while he is hiking, time plays tricks on him and when he returns he discovers that thirty years have vanished and time has sped forward to 2010.
“The use of an unreliable narrator has a point here: Baillie is turning the tables on the European, who has taken the place usually held by the “native” as specimen of study. The result is a philosophic, absorbing read on photography, the North, colonialism, ethnography, and the nature of time.” – Globe & Mail
“Taken together (book, online archive, gallery exhibit), The Search for Heinrich Schlögel achieves a kind of ethics of memory, in which what is remembered is never certain and so not owned by the person attempting to remember.” – Brick Magazine
Rights Sold: Lemeac Editeur, North America (French); Pedlar Press, Canada (English); Tin House Books, United States (English)
Coming in October ILLUMINATION – Portraits of Canadian Literature + Authors
In this innovative new exhibit, award-winning Canadian artist Mark Raynes Roberts illustrates the personalities of some of Canada’s most vibrant and interesting authors through a series of 150 photographs. Exhibits at both the Toronto Reference Library and the Harbourfront Centre’s International Festival of Authors will feature projected portrait installations of some of the following Transatlantic Agency author clients: Martha Baillie, Dave Bidini, Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, Claire Holden Rothman, Diane Schoemperlen, Paula Todd and Kathleen Winter. Through these works, Raynes Roberts will explore the inner lives of authors and their creative roots.
At the Gardiner Museum, to complement the photography series, Mark Raynes Roberts will present his ethereal glass engraving as visual interpretations of narrative by 12 Canadian authors based upon the theme of Light. For over 30 years, Raynes Roberts has created glass sculpture as medium to examine human transcendence and with this new collection, celebrate artistic culture and Canada’s literary treasury.
ILLUMINATION – Portraits of Canadian Literature – Crystal Art Exhibition
Gardiner Museum – October 26 to November 11, 2015
ILLUMINATION – Portraits of Canadian Authors – Projected Portrait Photography Exhibitions
Toronto Reference Library – October 11 – Nov 1, 2015
International Festival of Authors – October 22 to November 1, 2015.
French North American rights to Giller-nominated author Martha Baillie’s new novel THE SEARCH FOR HEINRICH SCHLOGELsold to Marilena Bono at Lemeac.THE SEARCH FOR HEINRICH SCHLOGEL is about a young man who escapes the claustrophobia of small-town Germany by traveling to Canada, where he sets out on a long solo hike into the interior of Baffin Island and while he is hiking, time plays tricks on him and when he returns he discovers that thirty years have vanished. Canadian English rights previously sold to Pedlar Press, US rights previously to Tin House Books, by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency
The Globe 100 is out! Among the 100 best books of 2014 are Transatlantic’s THE SEARCH FOR HEINRICH SCHLOGEL (by Martha Baillie), SHOPLIFTER (Michael Cho), THE TROUBLE WITH BRUNCH (Shawn Micallef), WILL STARLING (Ian Weir) and THE FREEDOM IN AMERICAN SONGS (Kathleen Winter). Congratulations to all the authors on the list.
Giller longlisted author Martha Baillie’s new novel The Search for Heinrich Schlögel, a sophisticated story with magical underpinnings about a young man who escapes the claustrophobia of small-town Germany by traveling to Canada, where he sets out on a long solo hike into the interior of Baffin Island; while he is hiking, time plays tricks on him and when he returns he discovers that thirty years have vanished and time has sped forward to 2010.
Canadian English rights to Pedlar Press, US rights previously to Tin House Books for Fall 2014 by Samantha Haywood.