OPEN HEART, OPEN MIND #1 On the Globe and Mail Bestseller List

Open Heart, Open MindWe are excited to congratulate Clara Hughes on her book OPEN HEART, OPEN MIND reaching #1 on the Globe and Mail Canadian Non-Fiction Bestseller List in its first week of publication! Clara’s powerful memoir launched on September 8, 2015.

Clara Hughes’ OPEN HEART, OPEN MIND follows her inspiring and honest story through childhood to her success as an Olympic athlete, all while she struggled with depression and found her place as an advocate. One of Canada’s most celebrated athletes, Clara Hughes has won numerous medals at both the summer and winter Olympic games. She is the National Spokesperson for Bell Canada’s Mental Health initiative to break down the stigma associated with mental illness.

Launch of Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes

HCOpenHeartcovtifWe are thrilled to celebrate the launch of Clara Hughes’ memoir, OPEN HEART, OPEN MIND. This highly anticipated memoir is a must read!

Ahead of publication, here is what people have to say:

“An amazing athlete, a great person, and a wonderful motivating example for all!” -Joé Juneau, ice hockey Olympic medalist and former NHL player

“Clara Hughes is both an extraordinary and an ordinary Canadian. This honest memoir reveals the determination of a champion to overcome external adversity and internal struggles, finding her place as an athlete, an advocate, and a person.” -Dr. David Goldbloom, Senior Medical Advisor, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

“Clara’s story is just like her: It is energetic, strong, full of character, and very powerful. You really feel the determination within her and you cannot fail to wish you could award her another gold medal for the way she turned her life around and makes it her duty to help others.”-Gaétan Boucher, speed skating Olympic medalist

“Clara brings us along on her journey from childhood to her incredible Olympic success, through her victories and her failures, all while dealing with her own personal torment. I now believe Clara to be superhuman, not for her incredible Olympic success and athletic feats, but for her dogged battle against depression, first for herself and now for the rest of us through her advocacy work. I couldn’t stop reading.” -Johann Koss, CEO, Right to Play International

Clara will be featured on CBC’s The National, in the Toronto Star on September 5th, interviewed on TSN radio, with dozens of other media appearances to come during the week of September 8th.

We are very proud to congratulate Clara on another huge accomplishment!

Deal News for Open Heart, Open Mind

Open Heart, Open MindTransatlantic is very proud to be bringing Canadian Olympic champion, Clara Hughes‘ inspiring story to readers all over the country. Clara Hughes is the only athlete in history to have ever won multiple medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. She is also one of Canada’s most passionate and inspiring advocates for mental health.

In her forthcoming memoir, Open Heart, Open Mind,  from Simon & Schuster Canada (English) and Éditions Libre Expression (French) scheduled for September 2015, Clara shares her
remarkable journey to becoming an elite athlete and her turbulent but ultimately redemptive relationship with her family. With over twenty years competing in the endurance sports of speed skating and cycling, Clara speaks candidly about her personal triumph over physical and mental pain and her many successes and struggles both on and off the track. “I want to share my experience,” she says. “Hopefully it will encourage people to better understand the struggle of mental illness and most importantly let people know they are not alone.” Told with honesty, passion, and humour, Clara’s story is sure to touch the hearts of all Canadians.

Contact: Samantha Haywood, samantha@transatlanticagency.com