IFOA and Coach House Books invite you to the release of If Clara by Martha Baillie, and The Doll’s Alphabet by Camilla Grudova as part of the Toronto Lit Up book launch series.
Meet the authors, network and celebrate their new work!
“A mysterious manuscript falls into a bed-ridden writer’s lap in this novel of broken bones, Syrian folktales, and plummets of all varieties.”
“Baillie delivers a work of magical realism that captures the experience of postcolonial guilt … and gives voice to a silenced past.”– Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Dolls, sewing machines, tinned foods, mirrors, malfunctioning bodies – by constantly reinventing ways to engage with her obsessions and motifs, Camilla Grudova has built a universe that’s highly imaginative, incredibly original, and absolutely discomfiting. The stories in The Doll’s Alphabet are simultaneously childlike and naive, grotesque and very dark.”
Toronto Lit Up is a three year initiative, spearheaded by the Toronto Arts Council and IFOA, designed to spotlight Toronto’s writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities.
Martha Baillie’s previous novel, The Search for Heinrich Schlögel, was an Oprah Editors’ pick, and was published in France by Actes Sud. Her 2009 novel, The Incident Report, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her poetry has been featured in the Iowa Review and her non-fiction in Brick Magazine and Longreads. She has written about contemporary visual art for the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Koffler Gallery. Her multimedia project, The Schlogel Archive, shown at the Koffler Gallery in 2015, was selected by NOW Magazine as a Contact Festival “Must See,” and can be visited at: www.schlogel.ca. Martha was born in Toronto, where she now lives and works.
Camilla Grudova lives in Toronto. She holds a degree in Art History and German from McGill University. Her fiction has appeared in The White Review and Granta.