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An Evening with Martha Baillie and Camilla Grudova

Monday Oct 30 2017 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

In conversation, reading, and signing Baillie’s If Clara and Grudova’s The Doll’s Alphabet (Coach House Books).

Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Fall Literary Series.

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.

Martha Baillie’s most recent novel, The Search for Heinrich Schlögel, received wide acclaim and was an O Magazine editors’ pick. She lives in Toronto.

Short stories from an unholy marriage of Angela Carter, Sheila Heti, and H. P. Lovecraft. 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.

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.

See:

If Clara

- Trade paperback

by Martha Baillie - $19.95 - Add to Cart

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.

The Doll's Alphabet

- Trade paperback

by Camilla Grudova - $18.95 - Add to Cart

Short stories from an unholy marriage of Angela Carter, Sheila Heti, and H. P. Lovecraft. 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.