AUTHOR WITH BUZZ AND AN INTERESTING PROFILE: Madhur was awarded the 2017 Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence in Fiction, and listed as a “Writer to Watch” by CBC. Her debut book of poetry was called a “triumph” in a Publisher’s Weekly starred review, nominated for the Trillium Book Award, and listed as one of Canadian Broadcasting Agency’s ten all-time “trailblazing” collections. She is a full professor of ecology and sustainability at the University of Guelph, the poetry editor for Canadian Notes and Queries, and a member of Walrus Magazine’s Educational Review Committee.
COMPELLING TOPIC TOLD IN A NEW WAY: While Partition has inspired both historical analysis and iconic fiction (Midnight’s Children), it has not often been explored through the lens of creative non-fiction. Crucially, Madhur brings the event to life for a new generation writing as a daughter of immigrants and tracing the echoes of the rupture for a new age.
BLURB COMMITMENTS: Dionne Brand and Lee Smolin have already offered to blurb the book. Madhur is well-connected in literary circles and has several additional high profile authors she thinks she could approach for support.
“Wondrously and elegantly written in language that astonishes and moves the reader, Madhur Anand’s exquisite and complex memoir explores memory, science, place, migration, relationships, and ecology, and delves deeply into the multiple meanings of partition. This is an important book: an emotional and intellectual tour de force.” — Jane Urquhart, author of The Stonecarvers
“An electrical storm of a book. Sweeping, gorgeous, bold and piercing, Madhur Anand writes with control and heat, a far-reaching brain and a poet’s heart. This Red Line achieves the rarest feat: it takes two asymmetrical halves and assembles them into a whole––as vivid and uneasy as life itself.”
— Claudia Dey, Heartbreaker and Stunt
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