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Plaza Requiem
Plaza Requiem

Plaza Requiem

Stories at the Edge of Ordinary Lives


128 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: November 2017

ISBN 9781550966824

Rights: US, CA, AU, NZ, EUR & SAM

Exile Editions (Nov 2017)


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Mexican-Canadian Martha Bátiz has crafted, in her first collection written in English, visceral stories with piercing and evocative qualities. She has filled her recognizable, sisterly/motherly, and imaginative characters with qualities we all hold close to our hearts, but this is powerfully juxtaposed by the uncertainty that lurks at the edges of ordinary lives. Most often they are women, trapped in violent relationships, facing dangerous political situations, or learning to live with the pain of betrayal. Yet Bátiz's stories shimmer with the emotional surge of vindication, evoking the rewards women attain after a powerful exploration of their darkest moments. As an emerging writer, Bátiz crafts her stories with qualities reminiscent of Joyce Carol Oates, Shirley Jackson, and Cuban author Leonardo Padura: with precision, haunting vision, and the will to survive all odds.

Author Biography

Martha Batiz was born and raised in Mexico City, but has been living in Toronto since 2003. Her articles, chronicles, reviews and short stories have appeared in diverse newspapers and magazines not only in her homeland, but also in Spain, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Peru, Ireland, England, the United States and Canada. Her first book was a short-story collection called A todos los voy a matar (I'm Going To Kill Them All, Castillo Press, 2000). Her award-winning novella The Wolf's Mouth (Exile Editions, 2009) was originally published in Spanish both in the Dominican Republic and in Mexico (Boca de lobo, in 2007 and 2008, respectively), and was launched as an e-book by INK Press in the summer of 2015. A new short-story collection titled De tránsito (In Transit) was published in 2014 in Puerto Rico by Terranova Editores, and received a special recognition in the International Latino Book Awards in San Francisco in 2015. She holds a PhD in Latin American Literature and is an ATA-certified literary translator. Besides being the founder and instructor of the Creative Writing in Spanish course currently offered by the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto, she is a part-time Professor at York University/Glendon College, where she teaches Spanish and Literary Translation. In 2014, Martha was featured in Latinos Magazine and The Globe and Mail among the Top Ten Most Successful Mexicans in Canada. In 2015, she was chosen as one of the Top Ten Most Influential Hispanic-Canadians.