Join Exile Editions and the Toronto International Festival of Authors in celebrating the release of Martha Bátiz’s Damiana’s Reprieve through Toronto Lit Up!
Damiana’s Reprieve offers a candid look into an opera singer’s life, what happens backstage before and during performances, and what happens when unexpected turns in life leave one facing the not-so-cliché reality that the show must go on…
Everything in Damiana’s life comes to a point of personal realization just minutes before her debut as the leading character in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. A sequence of events – from an unexpected family reunion that forces her to analyze her past, to facing the consequences of the domestic abuse she and her siblings endured, on through finding the answer to a very painful question – culminate to leave her world forever altered.
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Martha Bátiz was born and raised in Mexico City, but has been living in Toronto since 2003. In 2018 she received the Best Fiction Award from the International Latino Book Awards for her collection of stories, Plaza Requiem. Her articles, chronicles, reviews and short stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines in her homeland as well as in Spain, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Peru, Ireland, England, the United States and Canada. She holds a PhD in Latin American Literature, is an instructor of Creative Writing at the University of Toronto, and is a part-time professor at York University/Glendon College, where she teaches Spanish and Literary Translation.