Martha Baillie was born in Toronto, and studied at the University of Edinburgh, the Sarbonne, and University of Toronto. She is a poet, novelist, and storyteller. She has published several novels, including My Sister Esther, Madame Balashovskaya’s Apartment, The Shape I Gave You, and The Incident Report, which was long-listed for the Giller Prize. Her dreamlike new novel, The Search for Heinrich Schlögel (Pedlar), follows a young student who leaves his claustrophobic German town for a two-week wilderness hike in Canada’s north, only to discover on his return that thirty years have passed although he himself has not aged. Baillie lives in Toronto ON and works for the Toronto Public Library.