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  • Title: The Incident Report
  • Author: Martha Baillie
  • ISBN: 9781897141250
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Paperback

  • The Incident Report By Martha Baillie In a Toronto library, home to the mad and the marginalized, notes appear, written by someone who believes he is Rigoletto, the hunchbacked jester from Verdi s opera Convinced that the young librarian, Miriam, is his daughter, he promises to protect her from grief Little does he know how much loss she has already experienced or does he The Incident Report, both mystery aIn a Toronto library, home to the mad and the marginalized, notes appear, written by someone who believes he is Rigoletto, the hunchbacked jester from Verdi s opera Convinced that the young librarian, Miriam, is his daughter, he promises to protect her from grief Little does he know how much loss she has already experienced or does he The Incident Report, both mystery and love story, daringly explores the fragility of our individual identities Strikingly original in its structure, comprised of 140 highly distilled, lyric reports, the novel depicts the tensions between private and public storytelling, the subtle dynamics of a socially exposed workplace.The Incident Report is a novel of gestures, one that invites the reader to be astonished by the circumstances its characters confront Reports on bizarre public behaviour intertwine with reports on the private life of the novel s narrator Shifting constantly between harmony and dissonance, elegant in its restraint and excitingly contemporary, The Incident Report takes the pulse of our fragmented urban existence with detachment and wit, while a quiet tragedy unfolds.
    Martha Baillie
    Martha Baillie was born in Toronto, in 1960, and educated in a French English bilingual school At seventeen she left for Scotland where she studied history and modern languages French and Russian at the University of Edinburgh.She completed her studies at the Sorbonne in Paris and at the University of Toronto While at university, Baillie became involved in theatre.She continued to act after graduation, taking scene study workshops and classes in voice and movement, while supporting herself by waitressing and teaching private French classes.In 1981, she took an extended trip through parts of Asia including Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Burma, Nepal and India This experience inspired her to switch her focus from acting to writing Upon her return to Canada, she acquired an Ontario teaching certificate and briefly taught ESL to adults and French immersion to grade five students.Today, she works part time for the Toronto Public Library She has done so for nearly twenty years, performing as a storyteller in schools, and day cares, organizing poetry readings, and community film screenings.Canoeing and hiking are two of her principal passions, along with visual art, the theatre and opera.Baillie s first novel, My Sister Esther, was published in 1995, followed by Madame Balashovskaya s Apartment in 1999 The later was also published in both Hungary and Germany In 2006 her third novel, The Shape I Gave You came out with Knopf Canada, and was a national bestseller.In The Incident Report 2009 , Baillie uses the format of 144 short reports to recount incidents from her own experiences as a librarian 3 As a work of fiction the novel contains conventional elements such as a love story and a mystery as a report, it presents a subtext depicting how Toronto libraries have become a refuge for the city s marginalized.Martha has had poems published in journals including Descant, Prairie Fire and The Antigonish Review, and her non fiction piece, The Legacy of Joseph Wagenbach was published by Brick magazine Summer 2007 Baillie has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council She lives in Toronto with her daughter and husband.

    The Incident Report By Martha Baillie


    4.5 starsSuch an affecting work of minimalism, and so hard to describe without giving away what should be experienced directly The darkness of working in what I imagine must be a large urban library and the tentativeness of falling in love are juxtaposed in such a way that the climax, though perhaps a tiny bit predictable, hit me in the gut and had me rereading and rereading one rather short incident report to see if I was, nevertheless, wrong about what I was reading.It s also an impressive loo [...]

    Lyn Elliott
    This extraordinary little book will live in me for some time, I suspect.The apparently simple format of a Toronto librarian s short Incident Reports is a brilliant device that allows Baillie to present cameo after cameo of people and behaviours outside the square, people who don t fit into or actively reject social norms and structures Libraries are usually seen as places where system unobtrusively prevails, and people quietly adhere to the expected norms.Here, in scene after scene, we meet peop [...]

    Glenn Sumi
    You won t enter a Toronto public library in the same way after reading Martha Baillie s haunting new novel, set in a fictional branch in Allan Gardens.The Incident Report consists of 144 reports, some long and detailed, others haiku like in their suggestive minimalism They re all filed by Miriam Gordon, a librarian in her mid 30s whose cautious and detached demeanour make her an objective report taker Initially, that is.Then she meets Janko, a mysterious cab driver artist from Slovenia, who beco [...]

    Amanda Vance
    Many incidents occur in public libraries,and when one does the librarian in chargeis required to fill out the necessary forms The Incident Report begins with this quote along with an example of a library incident report, setting the tone for the rest of the story The book is broken up into individual incidents, which taken together, tell the story of Miriam s life Library incidents intertwine with incidents within her life, past and present to give a feeling of who Miriam is and how seemingly ra [...]

    I discovered this book when meeting Baillie at our local farmer s market, which we attend each Saturday Baillie had the only wares that were in book form, and was a total quirkball delight to chat with Toronto s Pedlar Press is run by one woman in her house, and sheesh, does she ever create elegant books the paper weight on this one was lovely.Anyone who s ever worked in a public library must read this book to find solidarity and deep humor Anyone who hasn t ever worked in a public library must [...]

    Jason Pettus
    Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally This is now my second book from the exquisite small Canadian publisher Pedlar Press, after Jacob Wren s Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed and this is just as impressive as that one, a poetically beautiful text but with quite a dark streak as well, in this case centered around a Toronto public library [...]

    I picked this up at the library firstly because of the fine paper it is printed on a rare delight , and secondly because of its novel concept of telling the story The book uses 144 incident reports like the ones which Toronto Public Library workers fill out to report notable and questionable incidents at the library like patrons who remove all the books off a shelf, or men who beckon to patrons from outside the library s windows I found this format perfect for the main character Miriam s descrip [...]

    Anyone who currently works, wants to work, or has worked in a public library needs to read this book Entirely made up of incident reports, this is the story of Miriam Gordon, who works at the service desk in the Toronto Public Library Miriam s reports chronicle her day today encounters with customers, which encompass the hilariously inappropriate, disturbing and the poignant From the man who sits on the floor and obsessively stacks books, to the Lavendar Woman who rants to Miriam about Americans [...]

    David Dacosta
    What constitutes a novel Well, Martha Baillie has constructed something that shatters that traditional notion The Incident Report reads like a series of diary entries by a peculiar librarian Four plus years ago, a favorable review of this book appeared in an alternative Toronto weekly Now magazine and piqued my curiosity Shortly thereafter, I searched the library database with no luck The title hadn t been purchased yet, so I settled for Baillie s previous novel The Shape I Gave You I appreciate [...]

    Jakob Vala Graphic Designer Martha Baillie s novel The Incident Report is structured as brief reports written by Miriam, a librarian in Toronto The plot involves romance and mystery, but so far the most compelling bits are Miriam s descriptions of the library s odd patrons, which remind me for better or worse of my twelve years as a clerk in a small town bookstore Editor s Note Matha Baillie s upcoming novel The Search for Heinrich Schlogel will be published by Tin House in September, 2014, alon [...]

    Corinne Wilson
    What an odd little book At first I was confused by the poetic language and personal tone of the security incident reports, until I figured out that the librarian is using them as a sort of private diary, recording past memories, snippets of her time with her lover, and daily interactions with colorful patrons and keeping these incidents in her desk One of the library s regular members is convinced that he is the opera character Rigoletto and that the librarian is his long lost daughter, whom he [...]

    It would not do to go into too much detail, as much of the joy of The Incident Report comes from placing the pieces together, getting a picture of Miriam s fragility and strength only through glimpses into her reactions The rest of the novel s delight lies in Baillie s precise construction of sentences, her wordplay and imagery delicately balancing Miriam s wistful view of the world with its harsher realities Phrases such as I lowered my eyes to the computer screen and read, but the words had be [...]

    1 pedlar press 2 a novel made of library incident reports 3 5 star cclap reviewyou tell me what s not to like clever, affecting novel of a women taking the chance to reach out to other people, specifically taking a lover after many years a solitary Intertwined with her story are incident reports she has made at her job as a librarian, reports of all the crazy, nice, vile, and ridiculous people who use public libraries The ultimate question i see author is asking is if we reach out to other human [...]

    Jim Puskas
    Most of this book is poetry masquerading as prose No matter, it s utterly unique, whatever you name it Baillie recounts a host of bizarre incidents at the library where she works, involving a number of very strange patrons many of them clearly nuts, others just lost souls Some are hilarious, some simply droll while others are sad and pitiful Meanwhile Miriam, the narrator lets us into her developing relationship with Janko, an immigrant who, unable to make a living from his talent as an artist, [...]

    Emotion wells up quickly from the supposedly dry and clinical reports of day to day occurrences at a downtown Toronto library Written by a frustrated and depressed but conscientious young woman, the ostensible reports trace both fond and troubled memories from her childhood, and bring her to the awakening and possibilities of happiness in her present life Longlisted for the 2009 Giller Prize, Baillie s novel is populated by fleeting but poignant portraits of people finding solace and sanctuary i [...]

    Kit A.
    Required reading for anybody who has worked or is currently working in a library The narrative is told through a series of numbered incident reports, which are structured like mini chapters While I agree that the main character, Miriam, an employee at the Allan Gardens branch of the Toronto Public Library, can seem emotionless at times, I found her dry and subtle humour added so much to the challenging and absurd situations at the library Her patience and diplomacy in handling difficult patrons [...]

    This was a very clever book, probably 3.5 stars but I decided to be generous and round it up The author uses a gimmick to tell the story but she does it in such a way that the gimmick does not overshadow the narrative The narrator works in a public library in Toronto and tells the story through a series of incident reports that reflect the day to day weirdness of working in this environment She also uses these reports to tell the story of her love affair which she obviously would not include in [...]

    This book started out a little quirky, a little poetic Quiet, kinda charming, a little edge to it There s a sexy little love story and a creepy little mystery Then the love story ends in random violence and the creepy mystery never gets resolved.When I finished the book, I turned to the back to check out the author The look on Martha Baillie s face in her author photo really tells you what kind of book The Incident Report is going to be If only I had looked there first So my advice to you is to [...]

    It s hard not to like a book set at a library and made up of incident reports that librarians have to follow It should be handed out to all SILS entrants as a deterrent and warning as to what serving the public really means

    A wonderful little book with poem like episodes incidents that happen in a Toronto library With just a few words she captured a life of each person It s a book that does not aim to preach or educate, just observe Sometimes funny sometimes sad.

    This wasn t what I expected I d read reviews saying it was the fictional record book of a librarian writing up reports on various incidents taking place in the library, but the tone and the direction the story took were quite a surprise Because the main character is a female librarian I was thinking it might have a Miss Read or Anne of Green Gables feel to it Wrong It started out with a couple of funny incidents but the stories get much serious as it continues This is an edgy librarian two word [...]

    One of the things I enjoy about following other bloggers and reading their reviews is the discovery of new things, interesting books that I might not have heard of otherwise A case in point is The Incident Report 2009 , an excellent novella by the Canadian author, Martha Baillie, which I bought after reading Max s review I very much doubt that I would have stumbled across this book had it not been for Max s blog, and that would have been a shame as it s a little gem.In some respects, Baillie s b [...]

    Recommended by a good librarian friend of mine, I was naturally intrigued by the reports on bizarre public behaviour that intertwined with the main narrative of a man trying to find his long lost daughter Of course, librarians of all ages will automatically flock to it Mostly due to professional curiosity and a reminder that we are not alone in experiencing some of the truly bizarre things that happen in a public space In which case, this book is a definite must read to my librarian colleagues. [...]

    Actual rating 2.5.A strange and rather weird book, comprising a collection of reported library incidents and snippets from the narrator s own life The mostly impassive narrative created a surreal atmosphere, tending towards a disconnected apathy that could at times be unsettling.Quotes My father did not read the books he collected Whereas many men drink, he eased his anguish by purchasing books He imagined that his collection might one day acquire an immense value Not that he planned to sell his [...]

    Dani Peloquin
    When I first finished this book, I was speechless which is rare for me I stumbled upon this novel while in a bookstore in Canada and thought that the premise was interesting so I bought a copy I had no idea how impressive such a slim book could be I rarely keep books after I finish reading them, however, this book will have a permanent place on my bookshelf for future re readings and re re readings.Author Mariam Baillie tells the story of Miriam, a public librarian in the city of Toronto Miriam [...]

    Jeff Raymond
    My tolerance for experimental fiction is admittedly low, and I didn t know that The Incident Report was that type of book going in That s okay, though, because it s actually pretty good.The story follows the life of a librarian through various branch incident reports Between the tales of different patrons and their activities man, that takes me back is a tale of some creepy, perhaps mentally imbalanced stalking The story is a fairly fast one, a many of the almost 200 pages only have a couple lin [...]

    This was another random pick up at my local value village I m quite glad I grabbed it though.The title jumped out at me while scanning the selves It reminded me of Mr Ludlums work Once in my hands the very fine cover and even greater paper stock stood out as different The fact that the back cover had nothing about the book was intriguing Then to find out that the copy was signed by the author.even better The format of the book namely a series of random reports that somewhat tells a story was not [...]

    If you work in a library or any other service based industry, you are probably familiar with incident reports detailed written reports that must be completed whenever a disturbance or criminal act occurs during your work hours This novel by Martha Baillie is narrated by a library clerk, Miriam, in the form of reports regarding both library and personal incidents Captured in these reports are unruly and ill behaved patrons of all sorts and those of you who have worked in libraries can attest to t [...]

    Shonna Froebel
    This novel has an intriguing format With the narrator, Miriam, an employee of the Public Libraries of Toronto, in the Allan Gardens branch, the book begins with a form used by the library to report on incidents that take place in the library The rest of the book is in the form of short sometimes very short incident reports that consist of descriptions of events that take place in the library, in her personal life, or in her past It was a very different way to tell a story and yet it worked in a [...]

    Carly Svamvour
    This is being discussed at the High Park Library on the 2nd Wednesday in September.August 31st I finished it The book is a fast, smooth read A day to day account of a librarian s life Just loved it.This book is going to sit in my mind as something special Not because I identify in any way with the vocation of librarian but because it s a first for me.It is the first time I ve fully understood what it means when a book can be classified as literature.The other day I read somewhere that a book is [...]

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