Deep Salt Water by Marianne Apostolides

Deep Salt Water by Marianne Apostolides

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Nonfiction / Memoir
Publication Date: March 8, 2017
174 pages
8 x 6 inches
ISBN 9781771662789

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Congratulations to Marianne Apostolides, winner of the 2017 KM Hunter Artist Award for Literature!

Deep Salt Water is a stirring memoir about loss and abortion, expressed through the layering of imagery from the ocean. In detail at once sensual and sophisticated, Apostolides unfurls the emotional experience of a love affair and unwanted pregnancy, the abortion itself, and her reconnection with the man seventeen years later—a rekindling of love which stimulates this gentle attempt to come to terms with the abortion and its consequences. Moving from a place of intense intimacy to an outward focus that engages with the broader world, Deep Salt Water discusses abortion in all its complexity, rejecting polarizing rhetoric in favour of the unfathomable truths that women hold in their bodies.

With 8 full colour plates of mixed media collage by Catherine Mellinger.

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Praise for Deep Salt Water:

Deep Salt Water is intimate and sensual, tidal and saline – how can a book be tidal and saline? These words make sense within the environment of the book. Apostolides’s language is not of pristine nature but of the anthropocene, our current geologic age of bleached coral and oceans choking on plastics. In light of man-made climate catastrophe, learning this language takes on added urgency.” —Jade Colbert, The Globe and Mail

“There’s nothing like finding a book that is so open and honest, you feel as if you’ve found a window into the author’s psyche. That’s how it feels to read Marianne Apostolide’s latest, Deep Salt Water.” —Lesley LeRoux, Vagabond City

“Dancing the line between poetry and prose, Deep Salt Water is an imaginative expression of all the human body shares with the earth it inhabits. With Deep Salt Water, Apostolides has written a book that doubles as healing salve for the things inside us begging for compassion.” —María Isabel Alvarez, Colorado Review

Interview with Marianne Apostolides —Eric Maroney, Colorado Review

Marianne Apostolides Explores the Grief of Abortion in New Memoir —CBC Books

Spring 2017 Books Preview —CBC Books

Spring Lists: The 25 Canadian Books We Can’t Wait to Read —Toronto Star

17 Books to Read in 2017 —Amber Dawn, Room Magazine

Beautiful Books: Deep Salt Water —All Lit Up

A Sense of Place: An Interview with Marianne Apostolides —Roundhouse Radio 98.3 Vancouver

“…an intoxicating, accretive reading experience, shot through with recognizable truth and a clever use of the splice of precision and interruption to deliver them.” —Anakana Schofield, Toronto Star

“The engagement demanded by Deep Salt Water is more than rewarded with the narrative’s richness, originality, and daring in the connections Apostolides is willing to make, the questions she is bold enough to pose.—Kerry Clare, Hamilton Review of Books

“Apostolides’ lyrical sentences lull the reader, offering the comfort of placid seas to counteract the deep emotions derived from discussing difficult topics.” —Jenna Gersie, The Goose

Mother Stories: New books from Spring 2017 that explore mothers and their relationships —49th Shelf

Deep Salt Water  —Collage Books, an initiative of Kolaj Magazine

“In the coming year, we’ll need more writers like Apostolides, who are willing to talk about morality without the security of moralism.” Andre Forget, Candian Notes and Queries

“By posing the ethical question of whether abortion was the right decision for her, Apostolides takes the reader through a journey of self-affliction, pondering, and absolution.” Sagha Najafi, Canadian Literature

Interview with Marianne Apostolides Eric Maroney, Colorado Review

Exclusive Excerpts from Deep Salt Water:

Room Magazine is pleased to feature the captivating and thought-provoking Deep Salt Water, an interdisciplinary collaboration between four artists—author Marianne Apostolides, collage artist Catherine Mellinger, photographer Melanie Gordon, and composer Paul Swoger-Ruston.”

Deep Salt Water: Month One —Room Magazine
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An Excerpt from Deep Salt Water by Marianne Apostolides —The Puritan

Marianne Apostolides is the author of six books, three of which have been translated. She’s also a recipient of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship and a KM Hunter Award. Her previous non-fiction work, Voluptuous Pleasure, was listed among the Top 100 Books of 2012 by The Globe & Mail. Marianne lives in Toronto with her two children. For more about Marianne visit her website:

Catherine Mellinger is a mixed media and analog collage artist whose works find inspiration in the ideas originated by the feminist artists of the Dada period as well as the early Surrealists, lending to the exploration of dichotomy; real and unreal; beauty and trauma. Mellinger’s works have been published in literary magazines, and she has been commissioned by musicians, writers and private collectors. She lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and son. To see more of her work, visit her website: