McClelland & Stewart to Publish Michael Ondaatje's New Novel

TORONTO, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - McClelland & Stewart Publisher (Fiction) and Executive Vice President Ellen Seligman announced Michael Ondaatje's highly anticipated new novel, The Cat's Table, will go on sale on August 30, 2011.  It will be published in the fall in the US by Knopf and in the UK by Jonathan Cape. 

"I am completely blown away by Michael Ondaatje's stunning and original new novel," says Seligman.  "The Cat's Table is a surprise and a sheer delight -- a brilliantly told story, with unforgettable moments and characters the reader comes to care deeply about.  It is perhaps Ondaatje's most thrilling and moving novel to date."

The Cat's Table has received enthusiastic and exited responses as well from Ondaatje's publishers around the world including: 

"The Cat's Table is written with wisdom and poignancy, filled with the superlative storytelling we've come to expect from Michael Ondaatje. I was completely moved by the way he inhabits the voice of his narrator and conjures the innocence of childhood and the challenges of making one's home in a strange land. The novel resonates on many levels." - Sonny Mehta, Chairman and Editor in Chief, Knopf Publishing Group

"What a book it is!  In my view, the best thing Ondaatje has done." - Robin Robertson, Jonathan Cape UK

"It is so beautiful, the way it unfolds and becomes more and more complex and becomes many types of a novel -- memoir, Bildungsroman, adventure novel and something like 1001 Nights..." - Anna Leube, Hanser, Germany

Michael Ondaatje is the author of four previous novels, a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and several books of poetry.  His most recent novel Divisadero won the 2007 Governor General's Literary Award and was a finalist for the Giller Prize. The English Patient won the Booker Prize and was an Academy Award-winning film; Anil's Ghost won the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the Giller Prize, and the Prix Médicis. Born in Sri Lanka, Ondaatje now lives in Toronto.

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Ashley Dunn, Publicity Manager, McClelland & Stewart Ltd.

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