2 Seas Represents: Dutch, French and Nordic rights.
Halftone illustrations by Mark Serr (all rights cleared).
“In her intensely personal book, journalist and filmmaker Elizabeth Farnsworth…combines historical and emotional fact with a bit of fiction to paint a portrait that captures her childhood and also her professional life.” — San Francisco Chronicle
“Filmmaker and PBS foreign correspondent Farnsworth packs a life’s worth of pain and self-discovery into a slim memoir that fuses fiction and memory . . . [S]he’s such an able storyteller and her tale of loss, suffused with a child’s desire to attach meaning and reasoning to death, is so universal.” — Publishers Weekly
“I began this book with a sense of discovery and finished it in a state of exaltation. Along the way it broke my heart. It has been a long time since I read a book so moving, plain spoken and beautiful.” — Michael Chabon
“A glimpse of a life both real and imagined, beautifully told. It’s a story of courage and compassion, longing and love. A polished gem, like nothing I’ve ever read before.” — Ayelet Waldman, author Love and Treasure and A Really Good Day
“Elizabeth Farnsworth has created a magic potion of prose that has both the deep rhythms and cadences of poetry. Her A Train through Time sparkles with the telling of happenings from the real and the imagined. It is a small jewel of graceful writing, insightful observing and memorable reading that will live in the mind of readers forever.” — Jim Lehrer
“In this haunting combination of a reporter’s memories and the imagination of a bereaved child, Elizabeth Farnsworth seamlessly weaves together two different, but not entirely disparate, aspects of her life. The result is a deeply moving piece of literature quite unlike any other I have read.” — Adam Hochschild, author of Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39
“From Vietnam, Cambodia, Iraq, and other outposts of human danger and devastation, famed NewsHour television journalist, Elizabeth Farnsworth brought home tragic news. Yet, as a nine-year-old girl, young Elizabeth faced a tragic loss of her own. In this riveting book, we meet a brave, questing child, teddy bear under arm, facing the edge of the unbearable, and a highly compassionate adult, seeking to know and help a wounded world. Brilliant. Unforgettable. Healing.” — Arlie Hochschild, author of Strangers In Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
“In this book, Elizabeth Farnsworth lays bare the genesis of the caring heart that has so infused her stellar reporting. In flash backs and leaps forward, in fact and fantasy, she takes the reader on a journey that opens up her personal and professional world in a way that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. It is a unique perspective that deserves to be read by anyone who cares about the news and is curious about someone who does it so well.” — Charlayne Hunter-Gault
“A unique, moving, and thought-provoking portrait of Elizabeth’s Farnsworth’s years as a foreign correspondent, beautifully layered with a potent reimagining of the loss she suffered in childhood, one part of her life speaking to the other, answering and assuaging, bringing a long-sought understanding of the pull war zones and conflicts exerted on her.” — Linda Spalding, author of The Purchase, KQED interview
A memoir of self-discovery by an impeccable broadcast journalist and award-winning foreign correspondent, where memory and imagination are closely linked, mixing fact and fiction in an unusual way.
How much of our memory is constructed by our imagination? And how does that memory shape our paths, beliefs, and desires? As a nine-year old, Elizabeth Farnsworth struggled to accept the terrifying loss of her mother to cancer. The loss led to an unusual cross- country journey for Farnsworth and her father. En route to San Francisco from her home town of Topeka, Kansas, the heartsick child searches for her mother at train stations along the way. Even more, she searches for answers—answers to her mother’s death, the speed of time, and to a mysteriously locked compartment on the train.
Weaving a child’s imaginative adventures with vivid memories from her reporting in danger zones like Cambodia and Iraq, Farnsworth explores how she became involved in covering mass death and disaster. While she never breaks the tone of a curious investigator, she easily moves between her nine-year-old self and the experienced, hard-hitting journalist. Imagination is at play throughout her work, whether it be in her childhood adventures or in her narrative control, always with great purpose. She openly confronts the impact of her childhood on the route her life has taken. And, as she provides one beautifully crafted depiction after another, we share her journey, coming to know the acclaimed reporter as she discovers herself. Farnsworth’s curiosity lingers on every page of A Train Through Time: A Life Real and Imagined, and so does the making of a powerfully driven woman.
2 Seas Agency represents foreign rights on behalf of an exciting variety of publishers, agents and authors coming from all corners of the globe.
Based in Ojai, California, it was founded in June 2011 by Marleen Seegers and Derek Dodds, two passionate, multilingual publishing professionals with over 20 years of combined experience on both sides of the Atlantic as well as in Asia.
Besides the two most important international book fairs, held in Frankfurt and London, we attend local book fairs such as the Book Expo America in New York and the Bienal do Livro in Rio de Janeiro in 2013. Previous book fair participations also include the Beijing International Book Fair and the Moscow Book Fair. Additionally, we regularly meet with European publishers in their hometown, such as Paris and Amsterdam.
"Marleen is a wonderful foreign agent. She is kind, punctual, communicative, hard working and very good at what she does. I am lucky to work with her!" ~ Dr. Paulette Kouffman Sherman, Psychologist, Relationship Coach and Author, USA
"Once again, your work amazes me. Everything about it. The quality of your website, your submissions, your way of communicating, the angles with which you approach literature as well as your commercial sense. Finally, a breath of fresh air among our old methods!" ~ Zéline Guéna, Literary Scout, France
"Congratulations for all the new titles you are taking on, I really admire the way you are building up your business. You really are an inspiration!" ~ Evangelia Avloniti, Owner, Ersilia Literary Agency, Greece
"We adore your fresh and energetic way to sell rights!" ~ Iina Tikanoja, Foreign Fiction Editor, Gummerus Publishers, Finland