Coach House Spring 2018

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    The Ward Uncovered The Archaeology of Everyday Life Holly Martelle Canada, John Lorinc, Tatum Taylor, Michael McClelland
    9781552453698 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology On Sale Date: June 26, 2018
    $27.95 CAD 6.19 x 8.95 x 0.8 in | 250 pages Carton Quantity: 22 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      An archaeological dig uncovers the secret history of Toronto's long-forgotten first immigrant neighbourhood. In early 2015, a team of archaeologists began digging test trenches on a non-descript parking lot next to Toronto City Hall ? a site designated to become a major new court house. What they discovered was the rich buried history of an enclave that was part of The Ward ? that dense, poor, but vibrant 'arrival city' that took shape between the 1840s and the 1950s. Home to waves of immigrants and refugees ? Irish, African-Americans, Italians, eastern European Jews, and Chinese ? The Ward was stigmatized for decades by Toronto's politicians and residents, and eventually razed to make way for New City Hall. The archaeologists who excavated the lot, led by co-editor Holly Martelle, discovered almost half a million artifacts ? a spectacular collection of household items, tools, toys, shoes, musical instruments, bottles, industrial objects, food scraps, luxury items, and even a pre-contact Indigenous projectile point. Martelle's team also unearthed the foundations of a nineteenth-century Black church, a Russian synagogue, early-twentieth-century factories, cisterns, privies, wooden drains, and even row houses built by formerly enslaved African Americans. Following on the heels of the immensely popular The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto's First Immigrant Neighbourhood, which told the stories of some of the people who lived there, The Ward Uncovered digs up the tales of things, using these well-preserved artifacts to tell a different set of stories about life in this long-forgotten and much-maligned neighbourhood. ? Contributors include Abbey Flower, Sarah Hood, Ron Williamson, Cheryl Thompson, Peter Popkin, Arlene Chan, Karolyn Smardz Frost, Simon Rogers, Liz Driver, Vid Ingelvics, Bethany Good, Adrienne Chambon, Kathy Grant, Guylaine Petrin, Craig Heron, Tom Porawski, Wayne Reeves, Wenh-In Ng, Ellen Scheinberg, Nicole Brandon, Rosemary Sadlier, Matt Beaudoin, Natasha Henry, and Heather Murray.
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      Holly Martelle founded Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants Inc., which was honoured with the Ontario Archaeological Society's award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Management in 2013. John Lorinc is an award-winning journalist who has written extensively on amalgamation, education, sprawl, and other city issues. He is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards for his coverage of urban affairs. Michael McClelland, OAA, FRAIC, is a registered architect with over twenty years of experience. He is actively involved in the promotion of Canada's architectural heritage and is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Professional Heritage Consultants (CAPHC). He is the recipient of a certificate of recognition from the Ontario Association of Architects and the Toronto Society of Architects for his outstanding contributions to architecture and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Tatum Taylor is a writer and heritage specialist at ERA Architects. She holds a master's degree in historic preservation from Columbia University, where she worked on the editorial team for the Future Anterior Journal. The editors live in Toronto.
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    Series: Exploded Views
    A Matter of Taste A Farmers' Market Devotee's Semi-Reluctant Argument for Inviting Scientific Innovation to the Dinner Table Rebecca Tucker Canada
    9781552453674 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Agriculture & Food On Sale Date: November 16, 2018
    $14.95 CAD 4.93 x 7.58 x 0.32 in | 148 pages Carton Quantity: 68 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      How farmer's markets and organic produce became synonymous with 'good food' and why they shouldn't be. How did farmer's markets, nose­to­tail, locavorism, organic eating, CSAs, whole foods, and Whole Foods become synonymous with 'good food'? And are these practices really producing food that is morally, environmentally, or economically sustainable? Rebecca Tucker's compelling, reported argument shows that we must work to undo the moral coding that we use to interpret how we come by what we put on our plates. She investigates not only the danger of the accepted rhetoric, but the innovative work happening on farms and university campuses to create a future where nutritious food is climate-change resilient, hardy enough to grow season after season, and, most importantly, available to all ? not just those willing or able to fork over the small fortune required for a perfect heirloom tomato. Tucker argues that arriving at that future will require a broad cognitive shift away from the idea that farmer's markets, community gardens, and organic food production is the only sustainable way forward; more than that, it will require the commitment of research firms, governments, corporations, and post­secondary institutions to develop and implement agri­science innovations that do more than improve the bottom line. A Matter of Taste asks us to rethink what good food really is.
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      Rebecca Tucker ?is a Toronto-based writer, editor, and journalist, whose work has covered food, travel, arts, and culture. Her writing has appeared in the National Post and Globe and Mail, as well as Vice, Buzzfeed, Reader's Digest magazine, and Toronto Life. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ryerson University, and lives in Toronto's west end with her cat, Sam.
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    Y Oppenheimer, Horseman of Los Alamos Aaron Tucker Canada
    9781552453650 Paperback FICTION / Biographical On Sale Date: April 05, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.07 x 0.61 in | 220 pages Carton Quantity: 35 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      The books, the loves, and the conscience of J. Robert Oppenheimer: a novel about the man who invented the atomic bomb. J. Robert Oppenheimer: reluctant father of the atomic bomb, enthusiastic lover of books, devoted husband and philanderer. Engaging with the books he voraciously read, and especially the Bhagavad Gita, his moral compass, this lyrical novel takes us through his story, from his tumultuous youth to his marriage with a radical communist and the two secret, consuming affairs he carried on, all the while bringing us deep inside the mind of the man behind the Manhattan Project. With the stunning backdrop of Los Alamos, New Mexico, Oppenheimer's spiritual home, and using progressively shorter chapters that shape into an inward spiral, Y brings us deep inside the passions and moral qualms of this man with pacifist, communist leanings as he created and tested the world's first weapon of mass destruction ? and, in the process, changed the world we live in immeasurably.
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      Aaron Tucker ?is the author of two collections of poetry, irresponsible mediums: the chesspoems of Marcel Duchamp and punchlines, as well as the two scholarly manuscripts Virtual Weaponry: The Militarized Internet in Popular Cinema and Interfacing with the Internet in Popular Cinema. His current collaborative project, Loss Sets, translates poems into sculptures which are then 3D printed; he is also the co-creator of The Chessbard, an app that transforms chess games into poems. In addition, he is a lecturer in the English department at Ryerson University.
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    Little Beast Julie Demers Canada, Rhonda Mullins
    9781552453667 Paperback FICTION / Women On Sale Date: April 05, 2018
    $17.95 CAD 5.3 x 7.57 x 0.41 in | 148 pages Carton Quantity: 55 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      A little girl with a beard must find herself a home in this contemporary fairy tale. It's 1944, and a little village in rural Quebec sits quietly beside an aging mountain and an angry river. The air tastes of kelp, and the wind keeps knocking over the cross. Beside that river an eleven-year-old girl lives with her parents. Her mother is very sad, and her father has vanished because he can't bear to look at his own daughter. You see, this little girl has suddenly sprouted a full beard. And so her mother has shut the curtains and locked the girl inside to keep her safe from the townspeople, the Boots, who think there's something wrong with a bearded little girl. And when they come for her, she escapes into the wintry night Translated from the French, Little Beast turns the modern fairy tale on its bearded head.
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      Julie Demers was born in Quebec City in 1987, grew up in Drummondville and now lives in Montreal. A film studies graduate, she heads up workshops across Canada on Quebec cinema, and her work has appeared in cultural magazines. This is her first novel. Rhonda Mullins won the Governor General's Award for Translation and has translated many French novels into English, including mostly recently And the Birds Rained Down and Suzanne.
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      A cryptic forest prayer, a tale of cruelty, the travelogue of a runaway, Little Beast weaves a remarkable tone with touches of raw naturalism, boreal surrealism, and dreamlike anthropomorphism. Demers's narration, with its classic childlike candor, contains a sort of brutality, revealing the hypocrisy of the adult world.' ? Le Devoir
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    Anatomic Adam Dickinson Canada
    9781552453643 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date: April 05, 2018
    $20.95 CAD 6.16 x 8.59 x 0.49 in | 88 pages Carton Quantity: 39 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      A chemical autobiography that lays bare the relationship between the outside and inside of bodies in our current 'petroculture.' Anatomic is a poetry book that has emerged from biomonitoring and microbiome testing on the author's body to look at the way The poems of Anatomic have emerged from biomonitoring and microbiome testing on the author's body to examine the way the outside writes the inside, both harmfully and necessarily. This information and research has been turned into a chemical/microbial autobiography that explores the subject as an assemblage of nonhuman objects and actors. All of the chemicals for which the author is tested are widely present in the environment and believed to exist in most humans to varying degrees. By focusing on the 'outside' that's 'inside,' Dickinson draws attention to the permeable and coextensive nature of the body with its environment and the consequent implications for linking the human to the nonhuman and the personal to the global. Working with the hormone as a compositional method, the poems deliberately combine biographical details (the author's exposure to various chemicals, his diet and lifestyle as contributors to his microbial health) with historical details (famous spills, accidental poisonings, military applications, and attempted political assassinations). Dickinson sees his own body, the chemicals in his blood and urine, the Western­-diet-­influenced microbes in his stomach, as forms of media expressing the biology of 'petroculture,' revealing his own strange intimacy with the energy sources of our current historical moment.
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      Adam Dickinson?s poetry has appeared in literary journals and anthologies in Canada and internationally. He has published three books of poetry. His most recent book, The Polymers, was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Poetry, the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and the ReLit Award. His work has been translated into Chinese, Dutch, and Polish. He has been featured at international literary festivals such as Poetry International in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and the Oslo International Poetry Festival in Norway. He teaches poetics and creative writing at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.
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      'Adam Dickinson is a wild doctor and a Romantic scientist. With actual blood, sweat, and tears he has written an essential Anatomic poetics.' - Peter Gizzi 'Adam Dickinson doubles down on poetry's tendency toward interiority as he takes the concerns of the poem all the way down to the cellular level. This is a book about the body's intimacies, its toxicities, about the histories that it carries within it. It's a book of lyric and a book of meaningful despair.' -- Juliana Spahr
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    Lances All Alike Suzanne Zelazo Canada
    9781552453629 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date: April 05, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5.4 x 8.08 x 0.29 in | 88 pages Carton Quantity: 71 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      Two of the twentieth century's greatest art provocateurs, avant-gardists, and bohemians finally connect in the poetry of Suzanne Zelazo. Modernist poet-painters Mina Loy and Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven had many friends in common (including Djuna Barnes and Marcel Duchamp), yet there is no record that the two ever befriended one another. Their non-relationship presents a curious "absent presence" in modernist history. Zelazo weaves lines of poetry by both women into an imaginary conversation, exploring the way their work has been suppressed, stitched, spliced, and edited by male editors and arbiters of taste.
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      Suzanne Zelazo is a poet, editor, and educator. She has a PhD in English with a speciality in modernist poetry. Suzanne is the author of the poetry collection Parlance (Coach House) and is the co-editor of Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writings of Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (MIT Press) as well as Crystal Flowers: Poems and a Libretto by Florine Stettheimer (BookThug).
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      ?Zelazo's [poems are] cerebrally orgasmic, icily erotic ? [her] tone, like Virginia Woolf's, is highly introspective, yet reverberates with an urgency that assures readers they are most welcome intruders, resulting in a somber and precise, coolly impassioned orchestration.' ? Vallum
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    Night Became Years Jason Stefanik Canada
    9781552453636 Paperback POETRY / Native American On Sale Date: April 05, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5.65 x 8.68 x 0.35 in | 88 pages Carton Quantity: 53 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      Poems about alchemy, love, Protestant witch judges, Indigenous identity, the cultural abutments of the inner city, football taunts, border ballads, and half­breed wailing. Night Became Years is poetry in the sauntering tradition of the flâneur. Stefanik loafers his way over sacred geography and explores his own mixed heritage through the lexicon of Elizabethan canting language. Comparing the terminology of fifteenth­century English beggar vernacular with a contemporary Canadian inner­city worldview, the poems in Night Becomes Years unfold as separate entities while at the same time forming a larger narrative on the possibilities of poetry today and the nature of mixed-blood identity.
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      Jason Stefanik proudly resides in Winnipeg's gritty North End. A poet, publisher, and propagandist, he is a second generation adoptee, of mixed and mysterious background.
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    Commodore Jacqueline Waters
    9781937027919 Paperback POETRY / American On Sale Date: March 01, 2018
    $17.00 CAD 5.7 x 8.65 x 0.26 in | 88 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y Ugly Duckling Presse
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      Commodore, Waters' third poetry collection, is a book about care, both the two-way street of it and the hierarchy created by it. Or it's about coming very close to your subject, intent on discerning shades of sentiment, full of nostalgia for things you didn't really enjoy when they happened, concerned care might be an exploitable weakness, even as its cultivation becomes the only way to attract the mercy you will inevitably require?
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      Jacqueline Waters is the author of One Sleeps the Other Doesn't (Ugly Duckling Presse) and A Minute without Danger (Adventures in Poetry). Recent work has appeared in Chicago Review, Dreamboat, Fanzine, Harper's, Little Star, and The American Reader.
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    Series: Dossier
    A Handbook of Dissapointed Fate Anne Boyer
    9781937027926 Paperback LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays On Sale Date: May 22, 2018
    $20.00 CAD 4.85 x 6.94 x 0.57 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Ugly Duckling Presse
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      A Handbook of Disappointed Fate highlights a decade of Anne Boyer's interrogative writing on love, art, time, mortality, Kansas City, and other impossible questions. This collection includes essays on Mary J. Blige, lambs, revolutions, Missy Elliot, the law, Colette, and some of the ways we can refuse a living death.
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      Anne Boyer was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1973. Her books include A Romance of Happy Workers, My Common Heart, and the CLMP award-winning Garments Against Women. She lives in Kansas City.
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    Series: Lost Literature Series
    Before Lyricism Eleni Vakalo, Karen Emmerich
    9781937027704 Paperback POETRY / European On Sale Date: March 01, 2018
    $18.00 CAD 5.5 x 8 x 0.42 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Ugly Duckling Presse
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      Before Lyricism includes six book-length poems: ‘The Forest’ (1954), ‘Plant Upbringing’ (1956), ‘Diary of Age’ (1958), ‘Description of the Body’ (1959), ‘The Meaning of the Blind’ (1962), and ‘Our Way of Being in Danger’ (1966). Each of these, apart from ‘Plant Upbringing,’ was published as a separate book, which Vakalo herself designed. (‘Plant Upbringing’ was originally included in the volume Wall Painting, of which Vakalo later repudiated all but this single long poem.) For Vakalo, these poems formed a larger, accretive whole, which she titled Prin Apo Ton Lyrismo (Before Lyricism). By bringing these poems together under a single cover, Before Lyricism allows us to see the complex web of intertextual relations that bind these books together. Meanwhile, by bringing these poems into English, this volume will enrich not only our knowledge of this key period in Vakalo’s career, but English-language readers’ understanding of modern Greek poetry as a whole.

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      Eleni Vakalo (1921-2001) was a Greek poet, art critic, and art historian. She authored nine volumes of art history and art theory, and had regular columns of art criticism from 1955 to 1975 (with a two-year hiatus during the period of the junta's strictest censorship); she also produced a radio broadcast of art criticism, and organized art-related teach-ins at factories. In 1958, she and her husband, the painter and stage designer Yiorgos Vakalo, founded the Vakalo School of Arts and Design, where she taught until 1990. Vakalo published fourteen books of poetry, and was intimately involved with the design and production of her early books. Indeed, Vakalo's training as an art historian pushed her to initiate new poetic uses of the page, drawing on her knowledge of modern and contemporary art to rethink the role of the visual in the printed text. She received the State Poetry Prize in 1991, and the prestigious Academy of Athens Prize in 1997. Karen Emmerich is a translator of eleven books of Modern Greek poetry and prose. Her recent translations include Christos Ikonomou's Something Will Happen, You'll See (Archipelago), Sofia Nikolaidou's The Scapegoat (Melville House), and Amanda Michalopoulou's Why I Killed My Best Friend (Open Letter). Her co-translation with Edmund Keeley of Yannis Ritsos's Diaries of Exile (Archipelago) was awarded the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, and her translation of Poems (1945-1971) by Miltos Sachtouris (Archipelago) was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle award. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and is an Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University.
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