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    [boxhead] Darren O'Donnell Canada
    9781552452103 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian On Sale Date: October 20, 2008
    $16.95 CAD 5.63 x 7.74 x 0.44 in | 136 pages Carton Quantity: 69 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House
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      Dr. Actions: What do you think it all means?
      Dr. Thinking: I think it means that our collaboration is destined for great heights and the basking glory of inter-planetary fame and fortune.
      Dr. Actions: But you said your dream was terrifying.
      Dr. Thinking: Well, I’ve always been afraid of success.
      Dr. Actions: Well, get over it, Blockbrain. Now that we’ve invented the echoless yell, nothing is going to getin our way. Lay it on me.

      Dr. Thoughtless Actions, a young geneticist, awakes one morning to find a cardboard box secured to his head. Unable to wrench it off, he attempts suicide, not only failing but also, unbeknownst to himself, cloning himself, creating Dr. Wishful Thinking. The two losers fall madly in love, fall in science and fail to make a baby.

      The cast consists of the two boxheads, who also play two disembodied narrators. The conversationbetween the four voices, an intricately woven semantic circus, traverses boxedness, love and the more ridiculous areas of metaphysical speculation. Through a series of rapid exchanges, verbal games and musical numbers, they discover that all their thoughts come from God, all their words come from the devil, and their desire for love is a habit acquired from the cinema. Sound familiar? Don’t be so hard on yourself.

      ‘Audacious, thought-provoking and frequently hilarious …a tightly wound complex of existential postulations, metaphysical ruminations and poop jokes.’

      Eye Weekly

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      Darren O’Donnell is a novelist, essayist, playwright, director, designer, performer and the artistic director of Mammalian Diving Reflex. His most recent books include a novel, Your Secrets Sleep With Me, and Social Acupuncture: A Guide to Suicide, Performance and Utopia. Previously published drama includes Inoculations (which contains White Mice, Over, Who Shot Jacques Lacan?, Radio Rooster Says That’s Bad) and pppeeeaaaccceee. Through Mammalian Diving Reflex, he stages interventionist performance art, including Haircuts by Children, Slow Dance with Teacher, Ballroom Dancing and the Children’s Choice Awards.

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    A Cannibal and Melancholy Mourning Nathalie Stephens Canada, Catherine Mavrikakis
    9781552451403 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: April 01, 2004
    $18.95 CAD 5 x 8.25 x 0.5 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 39 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      French novelist Hervé Guilbert's 1991 novel, To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life, is about a narrator named Hervé Guilbert who, after his close friend Muzil (really, Michel Foucault) dies of AIDS, begins to realize his symptoms are the same. In this same tradition of fictionalized memoir, this novel's narrator, called Catherine Mavrikakis, explores the perspective not of dying, but of the one left behind.

      In the book, a series of Mavrikakis's friends die, many of AIDS. As each person becomes a Hervé to her, she begins to explore the idea of death as a universal yet individual experience. Furious, relieved, terrified and confused, the novel's narrator confronts the way people think about and respond to death, and quiet mourning is replaced by a series of encounters between the living and the dead. Drawing on Deleuze, Freud, Foucault and, of course, Guilbert, Mavrikakis creates a kind of living mausoleum where those unable to speak can still be heard, and where their voices challenge our passivity in the face of death.

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      Nathalie Stephens writes l'entre-genre in English and French. Her most recent works include L'Injure, Paper City and Je Nathanaël , which was also released in English self-translation (BookThug, 2006). L'Injure was a finalist for the 2005 Prix Alain-Grandbois and le Prix Trillium; the fiction Underground was a finalist in 2000 for the Grand Prix du Salon du livrede Toronto. Stephens is the recipient of a 2002 Chalmers Arts Fellowship. She currently teaches in the MFAW program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Catherine Mavrikakis is a professor of literature at the Université de Montréal. This book, published in French in 2000 by Editions TROIS as Deuils cannibales et mélancoliques , is her first novel. She has also published the novel a va aller and, with Martine Delvaux, the epistolary fiction Ventriloquies . She is working on a third novel, called Flore-de-crachet .
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    9781552452448 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date: March 15, 2011
    $17.95 CAD 5.15 x 7.76 x 0.33 in | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 62 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House
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      People who rely on stereotypes are often vilified. But really, is there a better way to classify people? There are some taxonimical difficulties, though. Exactly how many types of people are there? What behaviours are characteristic of each particular group? How do you know if you’ve spotted an armchair psychologist or a kleptomaniac?

      Gabe Foreman's A Complete Encyclopedia of Different Types of People is not your average reference book. It turns a series of sociological case studies into a functional encyclopedia that doubles as a unique, achingly funny, always engaging collection of poems. 'Bridesmaids,' 'Day Traders,' 'Entomologists' and 'Number Crunchers' are all dutifully catalogued in a series of luminously strange, compellingly original lyric and prose poems

      The resulting field guide to our disparate humanity is often absurd, sometimes sad and frequently a mixture of both, as each entry unravels according to its own spidery logic.

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      Gabe Foreman was born in Thunder Bay. He has worked as a tree planter in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. He’s a co-founder of littlefishcartpress, and his writing has appeared in a number of literary journals, including Grain, Fiddlehead and Event. His work placed second in CV2’s two-day poem contest and a selection was shortlisted for the cbc Literary Awards. Currently, he lives in Montreal, where he manages the soup kitchen at a long-established mission.

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      A Complete Encyclopedia of Different Types of People is the private abecedary of a playful but serious imagination, a field guide to daydreams and frailties ... Make no mistake about it: We are in a golden age of Canadian poetry.’

      – Michael Lista, National Post

      ‘This compendium of bipeds makes all others obsolete. A Complete Encyclopedia of Different Types of People is full of eclectic wisdom, uncanny beasts and refracted truisms. Foreman’s cerebral sleights-of-hand are so electric, my mind wouldn’t close my eyes. It’s about time someone got “us” down for what we are.’

      – Jeramy Dodds, author of Crabwise to the Hounds

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    9781552452912 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian On Sale Date: April 16, 2014
    $17.95 CAD 5.34 x 8.27 x 0.4 in | 120 pages Carton Quantity: 49 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      Nominated for the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama It's 1606 and Europe is at war over God. At the behest of the Holy Roman Emperor, Rudolf II, Venice's four strongest men are charged with transporting a holy painting - Albrecht Dürer's The Brotherhood of the Rosary - across the Alps to Prague. In the small Alpine village of Pusterwald, they are set upon by Protestant zealots; their escape is attributed to a miracle. The strongmen and their captain are summoned to an inquiry, led by the magistrate of Venice and the cardinal archbishop of Milan, to determine whether something divine did indeed occur. Each man's recounting adds a layer of colour to the canvas. Through this vividly painted mystery, inspired by true events, Sean Dixon challenges the role of faith at thedawn of the Age of Reason.
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      Sean Dixon is a playwright, novelist and actor. He co-founded the influential Winnipeg theatre collective primus, providing the narratives for their performances Dog Day , Alkoremmi and The Night Room . Three of his plays were collected in AWOL: Three Plays for Theatre SKAM (2002). Sean"s first novel, The Girls Who Saw Everything , was named one of the Best Books of 2007 by Quill & Quire . With his second novel, The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn (2011), he has been called "the true inheritor of [Gwendolyn] MacEwen"s mythopoeic legacy." He is also the author of two books for young readers, The Feathered Cloak and The Winter Drey . He lives in Toronto with his wife, documentary filmmaker Katerina Cizek.
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    A House of White Rooms Helen Tsiriotakis Canada
    9781552450598 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date: January 16, 1998
    $16.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 72 pages Carton Quantity: 81 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      Reading A House of White Rooms is like strolling through a house of memory, where every poem, every page, is another white room. The writing is lyrical, spare, inventive - it will take you through family, through love, through history and bring you to a place where memory is reality.

      Whether Tsiriotakis is wandering the foothills of Greece or the valleys of love, her language is fresh and thoughtful; she rolls it around on yourtongue as though it were at the same time profoundly familiar and completely foreign. Rich and dense as baklava, smooth and sharp as olive oil, Tsiriotakis's poetry is absolutely unforgettable.

      The first collection from a new voice in Toronto poetry.

      'To read Helen Tsiriotakis is to know the scalding appetites of morning without recourse to shade ... Dear reader, take the exquisite risk.' – Robert Kroetsch.

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      Helen Tsiriotakis is a first-generation Greek-Canadian of Cretan heritage. Her first collection of poetry, A House of White Rooms, was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Helen Tsiriotakis was born in Toronto, where she currently lives. She has also live in Crete, where she worked as an E.S.L. teacher and a translator. A House of White Rooms is her first book. She is currently at work on a novel.

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    A Pretty Sight David O'Meara Canada
    9781552452813 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date: September 20, 2013
    $17.95 CAD 6.17 x 7.83 x 0.35 in | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 56 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House
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      Like the rhapsodists, the storytellers of ancient Greece, A Pretty Sight shapes voices of the past and present into a stitched song lifted and sounded toward the next century. Haunted by ‘time's frame / that dark shape near the edge of the canvas,’ O’Meara's new book explores aspects of culture, art, war, rebellion and technology, offering defiance amid decay.

      ‘O’Meara is a poet of the personal. Of the person. In and amongst the social documentary and human observation at which he excels, here is a writer prepared to put feelings on the line and to argue his case with the reader. This is proud, felt, and affecting work Â?Â? I can't think of many other poets so prepared to engage and so equipped to succeed.’ —Â? Simon Armitage

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      David O'Meara lives in Ottawa, Ontario. He is the author of three collections of poetry and a play, Disaster. He's been shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award, the ReLit Prize, the Trillium Book Award, a National Magazine Award, four Rideau Awards, and he won the Archibald Lampman Award twice. His most recent book is Noble Gas, Penny Black (Brick Books, 2008). He is director of the renowned Plan 99 Reading Series and wasthe Canadian judge for the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize.

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      Archibald Lampman Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry 2014, Winner
      Ottawa Book Award for English Fiction 2014, Winner
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    Ad Sanctos The Martyrology Book 9 bp Nichol Canada
    9780889104549 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date: January 16, 1998
    $19.95 CAD 5.75 x 8.75 x 0.75 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 22 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      All of Nichol's work is stamped by his desire to create texts that are engaging in themselves as well as in context, and to use indirect structural and textual devices to carry meaning. In The Martyrology different ways of speaking testify to a journey through different ways of being. Language is both the poet's instructor and, through its various permutations, the dominant 'image' of the poem. The [nine] books of The Martyrology document a poet's quest for insight into himself andhis writing through scrupulous attention to the messages hidden in the morphology of his own speech.' - Frank Davey
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      bpNichol was the author of numerous books of poetry, including In England Now That Spring (co-authored with Steve McCaffery), Truth: A Book of Fictions and nine volumes of The Martyrology , as well as four novels, several books for children and one collection of short fiction. A founding member of the sound poetry quartet The Four Horsemen, Nichol was recognized internationally as one of themajor avant-garde writers of his time. Besides his small press and magazine editorial activities (including Ganglia, grOnk and Underwhich Editions), he was a great collaborator with many artists in the areas of writing, sound poetry performance, and linguistic research.
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    Age of Arousal Linda Griffiths Canada
    9781552451908 Paperback DRAMA / General On Sale Date: November 01, 2007
    $17.95 CAD 5.4 x 8.24 x 0.58 in | 176 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      It's a time of passion and confusion. Virtue is barely holding down its petticoats. People are bursting their corsets with unbridled desire. It's 1885, and the typewriter and the suffrage movement are sending things topsy-turvy. In the midst of it all, five ambitious New Women and one Newish Man struggle to find their way. Miss Mary Barfoot runs a school for secretaries with her young lover, Miss Rhoda Nunn. But when the Misses Madden - spinsters Virginia and Alice and beautiful young Monica - arrive, along with the attractive Dr. Everard Barfoot, things can never be the same. Age of Arousal is a lavish, sexy, frenetic ensemble piece about the forbidden and gloriously liberated self - genre-busting, rule-bending, and ambitiously original. The book includes notes and a rousing, thoughtful essay on Victorian women's suffrage by the playwright. 'Endlessly witty, vigorous, funny... brilliantly inventive.' - Calgary Herald 'Griffiths is one of Canada's 'originals' known not only for the quality of her work, but for the sheer range of her career.' - Maclean's
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      Playwright/actor Linda Griffiths is the winner of five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, a Gemini award, two Chalmers awards, the Quizanne International Festival Award and Los Angeles's A.G.A. Award for her title performance in the John Sayles film Lianna . She's been nominated twice for the Governor General's Award. Her twelve plays include Chronic, Alien Creature, The Duchess: a.k.a Wallis Simpson and Maggie & Pierre . She is the co-author (with Maria Campbell) of The Book of Jessica .
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    All My Friends Are Superheroes Tenth Anniversary Edition Andrew Kaufman Canada, Tom Percival
    9781552452707 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: April 25, 2013
    $17.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.5 in | 152 pages Carton Quantity: 43 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      All Tom's friends really are superheroes. There's the Ear, the Spooner, the Impossible Man. Tom even married a superhero, the Perfectionist. But at their wedding, the Perfectionist was hypnotized (by ex-boyfriend Hypno, of course) to believe that Tom is invisible. Nothing he does can make her see him. Six months later, she's sure that Tom has abandoned her. So she's moving to Vancouver. She'll use her superpower to make Vancouver perfect and leave all the heartbreak in Toronto. With noidea Tom's beside her, she boards an airplane. Tom has until the wheels touch the ground in Vancouver to convince her he's visible, or he loses her forever. The tenth anniversary edition of Andrew Kaufman's perennial favourite, All My Friends Are Superheroes , includes a new catalogue of superheroes and gorgeous illustrations by Tom Percival.
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      Andrew Kaufman was born in the town of Wingham, Ontario. This is the same town that Alice Munro was born in, which makes him the second-best writer from a town of 3,000. He attended F. E. Madill High School. He is also the author of The Waterproof Bible, The Tiny Wife, Born Weird and the short story collection Selected Business Correspondence . He lives in Toronto with his awesome wife and two kids, Phoenix and Frida.
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    9781552451526 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date: March 11, 2005
    $15.95 CAD 5.75 x 8 x 0.4 in | 120 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House
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      With Canada/US relations in the proverbial toilet (American Standard, of course), Stephen Cain’s third book blenderizes ‘pop’ culture, politics and poetry to befuddle the border.

      From the Howl-like opening rant about the militarism of the US to the satirical ‘History of Canada,’ this collection interrogates nationalism and cultural identity on both sides of the 49th parallel and attempts to show that Auden was wrong: poetry can makethings happen.

      American Standard/Canada Dry includes odes to video games, poems culled from Viagra junk mail and CNN reports on the war, ruminations on Canadian poets, travelogues, concrete poems, mistranslations of bird poems, and riffs on peculiar Canadianisms, including homophonic translations of Québécois lyrics.

      Deftly oscillating between vitriolic verse and humour, the poems in American Standard/Canada Dry interrogate poetics, nationalism and Tim Hortons as thoroughly as a burly border avant-guard; they’re your passport to the land of a new political poetry.

      About Cain’s Torontology:

      ‘One of the most interesting and engaged of Toronto’s young avants, [Cain] places himself carefully and deliberately in his surroundings and readings, and slips in and out of context as he goes.’

      Prairie Fire

      ‘Chaotic Eisenstein-like montages of words, phrases, implications, and Adbusters-esque commentary.’

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      Stephen Cain (b.1970) is the author of dyslexicon (Coach House, 1999) and Torontology (ECW, 2001). His sound poetry can be heard on Carnivocal (Red Deer, 1999) and his concrete poetry has appeared internationally. He lives in Toronto where he is a literary editor at the Queen Street Quarterly and a fiction editor at Insomniac Press.
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