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Care Of
Letters, Connections, and Cures
By (author): Ivan Coyote
Ivan Coyote


McClelland & Stewart



Product Form:



General / adult
Jun 08, 2021
$25.00 CAD


8.27in x 6.23 x 0.99 in | 0.85 lb

Page Count:

256 pages
McClelland & Stewart
Beloved storyteller Ivan Coyote returns with their most intimate and moving book yet.

Writer and performer Ivan Coyote has spent decades on the road, telling stories around the world. For years, Ivan has kept a file of the most special communications received from readers and audience members—letters, Facebook messages, emails, soggy handwritten notes tucked under the windshield wiper of their truck after a gig. Then came Spring, 2020, and, like artists everywhere, Coyote was grounded by the pandemic, all their planned events cancelled. The energy of a live audience, a performer’s lifeblood, was suddenly gone. But with this loss came an opportunity for a different kind of connection. Those letters that had long piled up could finally begin to be answered.

Care Of combines the most powerful of these letters with Ivan’s responses, creating a body of correspondence of startling intimacy, breathtaking beauty, and heartbreaking honesty and openness. Taken together, they become an affirming and joyous reflection on many of the themes central to Coyote’s celebrated work—compassion and empathy, family fragility, non-binary and Trans identity, and the unending beauty of simply being alive, a giant love letter to the idea of human connection, and the power of truly listening to each other. 

LGBTQ+ LEADER: For decades, Ivan has been an essential voice in national and global conversations around queer and trans issues, and this book grows out of those conversatios in profound new directions.

AUDIENCE CONNECTION: Ivan estimates that, through their performances in schools, they’ve spoken to more than half a million kids in their career. This book, in which they write directly to several of those very kids, explores the incredibly intimate connection between an artist and their audience.

INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTIST: Ivan is the award-winning author of twelve books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums that combine storytelling with music.

GLOBAL REACH: Ivan is a seasoned stage performer, and over the last twenty-five years has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writer’s, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Australia.

BIGGER PLATFORM: This is the first in a two-book deal with McClelland & Stewart, and we’re incredibly proud to introduce Ivan to an ever-growing audience

HAZLITT AND AUDIO COLLABORATION: We will work closely with our colleagues at Hazlitt and in the audio division on a collaborative and innovative publishing model for this book, expanding on the already wide reach of Ivan’s work.

IVAN COYOTE is a writer and storyteller. Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, they are the author of thirteen books, the creator of four films, six stage shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. Coyote’s books have won the ReLit Award, been named a Stonewall Honour Book, been longlisted for Canada Reads, shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Prize for non-fiction, and awarded BC and Yukon Book Prize’s inaugural Jim Deva Prize for Writing That Provokes. In 2017 Ivan was given an honorary Doctor of Laws from Simon Fraser University for their writing and activism.

Author Residence: London, ON

Author Hometown: Whitehorse, YK

Finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award

“[Care Of] is an engaging and entertaing look into Coyote’s life through their heartbreaking, hilarious, insightful, and etertaining responses.” —Vancouver Sun

“Coyote has long worn their heart on their sleeve, but here, in words that feel like a whispered confidence, they reveal the true depths of their integrity, their honesty, and their, dare I say, soul…. a vital reminder of the value not only of connection, but of every story, every voice.” —Toronto Star

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