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Publisher Profile: Coach House Books

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Publisher Profile: Coach House Books

By Evan Munday. Courtesy of Coach House Books.

In its 42 years of operation, Coach House Books has become and remained a hub of cultural and technological activity and a bastion of innovative literature in Canada. From its early days of printing draft-dodger pamphlets and commemorative flags to nurturing the literary careers of Ondaatje, Bowering, Anne Michaels and bpNichol to being the birthplace of current electronic publishing technology, Coach House has been the headquarters and meeting place for creative figures of every stripe.

Located near the university campus , Coach House was intimately involved with Rochdale College, the university’s first co-op residence and free university.

In recent times, Coach House Books has garnered a reputation as a publisher of great Canadian fiction, poetry, drama and nonfiction titles (especially titles about Toronto). Among its most notable recent publications are the Griffin Prize winner Eunoia, by Christian Bök, and the wildly popular Big Smoke anthology uTOpia: Towards a New Toronto.

Some Coach House Fun Facts:

  • Coach House Books are printed on-site. The first floor houses two printing presses and a bindery. Coach House Press (Coach House Books' sister company) prints books for many presses and individuals in addition to Coach House Books.
  • Coach House houses a 1917 Linotype (the first machine to mechanize typesetting).
  • The in-house paper stock is called Zephyr Antique Laid, a paper specially milled for Coach House and one other press.
  • Coach House still has a milkman.
  • A portion of Roy Kiyooka's cremated remains reside in a jewel box in a shelf in the Coach House coffee room.

October 24th is the Coach House Books 2007 Fall Launch! Join authors Jessica Westhead, Cara Hedley, David McGimpsey, Sarah Lang, Greg MacArthur, and Darren Wershler-Henry at Stones Place, 1255 Queen Street West at 8:00 p.m.

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