Books published by Coach House

The Obituary

Coach House | January 1, 2010 | 167 pages
Professor:  Henderson, Jennifer
Course Codes:  ENGL 4806 and 5804, CDNS 5003
Semester:  Summer-2019
Shortlisted for the Grand Prix du livre de Montreal Rosine is surrounded by ghosts. Ghosts of family. Ghosts of past lovers. Ghosts of an old Montreal and its politics. Ghosts of the Montreal quarry workers who, in the 1880s, frequented the Crystal Palace gardens, upon whose ruins her Mile-End... More Info

Mad Long Emotion

Coach House Books | March 10, 2019 | 88 pages
Desire and dieffenbachias: new poems from the award-winning author of Otter .Mad Long Emotion wants to talk flora to fauna like you. Loosestrife shoos away humans and green carnations flirt with handsome men. Numerous species, both spiny and spineless, prove as invasive as desire: from Great Lake... More Info

Twenty-One Cardinals

Coach House Books | June 1, 2015 | 176 pages
From the author and translator of And the Birds Rained Down, a 2015 CBC Canada Reads selection Winner of the 2015 Governor General's Literary Award for French-to-English Translation An abandoned mine. A large family driven by honour. And a source of pain, buried deep in the ground. We're nothing... More Info


Coach House Press | August 17, 2019 | 115 pages
In a five-chapter book of experimental verse, each chapter uses only one vowel, with the vowel taking on its own personality, in a volume that also includes other poems about vowels and language in general.  More Info

The Xenotext

Coach House Books | September 21, 2015 | 200 pages
Enciphered in a bacterium, "The Xenotext" is the world's first living poem.  More Info

Country Club

Coach House Books | October 19, 2015 | 88 pages
"Country Club" springboards from the inner rings of corporate America into a world where freedom is measured in football fields.  More Info

Mission Creep

Coach House Books | October 6, 2015 | 104 pages
A spun radio dial passing clean through poetry. A stuttering loop of Endgame recorded by Stockhausen, remixed by Kraftwerk. The chatter of minotaurs and metadata. Transmissions from far-off futures or new pasts, recordings from a recoded present topped off with a cherry. Evel Knievel, above it all,... More Info

Local Motion

Coach House Press | August 17, 2019 | 221 pages
Decisions about the things that matter most on a daily basis - our roads and schools and houses - happen at the city level. So, how do we influence these decisions? What motivates ordinary citizens to take action and improve their community? How do neighbours organize together? Does City Hall... More Info

The Ward

Coach House Books | May 15, 2015 | 320 pages
From the 1870s to the 1950s, waves of immigrants to Toronto Irish, Jewish, Chinese and Italian, among others landed in The Ward' in the centre of downtown. Deemed a slum, the area was crammed with derelict housing and ethnic' businesses; it was razed in the 1950s to make way for a grand civic plaza... More Info

The Trouble with Brunch

Coach House | February 11, 2014 | 120 pages
What do your Eggs Benedict say about how notions of class have changed with the birth of the "creative class"?  More Info

Gods of the Hammer

Coach House | February 11, 2014 | 140 pages
The definitive look at one of the seventies' foremost punk bands: how they almost (but not quite) found fame.  More Info

Chase and Haven

Coach House Press | October 1, 2008 | 250 pages
"Haven is fiercely protective of her little brother, Chase, spiriting him away when their father's temper is about to flare again. She hides the bread so he'll have something to eat and she teaches him how to make himself invisible, how to read the signs. But when that's no longer enough to keep... More Info

The City Still Breathing

Coach House Books | November 12, 2013 | 200 pages
"This is a book with brains and muscle, resonant and intense, and Matthew Heiti is a prodigious talent, the spooky bard of mullets and muffin-tops, grow-ops and stolen snakeskin boots on Highway 69." ? Mark Anthony Jarman A body is found on the side of a highway but goes missing, making its way,... More Info

A Pretty Sight

Coach House | October 15, 2013 | 96 pages
David O'Meara finds defiance amid decay and oblivion, with guest appearances from Sid Vicious, Socrates and Sophie Scholl.  More Info


Coach House | August 17, 1998 | 240 pages
BpNichol's The Martyrology is a long poem begun in 1967 and continuing until Nichol's death in 1988. It includes Book 1 (1972), Book 2 (1972), Books 3 & 4 (1976), Book 5 (1982), Book 6 (1987), gifts: Books 7 & 8 (1990), and Ad Sanctos: Book 9 (1992). The text in this volume is a facsimile... More Info


Coach House Books | November 12, 2013 | 120 pages
"Alphabetic dismantling, syntactic play, essaying words backwards and 4words (as she might say), Christakos manifests forensic clarity and telegraphic fortitude in this unsettling work."?Rachel Blau DuPlessis Margaret Christakos's eighth collection, Multitudes, is a moving, witty foray into a... More Info

Needs Improvement

Coach House | October 15, 2013 | 84 pages
The irreverent poetry of report cards, lesson plans, city mottos, invigilation guides, and, of course, Michel Foucault ?  More Info

In Love With Art

Coach House | September 10, 2013 | 120 pages
"Jeet Heer more thoroughly and widely understands comics history and the perplexing binomial life of the cartoonist better than anyone who's not one. As well-versed in literature as he is in comics, he always gets at the peculiar, poetical texture of his subject not only by what he writes, but how... More Info

Army of Lovers

Coach House | September 10, 2013 | 120 pages
Underwear art and queer punk parties: a portrait of artist, activist and civic hero Will Munro.  More Info

The Devil and the Detective

Coach House | May 14, 2013 | 176 pages
Dashiell Hammett, Samuel Beckett, and Charlie Chaplin intersect in this contemplative and funny detective novel.  More Info

For Display Purposes Only

Coach House | May 14, 2013 | 72 pages
Poems that borrow from the lexicon of filmmaking to let us find some solace in our facades.  More Info

Book of Variations: Love - Zygal - Art Facts

Coach House | April 16, 2013 | 350 pages
a book of variations returns to print three seminal texts by one of the twentieth century's most inventive poets.  More Info

Little Cat

Coach House | June 1, 2013 | 250 pages
The first two novels by Tamara Faith Berger, acclaimed author of Maidenhead — they're every shade of dirty.  More Info

All My Friends Are Superheroes

Coach House Books | June 1, 2013 | 140 pages
A tenth anniversary edition of the worldwide cult favorite, now with new material and illustrations.  More Info

Need Machine

Coach House | May 14, 2013 | 72 pages
Satisfying poems about dissatisfaction: whip-smart and wit-sharp.  More Info


Coach House Press | October 30, 2009 | 274 pages
Longlisted for the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize, "Lemon" is the story of a teenaged girl with the numbers against her.  More Info


Coach House | September 27, 2011 | 267 pages
Unicorns, Ethiopian food, a Wonder Woman drag queen: Monoceros offers a funny, heartbreaking look at the tragedy of teen suicide.  More Info

Five Good Ideas

Coach House | November 1, 2011 | 250 pages
Non-profits are big business. According to a recent Johns Hopkins report, third-sector institutions in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Japan, the U.S. and Canada have been growing at an average rate that is twice the growth rate of their GDPs. Canada is home to the second largest non-profit workforce... More Info

The Drifts

Coach House Books | January 26, 2011 | 250 pages
As a blizzard buries the ground, it uncovers the resentments, hopes, and aches of a small town in northeastern Arkansas. Julie ?nds herself, at forty-six, unexpectedly expectant. Her husband, Charlie, has ended his affair with Wilson, but he's found a new and unusual kind of intimacy--with a calf.... More Info

And the Birds Rained Down

Coach House | May 1, 2013 | 176 pages
An award-winning and haunting meditation on aging and self-determination.  More Info

The Edible City

Coach House Books | January 26, 2011 | 360 pages
If a city is its people, and its people are what they eat, then shouldn't food play a larger role in our dialogue about how and where we live? The food of a metropolis is essential to its character. Native plants, proximity to farmland, the locations of supermarkets, immigration, food-security... More Info


Coach House | April 16, 2013 | 216 pages
Albert Camus meets Chamillionaire in these incendiary pop-culture-infused stories.  More Info


Coach House Books | April 11, 2009 | 216 pages
Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book! Nine-year-old Phineas William Walsh has an encyclopedic knowledge of the natural world. What he can't understand is people and why they're poisoning the planet around him. Shouldn't everyone be losing sleep over the fact that so... More Info


Coach House | April 16, 2013 | 304 pages
A darkly funny novel about family: the blood kind, the accidental kind, and the kind you rediscover on reality TV.  More Info

Pulpy and Midge

Coach House Press | October 28, 2007 | 228 pages
A hilariously deadpan, wincingly funny take on one office innocent's workplace coming-of-age.  More Info

The Brave Never Write Poetry

Coach House | April 30, 2011 | 101 pages
The brave ride streetcars to jobs early in the morning, have traffic accidents, rob banks. The brave have children, relationships, mortgages. The brave never write these things down in notebooks. The brave die and they are dead. First published in 1985, when Daniel Jones was just twenty-six,The... More Info

The Milk Chicken Bomb

Coach House Press | April 15, 2007 | 291 pages
The kid sells lemonade. Not a lot of people buy lemonade, especially now that it's winter, but the kid makes good lemonade, even if his friend Mullen thinks it ought to be sweeter. They don't talk much with the other ten-year-olds - most of the others are Dead Kids anyway. Except for Jenny Tierney,... More Info

New Theatre

Coach House | July 17, 2012 | 96 pages
A poetic debut that ventures into historical and imagined space both, with musings on Lenin, power and identity.  More Info

American Standard/Canada Dry

Coach House Press | April 20, 2005 | 117 pages
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... More Info

Divide and Rule

Coach House | June 12, 2012 | 72 pages
Acclaimed poet, mentored by John Ashbery, explores the West's violent collision with the Arab world.  More Info

Safety of War

Coach House Press | November 20, 2004 | 300 pages
David spends his days as an underworked copy writer for an ad agency and his nights lost in old war movies, fantasizing about his strange teenage cousin and revisiting his father's suicide. His dreary life is upended when he finds himself at the mysterious Chaos Farm, a lavish wilderness retreat... More Info

Spare Parts Plus Two

Coach House Books | June 1, 2002 | 95 pages
A welfare cheque floats down the river, a cowboy spreads the Word of the Lord and crotches tick like clocks: the world of Spare Parts is unpredictable, evocative and vividly distorted. Its initial appearance, in 1981, caused a stir; at a time when linear narrative was the m.o. of feminist writing,... More Info

The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn

Coach House | September 27, 2011 | 248 pages
An argument over a black rose begins this mischievous novel about anarchism, fire-breathing, murder, money, backhoe wars and family secrets.  More Info

Full Frontal T.o.

Coach House | July 17, 2012 | 200 pages
"Full Frontal T.O." examines how the architecture of the city's streetscape looks, lives, and changes over time.  More Info


Coach House Press | October 20, 2004 | 83 pages
Can a breakup break you apart? In Self-Titled, Geoffrey Brown stares into a mirror and writes what he sees, what he thinks, what he feels. The result? A self-portrait that's at once comic and psychotic, a complex consciousness captured in crystalline prose. Memories, manias, miasmas – Brown... More Info


Coach House | May 15, 2012 | 288 pages
Filled with millennial dread and suburban oddity, this novel parties (or worries) like it's 1999.  More Info

Autobiography of Childhood

Coach House | April 17, 2012 | 200 pages
Acclaimed poet's debut novel explores loss and the legacy of childhood grief, as five siblings prepare for one sister's death.  More Info