New Year, New Books from Coach House!

New Year, New Books from Coach House!

2012 was a momentous year for Coach House! Not only did we publish some of our favourite all-time books and work with some of our favourite authors and bookstores, we received some much-appreciated recognition for it, whether it was Mad Hope on the Globe 100, Maidenhead on Salon's Ultimate Book Guide of 2012, The Lease on Maisonneuve's year-end list or Cosmo on Salty Ink's list of the Most Dazzling Debuts of 2012.

Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm! We're hoping we can bring you more of your favourite books (and favourite book parties) in 2013!

Fill up on ebooks with our Post-Holiday Post-Paper Sale!

Judging by news reports and the internet, a serious number you received some sort of portable e-reading device over the holidays: maybe a Kobo, iPad, Kindle or Atari 2600. But without any ebooks, what can you do with that oversized calculator?

Coach House is here to help: throughout January, our extensive ebook backlist is available for 30% off. Want the ebook of Milosz, Cosmo, Maidenhead, The Politics of Knives or even the forthcoming Some Great Idea? They're now available for super-cheap! So, increase that holiday debt and fill up your e-reader with our Post-Holiday Post-Paper Sale. The sale lasts until February 1.

[Note: if you own a Kindle, please do not order from the Coach House site. Kindle editions of our books are available from the Amazon site only.]

Toronto: prepare yourselves for Some Great Idea

It's atypical for us to launch a book in January, but Edward Keenan's Some Great Idea is no ordinary book! As such, we're launching this extraordinary book about the city of Toronto with a monster celebration on Thursday, January 24, at Lee's Palace (529 Bloor Street West).

Since the beginning of the Ford administration, writer Edward Keenan has proven himself to be one of the sharpest critics and analysts of Toronto municipal matters, with his columns in The Grid and essays in Spacing magazine. His book, Some Great Idea: Good Neighbourhoods, Crazy Politics and the Invention of Toronto, looks at the decade-long narrative of Toronto's ascendance as a mature global city and traces how post-amalgamation, and under three very different mayors - Mel Lastman, David Miller and Rob Ford - Toronto managed to so quickly oscillate from one extreme to another.

Inside, you'll find behind-the-scenes tales from the Miller and Ford mayoral campaigns, coverage of the city's core service review and the mayor's conflict-of-interest trial, an examination of Toronto's 'holy trinity of civic patron saints' and much, much more. The launch itself will feature a conversation between Edward Keenan and former mayor David Crombie, as well as a DJ set from Track Meet. The book launches January 24 at Lee's Palace (and in bookstores across the city), but you can also pre-order it from Coach House. And if you can't wait that long, read an excerpt here or take our Some Great Idea Toronto quiz here.

Coach House now sold by Publishers Group Canada

The bookstores and retail buyers on our mailing list may be interested to know that, effective January 1, Coach House Books will be distributed in Canada exclusively by Publishers Group Canada. For details on ordering from PGC, visit their website, or Coach House's ordering and distribution page. LitDistCo, our previous distributor, will accept returns until March 31.

Other Events

24 Jan - Some Great Idea Toronto Launch

Some Great Idea Book Launch
featuring author and The Grid senior editor Edward Keenan
Lee's Palace, 529 Bloor St. West
8:30 p.m., free
RSVP on the Facebook page


10 Jan - Mark Truscott at the Flywheel Reading Series

The Flywheel Reading Series
featuring Mark Truscott (Said Like Reeds or Things), Emily Chin and Caitlynn Cummings
Pages on Kensington, 1135 Kensington Road NW
7:30 p.m., free
RSVP on the Facebook page

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