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It seems that almost overnight life as we know it turned upside down. At a time of mandatory social distancing, we’re finding it increasingly important to stay connected. Having a sense of community and others to turn to feels essential.
At Coach House, we feel that the best way we can help build community is, of course, through books. Even if it’s just for a little while, we can connect with each other while diving into the worlds that we’re reading.
If you have a book club, or are looking to start one, we encourage you to browse our titles. We have an extensive catalogue, so we’re quite confident that we have something to capture the heart of every reader.
Make sure to also check out our growing directory of authors that are available to attend a book club meeting. What better way to discuss a book than with the author that brought it to life? Whether your book club is interested in a Q & A, a reading, or anything in between, our authors are happy to connect. If you’d like an author to come speak to your book club, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below you’ll find our growing directory of participating authors, their bio, book(s), and the platforms they’re available on.
We hope that you and yours are staying safe and well.
Bio: Aaron Tucker is the author of two collections of poetry, irresponsible mediums: the chesspoems of Marcel Duchamp and punchlines, as well as the two scholarly manuscripts Virtual Weaponry: The Militarized Internet in Popular Cinema and Interfacing with the Internet in Popular Cinema. His current collaborative project, Loss Sets, translates poems into sculptures which are then 3D printed; he is also the co-creator of The Chessbard, an app that transforms chess games into poems. In addition, he is a lecturer in the English department at Ryerson University.
Available on: Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facetime
Bio: Adam Dickinson's poetry has appeared in literary journals and anthologies in Canada and internationally. He has published three books of poetry. His most recent book, The Polymers, was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Poetry, the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and the ReLit Award. His work has been translated into Chinese, Dutch, and Polish. He has been featured at international literary festivals such as Poetry International in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and the Oslo International Poetry Festival in Norway. He teaches poetics and creative writing at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.
Available on: Lifesize, Zoom, any other platform
Bio: Amanda Leduc's essays and stories have appeared in publications across Canada, the US, and the UK. She is the author of the novels The Miracles of Ordinary Men and the forthcoming The Centaur's Wife. She has cerebral palsy and lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where she works as the Communications Coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), Canada's first festival for diverse authors and stories.
Available on: Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts
Bio: Andrew Battershill is a writer and teacher currently living in Columbus, Ohio. A graduate of the University of Toronto's MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing, he was the Fiction Editor and co-founder of Dragnet Magazine. Pillow is his first novel.
Available on: Zoom, Google Hangouts
Bio: Andrew Wedderburn is a writer and musician from Okotoks, Alberta. He graduated from the University of Calgary in 2001. His stories have been published by filling Station and Alberta Views Magazines. His debut novel, The Milk Chicken Bomb, was published by Coach House Books in 2007. In 2008 it was a finalist for the Amazon / Books in Canada First Novel Award, and long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. As a musician and songwriter Wedderburn has written, recorded and toured extensively in the groups Hot Little Rocket and Night Committee, releasing seven full-length albums over the last two decades.
Available on: Zoom, any other platform
Bio: Domenica Martinello holds an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was the recipient of the Deena Davidson Friedman Prize for Poetry.
Book(s): All Day I Dream About Sirens
Available on: Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts
Dorothy Ellen Palmer
Bio: Like Jordan in When Fenelon Falls, Dorothy Palmer was likely conceived during Hurricane Hazel and adopted at age three. She grew up in and near Toronto and spent childhood summers in Ontario's cottage country, just north of Fenelon Falls, where there really was a caged bear. In her twenty-three years as a drama/English teacher, Dorothy taught in a Mennonite colony, a four-room schoolhouse in rural Alberta, and an adult learning centre attached to a prison. She coaches for the Canadian Improv Games. When Fenelon Falls is her first novel.
Book(s): When Fenelon Falls
Available on: Zoom
Bio: Jesse Ruddock is author of the novel Shot-Blue. Born and raised in Guelph and based in Montreal, Jesse attended Harvard on a hockey scholarship, playing starting goal. After a series of concussions, she turned to studying modern poetry and medieval meditation, next completing a Master’s at the University of Toronto. From age thirteen to twenty-three, Jesse worked in the summer as a carpenter’s apprentice on a remote lake in northern Ontario.
Available on: All platforms
Jon Chan Simpson
Bio: Jon Chan Simpson grew up in Red Deer, Alberta. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto's MA Creative Writing program, and his work has been featured in Ricepaper magazine.
Available on: Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, all platforms
Bio: K.B. Thors is a poet, translator, and educator from rural Alberta, Canada. Her debut collection Vulgar Mechanics is expected from Partus Press (UK/Iceland) in 2019. Her translation of Stormwarning (Phoneme, 2018) by Icelandic poet Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir won the American Scandinavian Foundation's Leif and Inger Sjöberg Prize and is currently nominated for the PEN Literary Award for Poetry in Translation. She is also the Spanish-English translator of Chintungo: The Story of Someone Else by Soledad Marambio (Ugly Ducking Presse, 2018). Her poems, essays and literary criticism have appeared around the U.S., U.K., and Canada. She has an MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Teaching Fellow in Poetry.
Book(s): Vulgar Mechanics
Available on: Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype
Bio: Lezlie Lowe is a freelance journalist and journalism instructor based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has been recognized for her long-form journalism by the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Atlantic Journalism Awards. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King's College, where she also teaches in the Journalism department. No Place To Go: How Public Toilets Fail Our Private Needs is her first book.
Book(s): No Place to Go
Available on: Facetime, Zoom, Skype
Bio: Matthew Tierney is the author of three books of poetry. His most recent is Probably Inevitable, which won the 2013 Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English. His previous book, The Hayflick Limit, was shortlisted for a Trillium Book Award. He is a former recipient of the K.M. Hunter Award, and has placed his poems in numerous journals and magazines across Canada. He lives in Toronto.
Genre: Poetry, Fiction
Available on: All platforms
Bio: Naben Ruthnum won the Journey Prize for his short fiction, has been a National Post books columnist, and has written books and cultural criticism for the Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, and the Walrus. His crime fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Joyland, and his pseudonym Nathan Ripley's first novel will appear in 2018. Ruthnum lives in Toronto.
Available on: TBD
Bio: Sarah Barmak is a Toronto freelance journalist and author. Her writing has appeared in Maclean's, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Canadian Business, Marketing and Reader's Digest .
Available on: Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts
Bio: Sarah Liss is The Grid 's music columnist and culture editor. Her writing has appeared in a number of places, including Toronto Life, The Walrus, Maisonneuve , CBC.ca and Flare, and onstage at Nightwood Theatre. Her piece 'A Force of Will,' a love letter to deceased Toronto artist Will Munro published in The Grid , was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2013.
Book(s): Army of Lovers
Available on: TBD
Bio: Saskia Vogel grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in Berlin, where she works as a writer and Swedish-to-English literary translator. She has written on the themes of gender, power, and sexuality for publications such as The White Review, The Offing, and The Quietus. Previously, she worked as Granta magazine's global publicist and as an editor at the AVN Media Network, where she reported on pornography and adult pleasure products.
Available on: Skype, Whatsapp, Facetime, Google Hangouts, Zoom
Bio: Sina Queyras is the author of the poetry collections, MxT, Expressway and Lemon Hound. Her work has been nominated for a Governor General’s Award, and won The Friends of Poetry Award from Poetry Magazine, The AM Klein Award for Poetry, a Lambda, the Pat Lowther Award, a Pushcart Prize and Gold in the National Magazine Award. Her first novel, Autobiography of Childhood was nominated for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. In 2005 she edited Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets, for Persea Books. She is the founding editor of Lemon Hound. She has taught creative writing at Rutgers, Haverford and Concordia University in Montreal where she currently resides.
Available on: TBD
Bio: Susan Holbrook's poetry books are the Trillium-nominated Joy Is So Exhausting (Coach House, 2009), Good Egg Bad Seed (Nomados, 2004) and misled (Red Deer, 1999), which was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award. She lives in Leamington, Ontario, and teaches North American Literatures and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor. She is the author of a poetry textbook, Reading (and Writing About) Poetry (Broadview Press, 2015) and co-editor, with Thomas Dilworth, of The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson: Composition as Conversation (Oxford, 2010).
Available on: Teams, all platforms
Bio: Suzette Mayr is the author of four previous novels: Monoceros, Moon Honey, The Widows, and Venous Hum. The Widows was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book in the Canada-Caribbean region, and has been translated into German. Moon Honey was shortlisted for the Writers' Guild of Alberta's Best First Book and Best Novel Awards. Monoceros was longlisted for the Giller Prize. Suzette Mayr lives and works in Calgary.
Available on: Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp, Facetime, Google Hangouts
Tamara Faith Berger
Bio: Tamara Faith Berger writes fiction, non-fiction and screenplays. She is the author of Lie With Me (2001), The Way of the Whore (2004), (republished together by Coach House Books as Little Cat in 2013), Maidenhead (2012) and Kuntalini (2016). Her fifth book, Queen Solomon, was published by Coach House Books in October 2018. Maidenhead was nominated for a Trillium Book Award and it won the Believer Book Award. Her work has been published in Apology, Canadian Art, Taddle Creek and Canadian Notes and Queries. She has a BFA in Studio Art from Concordia University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.
Available on: Zoom, Skype, all platforms