Coach House titles make more 'Best of 2009' lists
As 2009 draws to a close, many publications are compiling their lists of the best books of 2009. And Coach House is delighted to find several of our titles making those various 'Best of 2009' lists.
'The idea of this book divided even the people who never read it. That's real success. Eunoia marked the battle lines of this decade by making the faux weirdos of the 1990s look like the slumming rich kids they were, as well as opening up the gates for recent conceptual work that dares to state the obvious: Words are just words, and that's their power.'
'A booklength work in the tradition of the Canadian long poem, Expressway tackles big subjects, from urban life to personal loss, with expertise. Nominated for the Governor General's Literary Awards, the book creeps through its early sections laying the groundwork for its stranger second half. Queyras, a Montreal-based poet and critic, writes circles around her contemporaries.'
As was Mike Hoolboom's novel, The Steve Machine (technically published in 2008):
'A hallucinogenic and slightly Jesus-like video artist rescues a newly-diagnosed PWA and helps him to shed his anger and self-pity. Or does he? The title character is named for real-life video artist Steve Reinke, but the novel's Reinke is a bizarre blur, more spirit than plot point. His uninhibited, laissez-faire attitude and sexual bravado both attract and repel the narrator. Then, about two thirds of the way through, the snake eats its own tail and the blend of gritty realism and comic absurdity comes to a pleasingly emotional conclusion.'
Winnipeg's Uptown declared Mike Blouin's Chase & Haven ('a beautifully sympathetic portrait of the strength and failures of sibling love') and Cordelia Strube's Lemon ('one of the most vivid fictional creations I've encountered in a while') as two of the year's best.