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Back by popular demand, we've put the promotional trading cards we produced for Andrew Kaufman's All My Friends Are Superheroes on the Coach House site. In plenty of time for Valentine's Day, you can relive (or experience for the first time) trading cards made of characters from Kaufman's unusual and romantic debut novel. Get valuable stats on the Ear, the Perfectionist, Hypno and others!

Paul Quarrington, the musician and award-winning Toronto author of Whale Music, King Leary and, most recently, The Ravine has died. He was 56.

Quarrington, who was diagnosed with an advanced form of lung cancer last year, passed away on the morning of January 21, 2010.

Quarrington first published with Coach House in the late 70s. Coach House published and printed the Toronto author's first novel, The Service, in 1978.

The Poetry Project Newsletter ran an advance review of Rachel Zolf's highly anticipated new collection, Neighbour Procedure, in their February/March 2010 issue.

Below is an excerpt from the review by Thom Donovan:

The Globe and Mail featured the Eunoia: The Upgraded Edition in Warren Clements's 'Word Play' column on Saturday, January 16. Click here to read the article, and here to find out more about the book!

'I’ve been stunned by the recent work by Kate Eichhorn and her collaborators, from the recent Open Letter issue to the anthology Prismatic Publics: Innovative Canadian Women’s Poetry and Poetics, eds.

Guy Maddin's film My Winnipeg appeared on celebrated film critic Roger Ebert's list of the top ten movies of the decade:

'Guy Maddin's films are like a silent movie dreaming it can speak. No frame of his work could be mistaken for anyone else's. He combines documentary, lurid melodrama, newsreels, feverish fantasies and tortured typography into a form that appears to contain urgent information. His sound tracks are sometimes clear narration, sometimes soap opera, sometimes snatches that seem heard over a radio from long ago and far away. The effect is hypnotic.'

The 00s have been very good to Coach House. From the runaway-train success of Andrew Kaufman's All My Friends are Superheroes, Christian Bök's Eunoia (now available in trailer form) and the publication of the Toronto-favourite uTOpia series to the purchase of the Coach House building (which you can now tour online), the 00s have worked out just fine.

Coach House poet Susan Holbrook read 'Good Egg Bad Seed' from her book Joy Is So Exhausting at the Dakota Tavern early in December. Missed it? Listen to the recording here.

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.