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NewPages recommends the intrigue of The Cage

By Elizabeth O’Brien
NewPages Book Reviews
June 2 2014

Martin Vaughn-James’ The Cage, a graphic novel originally published in 1975, was re-released by Coach House Books at the end of last year in a new edition which includes introductions from the author and Canadian cartoonist Seth. Interestingly, both artists try to explain what The Cage is ultimately about in their introductions.

“What is the cage?” Seth asks. “I don’t think there’s one correct answer.”

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Montecristo Magazine walks with Nicole Brossard's writing

By Robin Ramsey
Montecristo Magazine
May 1 2014

“My existence,” Nicole Brossard has said, “is a walk in writing.” It’s a fitting metaphor for the essential confluence of body and text that comprises the life of this prolific, versatile, and challenging writer. It is hard to label someone whose identity is insistently fluid, performative, and provisional: poet, novelist, essayist, dramatist, editor, public intellectual; or francophone, feminist, advocate, activist, avant-gardist. All fit Brossard, who has published over 30 collections of poetry and a dozen novels, among other works.

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The Huffington Post Sees Everything with Margaux Williamson

By Hilary Harkness
The Huffington Post
May 15 2014

When I walked into Margaux Williamson's show, I Could See Everything at Mulherin + Pollard gallery on the Lower East Side, I thought I knew what to expect. After all, I had been given the privilege of a sneak peek of sorts over brunch in Prospect Heights with Margaux and my girlfriend a few weeks prior.

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Room Magazine discusses the raw needs of young women in Tamara Faith Berger's 'Little Cat'

By Nico Mara-McKay
Room Magazine
May 15 2014

Following the success of Maidenhead, which won The Believer Book Award in 2012, was short-listed for the Trillium Book Award in 2013, and was the most reviewed book of 2012 according to the Canadian Women in the Literary Arts Count, Coach House Books has released revised versions of Berger’s two earlier novels, Lie With Me (1999) and The Way of the Whore (2001), in a single volume titled Little Cat.

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Matrix Magazine says 'Devil & the Detective' is 'a book that’s very good to its readers'

By Thomas S. Burke
Matrix Magazine
March 28 2014

John Golbach’s debut novel, The Devil and the Detective, can’t easily be folded into a genre. It’s a detective novel at its core, yes, but it’s not an iconic Raymond Chandler detective story, not exactly (though some Chandler can be found in there). It’s not really in the vein of an offbeat Jonathan Ames caper, either (but Ames is in there, too). It’s noir, yes, but, as Padgett Powell’s dust jacket blurb purports, “it’s noirtire, or satoir.”

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View Magazine: 'Any Hamilton fan will be proud of this story'

By Ric Taylor
View Magazine
May 9 2014

Teenage Head: Gods of the Hammer

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Canuckistan Music calls 'Gods of the Hammer' 'thoroughly enjoyable'

By Michael Panontin
Canuckistan Music
May 2 2014

There is allegedly a saying down in Hamilton, the gritty steeltown just down the Q.E.W. from Toronto, that goes something like this: "The only reason Toronto had any punk rock is because Teenage Head drove up the highway and showed them how to do it." And though that may sound like small-town bluster, when Frankie Venom, Gord Lewis, Steve Mahon and Nick Stipanitz showed up at the Colonial Tavern on Yonge Street in early 1977, they blew the local competition out of the water.

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Rover says not to miss 'Pastoral'

By Kit Jenkin
Rover
April 30 2014

When I think of the word pastoral, several things come to mind: green fields, crumbling Roman columns, shepherds, sheep, a hazy mid-afternoon made opaque by drifting pollen and good cheer. The literary genre of the same name is, fittingly, a nostalgic look at country life before the rise and domination of cities and human artifice. It is a nostalgic look at what life used to be before man distanced himself from the natural world.

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LitReactor says 'The Stonehenge Letters' is a fantastic book

By Brian McGackin
LitReactor
April 24 2014

Title:
The Stonehenge Letters

Who wrote it?
'The Stonehenge Letters' is a fantastic book, and well done to the publisher for taking a chance on such a weird hybrid work.
Harry Karlinsky, fictional historian and author of The Evolution of Inanimate Objects: The Life and Collected Works of Thomas Darwin (1857-1879).

Plot in a box:

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The Globe & Mail names The Stonehenge Letters as one of the 'best in new small press books'

Looking for a good read? The best in new small press books:

[by JADE COLBERT - special to The Globe and Mail]

The Stonehenge Letters, by Harry Karlinsky, Coach House Books, 264 pages, $17.95

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