Coach House Books

Location:

80 bpNichol LaneTorontoOntarioM5S 3J4Canada View Map

Revenue:

$7 Million

Employees:

35

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Phone:

(416) 979-2217

Fax:

(416) 934-1410
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Description:

Coach House has always maintained a dual role in Canadian letters by both publishing and printing books. Through the years, the printing half of the company has produced books and ephemera for many of Canada's literary presses and for the University of Toronto, setting new standards for design and printing quality. This emphasis on careful and innovative production enticed many of Canadian literature's now-luminary figures to join the Coach House crew; in the 1970s and '80s, the editorial board included, at various times, Victor Coleman, Frank Davey, Linda Davey, bpNichol, Michael Ondaatje, Sarah Sheard and David Young, and the roster of writers grew to include Robin Blaser, George Bowering, Nicole Brossard, Matt Cohen, Christopher Dewdney, David Donnell, Dorothy Livesay, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Daphne Marlatt, Steve McCaffery, David McFadden, Don McKay, Paul Quarrington, Gail Scott, Sharon Thesen, Sheila Watson, Phyllis Webb and countless others. The press was known for its adventurousness in both content and presentation. A move and a change of ownership and management in the late 1980s brought a new, if short-lived, direction. Editors including Lynn Crosbie, Christopher Dewdney and Michael Redhill, under the stewardship of Margaret McClintock, published books by André Alexis, Ann-Marie MacDonald and Anne Michaels. In 1996, sadly, government funding cuts decimated the viability of the company, and it wound down. In 1997, Stan Bevington resurrected Coach House, back in its original home in the old coach house, where the printing business was still hard at work. Helmed by Hilary Clark and Victor Coleman, the new Coach House boldly ventured online, publishing electronic editions and luscious print versions, archly referring to the physical copy as 'that fetish object formerly known as the book.' Darren Wershler-Henry took over as editor, and then Alana Wilcox, and, as the internet and the publishing climate changed, the emphasis shifted to print books.

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