The Glorious Return of Coach House

Coach House Press is dead. But Coach House the printer which got out of the book publishing business when it spl with the recently defunct Coach House Press, has re emerged. Bearded Annex man-about-town Coach Hous Printing owner Stan Bevington has registered the nam Coach House Books, hired a managing editor (BP’s own  Hilary Clark) and initiated what may be the most ambitious,  and exciting phase yet in the tumultuous history of the  dilapidated building nestled behind Robarts library on  bpNichol lane. “We are different from any other publisher  in Canada/’ says newly appointed managing editor Clark.  “We are doing strictly limited editions of fifty to three  hundred books. We are doing almost no retail sales and we  are publishing all our books in their entirety on-line on our  website/’ All of this is to say that the new Coach House  Books bears more resemblance to the Coach House Press  of the nineteen-sixties and early seventies than it does to  the now defunct Coach House Press of the eighties and  nineties. “We’ve got a two year window where it’s all pilot/’  says Victor Coleman, one of the editors for the new Coach  House Books and one of those involved with the sixties  incarnation of Coach House Press. “We are going to try  this out, we don’t feel like we have to prove anything to  anybody. Of course it is hard to know what is going to  happen revenue wise. We do have the unique capability to  do everything we want to do in-house so we won’t be in  debt to anybody but ourselves.” Ordering, info and good  reading can be found atwww.chbooks.com.

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