chbPick an event, pick a venue, pick a date: the odds are in your favour. Coach House has spent the past year putting a little more oomph into the spring launch season, and Toronto’s Canlit junkies will be among the first to taste the fruits of their labours.

This past Thursday, April 4th, Coach House started off the spring launch season with another pumpin’ party to launch Need Machine by Andrew Faulkner, The Devil and the Detective by John Goldbach (Puritan contributors both), Little Cat by Tamara Faith Berger, For Display Purposes Only by David Seymour, Fault Lines by Nicolas Billon, and a new illustrated version of All My Friends are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman.

Like the Coach House fall launch, the event was held at The Garrison, a spacious venue with a front and back bar and tacos for $3.50. Coach House always makes sure their events are unique—baseball cards promoting Andrew Faulkner’s book, matches promoting John Goldbach’s, and cootie catchers promoting Tamara Faith Berger’s were scattered on tables. 

Even more people than in the fall were crammed into the space, making it incredibly easy to get “people hyper” and have several interesting conversations throughout the night. Readings were short and effective, leaving tons of time for attendees to buy books, get their books signed, and mingle. There’s nothing like a Coach House party to get things started!

Have you already started to get launch party fever? Me too! Good thing for us there’s a slew of events coming our way. April 18th is Quattro Books Spring Launch at Q Space, April 24th is Wolsak and Wynn’s Spring Poetry Launch at The Garrison, April 25th is Anansi’s Poetry Bash at The Garrison, and May 6th is BookThug’s Spring Launch at The Supermarket. Here at The Town Crier, we’ll keep you updated on the best parties and readings as they get announced.

In addition to the launches, Toronto’s reading series like Pivot, Emerging Writers, Write Club, Amazing New Stuff, Live Words, Art Bar and many more are still running at their usual times. So there’s no excuse to stay in watching bad TV this spring—get out and soak in some literature and intelligent conversations!

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