Print Culture Speakers Series: John Maxwell on Coach House Press in the ‘Early Digital’ Period

John Maxwell, the director of the Publishing Program at SFU, will be giving a talk at the SFU English Department’s Print Culture Speakers Series.

Coach House Press in the ‘Early Digital’ Period
Friday, March 6, 2015
SFU Burnaby, Academic Quadrangle 6106

In the early 1970s the Coach House Press, a tiny literary publisher and fine printing house in Toronto, made an unheard‐of investment in digital technology, anticipating by four decades the digital moment many of their peers in the book industry are confronting only now. How this small press managed this, given marginal capitalization, immature technologies, and the infamous divide between the arts and sciences reveals a story of enigmatic personalities, friendships, and cultural intersections.

For more than a decade, the Print Culture Speakers Series has been a venue for the dissemination of innovative work by a veritable who’s who of scholars. Bringing these scholars together with local faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students, the series is a vital forum for discussion of the issues that challenge and define the study of print culture, writ large, helping make Simon Fraser University an international centre for new thinking about media and theory.