OLD GENRE NEW TRICKS
launch for André Alexis' new Coach House novel, Fifteen Dogs > APRIL 1
Join André Alexis and Coach House Books for the launch of his highly-anticipated new novel, Fifteen Dogs on the evening of Wednesday, April 1st.
ABOUT FIFTEEN DOGS
And so it begins: a bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto veterinary clinic. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking, preferring the old 'dog' ways, and those who embrace the change. The gods watch from above as the dogs venture into their newly unfamiliar world, as they become divided among themselves, as each struggles with new thoughts and feelings. Wily Benjy moves from home to home, Prince becomes a poet, and Majnoun forges a relationship with a kind couple that stops even the Fates in their tracks.
André Alexis's contemporary take on the apologue offers an utterly compelling and affecting look at the beauty and perils of human consciousness. By turns meditative and devastating, charming and strange, Fifteen Dogs shows you can teach an old genre new tricks.
'Alexis manages to encapsulate an astonishing range of metaphysical questions in a simple tale about dogs that came to know too much. The result is a delightful juxtaposition of the human and canine conditions, and a narrative that, like just one of the dogs, delights in the twists and turns of the gods' linguistic gift.' — Publishers Weekly, starred review
There will be a Toronto Humane Society donation jar available for those who want to help our furry friends find forever homes.
BOOK LAUNCH FOR FIFTEEN DOGS BY ANDRE ALEXIS
Type Books, 883 Queen Street West
Wednesday April 1, 2015 > 7pm-9pm
Refreshments will be served
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