Souvenir of Canada

Souvenir of Canada

Book - 2004
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Douglas Coupland returns to re-inventing Canada following his best-seller that made it clear, Canada is way more than slightly cool.

Douglas Coupland gets Canada. Better, he has set out to re-invent his country with his particular brand of insight, humor, and visual acuity.

Souvenir of Canada created a sensation when it was first published, dominating Canada’s best-seller lists for months, and made the front pages of every major Canadian newspaper. Eh?

Souvenir of Canada 2 picks up where its predecessor left off. As with the best jazz, the riffs are fresh, never quite predictable, and full of delicious rhythm and subtle humor. This book is packed full of powerfully resonant images, and unexpected juxtapositions, that reveal a new Canada, one at home in a new century. No lighthouses, grain elevators, or teepees here.

In addition to his trademark visual revelations, Coupland has created new works of art & design specifically for the book which further evoke the Canadian identity: quilts and cabinets and lamps and tables of startling beauty and subtlety. Each of these objects mirror his personal relationship to Canada in a way which, ultimately, speaks for all Canadians.

Douglas Coupland returns to reinventing Canada with additional proof that his bestseller Souvenir of Canada made clear: Canada is way more than slightly cool. Coupland’s net has a colorful, lively mix of cultural commentary and images that include a tour of Nanaimo bars; unforgettable railways photos; and a double-headed goose that symbolizes the country’s duality. In addition to his trademark visual revelations, Coupland here creates new works of art and design that further evoke the Canadian identity. Each of these objects mirrors his personal relationship to the Great White North in a way that’s both local and universal.

Book News
In this quirky photoessay by a Vancouver artist getting in touch with his Canadian identity, Coupland examines new images of "the sleepy little Dominion." He intersperses art that he created specifically for this sequel to the first Souvenir book (2002) with family mythology and philosophical/humorous riffs on customs, institutions, and landscapes unique to Canada. A two- headed goose graces the cover. Eh? Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, 2004
ISBN: 9781553650430
Characteristics: p. ; cm


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Nov 15, 2010

At times, this Canadian commentary was so spot on that it made me laugh out loud!

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