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Columbus and the Fat Lady

And Other Stories

Written by Matt Cohen • Introduction by Wayne Grady

Published March 03, 2020 | ISBN 9781487007874
FICTION / Short Stories

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Regular price $16.95 CAD

224 pages | 8.5 in × 5.5 in
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About this book

Columbus and the Fat Lady

And Other Stories

Matt Cohen • Wayne Grady

First published in 1972, Columbus and the Fat Lady introduced readers to Governor General’s Literary Award–winning author Matt Cohen’s skewed and hilarious worldview. By turns funny, surreal, wistful, savagely satirical, and brilliantly inventive, the stories in this collection intrigue and surprise the reader with their unexpected language and plots. He conjures up images that are both absurd and perceptive. From Sir Galahad as a schoolteacher to Christopher Columbus as a carnival attraction, these stories feature the improbable with strength and virtuosity. This collection is a foray into the jungles of life on this planet and the tangled but fascinating interiors of the human head.

About the Creators

Matt Cohen

MATT COHEN (1942–99) was an acclaimed author of adult and children’s literature. His final novel, Elizabeth and After, won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. His other novels include The Disinherited and Emotional Arithmetic, which was adapted into a feature film. He is honoured by the Writers’ Trust of Canada, of which he was a founding member, with the Matt Cohen Award, given out annually for lifetime achievement in Canadian literature. He also wrote several books for children under the pseudonym Teddy Jam.

Wayne Grady

WAYNE GRADY is the author of two novels, Emancipation Day and Up from Freedom, and fourteen books of science and natural history. He is also the editor of six anthologies of short stories, including two co-edited by Matt Cohen, and one of Canada’s top literary translators. He has won the First Novel Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation, among many other honours. He lives in Kingston, Ontario, with his wife, novelist Merilyn Simonds.

Awards and Praise


“Cohen opens it up for you …” bp nichol in Books In Canada