Death Goes Better With Coca-Cola
Written by Dave Godfrey
Introduction by Lee Henderson
Publication Date July 19, 2016
Originally published in 1967, Dave Godfrey’s debut collection features stories about hunting — in Florida, in Africa, and in northern Ontario. They are about the interplay of gun and subway, decoy and stock market, guide and draft dodger. But they are more than just stories about hunting. Death Goes Better with Coca-Cola is a powerful example of the idiosyncratic imagination of a writer who broke new ground in fiction. It is a seminal collection by one of Canada’s most influential literary figures and it is a must-read for those who want to understand Canada’s literary landscape, past and present.
Dave Godfrey was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1938. A writer, publisher, and academic, Godfrey published three works of fiction: the novel The New Ancestors, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, and the short story collections Death Goes Better with Coca-Cola and Dark Must Yield. He was co-founder of both House of Anansi and New Press, and ran Press Porcépic with his wife, writer Ellen Godfrey. He studied at the University of Toronto, Iowa, and Stanford, and taught literature at the University of Toronto and the University of Victoria. Dave Godfrey died in Victoria, B.C., in 2015.
Lee Henderson is the author of two novels The Man Game, which won the 2009 BC Book Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and The Road Narrows As You Go, published in 2014, and the award-winning short story collection The Broken Record Technique. He is a contributing editor to the arts magazine Border Crossings in Canada and has published fiction and art criticism in numerous periodicals. He lives in Victoria, B.C., and teaches creative writing at UVic.
"“If I had to put my money on a Canadian writer most likely to produce first-rate work in the next decade, I’d bet it on Dave Godfrey.”" Montreal Star
"“Easily the most talented and abundant of the short story writers who are still in their twenties.”" Tamarack Review
"“Probably the most gifted young short-story writer in English Canada.”" The Oxford Companion to Canadian History and Literature