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Airstream Land Yacht

Written by Ken Babstock

  • 104 Pages
  • 9780887849169
  • POETRY / Canadian



Publication Date March 21, 2006

From the author of the award-winning The Sisters Brothers comes a dark, boozy, and hilarious tale from the LA underworld.

A nameless barman tends a decaying bar in Hollywood and takes notes for a book about his clientele. Initially, he is morbidly amused by watching the regulars roll in and fall into their nightly oblivion, pitying them and their loneliness. In hopes of uncovering their secrets and motives, he establishes tentative friendships with them. He also knocks back pills indiscriminately and treats himself to gallons of Jameson's. But as his tenure at the bar continues, he begins to lose himself, trapped by addiction and indecision. When his wife leaves him, he embarks on a series of squalidly random sexual encounters and a downward spiral of self-damage and irrational violence. To cleanse himself and save his soul, he attempts to escape . . .

Winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry 2007

Winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry 2007

Short-listed for the Griffin Poetry Prize 2007

Short-listed for the Winterset Award for Excellence in Newfoundland Writing 2007

Short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Awards: Poetry 2006

Long-listed for the ReLit Awards - Poetry 2007


Ken Babstock
Ken Babstock is the author of Airstream Land Yacht, which was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award, won the Trillium Book Award, and was a Globe and Mail Top 100 book; Days into Flatspin, which was shortlisted for the Winterset Award for Excellence in Newfoundland Writing; and Mean, which won the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Milton Acorn People's Poetry Award. Ken Babstock lives in Toronto, Ontario.