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Grab Bag


Cult novelist Dennis Cooper launches the third title of Little House on the Bowery, the Akashic series he is editing and promoting.

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What people are saying…

Grab Bag culls the best of the perverse and innocent world of Derek McCormack. The mystery of objects, the lyricism of neglected lives, the menace and nostalgia of the past—these are all ingredients in this weird and beautiful parallel universe.”
—Edmund White

“Boy, can Dennis Cooper find ’em! Grab Bag will grab you, all right; plain, simple, and hard.”
—John Waters, filmmaker

“Anyone interested in the more wicked, crafty and inventive forms of Canadian writing would be well advised to spend time with McCormack.”
Toronto Star


A selection of Dennis Cooper’s Little House on the Bowery series.

Grab Bag is comprised of two interrelated novels, Dark Rides and Wish Book, from one of Canada’s most important young writers. Both books are set in the same small rural city, in different eras (1950s, 1930s), each characterized by McCormack’s spare and elliptical prose.


Book Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Published: 6/1/04
  • IBSN: 9781888451597


DEREK McCORMACK is the author of Grab Bag (Akashic), The Show that Smells (Akashic), and The Haunted Hillbilly (Soft Skull), which was named a “Best Book of the Year” by both the Village Voice and the Globe and Mail, and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. He writes fashion and arts articles for the National Post, and lives in Toronto.

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