Being a History of Digital Innovation at Coach House Press (now C.H.Books) and an exploration of Unix and other Computing Cultures, and how, via the Canadian—and in particular, the UofT—connection to early Unix, these two stories are intertwined.
Notes: Alcuin Talk 2012
In June 2011, MPub alum Jenna Newman and I journeyed to Ottawa and Toronto in search of Coach House history. We scoured the archives of the Canada Council, and did about eight interviews with the prime movers.
Some interview notes (more to come as we sift through and edit these into coherence):
A Rough and Working Chronology
Early Unix Culture at Coach House - Slides from MIT6 conference (May 2009)
Short essay for McMasterArchives "Historical Perspectives on Canadian Publishing"
Saved by the Wayback machine:
CHB relaunch in the late 1990s
* The #retrotech hashtag shamelessly lifted and (mis)appropriated from Matthew Kirschenbaum, who used this term to refer to the archival challenges presented by born-digital documents (esp. in old formats). See Kirschenbaum's excellent book, Mechanisms