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New jacket for Coupland’s 2010 book

September 27th, 2022

Due out October 18, Douglas Coupland’s 2010 CBC Massey Lectures book with a new jacket designed by the author, Player One: What Is to Become of Us (House of Anansi $22.95) is an innovative exploration of the modern crises of our time.

Five disparate people are trapped inside an airport cocktail lounge during a global disaster: Karen, a single mother waiting for her online date; Rick, a down-on-his-luck bartender; Luke, a pastor on the run; Rachel, a cool Hitchcockian blonde incapable of true human contact; and finally a mysterious voice known as Player One. Slowly, over the course of the five-hour story, each reveals the truth about themselves while the world as they know it comes to an end.

Douglas Coupland, a well-known visual artist and writer, probes human identity, society, religion, macroeconomics and the afterlife in his 2010 CBC Massey Lectures. Asking as many questions as it answers, Player One will leave readers questioning whether we are in a new phase of existence as a species — and that there is no turning back. 9781487011468

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