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Welocme to Pochsy

All of Karen Hines' plays have been collected and published by Coach House Books. She has been honoured with two Alberta Writers Guild Awards, and a nomination for the Governor General’s Award for Drama. All are available through Coach House Books, Pages, Amazon.com and others.

DRAMA: Pilot Episode

Now available on Coach House Books. DRAMA: Pilot Episode

Hello...Hello

Available on Coach House Books in paperback or Ebook (PDF). Hello...Hello

The momentum and perspicacity of this inventive play is evident on the page. It is also obvious why Hines is lauded as one of the nation's premier dramatists.
– Eye Weekly, Hello...Hello

The Pochsy Plays

Available on Coach House Boooks paperback or Ebook (PDF). The Pochsy Plays

'Whether she's sending up loneliness and love or shallow ambition and greed, Hines's satire is dead-on ... Along with Hines's illuminating, intelligent introduction to the character and her style, photos and performance stills provide readers a fair sense of Pochsy's stage effect.'
– Border Crossing

Essays, excerpts, short plays and articles

From an imaginary pitch for an impossible tv show, to a twenty-minute musical about suicidal telemarketers, Hines' essays, excerpts, short plays and articles have been included in a number of literary anthologies and magazines, with more to come.

Hello... Hello (A Romantic Satire) by Karen Hines

Coach House

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Karen Hines's genre-defying 4-person play with songs has been presented at Toronto's Factory Theatre and Tarragon Theatre, and was a multiple Dora, Chalmers and Canadian Comedy Award nominee, as well as winner of the 2007 Alberta Writers Guild Award for Drama.

In the vast, unnamed metropolis of Hello … hello, art and commerce have finally and completely conjoined; stylish cafés serve up zebra mussels and the air is thick with a gentle rain of sparrows plummeting down from the mirrored office towers. Everywhere, people are falling for an edgy new fashion accessory: a shiny ball filled with poison that hangs from a delicate chain...

From the reviews:

The momentum and perspicacity of this inventive play is evident on the page. It is also obvious why Hines is lauded as one of the nation's premier dramatists.'
– Eye Weekly

A deliciously dark slice of urban whimsy ... who else [but Hines] could take the horrible image of birds crashing into mirrored skyscrapers and plummeting to their deaths and imbue it with such melancholy charm?
– Books in Canada

With influences as diverse and seemingly mismatched as Greek tragedy and mid-century Hollywood musicals, Karen Hines's latest satire is a bizarrely compelling work.
– Quill & Quire

For a list of Book Reviews: Go Here

For synopsis and more information on "Hello..Hello": Go Here

To order “Hello…Hello” go here:

WEB: Coach House Books
EMAIL: mail@chbooks.com

Other sources: Pages Book Store (Toronto) | TheatreBooks (Toronto) | Amazon.ca

The Pochsy Plays by Karen Hines

Coach House

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Finalist for the 2004 Governor General’s Award for Drama; Winner of the 2005 Alberta Writers Guild Award for Drama; Finalist for Chalmers Award for best play. Also nominated for six Dora Awards; Dora Award for performance. Now in its second printing.

Beckett meets Betty Boop in this trilogy of monologues by Canadian cult heroine Pochsy. In The Pochsy Plays, Hines remodels and melds traditions like stand-up, absurdism, clowning and neo-cabaret to create some of the most original and cutting satire to hit the stage - and, now, the page. Pochsy garbles ad slogans, self-help mantras and desperate grabs at meaning into a postmodern pastiche that is hilarious and harrowing, sweet and bitter at the same time. With extensive photos, musical scores by Greg Morrison, the collaboration of director Sandra Bacovskeand an introduction by Darren O'Donnell.

From the reviews:

'This beautifully produced collection is a valuable record of Hines's work ... The Pochsy Plays is a welcome record of a unique creation that should also allow this cult figure to become more widely known.'
– Letters in Canada

'Whether she's sending up loneliness and love or shallow ambition and greed, Hines's satire is dead-on ... Along with Hines's illuminating, intelligent introduction to the character and her style, photos and performance stills provide readers a fair sense of Pochsy's stage effect.'
– Border Crossing

Pochsy is a startling and original character: smart, bitter, hopeful, savage – and terribly funny. Hines has created a weirdly familiar world where the hurt arrives a single heartbeat after the joke."
– From the GG Nominations Page

To read a Review from Canadian Literature: Go Here

For a list of Book Reviews: Go Here

For synopsis and more information on "Hello..Hello": Go Here

Buy the book online or on foot at:

Coach House Books (Toronto)

Theatrebooks (Toronto)

Pages Books (Toronto)

Pages on Kensington (Calgary)

McNally Robinson (Calgary)

Biz Books (Vancouver)

Chapters/ Indigo (Canada)

Amazon Canada (On-line only)

The Pochsy Plays - Media Contacts:

Toronto: Alana Wilcox Coach House Books, 416 979 2217, or alana@chbooks.com

National Magazine Award-winner for her Swerve Magazine pieces "The One Hundred Thousand Dollar Boyfriend" and "My Little House of Horrors," Hines has contributed everything from an imaginary pitch for an impossible tv show, to a twenty-minute musical about suicidal telemarketers. Her essays, excerpts, short plays and articles have been included in the following:

Swerve Magazine

Coach House Books' State of the Arts | The Brick Literary Journal | Geist | Border Crossings

As well as in anthologies such as Snappy Shorts at Tarragon Theatre and Taking the Stage and Actors Theatre of Louisville's Heaven and Hell on Earth