This morning at Coach House we're all giving Brecken Hancock a great big group hug and want you all to join us in congratulating her on her big win last night. Her first poetry collection, Broom Broom, won the 2015 Language Trillium Book Award for Poetry (English Language), which comes with a $10,000 cash prize.

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts has awarded Coach House's own Jordan Tannahill the 36th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Award, a prize that celebrates excellence in Toronto theatre, dance and opera. The ceremony was held Monday evening (June 22nd) at the Harbourfront Centre, where 50 prizes in total were awarded to members of Toronto's vibrant performing arts scene. 

Since our founding in 1965, Coach House has been committed to printing and publishing innovative poetry of the highest quality. With that mandate in mind, we want to make sure we're doing all that we can to share our poets' work with you!

Earlier this year, we were pleased to hear that three (THREE!!) Coach House authors were shortlisted for The League of Canadian Poets' Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Now, we are thrilled to announce that Sina Queyras has won the 2015 award for her volume, MxT.

Jeff Alessandrelli of Late Night Library finds that McGimpsey's work "is humorous, certainly, but there is also a tenderness that belies its humor, ultimately subverting it."

Read the full interview here, and don't forget your copy of Asbestos Heights.

Listen to RM Vaughan as he talks about his new book, Bright Eyed, in which Vaughn details his personal struggle with "the insomniac mind," and tackles the larger ramifications of what he calls a "culture of insomnia."

Listen to the 05/29/15 interview here.


Acknowledging the presence of "ghost" neighbourhoods like Toronto's Ward, the Jazz.FM91 interviewer notes that the "authors of the book The Ward go a long way in bringing this neighbourhood back into our view and argue for the importance of retrieving our memory of our urban origins." This is important work, since "[i]t’s an attempt not only to make us remember, but to rescue the reputation of this area of Toronto that was not only overcrowded, but housed artists and musicians and people who helped create the cultural landscape of our city."<

This is a point that Jordan Tannahill makes emphatically and eloquently in his new book, Theatre of the Unimpressed, a call for playwrights and directors to eschew the security of the well-made play in favour of what he calls "the spectre of failure," moments - and sometimes whole productions - that convince audiences of the vitality of theatre, the necessity of the unique experience of the live performance.

In "Toronto's Spring (Book) Awakening," Kelli Korducki writes that "Spring 2015 promises a veritable smorgasbord of appealing, Toronto-friendly book titles," and among her favourites is the recently published The Ward, an anthology of essays by writers like John Lornic and Shawn Micallef, about the rise and demise of Toronto's first immigrant neighbourhood.

Ben Ladouceur is Jim Johnstone's pick among emergent poetic voices on the Canadian landscape. Johnstone gushes that Ladouceur's Otter "is a kind of rare debut: vital, on voice, and spirited from start to finish," and that it is the poet's "skill with the personal lyric that truly makes him noteworthy."

The CBC has generated five "totally random facts" to be gleaned from Jordan Tannahill's Theatre of the Unimpressed, the GG-award winning playwright's call to playwrights and directors everywhere to abandon the safe and predictable conventionality of the well-made play and embrace what Tannahill calls the "spectre of failure," a willingness to countenance risk that reminds theatre-goers of the necessity of the live experience.

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In this morning's Toronto Metro, Sue Carter chats with Jon Chan Simpson about his debut novel, Chinkstar.

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Have you heard the news? Coach House is starting a book club! We're calling it — get ready — the Coach House Book Club. 

Why are we starting a book club, you ask? Well, we feel this isn't so much a book club as it is a gathering of the Coach House community and those who want to get to know their favourite author in an informal, relaxed setting — but just calling it a 'book club' seemed like the clearest way of encapsulating all of that.

Photos from our May 20th launch of The Ward in the Ward, at the Church of the Holy Trinity.


'For librarians who come to San Francisco / Coach House Books will be a love-in there / In the streets of San Francisco / Gentle people with books in their bags.'

Coach House Books is thrilled to announce that we'll be at ALA this year, and you can find us at in the Consortium Books & Sales Distribution (CBSD) aisle at booth #1304. We may or may not have flowers in our hair.