News

It has been a terribly exciting week of award nominations at the old Coach House! This morning, the Canada Council for the Arts announced the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award finalists, and we're thrilled to say that Sean Dixon was nominated for his play A God in Need of Help, as was Rhonda Mullins for her translation of Élise Turcotte's Guyana

Congratulations, André! His gorgeous novel, Pastoralis a finalist for the esteemed Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize.

The Writers’ Trust of Canada revealed this morning the finalists for two major prizes for excellence in Canadian fiction: the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Writers’ Trust/McClelland and Stewart Journey Prize. The announcement was made at Ben McNally Books.

We have good news for lonely walls: Canadian artist duo Hadley+Maxwell have produced a beautiful set of eight posters inspired by Lisa Robertson's Cinema of the Present. We're extending the Cinema love by offering the whole set of eight posters for $40

Wow. Much merCH. Such deals.

 

Coffee Room

We're pleased to share this spellbinding Janey's Arcadia film with you, directed by author Rachel Zolf.

Edited by Aleesa Cohene with sound design and composition by Radiodress, the film superimposes National Film Board scenes of colonial life with Rachel's reading of three of her poems, "Janey's Hospitality," "Janey Settler's Pastoral Oasis," and "Face to Face." A detailed description of the film follows:

The Coach House (HQ of Coach House Books and Coach House Printing) has a charmingly ramshackle coffee room. And for over 45 years, that room has served as a meeting space for writers, publishers, artists, readers, musicians and more. It's a pretty informal space with some very informal gatherings, but throughout 2014, the Coach House is hosting a monthly Kaffeeklatsch.

Events

The Ottawa Writersfest has planned an incredible Friday night for poetry fans: Rachel Zolf (Janey's Arcadia) will share the stage with Gillian Wigmore and Patrick Lane on Oct. 24th as part of a Poetry Cabaret. Each will read for 10-12 minutes, and will then have an onstage conversation as well as questions from the audience. The night will end with a book signing, and, likely, drinks!

Sina Queyras, author of the acclaimed poetry collection, MxTwill be featured not once, not twice, but thrice at this year's Vancouver Writers Fest. You can see her at the following events: 

Words, London’s inaugural festival of creativity through the written and spoken word, will bring the southwestern Ontario region together for a weekend celebration of creative ideas, artistic expression, and cultural diversity. The festival features emerging as well as established artists and creative thinkers from London, Canada, and beyond, showcasing new works and world-leading ideas to spark debate and ignite the imagination.

Art fairs used to be environments thought anathema to curators. Now, a 'curatorial; sensibility is present at art fairs across the world. In this panel discussion, Canadian Art Associate Editor David Balzer, author of Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else, speaks with a group of artists, dealers and collectors about the benefits and challenges of working in a millennial art market—where curating is now often synonymous with value.

Ken Babstock (On Malice) will be a featured author at this year's Vancouver Writer's Festival. You can see him creating new alien witnesses at the following events:

The Poetry Bash on Saturday, October 25th. Joining Ken will be:

Butcher, a new play by Governor General Award-winning playwright Nicolas Billon, runs at ATP in Calgary. The book is now available to order!