Coach House Books wins Premier's Award for Excellence in the Arts!

The 2008 Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts were announced at a ceremony in Toronto last night, and Coach House Books is beyond thrilled to announce that we’ve won the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in the category of arts organization!

Our jaws are still wide open in shock and amazement. We were shortlisted with some of the country's finest institutions -- the Guelph Jazz Festival, Hot Docs, the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People, the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation and Réseau Ontario -- groups that do incredible work and that Coach House Books greatly admires.

Coach House shared the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts with the winner in the category of individual artist, Ron Noganosh, Ottawa-based sculptor and installation artist.

Alana Wilcox, senior editor, in total disbelief, expressed gratitude to the Ontario Arts Council and this year's jury and the many, many phenomenal writers we at Coach House work with.

The award, administered by the Ontario Arts Council, recognizes outstanding achievement in the professional arts by an individual or a group. It honours both the contribution of well-established artists and Ontario’s promising new talent. This is the first year that the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts has honoured both an individual artist and an arts organization.

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