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January 24, 2014 – Over on The Daily Beast, author Sheila Heti (How Should a Person Be?) recommended a visit to Coach House for literature lovers visiting Toronto...

January 22, 2014 — Poet Jonathan Ball (Politics of Knives) spoke to Winnipeg's Uniter about the power of poetry to unsettle language and why poets 'have a duty to be great':

'Poetry makes language strange,' he says. “At a base level, it defamiliarizes language, so it allows you to focus on language play and to think about language itself.

Students from the Alberta College of Art and Design responded to Jordan Scott and Stephen Collis's book, Decomp, by creating pieces of sound art that responded to the book's text, photography or concepts.

Photo by Mike Ford

January 9, 2014 — The cover subject of the January 9-16 issue of Toronto's NOW magazine is none other than GG-award winning playwright Nicolas Billon (Fault Lines), whose latest play. Rifles, an adaptation of Brecht’s 1937 play Señora Carrar’s Rifles, is part of the Next Stage Theatre Festival.

January 10, 2014 ― What are the editors of The Paris Review loving these days? Nicole Rudick is all about Jeet Heer's In Love with Art: Françoise Mouly's Adventures in Comics with Art Spiegelman, praising the behind-the-scenes look at Mouly's contributions to the comic scene:

January 11, 2014 — In a weekend arts feature for the Globe and Mail, Sean Rogers explores the labyrinthine structure of Martin Vaughn-James's 'visual novel' The Cage, originally published in 1975 and newly back in print:

Starting in early 2013, Coach House will be the Canadian distributor of Ugly Duckling Presse's books. Ugly Duckling is a nonprofit publisher based out of Brooklyn, focusing on new poetry, experimental prose, translation, lost works and books by artists.

On December 30, 2013, the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, named a series of new members of the Order of Canada. Among the 90 new appointments to one of Canada's highest civilian honours was composer, music educator, environmentalist and sometime Coach House author R. Murray Schafer.

Have you heard about these things called ebooks? Apparently they're all the rage amongst frequent travellers. You may have even come into the possession of an e-reader – be it Kobo, iPad, Kindle or Nook – over the holidays. Heck, even most phones can now read ebooks! And given the long winter ahead, you may need to stock up on ebooks, as every trip to the library or bookstore could be a harrowing trek through a deadly icescape.

As many of you know, Jon Paul Fiorentino is from Transcona, Winnipeg, Manitoba, and his hometown often informs his work. As such, he was the subject of an interview in the Winter 2014 issue of Prairie Books NOW. Quentin Mills-Fenn talked to the poet about his new collection, Needs Improvement, and his own experiences in the world of public education:

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