Huge congratulations to Brecken Hancock, who is a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry for Broom Broom

May 6, 2015 – We here at Coach House are thrilled by the historic results of last night's Alberta provincial election, which saw the NDP win a majority government under leader Rachel Notley.

To celebrate, for today only, we're offering 50% off some of our backlist titles by Albertan authors and with ties and connections to Alberta. And hey, why not our books with orange on the covers, too?


The poems in André Alexis's Fifteen Dogs are written in a genre invented by François Caradec for the oulipo. It was invented after François Le Lionnais, a founder of the group, wondered if it were possible to write poetry that has meaning for both humans and animals. In Fifteen Dogs, each poem is what Caradec called a ‘Poem for a dog.’ That is, in each poem the name of a dog will be audible – to the listener or to the dog – if the poem is said aloud, though the name is not legible.

On Wednesday, April 29, unBIRDen your schedule and head into the dog days of spring with Coach House Books as we unleash a menagerie of otter-ly great new fiction and poetry titles out of the literary barnyard!

April is National Poetry Month, our favourite month of the year! (Whatever, T.S. Eliot.)

The Yellow Pages stopped by Coach House Books to shine a spotlight on our publishing program and printing presses! You can view their conversation with Alana Wilcox, our Editorial Director, here.

The League of Canadian Poets​ announced the 2015 shortlists for the Raymond Souster Award the Gerald Lampert and Pat Lowther Memorial Awards this morning, and we are thrilled to announce that three Coach House Books authors have received a total of four nominations! Part of the LCP's press release follows:

Canada Reads takes place March 16-19, 2015. Martha Wainbright will be defending Jocelyne Saucier's And the Birds Rained Down (tr. Rhonda Mullins); we'll be in the audience cheering her on! Here's how you can tune in:


  • 10 a.m. ET. video livesteam on
  • On-demand video will be available each afternoon


Congratulations, Jen Currin! Her poetry collection, School, is a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, awarded by the B.C. Book Prizes. Go, Jen!

Martha Wainwright — champion of And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier (tr. Rhonda Mullins) for Canada Reads 2015 — is our hero. As we excitedly/nervously wait for the live debates next week, we've been playing a lot of Martha to calm our nerves. So have Jocelyne and Rhonda!