Books wrapped in press sheets and tied up with string.

Happy onslaught of holiday CHeer, CH-ers!

Regardless of what you'll be celebrating this month — CHristmas, Festivus, Hanukkah, Kwaanza, time off from work, Ricky Martin's birthday — there is one thing we all have in common: everyone is expected to spend money. So heck, we thought we'd get into the holiday $pirit with some pretty sweet holiday deals:

bpNichol bless us, every one!

We could not be more thrilled for Sina Queyras: for her stunning new collection, MxTshe has been awarded the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry!

The announcement was made on Tuesday, November 18, during the QWF Literary Awards ceremony. We're so happy for you, Sina! Champagne!

Can we get a 'HECK YES' for David O'Meara

The City of Ottawa announced on November 12 that for his stunning book of poetry, A Pretty Sighthe had won the 2014 Archibald Lampman Award and the Ottawa Book Award in the English fiction category. Congrats, David!

After more than forty years of faithful service, our beloved Magical Sleeper Chair—refuge and inspiration to the loftiest of poets and the lowliest of potheads—is no longer with us (you can see it in all its glory here). While the Coach House family will continue to mourn the loss of our cozy, charming chair, we're now ready to find new place to rest after a hard day of work. 

Ken Babstock, acclaimed poet and all-around cool guy, was awarded the inaugural Latner Writers' Trust Poetry Prize on Tuesday evening at the Writers' Trust Awards. We couldn't be happier for him!

Notebook on Cities and Culture S4E61: Publishing Crushing with Alana Wilcox

The shortlist for the 2014 QWF Awards was announced this morning, and both Sina Queyras (MxT) and Jon Paul Fiorentino (Needs Improvement) are nominated for the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. Congratulations, Sina and JP!

You can see the entire shortlist here.

The winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 18. More information follows:

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, Sean! The short list for the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Carol Bolt Award, as well as the Stage West Pechet Family Comedy & Musical Awards were released September 29th by their respective juries, and he has been nominated for his provocative new play, A God in Need of Help

You can see the full list of nominees here.

Our Editorial Director, Alana Wilcox, talked with the National Post about Pastoral and what awards like those given by the Writers' Trust of Canada means to small publishers:

A big week for the little guys as Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize for Fiction selects small-press gems