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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December 14, 2013 — The Globe and Mail's Carl Wilson examined Coach House's Exploded Views series as part of a piece about publishing's shift toward short books.

December 10, 2013 — Playwright Nicolas Billon, who recently won the Governor General Award for his trilogy Fault Lines took on Open Book Toronto's Dirty Dozen questionnaire. Through it, we learn some surprising tidbits about Billon, including these tidbits:

December 7, 2013 — Tamara Faith Berger (Maidenhead, Little Cat) talked to VICE's Kaitlin Phillips about writing coming-of-age novels about porn and teenage sex:

Want to purchase some Coach House gifts for the holidays, but need to browse? This December, in addition to the many fine booksellers that stock our titles, Torontonians can visit the ToronTOpia Pop-up Store for their Coach House needs.

No matter what you celebrate – Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwaanza, Raven-Symoné's birthday – or whether you celebrate nothing at all, everybody loves a good deal. And this December, Coach House has a great holiday deal for you. All our books (print, electronic, old and new) are 25% off the usual retail price, and we'll waive any shipping fees. That's right! It's like we're like Amazon but we pay taxes! So if you know of someone who'd love the gift of a Coach House book, now's your chance to win brownie points while saving money, with our Ludi-crèche Holiday Sale!

November 29, 2013 — The cover for Jon Paul Fiorentino's latest collection, Quill & Quire (December 2013).

The cover, designed by Coach House's own Evan Munday and Fiorentino, reflects the book's engagement with pedagogy and received information.

November 29, 2013 — In an interview for The Walrus Natalie Zina Walschots spoke to playwright Nicolas Billon about his collection of plays Fault Lines: Greenland — Iceland — Faroe Islands, which recently won the Governor General's Award for Drama: