In an article in The Gauntlet, Fabian Mayer discusses Christian Bök's ambitious new poetry project: inserting his poetry into bacteria. Bök explains: 'I’m genetically engineering a bacterium so it can become not only an archive for storing my poem, but can also become a machine for writing a poem in response.'

Jon Chan Simpson, whose debut novel, Chinkstar, was just released this summer, sat down with 49th Shelf to chat about everything from fictional settings to hometown nostalgia, and best summer snacks to fave summer reads.

Recently, Matt Berical sat down with RM Vaughan to discuss Vaughan's new book-length essay, Bright Eyed, a personally-driven exploration of what the writer calls our "insomnia culture." The book, Berical writes, "digs into [Vaughan's] own affliction, the general world of sleep, and [it] condemns the ways in which our plugged-in society's constant obsession with being connected is ruining our rest."

In commemoration of Coach House's 50th Anniversary this year, publisher Stan Bevington responded to his sister's plea to clean house - and donated all 212 pristine books he had been sending to his mother since 1965 to the University of Alberta's Bruce Peel Special Collections Library.

As you embark on your summer holidays this year, 49th Shelf wants you to "plan place-appropriate reads along with your itinerary." At Coach House, we've got lots of options as you map out your (literary) travels, and for the #ReadLocal Special, 49th Shelf recommends Dorothy Ellen Palmer's

CBC Canada Reads finalist and Alberta author Angie Abdou dropped by Daybreak Alberta to chat about Jon Chan Simpon's debut novel, Chinkstar, which she recently reviewed.

Recenty, David McGimpsey sat down with The Mackinac to talk about his primary poetic subject (American pop culture); the influence of francophone language (David is an English poet living in Montreal); (physical) form and content ("Because every idea of Coach House's production is met to execute artistic vision, working with them has easiy been the most rewarding professional experience I've had in my life as a writer.

Andre Alexis's Fifteen Dogs has made Globe and Mail Books editor Mark Medley's list of summer reading selections.

If you don't already have it, snatch it up now for those lazy weekends on your beach towel (warning: you might need a corner of that towel to dry your eyes ...)!

On July 2, Jon Chan Simpson, author of Chinkstar, talked to CBC Books about how he wrote his first novel, one that required him to invent his "own lexicon—from 'kung pao reflux' to 'stick literacy' (chopstick, that is)."

This morning, the Betty Mitchell Awards Board of Directors announced the nominations for the 2015 Betty Mitchell Awards, a prize that recognizes outstanding achievement in Calgary professional theatre.