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September 24, 2013 — David O'Meara, whose latest collection A Pretty Sight explores themes of culture, art, war, rebellion and technology, took on Open Book Toronto's Dirty Dozen series, sharing twelve unexpected facts about himself. Among the revelations:

1. The first poem I ever wrote was titled “The Beautiful Tree (in Everyone).” I have yet to regain that purity of metaphor or optimism since.

October 16, 2013 — Mathew Henderson, author of the widely reviewed poetry collection The Lease, which is inspired by his time working on the Albertan and Saskatchewan oil fields, spoke to 49th Shelf's Julie Wilson about what 'the lease' signifies to him, why he worries about positioning himself as an authority about the oil industry and 'the artful work of writing about ... "actual work"':

October 15, 2013 — Just before his book Full Frontal T.O. won the 2013 Heritage Toronto Book Award, photographic historian Patrick Cummins sat down with CBC Metro Morning's Matt Galloway to talk about how he hopes the book, which chronicles Toronto's evolving streetscape through hundreds of photographs taken over many years, inspires us to view our cities in new ways.

October 15, 2013 — Full Frontal T.O.: Exploring Toronto's Architectural Vernacular, with photographs by Patrick Cummins and text by Shawn Micallef, was named the winner of the 2013 Heritage Toronto Award of Excellence in the Book Category at a ceremony held in Toronto. The awards, presented by Heritage Toronto, recognize individuals and community organizations for exceptional contributions in a number of categories, including Architecture, Community Heritage, Media, Conservation and, of course, Books.

Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature! And while we at Coach House have no real connection to Ms. Munro, we love her and love that she won the Nobel Prize for Literature! Not only is the prize a veneration of Canadian writers and women writers, it's a great victory for short fiction writers, too!

October 3, 2013 — The Toronto Quarterly interviewed poet Andrew Faulkner (Need Machine) about embracing pop culture references in his work, managing his expectations for the Toronto Blue Jays and coming to terms with the label of 'poet':

TTQ: What inspired you to start writing poetry and at what point did you begin to think of yourself as a poet?

October 7, 2013 — Jeet Heer and his new book In Love with Art: Françoise Mouly's Adventures in Comics with Art Spiegelman are the cover story of the October 3 edition of Regina's alt-weekly magazine Prairie Dog Magazine. Heer discusses the legacy of Mouly and her 'symbiotic relationship' with Art Spiegelman:

September 26, 2013 — enRoute magazine's October 2013 issue explores the literary landscape of Ottawa, home to poet David O'Meara, whose latest poetry collection, A Pretty Sight, launches this fall:

October 2, 2013 — Two Coach House authors are among this year's Governor General's Literary Awards nominees: playwright Nicolas Billon for his trilogy Fault Lines and Rhonda Mullins for her translation of Jocelyne Saucier's And the Birds Rained Down.

The full list of finalists is available on the Canada Council website. Our hearty congratulations to all nominees!

September 29, 2013 — Matthew Heiti, author of The City Still Breathing, was profiled in his hometown newspaper, the Sudbury Star. He described how his first novel was inspired by the changing cityscape: