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Ben Ladouceur is Jim Johnstone's pick among emergent poetic voices on the Canadian landscape. Johnstone gushes that Ladouceur's Otter "is a kind of rare debut: vital, on voice, and spirited from start to finish," and that it is the poet's "skill with the personal lyric that truly makes him noteworthy."

In "Toronto's Spring (Book) Awakening," Kelli Korducki writes that "Spring 2015 promises a veritable smorgasbord of appealing, Toronto-friendly book titles," and among her favourites is the recently published The Ward, an anthology of essays by writers like John Lornic and Shawn Micallef, about the rise and demise of Toronto's first immigrant neighbourhood.

This is a point that Jordan Tannahill makes emphatically and eloquently in his new book, Theatre of the Unimpressed, a call for playwrights and directors to eschew the security of the well-made play in favour of what he calls "the spectre of failure," moments - and sometimes whole productions - that convince audiences of the vitality of theatre, the necessity of the unique experience of the live performance.

Acknowledging the presence of "ghost" neighbourhoods like Toronto's Ward, the Jazz.FM91 interviewer notes that the "authors of the book The Ward go a long way in bringing this neighbourhood back into our view and argue for the importance of retrieving our memory of our urban origins." This is important work, since "[i]t’s an attempt not only to make us remember, but to rescue the reputation of this area of Toronto that was not only overcrowded, but housed artists and musicians and people who helped create the cultural landscape of our city."<

Jeff Alessandrelli of Late Night Library finds that McGimpsey's work "is humorous, certainly, but there is also a tenderness that belies its humor, ultimately subverting it."

Read the full interview here, and don't forget your copy of Asbestos Heights.

Listen to RM Vaughan as he talks about his new book, Bright Eyed, in which Vaughn details his personal struggle with "the insomniac mind," and tackles the larger ramifications of what he calls a "culture of insomnia."

Listen to the 05/29/15 interview here.

 

Earlier this year, we were pleased to hear that three (THREE!!) Coach House authors were shortlisted for The League of Canadian Poets' Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Now, we are thrilled to announce that Sina Queyras has won the 2015 award for her volume, MxT.

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.