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On Tuesday, May 18, Open Book Toronto was at Lula Lounge to celebrate the launch of Shawn Micallef's new book, Stroll.

'Would-be flâneurs and psychogeophers alike packed themselves into Lula Lounge for a chance to hear Micallef speak about his column-turned-book, his love for the city and how it all got started.'

Coach House poet Jordan Scott (Blert) has been featured in the second issue of Influency Salon, an online poetry magazine.

Torontoist books editor James Grainger recently spoke to Shawn Micallef about Stroll, and the art of being a flaneur.

'Torontoist: Is it better, generally, to know more or less about the geography and history of a neighbourhood before exploring it? ...

Shawn Micallef recently took a walk with Suzannah Showler of Torontoist to talk about his new book Stroll, launching tonight (May 18) at Lula Lounge.

The Coach House crew is deeply saddened by the passing of Barbara Godard. Barbara was, as the Avie Bennett Historica Chair of Canadian Literature at York University, one of Canada’s most important academics: an inspiring teacher and a prolific critic of Canadian literature, most specifically the work of innovative Canadian women’s writing in both French and English.

This spring, Coach House published a dazzling debut novel, The Drifts. The novel follows an unhappily expectant mom, a man in love with a cow, a woman built like a refrigerator and a transsexual father as they navigate life in small-town Arkansas in the middle of a blizzard. It is, in the words of author and playwright RM Vaughan, 'a magical book, reminding us why we read novels in the first place – to hear voices in our heads. Voices that sing and spit, hum and rage, luxuriate and curse in equal, and vital, measure.'

'Over and over, we’re told that Toronto is not Paris, New York, London or Tokyo. We’ve been trained to be underwhelmed ... Today, Toronto gets to play all kinds of places in film and TV productions, but it rarely stars as itself. We see cameras taking pictures of NYC cabs on our streets, but not of the Royal, Beck or Co-op companies that Torontonians know. Since Toronto seems to exist without design or reason, we don’t expect to turn the corner and see beauty or be amazed ... Any Toronto flâneur knows that exploring this city makes the burden of civic self-deprecation disappear.'

The newest episode of Spacing Radio features Shawn Micallef discussing his new book (Stroll) and the benefits of walking in Toronto.

Prior to his appearance at Moncton's Frye Festival, Christian Bök answered a few questions from the Telegraph Journal. Here's an excerpt:

Christian Bök asked Santa Claus for a typewriter when he was four years old. He got one and hasn't stopped writing ...

Can't wait to buy Shawn Micallef's book Stroll? Visit the Stroll 'Walk This Way' page. It features several of the maps from the book, excerpts and personally guided walks from Spacing's Dylan Reid, the Globe and Mail's Ivor Tossell and the CBC's Jane Farrow.