The Commonwealth Writers' Prize shortlist is out, and Carla Gunn's Amphibian has been nominated for Best First Book of Canada and the Caribbean!

Gunn was recently interviewed by both CBC Shift and The Mark to discuss her nomination, her book, and her wonderful protagonist Phineas William Walsh.

Open Book: Toronto has teamed up with Coach House Books to present an online and very Toronto cooking series featuring contributors from The Edible City: Toronto's Food from Farm to Fork.

Toronto authors Kathryn Borel Jr., Rea McNamara (with her cousin Kiel Brathwaite) and Kat Gligorijevic are the stars of this hugely charming and informative series, showing us how to make Apple-Cornbread-Sausage Stuffing, Roti and the Toronto Cocktail, respectively.

The shortlist has been posted for the CBC Literary Awards, and two Coach House authors are on the list!

Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Maddin was recently interviewed by Hobo Magazine. Maddn will be in Toronto on Saturday, February 13 to participate in a Q&A following a Cinematheque Ontario screening of My Winnipeg.

We've added a book clubs section to our website, to help you and your book club sort through Coach House novels for possible book club selections. When you select a Coach House title, you'll not only be reading compelling, Canadian-authored books, you'll also be able to discuss how the book was made, as Coach House is one of only three Canadian publishers to print its books in house!

February brings with it Valentine's Day. And the perfect gift for said holiday – whether you love the day or loathe it – is Andrew Kaufman's debut novel, All My Friends Are Superheroes.

According to Jacob McArthur Mooney, Susan Holbrook's 'Joy is So Exhausting amounts to one big, 85-page long anticipatory grin on the part of its author. She seems to be saying throughout “I can’t wait, you’re going to love this.” And you will.'

Back by popular demand, we've put the promotional trading cards we produced for Andrew Kaufman's All My Friends Are Superheroes on the Coach House site. In plenty of time for Valentine's Day, you can relive (or experience for the first time) trading cards made of characters from Kaufman's unusual and romantic debut novel. Get valuable stats on the Ear, the Perfectionist, Hypno and others!

Paul Quarrington, the musician and award-winning Toronto author of Whale Music, King Leary and, most recently, The Ravine has died. He was 56.

Quarrington, who was diagnosed with an advanced form of lung cancer last year, passed away on the morning of January 21, 2010.

Quarrington first published with Coach House in the late 70s. Coach House published and printed the Toronto author's first novel, The Service, in 1978.

The Poetry Project Newsletter ran an advance review of Rachel Zolf's highly anticipated new collection, Neighbour Procedure, in their February/March 2010 issue.

Below is an excerpt from the review by Thom Donovan: