The 2010 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist is out, and Kate Hall's The Certainty Dream has been nominated! Also on the Canadian shortlist are P.K. Page (Coal and Roses) and Karen Solie (Pigeon). The winner will be announced on Thursday, June 3. Congratulations to all nominated poets!

The Canadian Booksellers Association has announced the nominees for the CBA Libris Awards and Coach House has been nominated for Small Press Publisher of the Year! The shortlist also includes Arsenal Pulp Press and Cormorant Books. The winner will be announced by Shelagh Rogers of CBC's The Next Chapter on Saturday, May 29.

The morning of April 1, the League of Canadian Poets announced its shortlists for the 2010 Pat Lowther and Gerald Lampert Memorial Awards, and Coach House Books published one title on each distinguished list.

Kate Hall's debut collection The Certainty Dream was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award. The Lampert, given in the memory of arts administrator Gerald Lampert, recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian in the preceding year.

'April is National Poetry Month -- who knew? -- and so, to celebrate in particularly Albertan manner, a posse of poetry impressarios (Coach House Press, fillingStation, Talonbooks and Freehand Books) are teaming up to produce Rhyme 'em Cowboy, a verse-filled event happening at the poetry hotbed known as the Palomino April 29th.

bpNichol fans take note: the Fall 2009 issue of Open Letter focuses on Nichol's The Martryrology!

Entitled 'The Martyrology Survivors' Retrospective,' and guest-edited by David Rosenberg, it features essays and perspectives from Frank Davey, Victor Coleman, Alice Notley, Fred Wah and more. And the cherry on top is the photo of bp himself that graces the issue's cover (a photo taken by Michael Ondaatje).

'Canadian poet Christian Bök wants his work to live on after he’s gone. Like, billions of years after. He’s going to encode it directly into the DNA of the hardy bacteria Deinococcus radiodurans. If it works, his poem could outlast the human race. But it’s a tricky procedure, and Bök is doing what he can to make it even trickier...'

Read the whole story here.

Carla Gunn recently spoke with Lori Gallagher of The Daily Gleaner about the success of Amphibian, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (Canada and Caribbean region). Read the whole article here.

Corey Redekop (Shelf Monkey) wrote an article for Branta, the Goose Lane Editions blog, discussing Canada Reads and a few books he would love to see make the list.

In celebration of the publication of kevin mcpherson eckhoff's Rhapsodomancy, Coach House has provided a handy history (in comic strip form) of Unifon, one of the alphabets used to creative effect in Rhapsodomancy's visual poetry.

View the whole illustrated pamphlet in the Coach House gallery, Unifon: The Alphabet of the Future.

Good news announced for Guy Maddin and his book, My Winnipeg, one of five titles shortlisted for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award!