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This Philadelphia premiere will be produced as part of the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and the play runs from August 27 through September 20, 2015 on the Arcardia Stage of the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia’s Old City. Opening night is Wednesday, September 2, at 7 PM. Tickets range from $28–$42 and are available www.1812productions.org.
As the Washington City Paper concluded, “Economic inequality isn’t funny. Thank God The Shoplifters is …”
Last week, Kirton read at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Saskatoon, SK. Tonight, she’s in Winnipeg. (Photo: McNally Robinson Booksellers – Saskatoon)
Join Jónína Kirton in Winnipeg, Manitoba, tonight for a reading and signing of her Spring 2015 poetry collection, page as bone – ink as blood, with special guest reader Duncan Mercredi. The reading will begin at 7 PM at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg (Grant Park in the Atrium). See the McNally Robinson website for more information.
Photo by by Niki Madigan (Director of the Pemberton Museum)
The lecture series “Tea & Tales” held by the Pemberton & District Museum & Archives Society in Pemberton, B.C. presented Randy Bouchard, Dr. Dorothy Kennedy, and Johnny Jones speaking on “Discovering Trails in the Lil’wat World” on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. Bouchard and Kennedy are consulting anthropologists and have authored books on BC First Nations, including the Lil’wat, and Johnny Jones is a Cultural Technician with the Lands & Resources Dept. of the Lil’wat Nation.
About half the audience were Lil’wat, and the other half non-Native. Bouchard reports that the presentation went very well, and Director of the Pemberton Musuem, Niki Madigan, confirmed: “the feedback we’ve received so far was fantastic – those who attended really enjoyed the presentation.”
The presentation complemented the book The Lil’wat World of Charlie Mack, as did an earlier and equally well-received presentation in April 2013, which was given to a large class of Lil’wat Nation students at Mount Currie who were using the Charlie Mack book as their text for a distance-education course through Capilano University.
Randy Bouchard, Dorothy Kennedy, and Lucinda Phillips, former elected Mount Currie Chief. Photo by Johnny Jones (April 2013)
A variety of publications with literary bents have recently released fall previews – lists of forthcoming books from Canadian publishers that intrigue and excite them. A few Talon titles have showed up in these lists, in good company!
CBC Books looks forward to ten forthcoming poetry titles — including Fred Wah’s collected early poems and Rahat Kurd’s debut collection — in its Fall 2015 Book Preview: Poetry.
The 49th Shelf, a most thorough CanLit companion website, has included no fewer than six Talon titles in its list of Most Anticipated Fall 2015 Poetry, including Del Bucchia and Zomparelli’s Rom Com, Morse’s Prairie Harbour, Wah’s Scree, Kurd’s Cosmophilia, Fitzgerald’s Impeccable Regret, and Webb’s Peacock Blue (softcover edition).
For previews of all of Talon’s Fall 2015 titles, check out our August e-newsletter, published last week.
Poet-performer Adeena Karasick does a performance called Salomé: Woman of Valor, which reframes the story of Salomé with a feminist-Jewish perspective. The show takes place in New York City on Thursday, August 13 and will be accompanied by the musical compositions (Klezmer / Bhangra/ Free Jazz) of Grammy award-winning composer, Frank London; see our event listing for details.
At this year’s performance of the work, vispo collaborations with Jim Andrews will accompany the show, and will be available to audience members on their smartphones. The visual accompaniment consists of five stir-fry texts and 17 “dbCinemations” that that use Karasick’s slides as a base. The former can be found online and interacted with – use your finger or mouse to scroll and float through the text as it transforms – and the latter will be projected on screen during part of Karasick’s performance. Visit Salomé: Woman of Valor online.
Also see the website created for the show.
The National Post has called it “the most exciting new Canadian play in years” and Bouchard’s “best work.” The Globe and Mail insists that The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt justifies the existence of the Shaw Festival, the theatre festival for which it was commissioned.
The Divine, written by Michel Marc Bouchard and translated by Linda Gaboriau, runs until October 11, 2015, at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Don’t miss it!
“It’s [Bouchard’s] best work, and the most exciting new Canadian play in years. … Sex embraced or coerced, religion used or abused, exploitation industrial and institutional, theatre celebrated and satirized and satirizing itself: it’s a heady mix, and I wondered halfway through if the ingredients could be kept in balance. It turns out that they can. This is a play with an all-conquering narrative drive and an abundance of twists; there are no unabsorbing moments.”
– National Post
“a wonderful wrestling match between art, religion and business … a moving and entertaining yarn drawn from our own history … a play that is constantly pulling the rug out from underneath itself – and yet somehow keeps landing on its feet with only a few wobbles, quickly righted … The Divine is a rebuttal to its own criticisms about theatre – and [a solid] justification of the Shaw Festival’s own existence…”
– Globe and Mail
“Bouchard takes a real event in history – the visit of legendary French actress Sarah Bernhardt to Québec City in 1905 – and uses it to cast some dazzling new light on the themes that this gifted author has pursued with passion for all of his career: the destruction of innocence, the inequalities in his native province’s social and religious systems, and the healing capability of theatre in the face of these ills. … Bouchard writes with power, using broad strokes of language (muscularly translated by Linda Gaboriau) … Virtually every scene in the play makes its points well and leaves you thinking afterwards.”
– Toronto Star
“Bouchard writes with scathing temper and his play is both touching and frightening.”
– Hamilton Spectator
Nikki Reimer’s DOWNVERSE and ryan fitzpatrick’s Fortified Castles, both published by Talon in 2014, are reviewed together by Eric Schmaltz in Canadian Literature online. No doubt the below extract will intrigue you, so go ahead and read the full review.
Amid austerity, rampant racism, trans- and homophobia, economic precarity, and political failures, it is hard to suggest that our modern conditions are anything other than bleak. This review will briefly identify some of the ways that these two authors have developed immersive writing strategies that reflect and respond to this turbulent landscape, where despondence and cynicism reign amid a noise of hashtags, commentary, and inflated personalities.
The Price We Pay is a 2015 documentary by Harold Crooks, inspired by Brigitte Alepin’s book La Crise fiscale qui vient, that blows the lid off the dirty world of corporate malfeasance by documenting the dark history and dire present-day reality of big-business tax avoidance. Multinational corporations routinely deprive governments of trillions of dollars in tax revenues – which would ultimately benefit the citizens living under these governments – by harboring profits in offshore havens. Tax havens, originally created by London bankers in the 1950s, today put over half the world’s stock of money beyond reach of public treasuries.
In the film, crusading journalists, tax justice campaigners (including Alain Deneault), and former finance and technology industry insiders speak frankly about the accelerating trends carrying the Western world to an inequitable and unsustainable future.
Learn more on The Price We Pay website, or watch the trailer here:
Organizations interested in arranging screenings of this film are encouraged to do so, and should be aware that the screening fee can be as low as $200. The appropriate contact information is available from the film’s website.
Also see CBC’s coverage, on The National, of this new documentary and the implications of its content:
CBC has named Tomson Highway one of five nominees to watch at this year’s Indigenous Music Awards. Below is what CBC had to say about Highway, and you can read about the other four stand-out artists online.
Tomson Highway is a celebrated writer and an icon in the indigenous community. This Cree writer from northern Manitoba has written numerous plays, a novel and several children’s books.
But Highway is also a master pianist, musician and songwriter.
His latest offering is called The (Post) Mistress, a musical one-woman play. The multi-genre soundtrack includes songs in Cree, English and French — and, like Tomson, it defies category.
Tomson Highway will be playing his grand piano on the IMA stage this year, in what is sure to be an unforgettable performance.
The Indigenous Music Awards will be held on September 11, 2015, as part of the Manito Ahbee Festival in Winnipeg. The five-day gathering includes indigenous music, art, education, a marketplace, and a powwow. The awards show is broadcast live on APTN.
Quebec City, 1905. Two priests-to-be are ordered to deliver a letter to a controversial visitor to their city: the legendary French actress, Sarah Bernhardt.
Our first book of the Fall 2015 season is ready right on time; Michel Marc Bouchard’s The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt (translated by Linda Gaboriau) makes its debut concurrently with the Shaw Festival’s world premiere of the play.
As part of her long career, Sarah Bernhardt – known to her loyal fans as “The Divine” – visited Canada several times between 1880 and 1917, most often visiting Montreal, but once – just once – alighting in Quebec City. It is this singular historic visit, about which little is known, that Bouchard takes as the backdrop for his play, exploring conservative and progressive veins in competition through turn-of-the-century North America, with a focus on Quebec, that province on the verge of great change.
The Divine was commissioned for the 2015 Shaw Festival in honour of George Bernard Shaw and everyone who loves the theatre, and in memory of Sarah Bernhardt, “the woman who dares to say everything that should be left unsaid.” Extra fun fact: this play by a French-Canadian playwright will premiere in English before being produced in French, thanks to on-the-ground collaborations with translator Linda Gaboriau, newly minted Member of the Order of Canada for translation.
Pick up your copy of the play at the Shaw Festival bookstore when you see the live production, which runs until October 11, or order the book online today for $16.95.
Now is the time to preorder Daniel Canty’s new book, The United States of Wind. It is at the press and will be available in just a week or two – which is about as long as it took for this author to take a journey with the wind, a journey that is crystallized in this unique travelogue. To pique your interest, you may enjoy reading the book’s prologue, the majority of which (pages 5 to 8 inclusive of the book) is reproduced on Meta-Talon today.Friday July 24, 2015 in Meta-Talon
In Canada: A New Tax Haven, Alain Deneault traces Canada’s relationship with Commonwealth Caribbean nations back through the last half of the twentieth century, arguing that the involvement of Canadian financiers in establishing and maintaining Caribbean tax havens has predisposed Canada to become a tax haven itself – a metamorphosis well under way.
Canada: A New Tax Haven is available from Talonbooks for $29.95. Read the bulk of the book’s introduction on Meta-Talon today.Thursday July 16, 2015 in Meta-Talon
This fall, follow the wind with Daniel Canty. Aboard the Blue Rider, a venerable midnight-blue Ford Ranger crested with a weathervane and a retractable windsock, Canty surrendered himself to the fluidity of air currents, driving in the direction of the wind for ten days in 2010. And soon, his accompanying musings may be found in a book.
To tease and tickle your fancy as you await with gooseflesh the arrival of The United States of Wind, we offer the windiest chapter of Canty’s previous book, Wigrum.Thursday July 9, 2015 in Meta-Talon
Poet-performer Adeena Karasick does a performance called Salomé: Woman of Valor. At this year’s performance of the work, multimedia and visual presentations by Jim Andrews will accompany the show, and will be available to audience members on their smartphones. Visit Salomé: Woman of Valor online.
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