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We are pleased to share the news that our latest novel, Mend the Living, is now available in gift shops aboard BC Ferries!
Mend the Living, written by French author Maylis de Kerangal and translated into English by Canadian translator Jessica Moore, is the perfectly paced, intimate novel of a heart transplant and everyone affected by it.Friday April 29, 2016 in News
On Authors for Indies Day (April 30 this year), Canadian authors show their appreciation for independent bookstores (indies) by volunteering as guest booksellers. Tomorrow, Authors for Indies strikes again! Authors will be at bookstores near you, chatting with customers, recommending books, and helping everyone appreciate the importance of indie bookstores to our communities and our cultural lives.
Four Talon authors (that we know of) will be out and about in Western Canada.Wednesday April 27, 2016 in News
Launch guests and authors mingle, chat, and partake of wine and cheese
Last evening Talonbooks held its big Spring 2016 poetry launch in downtown Vancouver. The Vancouver School of Music’s Pyatt Hall made for a classy venue – and it was a full house, with about 100 people in attendance!
See photos from readings by Carl Peters, Clint Burnham, Jordan Abel, Weyman Chan, and bill bissett.Tuesday April 26, 2016 in News
Jordan Abel, bill bissett, Clint Burnham, and Weyman Chan will be at both launches, reading from their respective new books, Injun, th book, Pound @ Guantánamo, and Human Tissue. In Vancouver, Carl Peters will also launch Studies in Description.Thursday April 21, 2016 in News
A century after the original publication of Gertrude Stein’s groundbreaking text, Tender Buttons, Dr. Carl Peters offers a sustained reading of the 1914 edition. In his annotations, Peters responds to the eccentric sounds and rhythms of Stein’s long prose-poem, bringing understanding, in particular, to the composition’s syntax, which is noted for its defiance of conventional norms. Peters demonstrates the ways in which Stein’s thought questions everything, underlining reasons that her work has long served as the wellspring for generations of experimental writers.
We are pleased to announce the arrival of Dr. Peters’s much-anticipated work, Studies in Description: Reading Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons!Monday April 18, 2016 in News
Brown Bag Lunch: The Science-Poetry Sandwich
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Arts and Convocation Hall Student Lounge
Poetry Becomes Molecular
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Visit the Edmonton Poetry Festival website for more information.
Sextet has arrived!
This new dark and steamy comedy from Morris Panych explores the harmonies and dysfunctions of six sexually entangled musicians on an ill-fated winter tour. When a blizzard strands this sextet for an extra night, they have only their instruments, each other, and their secrets to keep them warm.
Richard Ouzounian, longtime reviewer of Canadian theatre, called Sextet “the best script Morris Panych has ever written”! The Globe and Mail likened the play to “a standard sex-farce set on fertility drugs,” and the Toronto Star published an appreciative word about the play’s balance of humour and poignancy: “Sextet is not just a wonderfully entertaining piece of theatre, it will make you think about love, sex, procreation, and music in ways you’ve never done before.”
Order your copy today for $18.95!
Yesterday was BC Book Day at the British Columbia Legislature in Victoria, BC. Publishers, Members of the Legislative Assembly, and Members of Parliament gathered in the Legislature Rotunda. Talonbooks was proud to be there!
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These poems try to get along with each other – but can’t. A recurring motif throughout Human Tissue is the overarching empty universal space surrounding life’s not-knowing. If we think too hard on it – why the statistical fluke that puts us here on this ball of dirt – we’ll have a stroke. Instead, read these poems.Friday April 8, 2016 in News
Our latest arrival is Pound @ Guantánamo, a collection of poetry by Clint Burnham. Widely published as a critical theorist, poet, and author of books on digital culture, this is the first of his books to have been published by Talon, and we are pleased he has joined our list.
For National Poetry Month on Meta-Talon, Talon editor Shazia Hafiz Ramji talks with Carl Peters about Studies in Description, Gertrude Stein, the practice of close reading, interdisciplinary influence, Birdman, and Marcel Duchamp.Thursday April 21, 2016 in Meta-Talon
Weyman Chan’s fifth collection takes poetry to the laboratory, splicing a layered, tactile network that is Human Tissue. Chan shows us how we come to settle with histories of uncertain beginnings, the presence of science and technology in the mediated body, and how we forge “not knowing” as a vibrant way of being. On Meta-Talon today, read two poems from Human Tissue.Tuesday April 12, 2016 in Meta-Talon
The Panama Papers, a trove of more than 11.5 million documents from law firm Mossack Fonseca, detail the offshore holdings of 12 current and former world leaders, billionaires, and celebrities. The documents show how wealthy public officials use legal loopholes – as well as illegal means – to hide their money.
Canada is not above blame. Not only does Canada offer one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the world, but a number of loopholes encourage companies to relocate to Canada as if it were Barbados or Bermuda. Canada, A New Tax Haven, the latest book by tax policy analyst Alain Deneault, is an attempt to analyze the situation and address its implications for Canadians.Thursday April 7, 2016 in Meta-Talon
For National Poetry Month on Meta-Talon, Talon editor Shazia Hafiz Ramji talked with Garry Thomas Morse about writing as resistance, typography in poetry, and prairie poetry. Of course, Morse’s responses mention Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, Charles Olson, Smaro Kamboureli, Annie Le Brun, and Lars von Trier!
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