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Some of the crowd mills about, drinking wine and selecting from seven different types of cheese
From the long-awaited Slick Reckoning by Ken Belford and the caustic and playful poetics and prose of Friendly Fire by Danielle LaFrance, to 1970s Vancouver in Meredith Quartermain’s novel, U Girl, Talon was honoured to launch seven all-star books this fall. We convened on Oct. 20 at the legendary Pyatt Hall at the Vancouver School of Music for an evening of snacks, beverages, books, and many laughs. Click on “Go to story” for photos!Wednesday October 19, 2016 in News
Join us tomorrow evening, Thursday, October 20, 2016, for the launch of six books in one night:
Shazia Hafiz Ramji hosts the event, which takes place at Pyatt Hall (Vancouver School of Music) at 843 Seymour Street. Refreshments and drinks will be served between 7:30 and 8 PM, when readings begin. Our friends from The Paper Hound Bookshop will be selling books new and old, and authors will be available for signing.
Also find this event on Facebook, if you wish. All are welcome; no admission fee.
See you tomorrow!
People of Victoria, British Columbia (shall we call you Victorians?), thanks for coming out last evening for the launch of The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice ($14.95) by M.A.C. Farrant at Munro’s! The large turnout was much appreciated, and the evening went very well. Cheers!
Above: Author M.A.C. Farrant at last night’s launch
Munro’s presents a magical evening with M.A.C. Farrant, Bill Stenson, and Patricia Young on Thursday, October 13 (TOMORROW! 7 p.m. PST) at Munro’s Books in downtown Victoria, British Columbia. Farrant will launch her latest collection of miniature fiction, The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice ($14.95); books will be available for sale and signing. Don’t miss this sure-to-be-delightful evening if you’re on the island!
Hark, easterners! Talon poet Phinder Dulai travels to the eastern seaboard for readings and literary events from October 6th through 16th:
October 6–9, 2016
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Dulai will be a guest author at the Indo-American Arts Council’s 3rd Annual Literary Festival, which will be held at New York University’s Kimmel Center in Washington Square Park, NYC. Find details about this event online.
Dulai will read poems and present visuals from his poetry collection, dream / arteries to students and friends of the written word at Concordia University as part of the WritersRead 2016–2017 series. The lineup this season will feature an exemplary list of writers including poetry icon and American poet Claudine Rankine. This trip to Montreal is especially symbolic to Dulai, as the SS Stubbenhuk and Sicilia (later to be known as the Komagata Maru) brought many new migrants to Canada from the Old World of Europe. Find this event on Facebook.
SAINT CATHERINES, ONTARIO
Dulai attends The Concept of Vancouver conference in Saint Catherines, participating and convening a workshop. In Dulai’s words, “such a conference thematic has potential for a robust conversation on the trajectories of what the concept of Vancouver was as a vision of a New City in the Empire.”
Daphne Marlatt’s new collection, Reading Sveva ($19.95), was our first Fall 2016 book of poetry to come back from the printer, in time for WORD Vancouver. And does it ever look beautiful! Marlatt’s poems respond to the works of the late painter Sveva Caetani, whose paintings are reproduced in full colour in this book, beautifully illuminating the poetry.
Stephen Collis’s Once in Blockadia ($18.95) came next, also in time for WORD. Collis was recently interviewed about this book and his activist work in Burnaby Now: “When pipeline politics meet poetry,” and he launches the book at a couple of upcoming Vancouver events.
In Slick Reckoning ($16.95), Ken Belford writes through and beyond his experience of cancer, building thoughtful yet playful poems that the curious reader can open anywhere, read, and read on.
We are also pleased to welcome Danielle LaFrance to the Talon poetry list. Her new book, Friendly Fire, interrogates the male subjective experience of war and “brotherhood.” Order your copy of Friendly Fire today for $18.95.
Finally, we welcome Anahita Jamali Rad. Her debut collection, for love and autonomy, explores radical resistance in language. It is now available for $16.95.
Join four out of five of these poets (Belford is not able to attend) on October 20 in Vancouver for our big fall launch!
Are you a bookseller from the Pacific Northwest? If so, come on down and meet us at this year’s Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association trade show! Talon’s co-owners and publishers, Kevin and Vicki Williams, will be at the Talon booth waiting to say hello. They’ll have all our new books – and some classics – in tow, and you are invited to stop by. The show begins today, running Friday through Sunday at Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington.
Talon author Karen X. Tulchinsky will be the Writer in Residence for the City of Richmond, British Columbia, this fall. She will offer free creative writing workshops throughout October and November at the Richmond Cultural Centre, the Richmond Public Library, and the Minoru Place Activity Centre.
Karen X. Tulchinsky is the award-winning author of The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky. She is a screen and television writer. Her short film, Ms. Thing, has screened in more than 50 film festivals, including internationally in New York, San Francisco, Paris, London, Sicily, and Mumbai.
The residency launches this Friday, September 30, at 7 p.m. at the Richmond Cultural Centre. Tulchinsky will read from The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky and her novel in progress, The Shoemaker’s Daughter. There will be a reception afterward. Admission is free. Please come and spread the word!
Vicki and Kevin Williams behind the table at the Talon booth
This past weekend, Talonbooks made its appearance at WORD Vancouver, the annual festival for readers and writers. The independent publishers tent was the place to be, and many a literary-minded festival goer stopped by to say hello or buy a book. The festival was an absolute pleasure; how nice it is to be reminded that this is a city full of readers!
A passerby browses the poetry section
Click on “Go to story” to see more photos from the day.
A delight to read, U Girl is the meta-fictional, feminist story of Frances Nelson, a first-year university student who wants to write a novel. This nostalgic novel is set in Vancouver in the early 1970s, but its characters and conflicts ring just as true today.
One of the most memorable – and perhaps character-defining – scenes of the novel takes place in Chapter 6, when Frances attends a poetry reading with her friend Dagmar, who will be reading (for the first time). Read the scene on Meta-Talon today.Thursday September 8, 2016 in Meta-Talon
It’s back-to-school time! For some, a happy haze of nostalgia sets in. For others, the supplies are bought and the outfits arranged in honour of that first week: you can be a new you. Maybe this year.
In honour of the back-to-school season, we’ve gathered a list of our favourite school-related Talonbooks. As though your fall reading list isn’t long enough already.Monday August 22, 2016 in Meta-Talon
August 22 is Dorothy Parker Day! Say something witty and corrosive today, and expect no censure.
Let yourself be excited and delighted by the artfully spare stories in M.A.C. Farrant’s new collection, The Days. Averaging a couple of paragraphs each, they offer enough food for thought (and mood) to keep you going for months …
Today on Meta-Talon, we celebrate Farrant’s new holiday – Dorothy Parker Day – with a short story from The Days.Thursday August 11, 2016 in Meta-Talon
In Running on Fumes, the debut novel by Christian Guay-Poliquin (translated into English by Jacob Homel), we follow an increasingly punch-drunk driver on a road trip across an apocalyptic version of Canada. This road novel moves at a gripping pace, and its enigmatic narrator and elements of magic realism will intrigue and provoke discussion. (Trust us; our editors had some lively discussions during the making of this book!) Today on Meta-Talon, read selections from Running on Fumes …
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