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October 2017

Friday October 20, 2017
Honouring Reconciliation Reading Circle: Bev Sellars' They Call Me Number One

Friday October 20, 2017
Play: The Valley at East Side Players (Toronto, ON)

Saturday October 21, 2017
A Celebration of Talonbooks at the Vancouver Writers Fest

Saturday October 21, 2017
Who I Am: Jordan Abel, Maia Caron, Ali Cobby Eckermann, and Ayelet Tsabari at the Vancouver Writers Fest

Saturday October 21, 2017
TWO SPIRIT LAUNCH EVENT featuring Joshua Whitehead in Winnipeg, MB

Sunday October 22, 2017
ARC Poetry Event with Joshua Whitehead, David Groulx, Armand Garnet Ruffo and Shannon Webb-Campbel (Ottawa, ON)

Tuesday October 24, 2017
Daphne Marlatt gives the Page Lecture at Queen’s University, Kingston

Wednesday October 25, 2017
Fall Panels and Public Project by Rolande Souliere (Vancouver, BC)

Thursday October 26, 2017
Play: "Only Drunks and Children" at the Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay, ON

Friday October 27, 2017
Poetry Reading: Daphne Marlatta and Erín Moure, Montreal

November 2017

Wednesday November 1, 2017
Stephen Collis and Jenn Scappetone at Volume Books (Chicago, IL)

Friday November 3, 2017
Stephen Collis at the Festival of Readers (St. Catharines, ON)

Friday November 3, 2017
“Missing”: A new opera about the Highway of Tears at the Cultch, Vancouver

Saturday November 11, 2017
Play: “Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth” in Vancouver, BC

January 2018

Tuesday January 16, 2018
Play: Empire of the Son at Alberta Theatre (Alberta, AB)

Thursday January 25, 2018
Play: “Jitters” by David French in Vancouver

April 2018

Friday April 6, 2018
Play: Balconville at the Hudson Players Club (Hudson, QC)

June 2018

Friday June 15, 2018
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal
Wednesday October 11, 2017 in News
Marcus Youssef wins City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award!

Congratulations to Marcus Youssef, winner of a 2017 City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Theatre!

The prizes, handed out in many different cultural categories, require each recipient to honour an emerging artist in their own field. Youssef chose actor Conor Wylie. The Mayor’s Arts Awards will be presented at a ceremony on October 11 (tonight!) at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. All receive a $3,000 prize.

Read more on the City of Vancouver website and in the Georgia Straight.


Wednesday October 4, 2017 in News
A GG nomination for In Search of New Babylon!

[cover of In Search of New Babylon]

In Search of New Babylon is a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards in the Translation category! This gripping, post-western novel written by Dominique Scali and superbly translated by W. Donald Wilson is in good company on the short list:

The prizes, administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, are given in seven English-language categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young people’s literature – text, young people’s literature – illustration, drama and translation. Seven French-language awards are also given out in the same categories. The winner in each category will receive $25,000. The winners will be announced on Nov. 1, 2017.

See more at ggbooks.ca.


Tuesday September 26, 2017 in News
Marcus Youssef nominated for Siminovitch Prize!

Talon playwright Marcus Youssef is up for Canada’s largest theatre award, the Siminovitch Prize. Congratulations, Marcus!

The Siminovitch Prize awards its winner a whopping $100,000, rotating over a three-year cycle to alternate honouring professional directors, playwrights, and designers. Finalists get $5,000. Finalists celebrate with a reception on October 16 at University of Toronto Hart House, and the final 2017 Siminovitch Prize will be awarded at a ceremony on November 6 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Wednesday September 6, 2017 in News
The Days is a finalist for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize!

[The Days cover]

The Victoria Book Prize Society announced today its short list for the 2017 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. This $5,000 prize is awarded to a Greater Victoria author for the best book published in the preceding year in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry.

Farrant’s previous book, The World Afloat, won the prize in 2014.

Our fingers are crossed for The Days!

Wednesday August 30, 2017 in News
Talonbooks needs a copy editor/proofreader! Perhaps it’s you?

Do you have a keen eye, a sharp red pencil, and a passion for avant-garde Canadian literature? If so, we need you! Come help Talon publish its Fall 2017 books and prepare to publish its Spring 2018 books.

Talonbooks seeks a Copy Editor/Proofreader for a full-time, three-month contract position between September 15 and December 15, 2017 (approximately).

Opportunities to work part-time or in a freelance capacity with Talon may extend beyond contracted dates.

Download this job posting as a PDF.

Monday August 28, 2017 in News
Fall fiction is in the house! New novels by Wajdi Mouawad and Philippe Arseneault

[Anima and Zora, A Cruel Tale]

Two new novels are now available! Our fiction game is strong this fall: two unforgettable, dark, magical tomes by two mighty Quebec authors have been translated into English by some of Canada’s strongest translators.

Anima ($19.95 CDN) is the much anticipated novel by playwright Wajdi Mouawad (translated now into English by Linda Gaboriau), and Zora, A Cruel Tale (translated by Fred A. Reed and David Homel; $19.95 CDN) is a gothic tale of the macabre and the bizarre…

Wednesday August 23, 2017 in News
Réjean Ducharme, a loss for Quebec and all of us

Talonbooks is grieved to learn of the passing, earlier this week, of beloved and reclusive Quebec author Réjean Ducharme at age 76. His passing was first announced by his French publisher, Éditions Gallimard.

Wednesday August 16, 2017 in News
Talon poets in Contemporary Verse 2: Convergence

[cover of CV2: Convergence issue]

The latest issue of CV2 (Summer 2017; Vol. 40, No. 1) celebrates the Iceland–Canada Art Convergence and features work on survival, cross-cultural exchange and legacy, book reviews, and interviews. And may we say, it is a beautiful issue, featuring art on the cover by Icelandic artist Heimir Björgúlfsson.

Inside, five new resonant poems by Métis/Icelandic poet Jónína Kirton are published, and Colin Smith has written a double book review (found on page 163) of Stephen Collis’s Once in Blockadia and Danielle LaFrance’s Friendly + Fire. See highlights from his review on both books’ web pages. We were also immensely complimented in the review’s final paragraph (page 166), and we thank Smith for acknowledging our incredible authors and their place in the cultural vanguard:

… Over the last few years, Talonbooks has ramped up the political stakes of its poetry list. With the emergence of titles like Cecily Nicholson’s Triage (2011), Jeff Derksen’s The Vestiges (2013), Nikki Reimer’s DOWNVERSE (2014), Catriona Strang’s Corked (2014), Jordan Abel’s Injun (2016), Clint Burnham’s Pound @ Guantánamo (2016), and Donato Mancini’s Same Diff (2017) – and these are only the books I know; there may be others – we should consider Talon a producer of some of the most sociable and politically astute experimental poetry in current-day Canada. Add the Collis, add the LaFrance, add Mercedes Eng’s upcoming Prison Industrial Complex Explodes (due out Fall 2017), and we have a handsome brick of poetry here. Huck these books at the heads of power.

What more can we say?


Tuesday August 1, 2017 in News
From Oral to Written is launched!


Ian Ross, Josephine Bacon, Tomson Highway, Richard Van Camp, Michael Kusugak, and Marilyn Dumont

Many thanks to the approximately 400 guests who joined us and the Vancouver Writers Fest at the Drum Is Calling Festival on Friday evening, July 28, to launch Tomson Highway’s new book! We so enjoyed celebrating with you the rich Indigenous literary landscape in Canada. The evening was a complete smash!

To see photos from the event, click “Go to story…”

Friday July 28, 2017 in News
Tonight! Tomson Highway launches From Oral to Written

Join Talonbooks and the Vancouver Writers Fest for the launch of From Oral to Written, part of the Drum is Calling Festival!

[cover of From Oral to Written] Tuesday September 26, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Read an excerpt: From Oral to Written

By Tomson Highway

From Oral to Written is a study of Native literature published in Canada between 1980 and 2010, a catalogue of amazing books that sparked the embers of a dormant voice. Leading Aboriginal author Tomson Highway surveys the first wave of Native writers published in Canada, highlighting the most gifted authors and the best stories they have told, offering non-Native readers access to reconciliation and understanding, and at the same time engendering among Native readers pride in a stellar body of work. On Meta-Talon, read a selection from Highway’s prologue.

Thursday August 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Buy a Quebec Book Day! August 12

August 12 is Buy a Quebec Book Day – and have we got books for you! Browse our list of 12 august and recently published Quebec books – any of which we would, of course, recommend. Read the list, and then get out to your local bookstore this Saturday and show la belle province some literary love!

[cover of The Gorge] Friday June 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Listen: Nancy Shaw reads her poems

The Gorge: Selected Writing by Nancy Shaw launched in April, 2017 at the Western Front in Vancouver. To launch Shaw’s book, published posthumously, editor Catriona Strang read from The Gorge, and then this video was played to a rapt audience. In the video, you’ll hear the voice of Nancy Shaw, reading poems from her book Cold Trip (2006; co-authored with Catriona Strang).

[cover of Inspecting Nostalgia] Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon

“The result is not simple”: Two Poems from Inspecting Nostalgia

By R. Kolewe

Inspecting Nostalgia is a new collection of poetry by R. Kolewe. This, his second collection, brings together found text and fragments of various writers’ work with scraps from his own journals.

In this third week of National Poetry Month 2017, and in advance of Kolewe’s Toronto launch on May 8, please enjoy two poems from the collection on Meta-Talon.


Bundle: Michel Tremblay’s Notebook Series

The Black Notebook
The Red Notebook
The Blue Notebook

Current Catalogue

[image: Talonbooks 2017 catalogue]

CURRENT FRONT LIST


 

After Class

George F. Walker
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Anima

Wajdi Mouawad
Translated by Linda Gaboriau
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Art of Building a Bunker, The

Adam Lazarus & Guillermo Verdecchia
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Daisy

Sean Devine
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Forward

Chantal Bilodeau
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full-metal indigiqueer

Joshua Whitehead
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Intertidal

Daphne Marlatt
Edited by Susan Holbrook
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Just, The

Albert Camus
Translated by Bobby Theodore
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[cover of Legend]
Legend

Michael Blouin
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Prison Industrial Complex Explodes

Mercedes Eng
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Reveries of a Solitary Biker

Catriona Strang
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Wayside Sang

Cecily Nicholson
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Zora

Philippe Arseneault
Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel
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