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May 2016

Monday May 30, 2016
Weyman Chan and ryan fitzpatrick at SSHRC Congress 2016 in Calgary

June 2016

Monday June 6, 2016
Writer on Campus Presents: Cecily Nicholson

Friday June 10, 2016
Book Launch: Juliane Okot Bitek, with Cecily Nicholson and Jordan Abel in Vancouver

Wednesday June 15, 2016
Jónína Kirton at the Canadian Creative Writers Summit

Thursday June 16, 2016
Lakeside Play Readings in Toronto

July 2016

Thursday July 14, 2016
Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival 2016​

November 2016

Wednesday November 9, 2016
Play: “Mom’s the Word” in Winnipeg

May 2017

Thursday May 4, 2017
Play: “Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth” in Kamloops, BC
Friday May 27, 2016 in News
The Watershed has arrived!

Our latest arrival – and the last play of Spring 2016 – is Annabel Soutar’s docu-drama The Watershed. Possibly the thickest play we’ve ever had printed, The Watershed really gives readers something to chew on; this documentary play is food for thought, but entertaining and relatable too.

The Watershed will be back on stage in September–October 2016 at the Tarragon Theatre (Toronto) and in November–December at the Centaur Theatre (Montreal), and the book is available now for $18.95.

Wednesday May 25, 2016 in News
Talonbooks will be at Congress 2016 this weekend

[the Talonbooks booth at Congress 2016]

The annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the convergence of approximately 70 scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella. Congress brings together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to share findings, refine ideas, and collaborate. The 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is an initiative of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and is this year hosted by the University of Calgary.

Visit the Talonbooks both at Congress’s Expo, or join us at the conference of the Canadian Association of Theatre Research on Sunday, May 29 (where guests can look forward to playwrights/actors Marcus Youssef and James Long to give a rousing reading from their latest play, Winners and Losers), or join Talon poets Weyman Chan and ryan fitzpatrick for a poetry reading on May 30.

See you at Congress!

Wednesday May 18, 2016 in News
June 16 in Toronto – Lakeside Play Readings

Save the date! On June 16 in Toronto, catch a glimpse of theatre behind the curtain as playwrights read their own words.

Playwrights Guild of Canada, in partnerships with Coach House Books, Playwrights Canada Press, Talonbooks, and Scirocco Drama, presents eight readings by some of Canada’s most well known playwrights: Nicolas Billon, David S. Craig (Host), Sean Dixon, Lois Fine, Morris Panych, Pamela Mala Sinha, Annabel Soutar, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, and Kenneth T. Williams.

All are welcome at this free event! Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

Thursday, June 16, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Lakeside Terrace (Harbourfront Centre)
235 Queens Quay W
Toronto, Ontario

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Monday May 16, 2016 in News
Talonbooks at BEA 2016

Above: the Talon booth at #BEA16

Talonbooks publisher Kevin Williams and sales/marketing staff member Spencer Williams represented Talonbooks at last week’s BookCon and Book Expo America in Chicago, IL. A grand old time was had by all!

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Wednesday May 11, 2016 in News
Listen: Full audio recording of our recent Vancouver launch

Talonbooks launched five new books on April 26, 2016 at Pyatt Hall in Vancouver, BC. Now you can listen to the full audio from the launch!

Monday May 9, 2016 in News
Book review: Canada, A New Tax Haven in the Vancouver Sun

Canada: A New Tax Haven cover

The Vancouver Sun published a review of Canada, A New Tax Haven on May 6. Reviewer James W. Wood found that author Alain Deneault’s book is written with “a welcome tone of moralizing zeal in the face of the epic greed he uncovers.”

Monday May 2, 2016 in News
Take a ride on the ferry boat, and pick up a great book!

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
Tomorrow: Authors for Indies Day across Canada!

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
Photos from our big launch last night

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
Two quadruple book launches this week!

Tonight in Vancouver, and Thursday night in Calgary, we launch five new books!

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 May 26, 2016 in Meta-Talon

It’s Short Story Month. Read some short stories!

We’re deep into May, and it’s really beginning to feel like summer. Luckily, it’s also Short Story Month! Hard-hitting Poetry Month (April) has passed, but we’re not yet lounging on beaches with our novels. To keep you reading in the meantime, pick up a book of short stories! Here are five published by Talonbooks, which you may find edifying and delightsome.

page as bone – ink as blood cover Thursday May 19, 2016 in Meta-Talon

Meta-Talon Interviews: Jónína Kirton

Talon editor Shazia Hafiz Ramji talks to Jónína Kirton about her debut book of poetry, page as bone – ink as blood, the role of ritual, the lyric “I,” the writing process and ancestral memory.

[Human Tissue cover] Tuesday May 17, 2016 in Meta-Talon

In Review: Human Tissue by Weyman Chan

Today on Meta-Talon, poet Linda Rogers reviews Weyman Chan’s new collection, Human Tissue.

Thursday May 12, 2016 in Meta-Talon

Read a scene from Inside the Seed, a modern-day retelling of Oedipus Rex

Winner of the 2015 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script, Inside the Seed is a contemporary version of Oedipus Rex reimagined as a darkly comic political thriller. Today on Meta-Talon, read an excerpt from this high-stakes play.

Current Catalogues

[image: Spring 2016 catalogue] [image: Talonbooks 2015-2016 First Nations catalogue]



Ebooks (Full List)


[Human Tissue cover]
Human Tissue

Weyman Chan

[Injun cover]

Jordan Abel

Inside the Seed

Jason Patrick Rothery

[Mend the Living cover image]
Mend the Living

Maylis de Kerangal
Translated by Jessica Moore

Pound @ Guantánamo

Clint Burnham

[Price Paid cover]
Price Paid

Bev Sellars

[Running on Fumes cover]
Running on Fumes

Christian Guay-Poliquin
Translated by Jacob Homel


Fred Wah
Edited by Jeff Derksen
Introduction by Jeff Derksen

[Sextet cover image]

Morris Panych

Studies in Description cover
Studies in Description

Carl Peters

[th book cover]
th book

bill bissett

[The Watershed cover]
The Watershed

Annabel Soutar

[We the Family cover]
We the Family

George F. Walker
Introduction by Chris Johnson

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