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September 2014

Friday September 5, 2014
Play: The Shoplifters by Morris Panych in Washington, DC

Sunday September 7, 2014
Chief Bev Sellars Speaks at Williams Lake Library, BC

Saturday September 13, 2014
Play Reading: M.A.C. Farrant’s “Rob’s Guns & Ammo” in Winnipeg, MB

Thursday September 18, 2014
Single Onion #116 with Nikki Reimer and Natalie Simpson, Calgary

Thursday September 25, 2014
M.A.C. Farrant at the Winnipeg Writers Festival

Saturday September 27, 2014
Book Launch: dream / arteries by Phinder Dulai

October 2014

Friday October 3, 2014
Reading: Adeena Karasick in Brooklyn

Monday October 6, 2014
Un/inhabited: Jordan Abel at the Vancouver Art/Book Fair

Thursday October 9, 2014
Book Launch: Peace in Duress by Janet Rogers

Thursday October 9, 2014
Play: Carmen Aguirre’s Blue Box in Vancouver

Sunday October 12, 2014
Adeena Karasick Reads in NYC

Wednesday October 22, 2014
A Community of Characters – Maylis de Kerangal at the Vancouver Writers Fest

Wednesday October 22, 2014
The Toast(s) of Europe – Maylis de Kerangal at Vancouver Writers Fest

Thursday October 23, 2014
Play: Another Home Invasion by Joan MacLeod in Sudbury, ON

Saturday October 25, 2014
Adeena Karasick Lectures in NYC

Saturday October 25, 2014
A Celebration of Phyllis Webb – Vancouver Writers Fest

November 2014

Friday November 7, 2014
Carl Peters Speaks at bpNichol Symposium – Brock U, St. Catharines, ON

Friday November 7, 2014
Adeena Karasick Speaks at Brock University, ON

Wednesday November 12, 2014
Talonbooks Fall 2014 Poetry Launch!

December 2014

Saturday December 6, 2014
Adeena Karasick at the AB Series Solstice Party in Ottawa

April 2015

Thursday April 23, 2015
Play: In Piazza San Domenico by Steve Galluccio in Sudbury, ON
Thursday August 28, 2014 in News
Expectations Met: Minor Is Here!

The latest novel of The Chaos! Quincunx series by Garry Thomas Morse has arrived!

In Minor Expectations, Diminuenda discovers that she stands to win a vast inheritance from her estranged father, the inimitable Minor, if she travels into the past and “collects” a number of objets d’art. This prequel within a sequel is fun and accessible even as it keeps up a steady (and heady) pace of literary and philosophical reference. Readers travel with Diminuenda to classical Greece, ancient Rome, medieval Scandinavia, Renaissance Italy, pre-revolutionary France, and Victorian and World War II-era England, meeting (often in comic circumstances) such illustrious personages as Socrates, Emperor Tiberius, and Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer.

Minor Expectations is available for $16.95.

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Friday August 22, 2014 in News
Cover Photograph from Tom at the Farm Wins CA Award

Congratulations to Makito Inomata, photographer, and Mauve Pagé, book designer, on winning a Communication Arts Photography Annual Award for 2014! Inomata’s photograph was taken at the direction of Pagé for use on the cover of the Talon play Tom at the Farm by Michel Marc Bouchard (2013). The panel of jurors chosen by ca selected 154 winning projects from 5223 entries, and Inomata’s photograph has been selected as the feature entry on Communication Arts magazine’s website.

See the winning photograph in its original form here.

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Wednesday August 20, 2014 in News
2014 Betty Mitchell Award Winners

Congratulations to François Archambault and Carmen Aguirre, two Talon authors who have won 2014 Bettys!

The Betty Mitchell Awards, named for a pioneer of Calgary’s theatrical community, Dr. Betty Mitchell, celebrate and honour outstanding achievement in Calgary’s professional theatre community. This year, Aguirre was recognized for her Outstanding Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role for her work in The Motherf***er With The Hat (Alberta Theatre Projects), and Archambault was recognized for his Outstanding New Play, You Will Remember Me, translated from French to English by Bobby Theodore (also staged by Alberta Theatre Projects).

Read more about this year’s winners on the Betty Mitchell Awards website.

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Tuesday August 19, 2014 in News
Fortified Castles Is Here!

[image: Fortified Castles in the warehouse]

Yesterday, at the closing of the day, Fortified Castles arrived in our warehouse. This collection of poetry by ryan fitzpatrick is now available from Talon for $16.95. For a little taste of the book, read a poem from this collection on Meta-Talon: “I Like to Stay Indoors”.

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Monday August 11, 2014 in News
Michel & Ti-Jean Has Arrived!

[image: Michel and Ti-Jean on display]

George Rideout’s smashing play – about a meeting between Michel Tremblay and Jack Kerouac at which these two lions of 20th-century literature discuss the highs and lows of having arrived (figuratively) – has arrived (literally)!

Michel and Ti-Jean, fresh from the printer (perhaps still warm if you act fast!), is now available from Talonbooks for $17.95.

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Friday August 8, 2014 in News
Video: Phinder Dulai at the Indian Summer Festival

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru’s arrival in Vancouver on May 23, 1914. Phinder Dulai’s latest collection of poetry, dream / arteries, which addresses this historic ship and its passengers, will be published by Talonbooks in Fall 2014. Dulai recently read from dream / arteries at the Museum of Vancouver as part of the Indian Summer Festival. A video of this event, Passages, is now available. Dulai’s reading begins at 19:15:

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Thursday August 7, 2014 in News
Sign Up for the Talon E-Newsletter

Yesterday, subscribers received Talon’s e-newsletter by email, learning news about books, authors, events and general goings-on at Talonbooks. You can read our August 2014 e-newsletter online.

Canada’s new anti-spam legislation (CASL), which affects all business-related communications, came into effect on July 1, 2014. This new legislation requires that you give us express permission to send commercial electronic messages to you (from which you can, of course, unsubscribe at any time.) If you have not received our e-newsletter since before June 30, 2014, and you wish to, please sign up again! Scroll our website’s left-hand column to find the sign-up window OR email newsletter@talonbooks.com. Thank you so much for your continued support and interest!

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Wednesday August 6, 2014 in News
Baba Brinkman in The Guardian on Poetry and Rap

Photo by Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Underbelly

Baba Brinkman, author of The Rap Canterbury Tales, is currently in the United Kingdom performing it (as “The Canterbury Tales Remixed”) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Brinkman wrote about his career bridging rap and poetry in The Guardian on July 30, 2014. Here is a brief excerpt:

The Rap Canterbury Tales was a spin-off of my English master’s thesis, which compared the literary and cultural themes found in Chaucer’s Tales with those of hip-hop culture, especially the battle rap scene typified by the Eminem film “8 Mile.” The common threads are diverse and intriguing. Live oral performance is paramount, rhymed storytelling, wordplay, social commentary, audience response, and above all the supreme duty of the rapper/poet: to entertain the crowd. As the Host tells the Monk: “Whereas a man may have noon audience / Noght helpeth it to tellen his sentence.” Or as the rapper Rakim informs us: “No mistakes allowed, / ’Cause to me, ‘MC’ means ‘move the crowd’.”

Read the full article in The Guardian online.

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Tuesday August 5, 2014 in News
Book Trailer: Peace in Duress by Janet Rogers

Mohawk writer Janet Rogers’s newest poetry collection, titled Peace in Duress, will be released in September 2014. In this book trailer, Janet reads her poem, “Forever,” which is focused on the original Two Row Wampum agreement and can be found in Peace in Duress. Mohawk media artist Jackson TwoBears produced the book trailer. Enjoy!

Also find this video on Vimeo.

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Thursday July 31, 2014 in News
Birth of a Bridge Has Arrived!

[image: Birth of a Bridge (display)]

From Maylis de Kerangal, one of the most exciting novelists writing in France today, comes Birth of a Bridge, a literary saga of a dozen men and women – engineers, designers, machinery operators, cable riggers – all employees of the international consortium charged with building a bridge somewhere in a mythical and fantastic California.

Author Martine Desjardins describes Birth of a Bridge as “a grandiose, gravity-defying feat of narrative structure, acting as a bridge between reality and myth.” Told on a sweeping scale reminiscent of classic American adventure films, this Médicis Prize–winning novel chronicles the lives of these workers, who represent a microcosm of not just mythic California, but of humanity as a whole.

Birth of a Bridge has now been translated into English by Jessica Moore and is available from Talonbooks for $16.95.

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Monday August 25, 2014 in Meta-Talon

A Scene: Queen Christina and Descartes, on Love

By Michel Marc Bouchard

In the below scene, taken from the first act of Christina, The Girl King, Queen Christina has a frank discussion with Descartes during their first meeting. This discussion catalyzes the dilemma Christina is to face, later in the play.

Monday August 18, 2014 in Meta-Talon

“I Like to Stay Indoors”: A Poem From Fortified Castles

By ryan fitzpatrick

Fortified Castles is a new book of poetry by ryan fitzpatrick, and it is scheduled to arrive from the printer today! In celebration, we share on Meta-Talon a funny poem from the collection, and a poem which is late-summer appropriate.

Thursday August 7, 2014 in Meta-Talon

Read an Excerpt from Birth of a Bridge

From Maylis de Kerangal, one of the most exciting novelists writing in France today, comes Birth of a Bridge, a literary saga of a dozen men and women – engineers, designers, machinery operators, cable riggers – all employees of the international consortium charged with building a bridge somewhere in a mythical and fantastic California.

Today on Meta-Talon, we share a generous excerpt from the book to wet your reading-list whistle.

Friday August 1, 2014 in Meta-Talon

Listen to Phinder Dulai’s SFU Lunch Poems Reading

Phinder Dulai read from his latest collection of poetry, dream / arteries, which will be published by Talonbooks in Fall 2014, at SFU Lunch Poems on May 21, 2014. A recording of his excellent, compelling reading of May 21, 2014 was made and is now available online. Listen to the audio track online here.

Current Catalogues

[image: Fall 2014 catalogue] [image: Talonbooks 2014 First Nations catalogue]


Assembling the Morrow cover
Assembling the Morrow

Sandra Huber

Birth of a Bridge cover
Birth of a Bridge

Maylis de Kerangal
Translated by Jessica Moore

Christina, The Girl King cover
Christina, The Girl King

Michel Marc Bouchard
Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Crossing the City cover
Crossing the City

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman

dream/arteries cover
dream / arteries

Phinder Dulai

Fortified Castles cover
Fortified Castles

ryan fitzpatrick

Michel and Ti-Jean cover
Michel and Ti-Jean

George Rideout

Minor Expectations cover
Minor Expectations

Garry Thomas Morse

Motherhouse cover

David Fennario

Peace in Duress cover
Peace in Duress

Janet Rogers

Peacock Blue cover
Peacock Blue

Phyllis Webb
Edited by John F. Hulcoop

Tear the Curtain! cover
Tear the Curtain!

Jonathon Young & Kevin Kerr & Kim Collier

The Commons, Second Edition cover
The Commons

Stephen Collis

The Visual Laboratory of Robert Lepage cover
The Visual Laboratory of Robert Lepage

Ludovic Fouquet
Translated by Rhonda Mullins

War Cantata / Child Object cover
War Cantata / Child Object

Larry Tremblay
Translated by Keith Turnbull & Chantal Bilodeau

[OR] cover

Brian Henderson

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