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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Ralph Maud. He passed away on Monday, December 8th, just shy of his 86th birthday. For many decades Ralph was a strong presence at Talonbooks as well as in the scholarly community. He was a devoted bookman and a passionate friend. He remained productive and vivacious to the end. We offer our condolences to his family and to his many friends and admirers. He will be greatly missed.Wednesday December 3, 2014 in News
Happy holidays! Whatever holiday tradition you may or may not be celebrating, we wish you a happy December and invite you to make merry with our magnificent books — the more, the merrier!
In fact, it’s a landmark moment on our website: this December we are offering more sale prices than ever before! You’ll see on our Specials page that we’ve put together absolutely smashing holiday-season bundles of books that we know you’ll enjoy.
We also recommend the absolutely gorgeous Peacock Blue: The Collected Poems by Phyllis Webb as a gift book for the CanLit/CanPoetry lover in your life. Peacock Blue compiles in a single volume all of Webb’s published, unpublished, and uncollected works from a writing career that spanned fifty years. The hardcover edition is available from our website for $45.
See David Fennario in action on the big screen at Montreal’s Cinema du Parc (which, we hear, has the best popcorn in town!). This raw film captures the artistic process of making theatre and the motivation behind one of Canada’s great playwrights. The film has received excellent reviews in such publications as the Montreal Gazette and Le Devoir. Watch the trailer online.
Tear the Curtain!, a psychological thriller set in a fictionalized 1930s Vancouver, is a clever crossover between film and theatre, screenplay and playscript.
The play’s collaborators – Young, Kerr, and Collier – found inspiration within the walls of Vancouver’s Stanley Theatre, a space that has a dual history as a cinema and vaudeville house. Fittingly, this gritty film-noir production became an exploration of the two kinds of art and how they affect the audience.
And it’s now available in print! $18.95 gets you a copy.
We’re giving away a copy of [OR] on Goodreads! Check it out.
“Come the Revolution,” a broadside produced in support of Stephen Collis’s legal battle against Kinder Morgan
Tomorrow evening in Vancouver, activist poet Stephen Collis and friends raise money for their legal defence fund against Kinder Morgan in the ongoing protest to protect Burnaby Mountain. Talon poets Cecily Nicholson and Jordan Abel will also be in attendance, and will read alongside a number of poets taking a stand against Kinder Morgan.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Law Courts Inn Restaurant
800 Smithe Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
More information & tickets are available at EventBrite.
Talonbooks has contributed 200 copies of a limited-edition broadside to the fundraising efforts. The broadside, which will be given as a gift with admission to the first 200 attendees, features a poem from Collis’s most recent collection of poetry, To the Barricades (2013), beautifully typeset in the style of the second edition of his book The Commons (2014).
If you’re unable to attend the fundraiser but would like to support the protest efforts, see this Go Fund Me! campaign.
Thursday November 13, 2014 in News
L–R, top row to bottom: Phinder Dulai, Janet Rogers, Daphne Marlatt, Brian Henderson, Sandra Huber, and ryan fitzpatrick
Last evening in downtown Vancouver, about 80 people gathered to hear seven readings from new works published by Talonbooks: six collections of poetry and one novel. Staff members from Vancouver’s finest downtown indie bookstore, the Paper Hound, manned the book sales table, and the venue, Pyatt Hall (at the Vancouver School of Music), proved to be the perfect location for listening and experiencing poetry read aloud; all was silent but for the clear voices of the readers.
Click on “Go to story…” (below) to see photos from this event.Wednesday November 12, 2014 in News
We welcome [OR] by Brian Henderson and Assembling the Morrow by Sandra Huber to the Talonbooks poetry list today. These two handsome books have arrived and will be available for sale alongside our other Fall 2014 titles at tonight’s septuple launch.
Join Talonbooks tonight to hear readings from seven new books (six works of poetry and one novel). Authors Phinder Dulai, ryan fitzpatrick, Brian Henderson, Sandra Huber, and Janet Rogers will read from their recently published collections of poetry. Daphne Marlatt will read from Peacock Blue, the collected poems of Phyllis Webb.
(TONIGHT!) Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Doors open at 7:30 p.m., readings start at 8:00.
Pyatt Hall, Vancouver Symphony School of Music
843 Seymour Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
No admission fee. All are welcome.
Tuesday December 9, 2014 in Meta-Talon
Daniel Canty, author of Wigrum (2013) and Les États-unis du vent (_to be published in English by Talonbooks in 2015), is completing a six-month residency at the Studio du Québec, in London, England. In this series of dispatches, Canty shares his reflections on some of the city’s foggy history and the sometimes foggy process of writing. Here is his fourth letter.Thursday November 27, 2014 in Meta-Talon
By Daniel Canty
Today on Meta-Talon, read the third dispatch from author Daniel Canty, who is completing a six-month residency at the Studio du Québec in London, England. In this series, Canty shares his reflections on some of the city’s foggy history and the sometimes foggy process of writing.Tuesday November 25, 2014 in Meta-Talon
Between 1965 and 1974 members of the English Department of Sir George Williams University (SGWU, now Concordia University) in Montreal hosted a series of poetry readings, the recordings of which have now become accessible online. Today on Meta-Talon, listen to Phyllis Webb’s 1966 reading.
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