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January 2018

Wednesday January 24, 2018
“Limbs & Thresholds” by Oana Avasilichioaei, Vancouver

Wednesday January 24, 2018
Incite: Adèle Barclay, Aislinn Hunter, Richard Harrison, Cecily Nicholson

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

Thursday January 25, 2018
Play: “Mambo Italiano” in Sudbury

Friday January 26, 2018
Book Launch: Garry Morse launches Safety Sand at knife fork book

Saturday January 27, 2018
“Beggars in Our Own Home No More” with Bev Sellars, Gabriola Island, BC

Wednesday January 31, 2018
Play: “King Arthur's Night” at the PuSh Festival in Vancouver

February 2018

Thursday February 1, 2018
Play: “Marion Bridge” in Belleville, ON

Sunday February 11, 2018
Poetry reading: Karasick, Nurkse, and gaines in NYC

Saturday February 17, 2018
Bev Sellars Presentation at the Museum at Campbell River

Sunday February 18, 2018
Play: “Jabber” on stage in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

March 2018

Tuesday March 6, 2018
Rowers Reading Series featuring Garry Thomas Morse in Toronto, ON

Wednesday March 21, 2018
VERSe Fest Ottawa - Stephen Collis on Opening Night

Thursday March 22, 2018
VERSe Fest Ottawa 2nd Night - bill bissett, Dominic Langlois, and Madhur Anand

Sunday March 25, 2018
VERSe Fest Ottawa - Jordan Abel

April 2018

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

Thursday April 19, 2018
Launch Party: Gap Riot Press and 'Checking In' by Adeena Karasick

May 2018

Wednesday May 9, 2018
Poetry reading: Jordan Abel, Amaranth Borsuk, and Sarah Dowling

June 2018

Friday June 15, 2018
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal
Friday January 19, 2018 in News
Oana Avasilichioaei perfoms in Vancouver on January 24

Poet Oana Avasilichioaei is in Vancouver from Montreal and New York as the Audain Visual Artist in Residence at SFU, and she performs her multimedia work Limbs & Thresholds on Wednesday, January 24 (7 PM, downtown). Free admission. Also find this event listed on sfu.ca and on Facebook.

Tuesday January 9, 2018 in News
Morse’s ideas of North

[Safety Sand cover]

The first book of 2018 is in the house! We kick off our Spring 2018 season with Garry Thomas Morse’s new collection of poetry, Safety Sand. In this companion to Governor General’s Award finalists Discovery Passages and Prairie Harbour, Morse resumes his expansionist mapping of lyrical consciousness onto geographical concerns, acknowledging the unsettled edges of an imaginary territory. Order your copy today for $18.95.

Though a resident of Winnipeg, Morse brings his ideas of North to Toronto this year as the Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence at the University of Toronto. Each year the University of Toronto appoints a Canadian writer to work with students, faculty, and staff interested in creative writing. Morse will offer a non-credit creative writing seminar on poetry with a special focus on serial poems and sequences and/or prose poems.

Friday December 22, 2017 in News
Holiday greetings!

From all of us at Talonbooks, we wish you health, happiness, and prosperity throughout this festive season and in the new year! May you and your loved ones read and speak words that matter.

Please note that the Talonbooks office will be closed from December 22 at noon (PST) through January 2, reopening again on January 3, 2018.

Monday December 4, 2017 in News
Daphne Marlatt’s collected earlier poems have come ashore

Many thanks to the approximately 70 guests who joined us last week in Vancouver for the launch of Daphne Marlatt’s volume of collected earlier poems, Intertidal – the definitive oeuvre of Daphne Marlatt’s poetry exploring the city, feminism, and the environment.

Intertidal ($49.95) is now available for purchase from Talonbooks. Is it, perhaps, the perfect gift for the lover of Canadian poetry on your list? Something to consider …

Monday November 20, 2017 in News
Join us for the launch of Daphne Marlatt’s Collected Earlier Poems

Daphne Marlatt’s new volume of collected earlier poems launches next week in Vancouver, BC! All are welcome at the Western Front on Thursday, November 30 for readings and refreshments (doors at 7:30 PM, readings at 8 PM). If you wish, RSVP on Facebook.

Intertidal gathers work by Marlatt from the 1960s to the 2000s and includes an introduction by editor Susan Holbrook. Selections of Marlatt’s works will be read by poets Susan Holbrook, Fred Wah, Rita Wong, Colin Browne, Catriona Strang, Elee Kaljii Gardiner, and Roy Miki. Colin Browne to host.

Wednesday November 8, 2017 in News
Here’s to fifty more years of Talonbooks!

Heartfelt thanks to the 150+ of you who came out last evening to our launch and party! What a diverse set of readings by Catriona Strang, Mercedes Eng, Cecily Nicholson, and Joshua Whitehead – each strong and moving and brave. And what speechifying from Talon authors Bev Sellars, Lucia Frangione, and Colin Browne, as well as Talon’s former owner and publisher Karl Siegler! And what delicious food and drink by Poicha Cuisine and Canteen Mitra! And what temptations at the book table – featuring classics from Talon’s fifty-year history and new titles – which was run by our friends from the Paper Hound! And what an adorable dog you might have seen hanging about (that was Rya the schnoodle)! A great night all around. Stick with Talon for fifty more years!

Tuesday November 7, 2017 in News
Marcus Youssef wins the Siminovitch Prize!

Three cheers for Marcus Youssef, winner of Canada’s largest theatre award, the Siminovitch Prize!

The Siminovitch Prize awards its winner a whopping $100,000, rotating over a three-year cycle to alternate honouring professional directors, playwrights, and designers (in addition to the $5,000 received by each finalist). Finalists celebrate with a reception on October 16 at University of Toronto Hart House, and the 2017 Siminovitch Prize was awarded at a ceremony last evening at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Talon playwright Marcus Youssef is also an actor and co-artistic director of Neworld Theatre. Plays he’s written and cowritten include Jabber, A Line in the Sand, Adrift, two Ali & Ali plays, and Winners and Losers (one of Neworld’s longest-running and most successful pieces), King Arthur’s Night and Peter Panties (both forthcoming from Talon in Spring 2018). His works have won numerous Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and they’ve been performed across North America, Australia, and Europe.

We heartily congratulate you, Marcus!

Tuesday October 24, 2017 in News
New poetry in the house!

Above: Concrete poetry that casts a long shadow

All Fall 2017 poetry titles are now available! What a smashing set of books this is!

Order your copy today – and/or plan to join us on Tuesday, November 7 at Heritage Hall in Vancouver as we launch all four of these new collections! Phinder Dulai will host. (RSVP on Facebook if you wish.)

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.

The World Afloat cover Thursday December 21, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Our Spiritual Lives

Our little end-of-year present to you is a miniature from M.A.C. Farrant’s delightful collection of very short stories, The World Afloat. Happy Holidays from Talonbooks!

Our Spiritual Lives

We’ve seen stains on tea towels that look like Jesus Christ’s face so we know he exists. And we know that dried seaweed can save the Douglas fir from extinction so we hang dried seaweed from the tree’s branches.

Tuesday December 5, 2017 in Meta-Talon

A new cover for Drew Hayden Taylor’s play, In a World Created by a Drunken God

A finalist for the 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, In a World Created by a Drunken God has been in steady demand since it was first published 11 years ago. From 2006 until the end of 2017, In a World Created by a Drunken God was in print with its original cover, which showed moving boxes and a flip phone. Now, Talonbooks has reprinted In a World Created by a Drunken God for the fourth time, and it wears a dynamic, new cover …

[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!


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Current Catalogue

[image: Talonbooks 2017 catalogue]


[Checking In cover]
Checking In

Adeena Karasick

[Duets cover]

Edward Byrne

[Finding Mr. Wong cover]
Finding Mr. Wong

Susan Crean

[Gracie cover]

Joan MacLeod

[King Arthur's Night and Peter Panties cover]
King Arthur’s Night and Peter Panties

Niall McNeil & Marcus Youssef
Introduction by Al Etmanski

[Kuei, My Friend cover]
Kuei, My Friend

Deni Ellis Béchard & Natasha Kanapé Fontaine
Translated by Deni Ellis Béchard & Howard Scott

[Nine Dragons cover]
Nine Dragons

Jovanni Sy

[Safety Sand cover]
Safety Sand

Garry Thomas Morse

[Talker's Town and The Girl Who Swam Forever cover]
Talker’s Town and The Girl Who Swam Forever

Marie Clements & Nelson Gray

[The Cure for Death by Lightning cover]
The Cure for Death by Lightning

Daryl Cloran

[The Eyelash and the Monochrome and Other Poems cover]
The Eyelash and the Monochrome

Tiziana La Melia

[The Green Chamber cover]
The Green Chamber

Martine Desjardins
Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel

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