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Two English-language and two French-language playwrights are up for this year’s Siminovitch Prize, and Michel Marc Bouchard is one of them. We heartily congratulate him on this accolade!
Michel Marc Bouchard
The annual Siminovitch Prize, worth $100,000 over three years, celebrates a director, playwright, or designer whose work is transformative and influential. The other shortlisted playwrights are Colleen Murphy, Hannah Moscovitch, and Olivier Choinière. The 2014 prize will be awarded on October 20 at Hart House Theatre in Toronto. Learn more at the Siminovitch Prize website.
Congratulations to M.A.C. Farrant, author of The World Afloat, which has just been shortlisted for the 2014 City of Victoria Book Prize! Farrant is the author of 14 works of short fiction and non-fiction, five of which are available from Talonbooks.
The shortlist is as follows:
The City of Victoria Butler Book Prize acknowledges and celebrates Victoria’s extraordinarily accomplished writing community and the readers who support them. This prize and the Bolen’s Book Prize for Children’s literature are awarded at an annual Gala in October. See the Victoria Book Prizes website for more detail.
The duress of waiting for Peace in Duress is over, and we may have peace at last: it has arrived! This latest collection of poetry by Mohawk spoken-word artist Janet Rogers is now available for $16.95. Take a step into this collection by listening to some of its poems on Meta-Talon.
“Finding the Words: Linda Gaboriau’s struggle to translate a hit Quebec play” by Eric Andrew-Gee is a piece recently published in The Walrus about translator Linda Gaboriau’s efforts to translate the play Christina, The Girl King by Michel Marc Bouchard from French into English. Here is a teaser from the article, which is available online in full:
Gaboriau’s work has to perform a double translation, from French to English, and from page to stage—keeping faith with the meaning of the original text, but also sounding musical in the mouths of the actors. Ideally, her Christina will give anglophones a taste of Quebec drama’s distinctive grandiloquence: its luscious verbosity, its fondness for soliloquies and ruminative asides. English-speaking troupes often flatten these attributes into a muted psychological realism—Brando reading the Bard.
If you follow Talonbooks on Twitter, thank you! We have been happy to see our flock grow significantly over the past year and reach the thousands; Talonbooks currently has 3,962 followers.
Our 4,000th follower on Twitter, whomever that may be, at whatever time it may happen, will be contacted (via Twitter Direct Message) and offered a free book – anything Talonbooks has published up to September 2014 (including ebooks)! (See our Fall 2014 catalogue for release dates.) We’ll cover the shipping and handling costs too, if our 4,000th follower lives anywhere in North America.
Have a look at our full list of published books, and spread word about our little contest to your literature-loving friends!
Quebec playwright Michel Marc Bouchard’s latest play, Christina, The Girl King, premiered at the Stratford Festival this past summer, and his next will be staged at the Shaw Festival in 2015. CBC Radio aired a charming and probing interview of Bouchard by Karin Wells on Sunday, August 31, 2014. Listen to the interview here.
Congratulations to Chief Bev Sellars, author of They Called Me Number One, which has just been shortlisted for a Burt Award!
The Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE) announced today the 2014 finalists for its Burt Award for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Literature. Established by CODE – a Canadian charitable organization that has been advancing literacy and learning for 55 years – in collaboration with William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation, the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature aims to provide engaging and culturally-relevant books for young people across Canada by recognizing excellence in English-language literary works for Young Adults by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors.
This year’s shortlisted titles, selected by a jury composed of Canadian writers administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, are (in alphabetical order):
The winners of this second annual Award will be announced on September 27, 2014 at a Gala hosted by Shelagh Rogers and Wab Kinew at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People in Winnipeg. A First Prize of $12,000, a Second Prize of $8,000 and a Third Prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the authors of the winning titles. In addition, publishers of the winning titles will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of a minimum of 2,500 copies, which will ensure that First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth across Canada will have access to the books through their community’s schools, libraries, or Friendship Centres.
Also see the press release, dated September 3, 2014: “CODE Announces 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature Finalists.”
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.
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.
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).
Daniel Canty in his London studio, September 2014. Photo by Michael Yaroshevsky
Daniel Canty, author of Wigrum (2013) and Les États-unis du vent (to be published in English by Talonbooks in 2015), is currently in London, England at the Studio du Québec, where he is in the midst of a six-month residency. He wrote us a few rather Wigrumian lines from across the pond…Thursday September 11, 2014 in Meta-Talon
By Janet Rogers
Peace in Duress is the latest collection of poetry by Mohawk spoken-word artist Janet Rogers, who is the current poet laureate of Victoria, BC. Today on Meta-Talon, listen to seven poems from Peace in Duress, two of which are accompanied by their textual counterparts from the book.Monday August 25, 2014 in Meta-Talon
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
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.
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