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January 2018

Wednesday January 3, 2018
SFU Lunch Poems: Jónína Kirton and Joanne Arnott

Thursday January 4, 2018
Dr. Carl Peters speaks at the MLA Convention in NYC

Tuesday January 16, 2018
Play: Empire of the Son at Alberta Theatre (Alberta, AB)

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

Wednesday January 31, 2018
Play:King Arthur's Knight and Peter Panties at the PUSH Festival (Vancouver, BC)

April 2018

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

June 2018

Friday June 15, 2018
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal
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.

Tuesday September 26, 2017 in News
Marcus Youssef nominated for Siminovitch Prize!

Talon playwright Marcus Youssef is up for Canada’s largest theatre award, the Siminovitch Prize. Congratulations, Marcus!

The Siminovitch Prize awards its winner a whopping $100,000, rotating over a three-year cycle to alternate honouring professional directors, playwrights, and designers. Finalists get $5,000. Finalists celebrate with a reception on October 16 at University of Toronto Hart House, and the final 2017 Siminovitch Prize will be awarded at a ceremony on November 6 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Wednesday September 6, 2017 in News
The Days is a finalist for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize!

[The Days cover]

The Victoria Book Prize Society announced today its short list for the 2017 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. This $5,000 prize is awarded to a Greater Victoria author for the best book published in the preceding year in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry.

Farrant’s previous book, The World Afloat, won the prize in 2014.

Our fingers are crossed for The Days!

Wednesday August 30, 2017 in News
Talonbooks needs a copy editor/proofreader! Perhaps it’s you?

Do you have a keen eye, a sharp red pencil, and a passion for avant-garde Canadian literature? If so, we need you! Come help Talon publish its Fall 2017 books and prepare to publish its Spring 2018 books.

Talonbooks seeks a Copy Editor/Proofreader for a full-time, three-month contract position between September 15 and December 15, 2017 (approximately).

Opportunities to work part-time or in a freelance capacity with Talon may extend beyond contracted dates.

Download this job posting as a PDF.

Tuesday December 5, 2017 in Meta-Talon

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

From 1988 until the end of 2016, Salt-Water Moon was in print with its original yellow cover, which featured now-outdated type design and a production still from one of the original productions of this sweet play. Now, as the play experiences something of a revival, and as the book goes into its eighth printing, we are pleased to show off the newly redesigned cover of Salt-Water Moon.

[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!

[cover of The Gorge] Friday June 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Listen: Nancy Shaw reads her poems

The Gorge: Selected Writing by Nancy Shaw launched in April, 2017 at the Western Front in Vancouver. To launch Shaw’s book, published posthumously, editor Catriona Strang read from The Gorge, and then this video was played to a rapt audience. In the video, you’ll hear the voice of Nancy Shaw, reading poems from her book Cold Trip (2006; co-authored with Catriona Strang).


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Current Catalogue

[image: Talonbooks 2017 catalogue]



After Class

George F. Walker


Wajdi Mouawad
Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Art of Building a Bunker, The

Adam Lazarus & Guillermo Verdecchia


Sean Devine


Chantal Bilodeau

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Joshua Whitehead


Daphne Marlatt
Edited by Susan Holbrook

Just, The

Albert Camus
Translated by Bobby Theodore

[cover of Legend]

Michael Blouin

Prison Industrial Complex Explodes

Mercedes Eng

Reveries of a Solitary Biker

Catriona Strang

Wayside Sang

Cecily Nicholson


Philippe Arseneault
Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel

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