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Congratulations to playwright and composer Tomson Highway, who has been nominated for a Juno! Highway, who independently produced the soundtrack to his musical play, The (Post) Mistress (Talon, 2013), is nominated for a 2015 Juno Award in the category of Aboriginal Album of the Year. The nominees include:
CBC has chosen fifteen forthcoming poetry books to get excited about in 2015, and Jordan Abel’s Un/inhabited has made the list! Read a brief introduction to this book and see it CBC’s gallery.
Un/inhabited is Abel’s second book, following upon his award-winning The Place of Scraps, and is co-published by Project Space and Talonbooks. It is available now for $24.95.
Special to the Sun, M.A.C. Farrant reviewed Maylis de Kerangal’s novel Birth of a Bridge (translated by Jessica Moore) last weekend. She writes, among other things, that
The book’s themes are mythic; its prose, symphonic.
The novel concerns humankind’s hunger for glory, and our drive to “master space,” a desire we will go to any length to fulfil. In the novel, this plays out through the building of a “superstar” bridge, “a technical epic,” one that is painted vermilion, a brilliant shade of red. The eventual job of the bridge is to bring two landscapes together, but, during the building it comes to resemble, with its miles of veinlike red cable, a living organism, a kind of monster powered by the energy of a hot and nervous people.
Read the full review: “French novelist explores mythic themes in ‘Birth of a Bridge’”
Michel Marc Bouchard’s latest play, Christina, The Girl King (Talon, 2014), will be turned into an opera by the playwright himself and Montreal composer Ana Sokolovic. Commissioned by the Canadian Opera Company for 2019-2020, La Reine-Garçon will be an operatic version of his play about the 17th-century Swedish queen, Christina.Wednesday January 21, 2015 in News
Can you believe it? Spring is just a few months away. It’s true. No matter how cold or grey it is today, spring will come.
Along with spring, get your hopes up for new Talonbooks! The Spring 2015 Talonbooks catalogue is now online. Browse our upcoming titles and our full backlist. Also see forthcoming books in the right-hand column of this website, or click on “Go to story…” to read a little bit about each of our forthcoming books.Monday January 19, 2015 in News
Marcus Youssef and James Long’s two-man, partly improvised new play, Winners and Losers, opened at Manhattan’s Soho Rep. on January 6 and runs until February 2. The show is generating enthusiastic response all over town. Fans include:
General consensus is that Winners and Losers is a winner! If you’re in New York, or know someone who is, catch this show while it’s in town.
Look forward to the publication of Winners and Losers by Talonbooks in Spring 2015.
Ian McGillis reviewed Michel Tremblay’s latest novel for the Montreal Gazette on January 14, and he’s clearly a fan! We are so pleased to see this delightful book and its excellent translator, Sheila Fischman, lauded. Read the full review online – “Michel Tremblay’s epic chronicle rolls on” – and see highlights below.
Throughout, what strikes perhaps strongest is something that has been evident with Tremblay right from the start: few men write about women with his empathetic immediacy and emotional acuity. The way they talk to each other, the various masks and voices they adopt according to the needs of the moment, their deep reserves of humour and compassion — the Desrosiers sisters, and indeed the young Nana, are so alive on the page that you all but hear them speaking.Thursday January 15, 2015 in News
The ides of January … time for a little light reading? Or a little light listening? The World Afloat by M.A.C. Farrant can suit both needs!
Thin Air, the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, has published a recording of M.A.C. Farrant’s reading from last September: ABSURDITY LOVES COMPANY TOO. Featuring: MAC Farrant, Eric McCormack, Maurice Mierau, Denise Roig, Nicholas Ruddock, Kathleen Winter. Farrant’s part begins at around the 15-minute mark.
Also see this great write-up by Wendy Donowa about The World Afloat, which appeared in the Federation of B.C. Writers publication, WordWorks (Winter issue, pages 24 & 25). From the review:
Some reviews refer to The World Afloat as a short story collection, but these 75 short fictions seem an entirely different kettle of fish. Farrant calls them miniatures, and most are well under a page in length – collages of humour, sharp observation, brilliant absurdity, and irreverent commentary. …
If there is a constant in our response to this collection, it is perhaps our astonishment. On almost every page we find ourselves sitting up, pop-eyed, thinking did you just say that? …
The wackiness appears wildly spontaneous, but belies the polish with which each character is made vivid, each event sharp-edged …
The World Afloat is quite a gorgeous little book, with a handsome cover, as enigmatic as the miniatures it encloses. I should also mention it is very reasonably priced.
Three Talon poets – Cecily Nicholson, Jordan Abel, and Phinder Dulai – had poems featured in the Creative Writing section of the 2014 volume of Canada and Beyond, an academic journal out of Spain. Their work was curated by Larissa Lai. (Bonus: a fourth Talon poet, Oana Avasilichioaei, who will be published in Spring 2015, is responsible for the image on the cover of the issue.)
This issue is now available online; find the table of contents here.
Meet Bev Sellars, chief of the Xat’sull (Soda Creek) First Nation and author of They Called Me Number One. This memoir was a BC bestseller for 44 weeks in a row; it recently won 3rd Prize in the 2014 Burt Awards for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Literature; it was last year shortlisted for the 2014 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize (B.C. Book Prizes); and it won the 2014 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. This book is not to be missed. Shaw TV in Northern British Columbia agrees:
By Daniel Canty
Canary Wharf, 2014 (Photo by Daniel Canty)
Daniel Canty_, author of Wigrum (2013) and Les États-unis du vent (_to be published in English by Talonbooks in 2015), recently completed 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.Tuesday January 20, 2015 in Meta-Talon
By Daniel Canty
Manchester Museum reconstruction of Pete Marsh a.k.a. Lindow Man
Daniel Canty, author of Wigrum (2013) and Les États-unis du vent (to be published in English by Talonbooks in 2015), recently completed a six-month residency at the Studio du Québec, in London, England. In this series of dispatches from London, Canty shares his reflections on some of the city’s foggy history and the sometimes foggy process of writing. Today on Meta-Talon, his sixth dispatch.Tuesday January 13, 2015 in Meta-Talon
Have you ever wondered how books are made? I have. Over the winter holiday, I had the privilege of visiting and touring Houghton Boston Printers in sunny Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Kelly Boon, our customer service representative, kindly gave me a full tour of the premises. Best of all, they were in the midst of printing a Talon title at the very moment I arrived! On Meta-Talon today I share some photos from the inside of a contemporary printing operation.Tuesday January 6, 2015 in Meta-Talon
By Daniel Canty
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.
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