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June 2017

Wednesday June 7, 2017
Reading: Jordan Abel at the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist readings

Thursday June 8, 2017
Poetry reading: R. Kolewe with Tara-Michelle Ziniuk and Sarah Pinder, Toronto

Saturday June 10, 2017
Panel Discussion with High Muck a Muck Artists (Fred Wah) at the Surrey Art Gallery (BC)

July 2017

Thursday July 6, 2017
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal

September 2017

Friday September 22, 2017
Sidney Literary Festival, featuring M.A.C. Farrant

October 2017

Thursday October 26, 2017
Play: "Only Drunks and Children" at the Magnus Theatre in Thunderbay, ON

November 2017

Friday November 3, 2017
Stephen Collis at the Festival of Readers (St. Catharines, ON)

January 2018

Tuesday January 16, 2018
Play: Empire of the Son at Alberta Theatre (Alberta, AB
Friday May 5, 2017 in News
50 years since Expo 67, and a book bundle to celebrate!

Being the 50th anniversary of both Expo 67 and Talonbooks, 2017 is the perfect year to read this delightful series! In honour of the anniversary, Tremblay’s Notebook series is on sale until October. Get all three novels for just $25!

Wednesday May 3, 2017 in News
Bev Sellars books shortlisted for First Nation Communities READ 2017–2018 award

We are pleased to announce that both books by Bev Sellars – Price Paid and They Called Me Number One – are on the shortlist for this year’s First Nation Communities READ 2017–2018 award, the Periodical Marketers of Canada Aboriginal Literature award! More than 50 books were nominated in this year’s Young Adult/Adult category, and the prize is worth $5,000. The winner will be announced in late May.

Friday April 28, 2017 in News
Mend the Living wins Wellcome Book Prize!

[Mend the Living cover image]

Congratulations to author Maylis de Kerangal and translator Jessica Moore! Their 2016 novel, Mend the Living, has won the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize!

Wednesday April 12, 2017 in News
Save the date! Our Spring 2017 Poetry Launch is on April 27 in Vancouver

[poster for 2017 spring launch]

On Thursday, April 27, Talonbooks launches four poetry titles all in one night! Come out to the Western Front for readings by Jónína Kirton, R. Kolewe, Donato Mancini, and Catriona Strang (reading Nancy Shaw), hosted by Jeff Derksen. There will be new books, drinks, and so much cheese! RSVP on Facebook, if you wish.

Tuesday April 11, 2017 in News
Jordan Abel’s Injun short-listed for the Griffin!

[Injun cover]

Congratulations, Jordan Abel!

Abel’s latest collection of poetry, Injun, is one of three Canadian books of poetry short-listed for this year’s Griffin Poetry Prize!

Thursday April 6, 2017 in News
New poetry in house, right on time for National Poetry Month!

It’s that season again, and we couldn’t be happier to have new poetry ready for you!

Friday March 31, 2017 in News
Thank you, poetry lovers of the eastern US!

[Colin Browne, Daphne Marlatt, and Fred Wah – March 2017 eastern US tour]

Above: Browne, Marlatt, and Wah at the airport (Photo: Marian Penner Bancroft)

We would like to thank everyone who came out to hear and talk with Fred Wah, Daphne Marlatt, and Colin Browne on their Eastern US tour. They appreciated your close listening and the extra effort taken by those who braved the winter storms!

Monday March 27, 2017 in News
New books for spring! Poetry, fiction, and drama

Three new books have arrived, hot off the press! R. Kolewe’s collection of poetry, Inspecting Nostalgia; Dominique Scali’s debut novel, In Search of New Babylon (translated by W. Donald Wilson); and our new-format reprint of playwright John Murrell’s adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac are available now.

Wednesday March 22, 2017 in News
March 25–31: Anahita Jamali Rad, Danielle LaFrance, and Donato Mancini on tour in California

Danielle LaFrance, Donato Mancini, and Anahita Jamali Rad tour the west coast!

Monday March 20, 2017 in News
Adeena Karasick archive donated to Simon Fraser University

[image: Adeena Karasick, 2013]

Last month, British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University announced the life work of Canadian writer and poet Adeena Karasick would be added to its Bennett Library Contemporary Literature Collection.

[cover of Inspecting Nostalgia] Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon

“The result is not simple”: Two Poems from Inspecting Nostalgia

By R. Kolewe

Inspecting Nostalgia is a new collection of poetry by R. Kolewe. This, his second collection, brings together found text and fragments of various writers’ work with scraps from his own journals.

In this third week of National Poetry Month 2017, and in advance of Kolewe’s Toronto launch on May 8, please enjoy two poems from the collection on Meta-Talon.

[Once in Blockadia cover] Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon

An excerpt from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands” by Stephen Collis

By Stephen Collis

Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry is nominated for the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. It rethinks the relationship between human beings and the natural world and searches for ways we can continue to resist. Today on Meta-Talon, we offer a section from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands,” the second long poem in Once in Blockadia.

[cover of An Honest Woman] Monday April 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon

“REDress”: A poem by Jónína Kirton, from An Honest Woman

By Jónína Kirton

For you, in solidarity, during this National Poetry Month, a poem from Jónína Kirton’s new collection.

Thursday March 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Karasick gives to SFU library

Critically acclaimed poet and Vancouver native Adeena Karasick was in her hometown last month to celebrate the donation of her archive to Simon Fraser University. The Collection of Contemporary Literature at SFU’s Bennett Library contains one of the biggest selections of avant-garde poetry in North America.

Bundle: Michel Tremblay’s Notebook Series

The Black Notebook
The Red Notebook
The Blue Notebook

Current Catalogues

[image: Fall 2016 catalogue] [image: Spring 2016 catalogue]


[cover of A Crossing of Hearts]
A Crossing of Hearts

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman

[cover of A Taste of Empire]
A Taste of Empire

Jovanni Sy

[cover of An Honest Woman]
An Honest Woman

Jónína Kirton

[cover of Crees in the Caribbean]
Crees in the Caribbean

Drew Hayden Taylor

Ebooks (Full List)


[cover of Empire of the Son]
Empire of the Son

Tetsuro Shigematsu

[Entering Time cover]
Entering Time

Colin Browne

[cover of From Oral to Written]
From Oral to Written

Tomson Highway

[cover of In Search of New Babylon]
In Search of New Babylon

Dominique Scali
Translated by W. Donald Wilson

[cover of Inspecting Nostalgia]
Inspecting Nostalgia

R. Kolewe

[cover of Legend]

Michael Blouin

[cover of Messenger]

Wendy Lill

[cover of Same Diff]
Same Diff

Donato Mancini

[cover of The Gorge]
The Gorge

Nancy Shaw
Edited by Catriona Strang

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