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September 2014

Tuesday September 23, 2014
Jordan Abel at The TREE Reading Series, Ottawa

Thursday September 25, 2014
M.A.C. Farrant at Thin Air, the Winnipeg Writers Festival

Thursday September 25, 2014
On Edge reading series with Nikki Reimer and Rachel Zolf, Vancouver

Friday September 26, 2014
Jordan Abel at Thin Air, the Winnipeg Writers Festival

Friday September 26, 2014
2014 Burt Award Event with Bev Sellars and Monique Gray Smith, Winnipeg

Saturday September 27, 2014
Reading: Bev Sellars and Monique Gray Smith in Winnipeg

Saturday September 27, 2014
2014 Burt Award Gala

Saturday September 27, 2014
Book Launch: dream / arteries by Phinder Dulai

October 2014

Friday October 3, 2014
Reading: Adeena Karasick in Brooklyn

Sunday October 5, 2014
Un/inhabited: Jordan Abel at the Vancouver Art/Book Fair

Thursday October 9, 2014
Book Launch: Peace in Duress by Janet Rogers

Thursday October 9, 2014
Play: Carmen Aguirre’s Blue Box in Vancouver

Friday October 10, 2014
Book Launch: Fortified Castles by ryan fitzpatrick

Sunday October 12, 2014
Adeena Karasick Reads in NYC

Tuesday October 14, 2014
Play: Michel Tremblay’s À Toi, Pour Toujours, Ta Marie-Lou in Vancouver

Wednesday October 15, 2014
Reading: M.A.C. Farrant at the City of Victoria Book Prize Gala

Thursday October 16, 2014
“Technocreep”: Nikki Reimer at Wordfest in Calgary

Friday October 17, 2014
Poetry Cabaret at Wordfest in Calgary with Nikki Reimer and Natalie Simpson

Saturday October 18, 2014
2014 LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium with Robert Lepage

Wednesday October 22, 2014
A Community of Characters – Maylis de Kerangal at the Vancouver Writers Fest

Wednesday October 22, 2014
The Toast(s) of Europe – Maylis de Kerangal at Vancouver Writers Fest

Thursday October 23, 2014
Play: Another Home Invasion by Joan MacLeod in Sudbury, ON

Thursday October 23, 2014
Garry Thomas Morse at Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild Conference, Saskatoon

Saturday October 25, 2014
Adeena Karasick Lectures in NYC

Saturday October 25, 2014
Translator Jessica Moore at the International Festival of Authors, Toronto
Friday September 19, 2014 in News
Michel Marc Bouchard Shortlisted for Siminovitch Prize

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.

Bouchard’s latest play, Christina, the Girl King, is currently on stage at the Stratford Festival, and his previous play, Tom at the Farm, won last year’s Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Drama.

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Wednesday September 17, 2014 in News
City of Victoria Book Prize Shortlist Announced

[image: Victoria Book Prizes logo]

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.

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Tuesday September 16, 2014 in News
Peace in Duress Has Arrived!

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.

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Friday September 12, 2014 in News
The Perils and Pleasantries of Translation

[image: The Walrus magazine, September 2014 issue]

“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.
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Wednesday September 10, 2014 in News
Giveaway! Our 4000th Twitter Follower Gets a Free Book

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!

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Friday September 5, 2014 in News
Michel Marc Bouchard on CBC’s The Sunday Edition

[image: CBC’s Sunday Edition website]

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.

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Wednesday September 3, 2014 in News
CODE Announces 2014 Burt Award Shortlist

[image: 2014 Burt Awards shortlist titles]

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.”

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Thursday August 28, 2014 in News
Expectations Met: Minor Is Here!

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.

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Friday August 22, 2014 in News
Cover Photograph from Tom at the Farm Wins CA Award

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.

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Wednesday August 20, 2014 in News
2014 Betty Mitchell Award Winners

Congratulations to François Archambault and Carmen Aguirre, two Talon authors who have won 2014 Bettys!

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).

Read more about this year’s winners on the Betty Mitchell Awards website.

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Wednesday September 17, 2014 in Meta-Talon

Lines From London

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

Listen: Poems from Peace in Duress by Janet Rogers

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

A Scene: Queen Christina and Descartes, on Love

By Michel Marc Bouchard

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

“I Like to Stay Indoors”: A Poem From Fortified Castles

By ryan fitzpatrick

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.

Current Catalogues

[image: Fall 2014 catalogue] [image: Talonbooks 2014 First Nations catalogue]


Assembling the Morrow cover
Assembling the Morrow

Sandra Huber

Birth of a Bridge cover
Birth of a Bridge

Maylis de Kerangal
Translated by Jessica Moore

Christina, The Girl King cover
Christina, The Girl King

Michel Marc Bouchard
Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Crossing the City cover
Crossing the City

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman

dream / arteries cover
dream / arteries

Phinder Dulai

Fortified Castles cover
Fortified Castles

ryan fitzpatrick

Michel and Ti-Jean cover
Michel and Ti-Jean

George Rideout

Minor Expectations cover
Minor Expectations

Garry Thomas Morse

Motherhouse cover

David Fennario

Peace in Duress cover
Peace in Duress

Janet Rogers

Peacock Blue cover
Peacock Blue

Phyllis Webb
Edited by John F. Hulcoop

Tear the Curtain! cover
Tear the Curtain!

Jonathon Young & Kevin Kerr & Kim Collier

The Commons, Second Edition cover
The Commons

Stephen Collis

The Visual Laboratory of Robert Lepage cover
The Visual Laboratory of Robert Lepage

Ludovic Fouquet
Translated by Rhonda Mullins

War Cantata / Child Object cover
War Cantata / Child Object

Larry Tremblay
Translated by Keith Turnbull & Chantal Bilodeau

[OR] cover

Brian Henderson

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