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March 2017

Friday March 31, 2017
Book Launch: Entering Time at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

April 2017

Saturday April 1, 2017
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Wednesday April 5, 2017
Lecture: Bev Sellars at McNally Winnipeg

Thursday April 6, 2017
Play: "Sextet" at Calgary Centre for the Performing Art in Calgary, AB

Thursday April 6, 2017
Play: “The Watershed” in Richmond, BC

Thursday April 6, 2017
Poet R. Kolewe at Toronto’s International Festival of Authors

Friday April 7, 2017
Bev Sellars at gritLIT in Hamilton, ON

Sunday April 9, 2017
Play: "Bolsheviki" at the Company House in Halifax, NS

Wednesday April 26, 2017
Play: Shape of a Girl at the Pacific Theatre (Vancouver, BC)

Wednesday April 26, 2017
Play: “The Shape of a Girl” at Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, BC

Thursday April 27, 2017
Talonbooks Spring Poetry Launch!

May 2017

Thursday May 4, 2017
Play: “Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth” in Kamloops, BC

Saturday May 6, 2017
Book Launch: Same Diff at the Duplex (Vancouver, BC)

Monday May 15, 2017
Rumble Theatre’s Living Room with Tetsuro Shigematsu

Tuesday May 16, 2017
Reading: Stephen Collis at Cafe Voltaire (Prince George)

June 2017

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

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
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A Covenant of Salt

By Martine Desjardins

Drawing from the history of Quebec and Irish legend, this exquisitely exotic novel explores the snares of individual and collective memory as they are used to justify and preserve ancestral grudges.



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A Crossing of Hearts

By Michel Tremblay

A Crossing of Hearts continues Michel Tremblay’s Desrosiers Diaspora series of novels, a family saga set in Montreal during World War I. This third novel bursts with life as Nana, the young city girl, explores the natural world – and the enchanted forest of her inner, maturing self. The novel also further develops the character of Maria so that we understand her motivations more fully, and at the same time recognize nods to the history of Quebec and the dynamics of the family under the strictures of the Catholic church.



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A Matter of Gravity

By Hélène Vachon

A Matter of Gravity is about the forces that draw two men together. Hermann, an embalmer and doctor’s son, devotes himself to the dead to mask his disappointment that, unlike his father, he cannot cure the living. Hu is an ailing concert pianist who dwells in memories of past glory. By the end of the final, transformative meeting between Hermann and Hu, Vachon gently broaches the question that paralyzes each man and the people whom they love: When faced with terminal illness, how do we embrace the unsatisfactory life we leave behind?



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A Slight Case of Fatigue

By Stéphane Bourguignon

At forty-one, Eddy is in existential crisis. While once he had an enviable life, now he’s separated from his wife, estranged from his son, and his garden’s grown wild—like the rest of his life. Written in multiple voices, with keen psychological insight, Bourguignon’s examination of relationships, past wounds and present possibilities is filled with raucous warmth and humanity—and dark humour.



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A Thing of Beauty

By Michel Tremblay

A coda to his great Chronicles of the Plateau Mont-Royal cycle of novels. Tremblay creates, with grace and tenderness, a fictionalized account of the death of his own mother.



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Against the Wind

By Madeleine Gagnon

In spare, lucid prose, and in a style reminiscent of André Gide, Madeleine Gagnon invites the reader to experience the creation and development of an artist “in his own words” – Joseph’s gelid journal entries that are to become emphatic poetic laments – in a novel that chronicles the extreme destitution of Quebec in the years before World War Two and in abstract developing forms of artistic expression after years of uncertainty and loss.



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All That Glitters

By Martine Desjardins

Haunted by the iron jealousy of their commanding officer, Dulac and Nell must risk everything to pursue their desires.



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And Other Stories

By George Bowering

Taking the theme of postmodernity one step further with 23 short stories edited by Canada’s first poet laureate: Alexis, Arnason, Atwood, Blaise, Bowering, Burnham, Cohen, Dorsey, Elliot, Farrant, Fawcett, Findley, Goto, Fraser, King, Laferrière, Mayr, Rooke, Schoemperlen, Thomas, Verdecchia and Watson.



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Baseball Love

By George Bowering

Bowering’s life in love and the game unfolds in a picaresque memoir of a road trip taken through the storied ballparks of the poet’s youthful dreams.



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Birth of a Bridge

By Maylis de Kerangal

From one of the most exciting novelists writing in France today comes Birth of a Bridge – the story of a handful of men and women of various backgrounds and classes, who assemble around the construction of a giant suspension bridge in Coca, a fictional city somewhere in a mythical and fantastic California.



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Cambodia

By Brian Fawcett

Investigative fictions that examine the intentions of the information revolution.



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Capital Tales

By Brian Fawcett

A collection of stories that form tough, uncompromising portraits of people discovering the illusions they live by.



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Chameleon & Other Stories

By Bill Schermbrucker

A collection of short stories from the point of view of a young man growing up in Kenya during the time of Mau Mau.



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Citizen Suárez

By Guillermo Verdecchia

Short stories about people travelling, wandering, or lost between countries and languages—people caught between the impulse to flee and the desire to belong.



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Crossing the City

By Michel Tremblay

The story continues … The second in Michel Tremblay’s new series of novels presents two very different lives. We meet Maria as she leaves the city of Providence, Rhode Island, pregnant and alone. Two years later, we also meet Maria’s older daughter, Rhéauna, as she disembarks the train at Windsor Station, having crossed the continent from her grandparents’ farm in Saskatchewan, called home to Montreal to care for her one-year-old baby brother, Théo, while Maria works. Crossing the City continues the Desrosiers Diaspora novel series.



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Crossing the Continent

By Michel Tremblay

It is 1913, at a time of industry and adventure, when crossing the continent was an enterprise undertaken by so many, young and old, from myriads of cultures, unimpeded by the abstractly constructed borders and identities that have so fractured our world of today.



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Darwin Alone in the Universe

By M.A.C. Farrant

A brilliant collection of satirical short stories.



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Dürer's Angel

By Marie-Claire Blais

A novel of Pauline Archange’s desire to translate the events of her life into words.



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Death in Vancouver

By Garry Thomas Morse

Since the debut of Garry Thomas Morse’s first collection deemed “experimental fiction,” Death in Vancouver has drawn fervid enthusiasm from many West Coast writers and artists. Set in Vancouver, B.C., this gathering of stories superimposes aspects of literary classics on local urban space to express increasing dissonance and alienation in the groaning “necropolis” that is the contemporary global city.



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Death of the Spider

By Michèle Mailhot

A solitary woman’s interior journey of self-discovery.



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Desert of the Heart

By Jane Rule

Two women meet and fall in love in Reno, Nevada. Set in the late 1950s, this classic of lesbian eroticism is Jane Rule’s first novel.



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Dog Attempts to Drown Man in Saskatoon

By Douglas Glover

Stylish and slightly off-beat stories that involve the lives of a wide variety of people.



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Down the Road to Eternity

By M.A.C. Farrant

Down the Road to Eternity: New & Selected Fiction is a collection of M.A.C. Farrant’s work dating from 1985 to 2009. Satiric and philosophical in approach, indelibly marked by wit, humour, irony, playfulness, a blend of parody and science fiction, irreverent analysis and comic existentialism, these stories celebrate the literary imagination as an antidote to the stranglehold of popular media on the public’s imagination. This collection includes Farrant’s complete new suite of eighteen stories, The North Pole.



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Fairy Ring

By Martine Desjardins

A compulsively readable, beautiful and dark novel of stormy relationships and all-consuming desires.



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Fearless Warriors

By Drew Hayden Taylor

By degrees dramatic, shocking, tender, affirmative and tragic, each of these stories takes on a different cliché of inter-racial and inter-cultural relations, all of them suffused with the incomparable wit, generous humour, critical edge and profound emotional empathy of a master story-teller.



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Get on Top

By David Homel

In this startlingly original and penetrating novel, the Messiah appears as a woman who shows up in rural America instead of Jerusalem, preaching moral license, not repentance.



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Go Figure

By Réjean Ducharme

A hauntingly beautiful tale of a Montreal couple alienated from each other after suffering the miscarriage of twins.



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Harry's Fragments

By George Bowering

In a parody of a thriller novel, Harry the Hack, newly recruited literary spy, follows a mystery woman seeking wisdom and sanity.



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Hell & Other Novels

By Beverley Daurio

In these haunting, often chilling short stories, Daurio maps the sub-atomic space of contemporary alienation.



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hungree throat

By bill bissett

Written in his non-hierarchic, phonetic orthography, bill bissett’s second novel-poem, hungree throat, recounts the relationship of two men – one bold and unafraid, the other burdened by terrible memories and unable to trust. In this uplifting “novel in meditaysyun” about love, in which we witness ten years of a shared life, we are reminded of the overlapping, sometimes conflicting multitude of “hungers” common to us all.



I, Bartleby

By Meredith Quartermain

In these quirkily imaginative short stories about writing and writers, the scrivener Quartermain (our “Bartleby”) goes her stubborn way haunted by Pauline Johnson, Malcolm Lowry, Robin Blaser, Daphne Marlatt, and a host of other literary forebears. Who is writing whom, these stories ask in their musing reflections – the writer or the written?



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In Search of New Babylon

By Dominique Scali

In this atmospheric, post–Cormac McCarthy western novel, four disparate characters criss-cross the desert in pursuit of an impossible ideal. Along the way, these wily characters captivate and intrigue as they seek the American dream in a lawless town in the 1860s.



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In the Shadow of the Vulture

By George Ryga

Set in the desert at the Mexico-U.S.A. border, this novel deals with the hope and despair of immigrant labourers.



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Judith's Sister

By Lise Tremblay

In this coming-of-age novel, Lise Tremblay paints a picture of rural Quebec in the years following the Quiet Revolution in her signature style so refreshingly free of artifice and literary hyperbole.



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Kafka's Hat

By Patrice Martin

In Patrice Martin’s ticklish tip of the hat to the writing of Franz Kafka, we follow the misadventures of a bureaucrat – aptly named “P.” (pun intended) – as he embarks on the illustrious task of collecting the titular headgear. “P.” expects that the accomplishment of this seemingly simple task will grant him both a professional and a personal promotion. But Martin’s eager protagonist has overlooked the systematic difficulty in modern bureaucracies – as well as in some of twentieth-century’s best
fiction – of getting things done.



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Latakia

By Audrey Thomas

A brilliant and intense journey through a relationship, and through language and myth—as well as a literary journey spanning three continents.



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Legend

By Michael Blouin

Coming Spring 2017

In Michael Blouin’s Legend, narrative as we know it is torn apart only to be reconstructed piece by piece as the pages progress. Blouin weaves a history of Canadian modern art, Hollywood B movies, and RCMP police procedure in this genre-defying novel that is at once sensual and mindbending.

Drawing from the lives of celebrities and stories from his personal life, Blouin creates parallel worlds featuring fictive characters who dwell in the artifice of successful stories, as well as the people who inhabit these roles, such as Clint Eastwood in The Eiger Sanction (1975) and the dead body in the Maysles brothers’ film Salesman (1969).

Blouin bends every storytelling trope with documentary techniques to include biographical tidbits and primary sources that lay claim to the conviction that imagination is no less real than so-called reality itself. In so doing, he creates an artistic trajectory of influence and collaboration, revealing a deeply personal relationship to his hometown.

Legend unravels the creative process and the construction of narrative itself without the burden of excessive meta-thinking. Blouin guides us through the lives he has known and encountered, including his own, to show us how we come to perceive the roles we play, the plot twists we grant our own lives, and just how much our communities – real and imagined – can shape us.



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Like a Child of the Earth

By Jovette Marchessault

The first volume of Jovette Marchessault’s autobiographical trilogy.



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Main Brides

By Gail Scott

The portrait of a woman who is facing the end of the century and creating a history of the present that lifts her out of fear.



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Maleficium

By Martine Desjardins

As these men penetrate deep into the exotic Orient, each falls victim to his own secret vice. One treks through Ethiopia in search of wingless locusts. Another hunts for fly-whisks among the clove plantations of Zanzibar. Yet others bargain for saffron in a Srinagar bazaar, search for the rarest frankincense and pursue the coveted hawksbill turtle in the Sea of Oman. Two more seek the formula for sabon Nablus in Palestine or haggle over Persian carpets in the royal gardens of Shiraz. The men’s individual forms of punishment, revealed through the agency of the young woman, are wrought upon their bodies.



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Mend the Living

By Maylis de Kerangal

Mend the Living is the story of a heart transplant, centred around Simon Limbeau, the boy whose heart is given, and his family. Taking place within exactly twenty-four hours, the novel traces the thrill of an early-morning winter surf session, the terrible accident that follows, and all the urgency and compassion of the hospital workers, and shock and grief of Simon’s family as they negotiate the question of organ donation. Weaving from hospital corridors to the wild waves of the Atlantic, from the narrow streets of Paris to the countryside in Algeria where goldfinches still sing, from the most intimate details of grief within a car in Le Havre to universal considerations of science, compassion, and humanity, Mend the Living is a powerful and vast-ranging book.



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Mile End

By Lise Tremblay

Mile End is a chilling and masterful look at the interior landscapes of psychosis which mirror so perfectly the emptiness of the exterior surfaces they reflect.



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Mimosa

By Bill Schermbrucker

An authentic re-creation of an extraordinary life set against the turbulent backdrop of colonial Africa.



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Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus

By Garry Thomas Morse

In tribute to surrealist narrative and film technique, Minor Episodes documents the serial adventures of Minor, ubiquitous “everymogul” who embodies the economic 1% and keeps musically erotic quixotics on tap. Major Ruckus follows a struggle for a time travel component involving psychic “dicks,” universal call-center operators, aboriginal eroticists, lubricant heiresses, rogue advertisements, pornography censors, and alien sperm-bank clones.



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Minor Expectations

By Garry Thomas Morse

In this prequel within a sequel, 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. Minor Expectations resumes The Chaos! Quincunx novel series.



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Miss Take

By Réjean Ducharme

To escape the boredom that history seems to have decreed shall be re-enacted endlessly by all grown-ups, teenagers Miles and Chateaugué enter into a suicide pact to preserve their childhood freedom and purity from the debasement of the adult roles pre-ordained for them. But will their “plans” work out?



Mother of the Grass
Mother of the Grass

By Jovette Marchessault

The second volume of Marchessault’s turbulent autobiographical trilogy.



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Motortherapy

By Bill Schermbrucker

A frank and intensely personal book about human relationships.



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Mrs. Blood

By Audrey Thomas

Audrey Thomas’ first novel—a woman from the inside. Of the writing of this novel Thomas has said, “Women are at last beginning to talk about their bodies, not only among themselves, but also in print. When I began writing Mrs. Blood… this was not the case.



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My Career with the Leafs & Other Stories

By Brian Fawcett

Fawcett’s first book of stories examines growing up, and living, under the rules.



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My Name Is Bosnia

By Madeleine Gagnon

A young woman embarks upon an emotionally resonant journey in search of a peaceful new life.



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News from Édouard

By Michel Tremblay

This fourth novel in the Chronicles of the Plateau Mont-Royal follows Édouard, the fat woman’s brother-in-law, as he explores Paris.



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novel

By bill bissett

Famous and celebrated since the 1960s for pushing the boundaries of language and representation in the creation of image as a site of both content and context, the world’s leading sound, visual, concrete and performance poet, bill bissett, describes this book as “a novel with connekting pomes n essays.”



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Nuri Does Not Exist

By Sadru Jetha

In this collection of beautifully crafted, spare, concise and refreshingly understated stories, we accompany Nuri on his quest to understand how servitude transcends slavery; fealty transcends servitude; and community transcends fealty. Amid a sea of dystopian world literatures haunted by the fractious claims of identity politics, Nuri Does Not Exist is an astonishingly charming collection of linked short stories that engages us with the utterly ­believable innocence of its Utopian vision.



Piercing
Piercing

By Larry Tremblay

Three tales spin a web of suspense, impending violence, and tragedy that haunt the sleek façade of a city. In “The Axe” a teacher of literature in drunken despair awakens and confronts one of his students with the term assignment he has submitted—an axe. In “Piercing” a teenage runaway seeks to escape the mediocrity of her small-town family life, only to end up in a very different kind of urban “family,” a cult of dominance and body piercing presided over by the maimed and orphaned son of a millionaire. In “Anna on the letter C” a lonely, virginal typist transcribing the “c” words for a dictionary project, takes pity on a middle-aged stalker and invites him to her apartment for tea and nasty surprises.



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Real Mothers

By Audrey Thomas

Short stories about mothers and the politics of the family.



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Rogue Cells / Carbon Harbour

By Garry Thomas Morse

In Rogue Cells, Oober Mann emerges from his cryobed on high alert in New Haudenosaunee, a nation at war with the mysterious territory Nutella during a critical election year. And it is the Age of Aquarium in the speculative “green” dystopia of Carbon Harbour, in which omni-magnate Cornelius Quartz is overseeing the merger between Bildung Endustries and Foreign Objects. Rogue Cells / Carbon Harbour resumes The Chaos! Quincunx novel series.



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Running on Fumes

By Christian Guay-Poliquin

When the electricity inexplicably goes out nationwide, the mundanities of life gradually shift to the rigours of survival. In this post-apocalyptic setting, an unnamed mechanic jumps into his beat-up car and drives east, journeying 4,736 kilometres to reach his dying father. As the road grows longer, and the narrator’s exhaustion grows in kind, parallels are drawn between his own journey through this labyrinth and Theseus’s journey through the primeval Labyrinth. However, the beast that our narrator seeks to slay might not be one of flesh and horn and blood, but instead of his own failing mental state, of his thirst for this apocalypse around him.



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Scattered in a Rising Wind

By Jean Marc Dalpé

The rush of events in a small town apocalypse is recorded barely at the edge of syntax, with a participatory narrator scrambling to keep up with the unfolding perceptions within the others.



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Shinny's Girls and Other Stories

By Mary Burns

These stories all re-examine the myths of mother-daughter relationships, both in the classical sense of “myth” and in the modern sense of “myth” (lies about relationships).



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Some Night My Prince Will Come

By Michel Tremblay

This urban epic of love and desire brings us a burlesque world of transgression and madness, where pleasures are far from simple, and love is somewhat less than pure. An evocative account of romantic adventure stamped with Tremblay’s signature wit and ironic humour.



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Songs My Mother Taught Me

By Audrey Thomas

Republished with a new introduction, this is Audrey Thomas’s classic coming-of-age novel about madness, loneliness, despair and escape.



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Summerland

By George Ryga

Summerland presents largely unpublished selections from essays, short stories, plays, novels and poems that George Ryga wrote in Summerland, BC, from 1963 until his untimely death in 1987.



Tales of the Emperor

By Jack Winter

Tales of the Emperor is based on the life of Qin Shi Huang (circa 260–210 BCE), the “First Emperor” – he who unified China, gave it his name, built the Great Wall, entombed an army of terra cotta soldiers, authored legalism, erased history, insinuated governance, and established paranoia as a national characteristic. There’s only one principal theme: you find the antiquity you look for, or, in the language of the book: “history is the study of the paintings of great events.”



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Tchipayuk

By Ronald Lavallée

A sweeping historical novel about the collision of Native and colonial cultures.



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Thérèse and Pierrette and the Little Hanging Angel

By Michel Tremblay

In this second Plateau Mont-Royal novel, three schoolgirls live the mysteries of their rites of passage.



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The Angel of Solitude

By Marie-Claire Blais

Eight lesbian women strive to achieve an all-female utopia within which homophobia and their own pasts and differences are abolished.



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The Athabasca Ryga

By George Ryga

From his farm boy childhood to his struggles as a class-conscious wage labourer. Ryga’s early work is offered in a collection of essays, short stories, plays and novels.



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The Baldwins

By Serge Lamothe

Set in the post-apocalyptic future, this is a novel of fragments that represents contemporary prose at its most daring and experimental.



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The Bicycle Eater

By Larry Tremblay

Singularly obsessed with Anna, the object of his adolescent desire, photographer Christophe Langelier embarks on an extraordinary journey—which takes him from the streets of Montreal to the Island of Women off the coast of Mexico—to escape the all-consuming flames of his unrequited passion. The Bicycle Eater is a comic, surrealist novel of metamorphosis unleashed by hopeless desire, a riotous, colourful burlesque where nothing and no one remain what they seem.



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The Black Notebook

By Michel Tremblay

A young waitress recounts her trials and surprising allies in a lifelong battle against social stigma.



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The Blue Notebook

By Michel Tremblay

In this third installment of Tremblay’s Notebook trilogy, Fine Dumas’ notorious transvestite Boudoir is shut down and Céline must return to waitressing at the Sélect. Then a newcomer appears, the gorgeous Gilbert Forget, a musician who is not insensitive to her charms. Céline, a midget who until now has always felt unworthy, throws herself into a passionate affair, discovering the body’s thrills for the first time. As she has done twice before, Céline records the adventures of her life into a notebook, but now she steps outside of herself, using a narrator to tell her story. Will her tempestuous relationship with Gilbert endure?



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The Breakdown So Far

By M.A.C. Farrant

Farrant continues her assault on the unaccountably disaffected and disillusioned of the Western world with her eighth volume of extremely short stories.



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The Circus Performers' Bar

By David Arnason

Witty and formally innovative stories that examine social, political and sexual assumptions with an ironic eye.



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The Days

By M.A.C. Farrant

Let yourself be excited and delighted. Farrant’s artfully spare stories – averaging a couple of paragraphs each – offer enough food for thought (and mood) to keep you going for months. Dip in occasionally to be reminded of the strangeness of us, or read from beginning to end and immerse yourself in a slightly skewed version of reality – one in which people are frank and the world is unforgiving as it shimmers like light on water, sometimes blinding, always dazzling.



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The Duchess and the Commoner

By Michel Tremblay

This third volume in the Chronicles of the Plateau Mont- Royal —an epic series of novels which imagines the lives of the characters of Tremblay’s plays—deals with an explicitly gay thematic: Tremblay’s metaphor for the Québécois desire for a more glamorous identity on the world stage.



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The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant

By Michel Tremblay

Tremblay’s first novel is an affectionate and funny chronicle of the lives of a family in its community.



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The First Quarter Of The Moon

By Michel Tremblay

The fifth novel in the Chronicles of the Plateau Mont-Royal juxtaposes the childhood experiences of the fat woman’s son and his gifted cousin.



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The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky

By Karen X. Tulchinsky

August 1933: after weeks of tension, on a sweltering night at Christie Pitts field, four youths unfurl a white sheet emblazoned with a large black Swastika, lift their arms and shout, “Heil Hitler!” during a softball game. Within seconds, a group of Jewish youths charge in a struggle to capture the flag, setting off the largest race riot ever to occur in Toronto, involving fifteen thousand people and injuring hundreds.
Tulchinsky takes us inside the life of one immigrant Jewish family, from this pivotal moment, through the war years and into the early 1950s, creating a stunning fictional statement of a defining moment for a family, a city, and a continent struggling with ideas of freedom, tolerance, and identity in a world broken by war.



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The Happiest Man in the World and Other Stories

By David Arnason

A hilarious yet compassionate look at the new male consciousness taking shape in a “post-feminist” world by a witty, articulate raconteur.



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The Heart Laid Bare

By Michel Tremblay

A fusty academic has fallen in love with a young actor who works as a salesman while waiting for his big break; however, the academic must learn to make room in his life for the actor’s four-year-old son.



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The Hunting Ground

By Lise Tremblay

Remarkably engaging stories recounted by different residents of a northern Canadian village facing a gradual but devastating transformation.



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The Keeper’s Daughter

By Jean-François Caron

As a way to draw visitors to their isolated fishing village on Quebec’s North Shore, the tourist bureau commissions a documentary film recreating life as it was lived there in the 1940s and 50s. To gather material for the project, the filmmaker is sent in search of Rose Brouillard, now an old woman but raised on an island just offshore by Onile, a local fisherman. Rose is finally tracked down in Montreal, where she lives a solitary life fogged by one of the inevitabilities of old age – failing memory.

“Dorothea” (the name Rose gives the young filmmaker), takes her back to scenes from her childhood and invites her to tell her story as they go, and so we return to a past assembled from Rose’s fragmented recollections.

Structured as a series of short cinematic “takes,” this novel about recovering both personal and shared histories is told in a polyphony of voices, including Rose herself (as a child, an adolescent, and in her old age), the sexton of the village church, his three female cousins, an elderly neighbour, a villager who passes time on the harbour wall, and Rose’s long-deceased mother. We see fishermen on the docks with their nets, hard-at-work villagers with shirtsleeves rolled up to the elbow, leafy gardens, and tree-lined streets, all recreated during Rose’s reminiscences. The problem is that many of these scenes are invented, not real. Does that matter? Or are the stories we tell more important?


Read an excerpt from The Keeper’s Daughter.



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The Obese Christ

By Larry Tremblay

Devastated by grief and loneliness, Edgar, an asocial thirty-seven-year-old, kneels in the cemetery where his recently deceased mother is buried. Turning away from her graveside for a moment, Edgar witnesses a terrifying and life-altering event: through the mist that sweeps overhead like the ghostly skirts of mothers passed, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse brutally rape a young woman, leaving her for dead. Acting out of muddled instinct (and ingrained Catholic conviction), Edgar bears the unconscious victim home in the trunk of his mother’s sedan. Disgusted yet moved by the woman’s appearance, Edgar solemnly pledges to act as her saviour.



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The Pagan Wall

By David Arnason

Written in the tradition of Umberto Eco and Manuel Puig, The Pagan Wall is a first novel by one of Canada’s master storytellers.



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The Painter’s Wife

By Monique Durand

An extraordinary novel about art and passion inspired by the lives of two great artists, Evelyn Rowat and René Marcil.



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The Rain Barrel

By George Bowering

Ten years in the making, these stories display Bowering’s meticulous attention to the details of his craft.



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The Red Notebook

By Michel Tremblay

The second in the Notebook trilogy follows Céline Poulin as she becomes hostess in a transvestite bordello. Tremblay celebrates how it is possible for Céline to embrace her difference and to flourish in solidarity with a community of others with transcendent eloquence and compassion.



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The School-Marm Tree

By Howard O’Hagan

A novel about mountains by one of Canada’s greatest writers on nature, depicting the “presence” in mountains and the heart’s desire to go beyond mountains.



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The Secret Journal of Alexander Mackenzie

By Brian Fawcett

An industrial biography that investigates personal myths and the great “machines” that drive the world to the abyss of development.



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The Strange Truth About Us

By M.A.C. Farrant

This tell-all book by M.A.C. Farrant is a three-part novel-length work of prose fragments, snippets, questions, speculations and meditations, by turns philosophical, dark, comedic and lyrical, it attempts to imagine a multitude of possible futures for our garrisoned world.



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The Time Being

By Mary Meigs

An affair born of a correspondence with a distant admirer leads the lovers to an arranged meeting in Australia.



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The World Afloat

By M.A.C. Farrant

In The World Afloat, a collection of seventy-five irreverent and humorous “miniature” stories, M.A.C. Farrant coaxes her readers from their well-worn, earthbound narratives and into a world afloat on satire, absurdity, and, in her most brilliant moments, expansive joy.



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Theme for Diverse Instruments

By Jane Rule

Jane Rule’s first collection of short stories.



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Trees are Lonely Company

By Howard O’Hagan

This collection of O’Hagan’s short fiction includes stories spanning the decades of his experience as mountain guide, gentleman adventurer and storyteller.



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Turkana Boy

By Jean-François Beauchemin

In this contemplative novel-poem, Jean-François Beauchemin invites us to share in the inner world of the grieving Mr. Bartolomé, who, following the mysterious disappearance of his young son, wanders and wonders, seeking to transcend his pain by encountering something larger than himself. Continuously occupied by the memory of his lost son, Bartolomé’s quest leads him from the city to the countryside and then to the edge of the ocean, where he marvels at the beauty of nature but cannot penetrate its mysteries.



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U Girl

By Meredith Quartermain

Award-winning author Meredith Quartermain’s second novel and seventh book, U Girl, is a coming-of-age story set in Vancouver in 1972, a city crossed between love-in hip and forest-corp square.



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White Pebbles in the Dark Forests

By Jovette Marchessault

Volume three of her autobiographical trilogy: a reconciliation between women and men, children and parents, animals and humans.



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Wigrum

By Daniel Canty

It’s October 1944. During a brief respite from the aerial bombardment of London, Sebastian Wigrum absconds from his small flat and disappears into the fog for a walk in the Unreal City. This is our first and only encounter with the enigmatic man we come to discover decades later through more than one hundred everyday objects he has left behind. Wigrum’s bequest is a meticulously catalogued collection of the profoundly ordinary: a camera, some loose teeth, candies and keys, soap, bits of string, hazelnuts, and a handkerchief. Moving through the inventory artifact to artifact, story to story, we become immersed in a dreamlike narrative bricolage determined as much by the objects’ museological presentation as by the tender and idiosyncratic mania of Wigrum’s impulse to collect them.



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.

[cover of In Search of New Babylon] Friday March 17, 2017 in Meta-Talon

In Which Caspar Tootsey Joins the Phantom Cavalry

All the main characters in this novel are invented, except one. All the towns are real, except for New Babylon. But if such a place were to be imagined, it would be a Wild West town where gunfights are fair play and the law bans only the lawman. It is a perilous place, where the beauty of the desert landscape takes your breath away with the same power as an open blade and a gash to the throat.

On that gruesome note, we hope you enjoy this teaser, lifted from pages 36–38 of In Search of New Babylon.

[The Days cover] Thursday March 2, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Today is Annual Day: A Very Short Story

Today on Meta-Talon, please enjoy a very short story from M.A.C. Farrant’s book The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice.

Annual Day

Annual Day happens once a year and it is never good. This year the date is March 2.

Thursday February 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Book List: Migration and Multiculturalism

Migration – the movement of humans from one place to another with the intention of settling – has been top of mind in recent weeks given certain political changes and policy implementations in certain western countries, in recent months in response to the failure of state in Syria and the outflow of refugees from that region, and in recent years characterized by a heightened sensitivity to the possibility of east-west terrorist attacks. Perhaps Canada is a beacon to other states? Or perhaps we still have much learning to do? In the spirit of learning, we recommend twelve Talon books on the topic of migration, refugees, and the immigrant experience.

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A Crossing of Hearts

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
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A Taste of Empire

Jovanni Sy
Drama

[cover of An Honest Woman]
An Honest Woman

Jónína Kirton
Poetry

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Crees in the Caribbean

Drew Hayden Taylor
Drama


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Empire of the Son

Tetsuro Shigematsu
Drama

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Entering Time

Colin Browne
Non-Fiction

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From Oral to Written

Tomson Highway
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In Search of New Babylon

Dominique Scali
Translated by W. Donald Wilson
Frontlist

[cover of Inspecting Nostalgia]
Inspecting Nostalgia

R. Kolewe
Poetry

[cover of Legend]
Legend

Michael Blouin
Frontlist

[cover of Messenger]
Messenger

Wendy Lill
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Same Diff

Donato Mancini
Frontlist

[cover of The Gorge]
The Gorge: Selected Writing

Nancy Shaw
Edited by Catriona Strang
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