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April 2018

Sunday April 22, 2018
Poetry reading: Adeena Karasick at the Zinc Bar in NYC

Tuesday April 24, 2018
Play: “Gracie” in Ottawa, ON

Wednesday April 25, 2018
Game of Thrones vs Lord of the Rings (hosted by Dr. Christopher Morrissey (Vancouver, BC)

Sunday April 29, 2018
Play: "Gracie" in London, UK

May 2018

Tuesday May 1, 2018
Play: “A Taste of Empire” in Toronto

Wednesday May 2, 2018
Poetry reading: Garry Thomas Morse at McNally Robin

Friday May 4, 2018
Music for a Night in May, with Colin Browne (Vancouver)

Wednesday May 9, 2018
Poetry reading: Jordan Abel, Amaranth Borsuk, and Sarah Dowling

Friday May 11, 2018
Drew Hayden Taylor performing and emceeing at Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Benefit Concert in Peterborough

Thursday May 24, 2018
Adeena Karasick speaks at the International Communication Association conference, Prague

June 2018

Friday June 1, 2018
Adeena Karasick tours Europe with “Salomé” and “Checking In”

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

Thursday June 28, 2018
Adeena Karasick performs in Westmount, QC

Thursday June 28, 2018
bill bissett and Adeena Karasick read at the Atwater Poetry Project in Montreal

Saturday June 30, 2018
Poetry reading: Adeena Karasick in New Brunswick

September 2018

Wednesday September 19, 2018
Play: "Mom's the Word" in Saskatoon

March 2019

Tuesday March 19, 2019
Play: “The Shoplifters” in Montreal

Wednesday March 27, 2019
Play: "Empire of the Son" in Saskatoon

April 2019

Thursday April 25, 2019
Play: “Empire of the Son” in Kamloops
[Checking In cover]
Checking In

By Adeena Karasick

Checking In comprises a long poem and a series of other post-conceptual pieces – concrete poems, homolinguistic translations, Yiddish aphorisms – that offer exuberant commentary on the timelessness of digital information and our ravenous appetite for data and connection.



[Duets cover]
Duets

By Edward Byrne

Edward Byrne’s Duets consists of interpretative translations of sonnets by Louise Labé, who lived and wrote in sixteenth-century Lyon, and those by thirteenth-century Florentine Guido Cavalcanti.



[Finding Mr. Wong cover]
Finding Mr. Wong

By Susan Crean

Susan Crean’s memoir Finding Mr. Wong chronicles her effort to piece together the life of the man she knew as Mr. Wong, cook and housekeeper to her Irish Canadian family for two generations. Crean’s exploration also considers memory and its role in the writing and researching of a book such as this.



[Gracie cover]
Gracie

By Joan MacLeod

Gracie is a dramatic monologue telling the story of a girl raised in a fundamentalist community that transports child brides between polygamist communities in both Canada and the United States.



[King Arthur's Night and Peter Panties cover]
King Arthur’s Night and Peter Panties

By Niall McNeil & Marcus Youssef

Among the first by a writer with Down syndrome, these two plays demonstrate an ability to riff and shift perspective, with disarming, hilarious, and occasionally heart-stopping results. Based on the iconic stories of King Arthur and Peter Pan, they are modern-day mash-ups that meld the fictional, the meta-fictional, and the real in ways that are counter-intuitive and absurd. And they’re musical!



[Kuei, My Friend cover]
Kuei, My Friend

By Deni Ellis Béchard & Natasha Kanapé Fontaine

Kuei, My Friend is an engaging book of letters: a literary and political encounter between Innu poet Natasha Kanapé Fontaine and Québécois-American novelist Deni Ellis Béchard. Choosing the epistolary form, they decided to engage together in a frank conversation about racism and reconciliation.



[Mercenary English – 3rd edition cover]
Mercenary English – 3rd edition

By Mercedes Eng

Mercenary English is a risky and profoundly unsettling work of “auto-cartography” that documents the struggles and politics of everyday life in Vancouver, with a particular focus on the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. Talonbooks is pleased to publish this third edition, which includes the original long poem, the essay and interview from the second edition, and a new preface by the author.



[Nine Dragons cover]
Nine Dragons

By Jovanni Sy

Set in 1920s Hong Kong, Nine Dragons is a hard-boiled detective fiction with a twist: an inquisition into colonialism, racism, assimilation, and the clash of cultures. It’s the classic mystery/detective genre overlaid with the topical issue of identity – a struggle that any person of colour faces in any society that privileges whiteness.



[Safety Sand cover]
Safety Sand

By Garry Thomas Morse

In this companion to Governor General’s Award finalists Discovery Passages and Prairie Harbour, Garry Thomas Morse resumes his expansionist mapping of lyrical consciousness onto geographical concerns, acknowledging the unsettled edges of an imaginary territory.



[Talker's Town and The Girl Who Swam Forever cover]
Talker’s Town and The Girl Who Swam Forever

By Marie Clements & Nelson Gray

The two one-act plays in Talker’s Town and The Girl Who Swam Forever are set in a small northern B.C. mill town in the 1960s. They portray identical characters and action from entirely different gender and cultural perspectives. In many ways, the two separate works are inter-related coming-of-age stories, with transformation as a key theme.



[The Cure for Death by Lightning cover]
The Cure for Death by Lightning

By Daryl Cloran

Cloran’s play is the stage adaptation of the award-winning novel by Gail Anderson-Dargatz. Set in Turtle Valley (near Kamloops, British Columbia) in the shadow of the Second World War, The Cure for Death by Lightning tells a dark, challenging story that includes sexual abuse, grief, and the day-to-day struggle for survival.



[The Eyelash and the Monochrome and Other Poems cover]
The Eyelash and the Monochrome

By Tiziana La Melia

Combining visuals and text, this collection of poems travels through territories as varied as daily and domestic activities; social relationships; literature, cinema, and art; as well as dreams, as it moves between the page and the exhibition.



[The Green Chamber cover]
The Green Chamber

By Martine Desjardins

Set between 1913 and 1963 in one of Montreal’s upper-middle-class, suburban neighbourhoods, Martine Desjardins’s The Green Chamber is a riveting, fast-paced, highly atmospheric novel that chronicles the decline of a wealthy French-Canadian family over the course of three generations.



Thursday March 8, 2018 in Meta-Talon

Book Recs for International Women’s Day 2018

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked our staff to recommend favourite Talon books that they felt contributed to the advancement of women and to the feminist literary canon.

Studies in Description cover Tuesday February 6, 2018 in Meta-Talon

“Argument is to me the air I breathe”

By Carl Peters

On Meta-Talon today, please enjoy the full text of the presentation given by Carl Peters at the Modern Languages Association convention in New York City on January 7, 2018. This talk responds to the question posed in the MLA convention session Rhetoric in Post-Factual Times: how to perform textual analysis in a time when facts are no longer the marker of good argumentation. (Peters’s talk is also related to his work on Stein; Peters is recently the author of Studies in Description: Reading Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons.)

The World Afloat cover Thursday December 21, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Our Spiritual Lives

Our little end-of-year present to you is a miniature from M.A.C. Farrant’s delightful collection of very short stories, The World Afloat. Happy Holidays from Talonbooks!


Our Spiritual Lives

We’ve seen stains on tea towels that look like Jesus Christ’s face so we know he exists. And we know that dried seaweed can save the Douglas fir from extinction so we hang dried seaweed from the tree’s branches.

Tuesday December 5, 2017 in Meta-Talon

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

A finalist for the 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, In a World Created by a Drunken God has been in steady demand since it was first published 11 years ago. From 2006 until the end of 2017, In a World Created by a Drunken God was in print with its original cover, which showed moving boxes and a flip phone. Now, Talonbooks has reprinted In a World Created by a Drunken God for the fourth time, and it wears a dynamic, new cover …


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CURRENT FRONT LIST


 
[Checking In cover]
Checking In

Adeena Karasick
Poetry

[Duets cover]
Duets

Edward Byrne
Poetry

[Finding Mr. Wong cover]
Finding Mr. Wong

Susan Crean
Non-Fiction

[Gracie cover]
Gracie

Joan MacLeod
Introduction by Marita Dachsel
Drama

[King Arthur's Night and Peter Panties cover]
King Arthur’s Night and Peter Panties

Niall McNeil & Marcus Youssef
Introduction by Al Etmanski
Drama

[Kuei, My Friend cover]
Kuei, My Friend

Deni Ellis Béchard & Natasha Kanapé Fontaine
Translated by Deni Ellis Béchard & Howard Scott
Non-Fiction

[Mercenary English – 3rd edition cover]
Mercenary English – 3rd edition

Mercedes Eng
Frontlist

[Nine Dragons cover]
Nine Dragons

Jovanni Sy
Drama

[Safety Sand cover]
Safety Sand

Garry Thomas Morse
Poetry

[Talker's Town and The Girl Who Swam Forever cover]
Talker’s Town and The Girl Who Swam Forever

Marie Clements & Nelson Gray
Drama

[The Cure for Death by Lightning cover]
The Cure for Death by Lightning

Daryl Cloran
Drama

[The Eyelash and the Monochrome and Other Poems cover]
The Eyelash and the Monochrome

Tiziana La Melia
Poetry

[The Green Chamber cover]
The Green Chamber

Martine Desjardins
Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel
Fiction


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