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February 2017

Thursday February 23, 2017
Poetry Reading: Adeena Karasick at SFU, Burnaby

Sunday February 26, 2017
Anahita Jamali Rad reads at Reception for 'Text means Tissue (Portland)

Sunday February 26, 2017
Poetry Reading: Wanda John Kehewin in Surrey, BC

Tuesday February 28, 2017
Play: “Bonjour, là, Bonjour” in Vancouver

March 2017

Thursday March 2, 2017
Writing the Line: A Conference for Writers at UWinnipeg (Garry Thomas Morse reads)

Thursday March 2, 2017
Garry Thomas Morse at Writing the Line: A Conference for Writers at UWinnipeg

Friday March 3, 2017
Play: “7 Stories” at Hart House in Toronto

Friday March 3, 2017
Exhibitions Explore Asian Settlement in the Kootenays (Fred Wah, participating artist)

Saturday March 4, 2017
Mission Writers and Readers Festival (Jordan Abel presents)

Tuesday March 7, 2017
Play: “You Will Remember Me” at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal

Wednesday March 8, 2017
Growing Room, a feminist literary festival (Dina Del Bucchia, Jonina Kirton, Meredith Quartermain, Daniel Zomparelli)

Wednesday March 8, 2017
Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival, Vancouver

Sunday March 12, 2017
Dead Poets Reading Series: Shazia Hafiz Ramji reads Judith Fitzgerald

Thursday March 16, 2017
Fred Wah, Daphne Marlatt, and Colin Browne at Poets House in NYC

Friday March 24, 2017
Play: “Winners and Losers” in Portland, OR

Saturday March 25, 2017
Event: Ted x ECUAD (Cecily Nicholson)

April 2017

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

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

July 2017

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

November 2017

Friday November 3, 2017
Stephen Collis at the Festival of Readers (St. Catharines, ON)
Posted: Thursday April 1, 2010
About Us

Mandate
To publish work of the highest literary merit by world class authors from the mainstream and the margins of Canada’s three founding nations, as well as from both visible and invisible minorities within Canada’s cultural mosaic, and to work with all of our authors to build their national and international literary careers throughout their active writing lives.

Principal Accomplishments
We have more than 500 titles in print, which have received well over 300 awards. We have built and continue to keep in print one of the finest and most diverse literary lists in Canada.

Role in Canadian Publishing
Talon’s dedication to the publication of over four decades of excellent Canadian literary work, created through an unbroken line of internal mentorship and succession of ownership in the company, has earned our publishing house the privilege of being one of the pre-eminent independent Anglophone literary presses in Canada. We are the only one of the pioneering “first generation” of Canadian literary publishers of the 1960s to have consistently maintained our success and independence over the past 45 years. We are Canada’s largest independent publisher of drama; do more translations from Québec than anyone else; and publish more Native voices than any other Canadian publisher with the exception of First Nations publisher Theytus Books.

Brief History
Talon was first established as a poetry magazine with an editorial collective based at Magee High School in Vancouver in 1963, which moved to UBC in 1965. By 1967, the magazine had published so many young writers, Talon decided to become a book publisher for its authors.

Starting out with poetry, including the first books of Canada’s first Parliamentary Poet Laureate, George Bowering (Sticks & Stones), and Ken Belford’s Post Electric Cave Man respectively; the press diversified into drama with Beverley Simons’ Crabdance, George Ryga’s The Ecstasy of Rita Joe and James Reaney’s Colours in the Dark in 1969; into fiction with Jane Rule’s Desert of the Heart and Audrey Thomas’ Songs My Mother Taught Me in 1973; into Québec literature in translation with Robert Gurik’s The Trial of Jean Baptiste M. and Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles Soeurs in 1975; and into non-fiction with the collected works of ethnographer Charles Hill-Tout, The Salish People, Volumes I-IV, in 1979.

In the early 1980s, the press experimented with publishing highly successful commercial titles. However, we found that these not only took too much time away from our new literary work but also threatened, by putting at too great a risk, the company’s solid literary backlist. For these reasons, the press returned to its original, exclusively literary mandate in 1985.

Over the past decade, Talon has diversified its literary non-fiction list to include works on global flash-points in the Middle East and the Balkans, and on Canadian issues and politics.

Talon is a member of the following organizations:
The Literary Press Group
The Association of Book Publishers of B.C.
Canadian Booksellers Association
The Canadian Conference of the Arts
The Association of Canadian Publishers



Thursday February 9, 2017 in Meta-Talon

A new cover for our sweetest play – right on time for Valentine’s Day

From 1988 until the end of 2016, Salt-Water Moon was in print with its original yellow cover, which featured now-outdated type design and a production still from one of the original productions of this sweet play. Now, as the play experiences something of a revival, and as the book goes into its eighth printing, we are pleased to show off the newly redesigned cover of Salt-Water Moon.

Studies in Description cover Thursday February 2, 2017 in Meta-Talon

A Cubist Meditation on the Modern Condition

By Carl Peters

On Meta-Talon today, please enjoy the full text of the presentation given by Carl Peters, recently the author of Studies in Description, to an audience of about 100 attendees at the Modern Languages Association convention in Philadelphia, PA, on January 7, 2017.


Look, I realize that my abstract is more than an abstract but what follows is just a small part of what I could do. I’m going to talk around Hemingway’s greatest achievement, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” presenting my comments as a Cubist meditation on the Modern Condition (with reference to Duchamp and some others)…

[cover of Empire of the Son] Thursday January 19, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Read scenes from Empire of the Son

Empire of the Son is the story of two generations of CBC broadcasters and the radio silence between them. It premiered in Vancouver in 2016 and was nominated for six Jessie Richardson Awards, and Tetsuro Shigematsu is currently touring Empire of the Son across Canada. Empire of the Son is also the first Talon book to be published in the Spring 2017 season – it’s now available! – and we invite you to read brief but tantalizing excerpts on Meta-Talon.

[The Days cover] Sunday January 1, 2017 in Meta-Talon

“New Year’s Day”: A Very Short Story

Happy (Gregorian) New Year! On this occasion, while you are perhaps nursing a hangover or traveling or making resolutions, please enjoy a very short story from M.A.C. Farrant’s book The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice.

Current Catalogues

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

CURRENT FRONT LIST


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

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Frontlist

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

Jovanni Sy
Drama

[cover of An Honest Woman]
An Honest Woman

Jónína Kirton
Poetry

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

Drew Hayden Taylor
Drama


Ebooks (Full List)

Talonbooks
Backlist

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

Tetsuro Shigematsu
Drama

[Entering Time cover]
Entering Time

Colin Browne
Non-Fiction

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

Tomson Highway
Frontlist

[cover of In Search of New Babylon]
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
Frontlist

[Price Paid cover]
Price Paid

Bev Sellars
Non-Fiction

[cover of Same Diff]
Same Diff

Donato Mancini
Frontlist

[cover of The Gorge]
The Gorge: Selected Writing

Nancy Shaw
Edited by Catriona Strang
Frontlist


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