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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
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 close to 500 titles that 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 (Sticks & Stones) of Canada’s first Parliamentary Poet Laureate, George Bowering, 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

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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]

CURRENT FRONT LIST


 
Assembling the Morrow cover
Assembling the Morrow

Sandra Huber
Poetry

Birth of a Bridge cover
Birth of a Bridge

Maylis de Kerangal
Translated by Jessica Moore
Fiction

Christina, The Girl King cover
Christina, The Girl King

Michel Marc Bouchard
Translated by Linda Gaboriau
Drama

Crossing the City cover
Crossing the City

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Fiction

dream / arteries cover
dream / arteries

Phinder Dulai
Poetry

Fortified Castles cover
Fortified Castles

ryan fitzpatrick
Poetry

Michel and Ti-Jean cover
Michel and Ti-Jean

George Rideout
Drama

Minor Expectations cover
Minor Expectations

Garry Thomas Morse
Fiction

Motherhouse cover
Motherhouse

David Fennario
Drama

Peace in Duress cover
Peace in Duress

Janet Rogers
Poetry

Peacock Blue cover
Peacock Blue

Phyllis Webb
Edited by John F. Hulcoop
Poetry

Tear the Curtain! cover
Tear the Curtain!

Jonathon Young & Kevin Kerr & Kim Collier
Drama

The Commons, Second Edition cover
The Commons

Stephen Collis
Poetry

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

Ludovic Fouquet
Translated by Rhonda Mullins
Non-Fiction

War Cantata / Child Object cover
War Cantata / Child Object

Larry Tremblay
Translated by Keith Turnbull & Chantal Bilodeau
Drama

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Brian Henderson
Poetry


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