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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.
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.
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
For National Poetry Month on Meta-Talon, Talon editor Shazia Hafiz Ramji talks with Carl Peters about Studies in Description, Gertrude Stein, the practice of close reading, interdisciplinary influence, Birdman, and Marcel Duchamp.Thursday April 21, 2016 in Meta-Talon
Weyman Chan’s fifth collection takes poetry to the laboratory, splicing a layered, tactile network that is Human Tissue. Chan shows us how we come to settle with histories of uncertain beginnings, the presence of science and technology in the mediated body, and how we forge “not knowing” as a vibrant way of being. On Meta-Talon today, read two poems from Human Tissue.Tuesday April 12, 2016 in Meta-Talon
The Panama Papers, a trove of more than 11.5 million documents from law firm Mossack Fonseca, detail the offshore holdings of 12 current and former world leaders, billionaires, and celebrities. The documents show how wealthy public officials use legal loopholes – as well as illegal means – to hide their money.
Canada is not above blame. Not only does Canada offer one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the world, but a number of loopholes encourage companies to relocate to Canada as if it were Barbados or Bermuda. Canada, A New Tax Haven, the latest book by tax policy analyst Alain Deneault, is an attempt to analyze the situation and address its implications for Canadians.Thursday April 7, 2016 in Meta-Talon
For National Poetry Month on Meta-Talon, Talon editor Shazia Hafiz Ramji talked with Garry Thomas Morse about writing as resistance, typography in poetry, and prairie poetry. Of course, Morse’s responses mention Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, Charles Olson, Smaro Kamboureli, Annie Le Brun, and Lars von Trier!
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.