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July 2015

Wednesday July 8, 2015
Poetry in the Park with Jónína Kirton, New Westminster

Wednesday July 8, 2015
Garry Thomas Morse at the Chiaroscuro Reading Series in Winnipeg

Monday July 20, 2015
M.A.C. Farrant reads at the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Conference in Victoria, BC

Monday July 20, 2015
Adeena Karasick Performances in Paris, France

Friday July 24, 2015
Jónína Kirton at Mashed Poetics, Vancouver

August 2015

Thursday August 6, 2015
Play: US Premiere of “UNITY (1918)” by Kevin Kerr in NYC

Thursday August 13, 2015
“Salomé: Woman of Valor” by Adeena Karasick in NYC

Monday August 17, 2015
Adeena Karasick at the annual KlezKanada Retreat

Monday August 24, 2015
Reading & Signing: Jónína Kirton at McNally-Robinson in Winnipeg

September 2015

Sunday September 27, 2015
Dina and Daniel read from Rom Com at Word Vancouver

October 2015

Thursday October 1, 2015
Play: “The Waiting Room” by Morris Panych & John Mann in Vancouver

Sunday October 4, 2015
Lecture: Adeena Karasick at the Princeton Club in NYC

November 2015

Thursday November 19, 2015
Lecture: Adeena Karasick in Las Vegas

January 2016

Tuesday January 19, 2016
Play: “Seeds” by Annabel Soutar in West Vancouver, BC

February 2016

Thursday February 4, 2016
Play: “The (Post) Mistress” by Tomson Highway, Vancouver

Tuesday February 16, 2016
Play: “Winners and Losers” in Vancouver

March 2016

Thursday March 10, 2016
Play: Chekhov’s “The Seagull”, translated by David French, in Mississauga, ON

April 2016

Friday April 1, 2016
Play: “Dead Metaphor” at the Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver

Thursday April 7, 2016
Play: “The Valley” by Joan MacLeod, Vancouver
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About Us

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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Friday July 3, 2015 in Meta-Talon

Jamie Reid: In Memoriam

By Karl Siegler

April 10, 1941–June 25, 2015

Within our generation, one person deserves to be immortalized as a tireless, articulate and unwavering champion of liberty, equality and fraternity; a beacon anchored against the always seductively raging deep of the politically correct: Jamie Reid.

Thursday July 2, 2015 in Meta-Talon

The Capilano Review: Pacific Poetries

Wow, the new Pacific Poetries issue of The Capilano Review is a Talon showcase!

Thursday June 25, 2015 in Meta-Talon

Theatre and Performance: Winner or Loser?

By Marcus Youssef

… Sometimes it is theatre’s inconsequence, its lousy pay, it’s marginality, its invisibility, it’s loserishness, that – kind of paradoxically – makes it a winner. Because when there’s not much money at stake, that’s when you you’re allowed to speak from your heart. To take risks.

Because the margins are where you can get away with saying and doing things that are forbidden in the centre. …

Tuesday June 23, 2015 in Meta-Talon

Book Review: UK Edition of Birth of a Bridge

Published this week on Bookanista was a high-flying, beam-balancing, river-straddling review of Jessica Moore’s translation of Birth of a Bridge, a riveting novel by Maylis de Kerangal. Reviewer Mika Provata-Carlone calls it “a strikingly original contemporary myth and a thrilling investigation of post-modernity.” Read highlights from this review on Meta-Talon, or read the full review online – but beware, it includes spoilers!

Current Catalogues

[image: Fall 2015 catalogue] [image: Talonbooks 2014 First Nations catalogue]



As Always

Madeleine Gagnon
Translated by Phyllis Aronoff & Howard Scott

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Canada: A New Tax Haven

Alain Deneault
Translated by Catherine Browne

Cerulean Blue

Drew Hayden Taylor


Rahat Kurd

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Impeccable Regret

Judith Fitzgerald
Introduction by Thomas Dilworth


Marcus Youssef

Moss Park and Tough!

George F. Walker

Peacock Blue [softcover]

Phyllis Webb
Edited by John F. Hulcoop

Prairie Harbour

Garry Thomas Morse

Rom Com

Dina Del Bucchia & Daniel Zomparelli


Fred Wah
Edited by Jeff Derksen
Introduction by Jeff Derksen


Chantal Bilodeau

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Studies in Description

Carl Peters

Tales of the Emperor

Jack Winter

The Divine

Michel Marc Bouchard
Translated by Linda Gaboriau

The United States of Wind

Daniel Canty
Translated by Oana Avasilichioaei

Writing the Okanagan

George Bowering

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