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January 2017

Thursday January 19, 2017
Cecily Nicholson: SFU Writer in Residence Reading and Reception

Saturday January 21, 2017
Poetry Reading: Stephen Collis on Gabriola Island, BC

Wednesday January 25, 2017
Play: “Winners and Losers” in Calgary, AB

Thursday January 26, 2017
Poetry Reading: Stephen Collis at SFU in Burnaby, BC

Monday January 30, 2017
Play: “The (Post) Mistress” in West Vancouver, BC

Monday January 30, 2017
Play: “Crees in the Caribbean” in Thunder Bay, ON

Tuesday January 31, 2017
Presentation: Bev Sellars at the UBC Sauder School of Business (Vancouver)

February 2017

Thursday February 2, 2017
Play: “You Will Remember Me” at the Gateway Theatre in Richmond, BC

Saturday February 18, 2017
Galiano Island Literary Festival (5 Talon authors attending)

March 2017

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

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

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

May 2017

Thursday May 4, 2017
Play: “Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth” in Kamloops, BC

July 2017

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



[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.

9780889226159sm Wednesday December 21, 2016 in Meta-Talon

“Kristmas Kraft”: A Very Short Story

Happy Christmas! On Meta-Talon today for your holiday-related cheer (and/or despair), please enjoy a very short story from Down the Road to Eternity by M.A.C. Farrant.

[Entering Time cover] Thursday December 15, 2016 in Meta-Talon

“Below the Canoe”: Selections from Colin Browne’s new book, Entering Time

During the groundbreaking Charles Edenshaw exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2013, poet Colin Browne found himself returning often to study three large argillite (slate) platters carved by the Haida master in the late 1800s. Browne has since authored Entering Time: The Fungus Man Platters of Charles Edenshaw, an exploration of the art, history, and folklore behind Edenshaw’s platters. In this newly published book, Browne ranges through the fields of art history, literature, ethnology, and myth to discover a parallel history of modernism within one of the world’s most subtle and sophisticated artistic and literary cultures. On Meta-Talon today, we share selections from Chapters Five and Six of Entering Time.

Friday November 25, 2016 in Meta-Talon

A “joyous sadness” for Judith Fitzgerald, one year on

One year ago today, poet Judith Fitzgerald passed away. Her last collection, Impeccable Regret, had been published just weeks before her death. Recently Canada and the world lost another literary and musical luminary, Leonard Cohen. Cohen and Fitzgerald had a friendship of many years and occasionally collaborated. On Meta-Talon, enjoy two poems from Impeccable Regret collection, in fond remembrance of both Cohen and Fitzgerald.

Current Catalogues

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CURRENT FRONT LIST


 
[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 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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