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April 2014

Wednesday April 23, 2014
Colour + Sound Closing Exhibition Party with bill bissett

Saturday April 26, 2014
Introduction to Poetry with Jordan Abel, an SFU Continuing Studies Course

Saturday April 26, 2014
Adeena Karasick in Providence, Rhode Island

Monday April 28, 2014
Talon Spring 2014 Poetry Launch – Calgary, AB

Wednesday April 30, 2014
Talon Spring 2014 Poetry Launch – Vancouver, BC

May 2014

Thursday May 1, 2014
George Bowering, Daphne Marlatt, & Stephen Collis at the Cascadia Poetry Festival in Seattle

Friday May 2, 2014
Bev Sellars at the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society Conference, Calgary

Saturday May 3, 2014
2014 B.C. Book Prizes Gala

Thursday May 8, 2014
Calgary launch of Ground Rules, featuring derek beaulieu, Natalie Simpson, and Julia Williams

Wednesday May 14, 2014
Adeena Karasick at the Tribeca New Music Festival

Friday May 16, 2014
Natalie Simpson Reads at CCWWP Conference in Vancouver

Friday May 16, 2014
Espresso by Lucia Frangione at the Pacific Theatre, Vancouver

Wednesday May 21, 2014
Lunch Poems at SFU Vancouver with Phinder Dulai and Catriona Strang

Saturday May 24, 2014
“Dead Metaphor” by George F. Walker in Toronto

June 2014

Tuesday June 3, 2014
George F. Walker’s “The Burden of Self-Awareness” in Ottawa, ON

Saturday June 14, 2014
Reading and Recitation in Memory of the Komagata Maru

Friday June 20, 2014
Adeena Karasick in Toronto!

July 2014

Wednesday July 2, 2014
Billy Bishop at the Blyth Festival, Ontario

Sunday July 6, 2014
Performing the Voyage: Legacies and Echoes of the Komagata Maru

August 2014

Monday August 18, 2014
Adeena Karasick at the KlezKanada Poetry Retreat in Quebec

November 2014

Friday November 7, 2014
Adeena Karasick Speaks at Brock University, ON
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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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Thursday April 17, 2014 in Meta-Talon

Excerpt from God and the Indian

The latest play by Drew Hayden Taylor is now available! Below is an extract from God and the Indian to wet your whistle.

GEORGE: You followed me from … from the Tim Hortons?

JOHNNY: Yep. I recognized you.

GEORGE: Really, I don’t think we’ve ever met. I’m new to the diocese.

JOHNNY: Oh, we met. Long time ago. Me, I’ve changed a bit since the last time you saw me.

Tuesday April 8, 2014 in Meta-Talon

Poem: “cherree blossoms” by bill bissett

For Meta-Talon this week, a perfectly “in season” poem for spring – especially if you are in the Vancouver area, as Talon is. Enjoy!

cherree blossoms

blankit barclay street
 pink snow on our bureed
 that eezee 2 start

Thursday April 3, 2014 in Meta-Talon

Extracts From From the Poplars by Cecily Nicholson

The following are excerpts from From the Poplars, the latest book of poetry by Cecily Nicholson, which has recently arrived from the press in a few weeks (order yours today!).

Poplar Island pop patri individuated alike

Kamau Taurua, North Brother,
Angel our current

worse conditions of confinement

Thursday March 27, 2014 in Meta-Talon

Still in Stitches from the Poetry Is Dead Humour Issue Launch

Last evening the funniest, saddest, loneliest, and most lovably obnoxious poets and comedians gathered for the launch of the latest issue – the Humour issue – of Poetry is Dead magazine at Performance Works on Granville Island in Vancouver. Among the performers were Talon poets George Bowering, Dina Del Bucchia, and Daniel Zomparelli (editor-in-chief of Poetry is Dead).

Current Catalogues

[image: Spring 2014 catalogue] [image: Talonbooks 2014 First Nations catalogue]


A Matter of Gravity cover
A Matter of Gravity

Hélène Vachon
Translated by Phyllis Aronoff & Howard Scott

After Completion cover
After Completion

Edited by Sharon Thesen & Ralph Maud

Corked cover

Catriona Strang


Nikki Reimer

From the Poplars cover
From the Poplars

Cecily Nicholson

God and the Indian cover
God and the Indian

Drew Hayden Taylor

Motherhouse cover

David Fennario

The Obese Christ cover
The Obese Christ

Larry Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman

The Valley cover
The Valley

Joan MacLeod

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

Ludovic Fouquet
Translated by Rhonda Mullins

The World Afloat cover
The World Afloat

M.A.C. Farrant

Thrum cover

Natalie Simpson

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