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August 2015

Sunday August 2, 2015
Phinder Dulai at Matwaala, a South Asian Diaspora Poets Festival in Austin, TX

Wednesday August 5, 2015
ƃuᴉpɐǝɹ ʎɹʇǝod - Bill Bissett, Cathy Petch, Elizabeth Burns, Adam Abbas in Toronto

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

Sunday August 9, 2015
Play reading: Morris Panych’s “The Shoplifters” at the Shaw Festival Reading Series

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 17, 2015
Poetry Reading & Signing: Jónína Kirton at McNally Robinson, Saskatoon

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

Thursday August 27, 2015
Play: “The Shoplifters” by Morris Pancyh, Philadelphia Fringe Festival

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

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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Friday July 24, 2015 in Meta-Talon

Read: Introduction to Alain Denault’s new book, Canada: A New Tax Haven

In Canada: A New Tax Haven, Alain Deneault traces Canada’s relationship with Commonwealth Caribbean nations back through the last half of the twentieth century, arguing that the involvement of Canadian financiers in establishing and maintaining Caribbean tax havens has predisposed Canada to become a tax haven itself – a metamorphosis well under way.

Canada: A New Tax Haven is available from Talonbooks for $29.95. Read the bulk of the book’s introduction on Meta-Talon today.

Thursday July 16, 2015 in Meta-Talon

Waiting for the Wind

This fall, follow the wind with Daniel Canty. Aboard the Blue Rider, a venerable midnight-blue Ford Ranger crested with a weathervane and a retractable windsock, Canty surrendered himself to the fluidity of air currents, driving in the direction of the wind for ten days in 2010. And soon, his accompanying musings may be found in a book.

To tease and tickle your fancy as you await with gooseflesh the arrival of The United States of Wind, we offer the windiest chapter of Canty’s previous book, Wigrum.

Thursday July 9, 2015 in Meta-Talon

Try Now: Interactive Accompaniment for Karasick’s “Salomé: Woman of Valor”

Poet-performer Adeena Karasick does a performance called Salomé: Woman of Valor. At this year’s performance of the work, multimedia and visual presentations by Jim Andrews will accompany the show, and will be available to audience members on their smartphones. Visit Salomé: Woman of Valor online.

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.

Current Catalogues

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

CURRENT FRONT LIST


 
Canada: A New Tax Haven cover
Canada: A New Tax Haven

Alain Deneault
Translated by Catherine Browne
Non-Fiction


Cerulean Blue

Drew Hayden Taylor
Drama


Cosmophilia

Rahat Kurd
Poetry


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Backlist


Impeccable Regret

Judith Fitzgerald
Introduction by Thomas Dilworth
Poetry


Jabber

Marcus Youssef
Drama


Moss Park and Tough!

George F. Walker
Drama


Peacock Blue [softcover]

Phyllis Webb
Edited by John F. Hulcoop
Poetry


Prairie Harbour

Garry Thomas Morse
Poetry


Rom Com

Dina Del Bucchia & Daniel Zomparelli
Poetry


Scree

Fred Wah
Edited by Jeff Derksen
Introduction by Jeff Derksen
Poetry


Sila

Chantal Bilodeau
Drama

Studies in Description cover
Studies in Description

Carl Peters
Non-Fiction


Tales of the Emperor

Jack Winter
Fiction


The Divine

Michel Marc Bouchard
Translated by Linda Gaboriau
Drama


The United States of Wind

Daniel Canty
Translated by Oana Avasilichioaei
Non-Fiction


Writing the Okanagan

George Bowering
Fiction


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