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April 2015

Tuesday April 21, 2015
Storytelling and Traditions, with Bev Sellars and Willie Sellars, Williams Lake

Thursday April 23, 2015
Play: “In Piazza San Domenico” by Steve Galluccio in Sudbury, ON

Thursday April 23, 2015
Talonbooks Spring 2015 Poetry Launch! (Vancouver)

Saturday April 25, 2015
Workshop: “Exploring Cellular or Ancestral Memory” with Jónína Kirton, New Westminster

Saturday April 25, 2015
Phinder Dulai at LitFest New West

Sunday April 26, 2015
Poetry Reading: bill bissett at the Paintbox Bistro in Toronto

Monday April 27, 2015
Poetry Reading: Oana Avasilichioaei at the Paper Hound in Vancouver

Tuesday April 28, 2015
Talonbooks Spring 2015 Poetry Launch! (Toronto)

May 2015

Friday May 1, 2015
Phinder Dulai at the 2015 STA Convention, Surrey, BC

Friday May 1, 2015
Poetry Reading: Oana Avasilichioaei in Montreal

Saturday May 2, 2015
Natalie Simpson at Shelf Life Books, Calgary

Wednesday May 6, 2015
Book Launch: page as bone – ink as blood by Jónína Kirton

Thursday May 7, 2015
Crees in the Caribbean – a new play by Drew Hayden Taylor

Wednesday May 20, 2015
Play: “God and the Indian” at the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver

Thursday May 21, 2015
Elise Partridge Tribute in Vancouver, with Jordan Abel

Saturday May 23, 2015
Double Book Launch: Meredith Quartermain and Colin Browne, Vancouver

Sunday May 31, 2015
Nikki Reimer at the Envoi Poetry Festival in Winnipeg
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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 16, 2015 in Meta-Talon

Here? “Here”? Here. Here is a poem from Murakami’s Get Me Out of Here

Today on Meta-Talon we share a poem from Sachiko Murakami’s forthcoming collection of poetry, Get Me Out of Here – available next week! Murakami will read from this collection at Talon’s annual spring poetry launches in Vancouver on April 23 and Toronto on April 28, 2015.

Thursday April 9, 2015 in Meta-Talon

“dear new-age self” (a poem from page as bone – ink as blood)

By Jónína Kirton

Today on Meta-Talon we share a poem from Jónína Kirton’s new collection of poetry, page as bone – ink as blood, which is newly available. Kirton will read from this collection at Talon’s annual spring poetry launch in Vancouver on April 23, 2015.

Thursday April 2, 2015 in Meta-Talon

Eighth Report on the Instability of Cities

Photo by Daniel Canty

Daniel Canty, author of Wigrum (2013) and Les États-unis du vent (_to be published in English by Talonbooks in Fall 2015), recently completed a six-month residency at the Studio du Québec, in London, England. In this series of dispatches, Canty shares his reflections on some of that city’s foggy history and the sometimes foggy process of writing.

Thursday March 26, 2015 in Meta-Talon

All Aboard! (A Poem from Limbinal)

Limbinal is a new collection of poetry by Oana Avasilichioaei. As its hybrid title suggests, speaks in the porous space between a limb’s articulations and a liminal border. Formally diverse, the pieces in Limbinal intersect prose fragments with incantatory dialogues, poetic footnotes with photographic phrases, rebellious translations with liquid transpositions. “All Aboard!” appears on page 41 of this book.

Current Catalogues

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



As Always

Madeleine Gagnon
Translated by Phyllis Aronoff & Howard Scott

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

Alain Deneault
Translated by Catherine Browne

Dead Metaphor

George F. Walker

Ebooks (Full List)


Get Me Out of Here

Sachiko Murakami

I, Bartleby

Meredith Quartermain

Limbinal cover

Oana Avasilichioaei

Odd Ducks cover
Odd Ducks

Bryden MacDonald

page as bone – ink as blood cover
page as bone – ink as blood

Jónína Kirton

Peacock Blue cover
Peacock Blue

Phyllis Webb
Edited by John F. Hulcoop

The Hatch

Colin Browne

The Keeper's Daughter cover
The Keeper’s Daughter

Jean-François Caron
Translated by W. Donald Wilson

The Shoplifters cover
The Shoplifters

Morris Panych

The St. Leonard Chronicles

Steve Galluccio


Jordan Abel

Winners and Losers

Marcus Youssef & James Long

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