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August 2018

Friday August 31, 2018
Bev Sellars at the Ryga Festival

September 2018

Saturday September 8, 2018
Tiziana La Melia Exhibit at Franz Kaka Gallery in Toronto, ON

Wednesday September 19, 2018
Play: “Mom's the Word” in Saskatoon

November 2018

Thursday November 1, 2018
Joshua Whitehead at Wordstock Sudbury

Tuesday November 20, 2018
Play: “Cottagers and Indians” in Kingston

Thursday November 22, 2018
Drew Hayden Taylor at the 24th Annual Aboriginal Education Conference in Vancouver, BC

February 2019

Wednesday February 27, 2019
Play: “Gracie” in Regina

March 2019

Friday March 8, 2019
Play: “King Richard and His Women” in Vancouver

Tuesday March 19, 2019
Play: “The Shoplifters” in Montreal

Wednesday March 27, 2019
Play: “Empire of the Son” in Saskatoon

April 2019

Friday April 5, 2019
Play: “Girl in the Goldfish Bowl” in Windsor

Thursday April 25, 2019
Play: “Empire of the Son” in Kamloops
A Guide to BC Indian Myth and Legend

By Ralph Maud

Boas, Teit, Hill-Tout, Barbeau, Swanton, Jenness, the luminaries of field research in British Columbia, are discussed, and their work in Indian folklore evaluated in this comprehensive survey of myth-collecting in B.C.

A Record of Writing
A Record of Writing

By Roy Miki

Traces the development of Poet laureate Bowering’s many writings through four decades.

ABC of Reading TRG

By Peter Jaeger

Examines the writings of Steve McCaffery and bpNichol, with a special focus on their collaborative work as the Toronto Research Group (TRG).

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After Completion

By Charles Olson & Frances Boldereff

After Completion: The Later Letters of Charles Olson and Frances Boldereff follows on from an earlier edition, Charles Olson and Frances Boldereff: A Modern Correspondence, that spans three years and more than three hundred letters. Published in 1999 by Wesleyan University Press, that edition concludes with a crisis that amounted to a “completion” of one of the major phases of their relationship. Boldereff’s interventions, which provoked Olson to articulate a projectivist poetics, claims for Frances Boldereff an incalculable effect on twentieth-century poetry.

Almost Islands

By Stephen Collis

_Almost Islands _ is a powerfully introspective memoir of the author’s friendship with legendary Canadian poet Phyllis Webb – now in her nineties and long enveloped in silence – and his regular trips to see her. It is an extended meditation on literary ambition and failure, poetry and politics, choice and chance, location, colonization, and climate change – the struggle that is writing, and the end of writing.

I go to see her because she is poetry’s old crone and I am seeking. I go to her – usually three, four times a year – because it is a small ministration I can perform for her, and for her poetry, as she slowly reaches into the finite – a long, slow embrace of nothing … If living is a process of learning how to die, then is writing a process of learning how to stop writing? I go in search of lost words, in search of the hoped-for defence against the loss of words, drawn to the shaping sounds of fate and mortality.

A meticulous collection of poetic, political, and philosophical digressions, Almost Islands weaves numerous themes together. At its crux lies a literary project: to build upon and extend Webb’s exposition of a “poetic” sense of the political, by proposing a political agent, the “Biotariat,” a government of Life, that is both human and more than human – arrived at after following as many pathways as possible through Webb’s own reading and thought. Ultimately, Almost Islands is a book obsessed with the problem of Webb’s not writing, and the implications of this for a writer like Collis who, in his own words, may be writing “too much” – as well as the wider social, political, and world-historical implications of withdrawal, self-silencing, and not-doing.

American Notebooks

By Marie-Claire Blais

An album of finely drawn literary portraits of writers, musicians, artists and social activists who influenced the life and work of Blais in the 1960s.

An English Canadian Poetics, Vol. 1

By Robert Hogg

With an introduction by D.M.R. Bentley Essays on poetic theory written by Canadian poets from the late 19th century to 1918 that articulate the specific social, cultural and political circumstances under which their poetry was created.

An Error In Judgement

By Dara Culhane

An analysis of the controversy surrounding the death of a Native child in Alert Bay, B.C.


By Ian Angus

Essays exploring key issues of politics and aesthetics in honour of the founding director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University.

Anatolia Junction

By Fred A. Reed

As Fred A. Reed travels through the Middle East, the Balkans and Asia Minor, he concludes that Turkey’s Islamists are reappropriating the culture and beliefs that 70 years of secular fundamentalism have been unable to eradicate.

Annihilated Time

By Jeff Derksen

Essays that explore the ways in which poetry, visual art and critical practices encounter “the long present neoliberal moment” of the imperialist agenda of globalization.

Around Her

By Sophie Bienvenu

Patiently assembling disparate points of view, those of the young, the old, the families, the couples, or the lonely souls, this novel, replete with emotive twists and turns, probes the failures and hopes of a whole segment of society, revealing the proximity of past traumas.

As Always

By Madeleine Gagnon

One of Canada’s greatest literary figures reflects on life at the centre of Quebec literary arts. Re-examining the influences of her early life in a large, rural Catholic family, Madeleine Gagnon not only explores her rejection of unexamined values as part of her intellectual development but also her refusal to be categorized by her gender.

Bambi and Me

By Michel Tremblay

Autobiographical pieces about how movies shaped the life of young Michel Tremblay.

Beyond Recall

By Mary Meigs

A beautiful memoir that reads like the most exquisitely crafted fiction.

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Birth of a Bookworm

By Michel Tremblay

A tour of books that inspired Tremblay’s imagination.

Bonbons Assortis / Assorted Candies

By Michel Tremblay

This delightful collection of eight autobiographical narratives inspired by Michel Tremblay’s childhood and youth offers the reader poignant and joyful childhood memories as varied as the assorted candies his mother hoarded under her bed, to be shared only on the most festive or dramatic of family occasions. Through the eyes of young Michel we see the lively, bustling household of Fabre Street and the events which profoundly shaped his view of the world in this exquisite remembrance of childhood past.


By Stephen Scobie

Scobie illuminates Nichol’s relationship to Dadaism, contemporary French literary theory and the writing of Gertrude Stein, positing a cogent argument for Nichol’s importance as a writer of fiction.

Bridges of Light

By Cyril E. Leonoff

This illustrated biography of one of the last great black-and-white photographers of the Pacific Northwest is also an extraordinary photo art book. Printed on wood-free paper.

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Canada: A New Tax Haven

By Alain Deneault

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.

Canadian Drama and the Critics

By L.W. Conolly

This lively, updated assortment of critical deliberations on contemporary Canadian drama is an ideal companion text to Modern Canadian Plays Volumes I and _II._ 

Charles Olson at the Harbor

By Ralph Maud

A repudiation of Tom Clark’s carelessly biased Charles Olson: The Allegory of a Poet’s Life, this diligently researched biography by longtime Olson scholar, friend and correspondent Ralph Maud redeems the reputation of one of the greatest American poets of the 20th century.

Circumstances Alter Photographs

By Michael Barnholden

On Friday, April 24, 1885, Captain James Peters took the world’s first battlefield photographs under fire at the battle of Fish Creek in the Canadian Northwest Territory of Saskatchewan. Neglected for over 120 years, these images literally shine new light on the War of 1885—particularly the second part of the campaign against the Indians under Big Bear, Poundmaker and Miserable Man. They are frankly astonishing in both their eerily haunting visual impact and as much by the mere fact that they even still exist.

Coast Salish Essays

By Wayne Suttles

A careful selection from the work of the greatest living ethnographer of the Pacific Northwest.

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Cold Comfort (NON-FICTION)

By Gil McElroy

When his father died, award-winning poet Gil McElroy was given a box of photographs that documented his father’s work on the Canadian military’s northern DEW Line in the 1950s. McElroy displays each image, then attempts to come to terms with the mysterious figure who took them, a man better understood by his military compatriots than by his own family.

Conversations in Tehran

By Jean-Daniel LaFond & Fred A. Reed

Filmmaker Jean-Daniel Lafond and author Fred A. Reed document the fall of Mohammed Khatami’s reform movement through candid conversations with Iranian artists, journalists and political activists.

Crimes and Mercies
Crimes and Mercies

By James Bacque

More than 9 million Germans died from deliberate Allied starvation and expulsion policies after WWII. At the same time, a food-aid program saved an estimated 80 million.

Dispatches from the Occupation
Dispatches from the Occupation

By Stephen Collis

Stephen Collis meditates on the idea of change as it moves through intellectual history, tracing its patterns and comparing its articulation across disciplines. He offers short “dispatches” from his involvement in the Occupy Movement, and a long prose-poem examining the philosophical trope of Rome, the “eternal city,” from its imperial past, through republicanism, to the era of modern social movements.

Empire of Desire

By Thierry Hentsch

This second volume in Hentsch’s epic survey of the formative texts of the Western narrative tradition traces western civilization’s quest for immortality across a further four centuries through an examination of specific works by Moliére, Voltaire, Diderot, de Sade, Rousseau, Hegel, Melville, Flaubert, Joyce, Proust and others.

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Entering Time

By Colin Browne

Every good story is an origin story – and a mystery story – and in Entering Time: The Fungus Man Platters of Charles Edenshaw, 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.

Essays on George F. Walker

By Chris Johnson

The first book-length examination of the work of Canada’s most-produced and internationally recognized playwright, George F. Walker, who has not only created a substantial body of work, but also impressed it all with his unique “Walkeresque” stamp.

EX MACHINA: Creating for the Stage

By Patrick Caux & Bernard Gilbert

In 1993 when Robert Lepage suggested to his colleagues that a specific identity and image be found for his next working group, he imposed one condition. The word “theatre” was not to be part of the name of the new company.

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Finding Mr. Wong

By Susan Crean

Susan Crean’s memoir Finding Mr. Wong chronicles her effort to piece together the life of the man she knew as Mr. Wong, cook and housekeeper to her Irish Canadian family for two generations. Crean’s exploration also considers memory and its role in the writing and researching of a book such as this.

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From Oral to Written

By Tomson Highway

Tomson Highway’s From Oral to Written is a study of Native literature published in Canada between 1980 and 2010, a catalogue of amazing books that sparked the embers of a dormant voice.

Gabriel Dumont Speaks, Revised Edition

By Gabriel Dumont

In 1903, eighteen years after leading the Métis Army against the Northwest Expeditionary Force and the Northwest Mounted Police at Fish Creek, Duck Lake and Batoch, Louis Riel’s Adjuntant General, Gabrial Dumont, dictated his memoirs. The manuscript remained unpublished in the Manitoba Provincial Archives until its discovery there by Michael Barnholden in 1971. Translated here into English, it preserves a unique experience, offering us a rare opportunity to view one of the central events in the history of the Métis through the eyes of one of their key heros.

George Bowering

By Eva-Marie Kröller

This first book-length study of Bowering explores the relationship between his work and the arts.

Great Lakes Suite
Great Lakes Suite

By David W. McFadden

Specially revised and edited, and for the first time in one complete volume, Great Lakes Suite includes A Trip Around Lake Ontario, A Trip Around Lake Erie and A Trip Around Lake Huron.

griddle talk

By Carol Malyon & bill bissett

A series of literary conversations between Malyon, who writes within the objective bounds of standard English usage, and bissett, one of contemporary writing’s most exotic practitioners, working with the visual forms of language in his own non-hierarchic, phonetic orthography.

He Speaks Volumes

By Rebecca Wigod

This biography of George Bowering, first Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate, reveals the intimate, intellectual, and artistic life of one of Canada’s most prolific authors, offering an inside look at the people and events at the centre of the country’s literary and artistic avant-garde from the 1960s to the present.

How to Write

By derek beaulieu

How to Write is a perverse Coles Notes: a paradigm of prosody where writing as sampling, borrowing, cutting-and-pasting and mash-up meets literature. This collection of conceptual short fiction takes inspiration from Lautréamont’s decree that “plagiarism is necessary. It is implied in the idea of progress. It clasps the author’s sentence tight, uses his expressions, eliminates a false idea, replaces it with the right idea.”

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Imperial Canada Inc.

By Alain Deneault & William Sacher

Imperial Canada Inc. sets out to ask a simple question: why is Canada home to more than 70% of the world’s mining companies?

In Plain Sight

A remarkable collection of seven life stories from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, giving voice to women who are seldom heard on their own terms.

In the Company of Strangers

By Mary Meigs

Based on the NFB production of The Company of Strangers, Meigs’s account of the film unfolds in an intricate meditation on time, old age and bonding.

In the Midst

By Warren Tallman

Warren Tallman was catalyst, shelter and anchor to a whole generation of writers and poets, from the beat generation poets to the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E school writers. In these pieces, Tallman introduces the reader to a world of literary companionship that shaped the language and thought of late 20th century North America.

Indian Myths & Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America

By Franz Boas

This volume of First Nations myths and legends is an indispensable document in the history of North American anthropology.

Justice In Our Time

By Roy Miki & Cassandra Kobayashi

How a community brought the issue of redress for the injustices of the 1940s to the forefront of public debate.

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Kuei, My Friend

By Deni Ellis Béchard & Natasha Kanapé Fontaine

Kuei, My Friend is an engaging book of letters: a literary and political encounter between Innu poet Natasha Kanapé Fontaine and Québécois-American novelist Deni Ellis Béchard. Choosing the epistolary form, they decided to engage together in a frank conversation about racism and reconciliation.


By Ronald Cross & Hélène Sèvigny

A biography of the most notorious of the 1990 Oka warriors.

Lil'wat World of Charlie Mack

By Dorothy Kennedy & Randy Bouchard

Early in their ethnographic work, Randy Bouchard and Dorothy Kennedy were privileged to meet Charlie Mack, a fascinating character and a font of wisdom, exemplifying by his way of life, his skills in trapping and canoe-making, and his knowledge of the history of his people, the living world of the Lil’wat, which the young ethnologists were able to record on tape and in their notes and photographs. Most important among what Charlie Mack gave them was a wide corpus of stories; he was a master storyteller, holding his listeners spellbound with his animated and dramatic delivery in both Lil’wat and English. This book is a tribute to a long friendship; the result of the authors reflecting on a lifetime of listening to a man who had something to say.

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Lily Briscoe

By Mary Meigs

A compelling autobiography about the exercise of will, friendships, and dreaming.

Lions Gate

By Lilia D’Acres

Like all great historic landmarks, the Lions Gate Bridge remains a source of powerful, sometimes illuminating, sometimes mysterious stories of the people and times which gave birth to it.

Living by Stories

By Harry Robinson

This third collection documents how the arrival of whites forever altered the Salish cultural landscape.

Lost in North America (ebook)

By John MacLachlan Gray

A personal, idiosyncratic tour of the collective work of art we call Canada.

Making Theatre

By Sherrill Grace

The story of Pollock’s life from her family roots in New Brunswick through her pioneering years as a Canadian playwright to the present as she continues to make theatre.

Margaret Atwood

By Frank Davey

Davey reveals Atwood’s extraordinary facility with language as well as her mistrust of it, and offers a “glossary” of recurrent Atwood images and symbols that unveil the hidden level in her writing.


By bp Nichol

A thoughtful and provocative 30-year record of Nichol’s approaches to textual production.


By Charles Olson

Olson once defined “Muthologos” as “what is said about what is said,” which encompasses a breadth of discourse that would define the near and far range of where the poet’s mind went in a lifetime’s intent to go places. In this new compilation of Charles Olson’s transcribed lectures and interviews, we finally get all of what is preserved of a life of talk, allowing Muthologos to stand, along with The Maximus Poems, Collected Poems, Collected Prose and Selected Letters as one of the “standard texts” of this great poet’s oeuvre.

Nature Power

By Harry Robinson

Features tales of the shoo-MISH, or “nature helpers.” 


By Drew Hayden Taylor

In this collection of short humorous essays originally written for the popular media, playwright, novelist and screenwriter Drew Hayden Taylor sends his readers fascinating and exotic postcards from his globetrotting adventures, always on the lookout for the NEWS about aboriginal peoples around the world.

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No Plaster Saint

By Nancy Knickerbocker

A crusading socialist and an absolute pacifist, Mildred Osterhout Fahrni walked with J. S. Woodsworth, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. The extraordinary story of one of Canada’s pioneer peacemakers.

Other Losses
Other Losses

By James Bacque

Other Losses caused an international scandal when first published in 1989 by revealing that Allied Supreme Commander Dwight Eisenhower and Charles de Gaulle caused the death of some 1,000,000 German captives in American and French internment camps through disease, starvation and exposure from 1944 to 1949, as a direct result of the policies of the Western Allies, who, with the Soviets, ruled as the Military Occupation Government over partitioned Germany from May 1945 until 1949.

This updated third edition of Other Losses exists not to accuse, but to remind us that no country can claim an inherent innocence of or exemption from the cruelties of war.

Outsider Notes

By Lynette Hunter

Tough-minded reappraisals of canonicity, modernism, postmodernism, marginality and post-coloniality in Canadian writing.

Paul Martin & Companies

By Alain Deneault

A piercing look at what it means when a Canadian prime minister puts his own private interests first.


By Robert Enright

Informed and considered interviews with the most influential artists of our time. Enright takes us into the environments, both imaginative and actual, that have shaped their personal and artistic histories.

Performing National Identities

A collection of 18 original essays on contemporary Canadian theatre by scholars and drama specialists in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary and Japan.

Persian Postcards

By Fred A. Reed

Persian Postcards, the fruit of Fred Reed’s travels to the Islamic Republic as both journalist and impassioned observer, is an attempt to suggest the depth and complexity, the tragedy and raw beauty of this ancient culture. Reed examines the Iranian reasons for The Iran-Iraq war, sheds new light on the Iran-Contra scandal, and looks at Iranian history, in its meeting with the peculiar traditions of Shi’ite Islam. Persian Postcards is more than a journalistic report, an academic treatise, or a travel book, although it enfolds elements of all three.

Poet to Publisher

Documents Olson’s influence on The New American Poetry, Allen’s visionary and revolutionary anthology.

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Price Paid

By Bev Sellars

Price Paid untangles truth from some of the myths about First Nations and addresses misconceptions still widely believed today.

Rational Geomancy

By Steve McCaffery & bpNichol

Reports on translation, the-book-as-machine and the search for non-narrative prose.

Salonica Terminus

By Fred A. Reed

In his extensive travels in the Balkans, Reed encounters a landscape inscribed with a shocking testimony of ethno-racialist aspirations.

Shattered Images

By Fred A. Reed

Discusses all of the major Islamic faiths in its search for the origins of contemporary fundamentalist movements.

Signs of Literature

By Kenneth James Hughes

The history of language as a made thing – a linguistic and structuralist primer.

Strange Comfort

By Sherrill Grace

Strange Comfort collects the best of Sherrill Grace’s many published essays on the novelist and writer Malcolm Lowry, along with new pieces that incorporate her contemporary approach to his work. Lowry was an intensely autobiographical writer, a quality not appreciated during his lifetime. Today, critical perspectives have changed considerably, and Lowry’s anxiety about writing elements of his own life into fiction invites critical reassessment. Many of these essays offer a fresh look at Lowry’s attempts to apprehend and portray the writer, writing.

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Studies in Description

By Carl Peters

Difficult writing has its way of illuminating the part of the world that counts. One such difficult text is Gertrude Stein’s highly experimental Tender Buttons: objects, food, rooms – long considered the single most groundbreaking literary work of twentieth-century art, literary criticism, and art history. In the centennial year of its publication, Carl Peters offers a sustained reading of the 1914 edition, responding to the eccentric sounds and rhythms of this long prose-poem with annotations that bring understanding, in particular, to the composition’s syntax, which is noted for its defiance of conventional norms.

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Subject to Change

By Renee Rodin

Composed of autobiographical stories that sketch the resonant heights and depths of a memoir, Subject to Change is a series of self-portraits along the road of a life well-lived. Each story is an articulate, intelligent, passionate record of how an encounter with a significant “other,” be it a parent, a lover, a neighbor, a child, a grandchild, a politician, or a friend, has changed and shaped the humanity, character, and community—the “subject”—of the writer. What makes this book such a great read is Renee Rodin’s masterful ability to show the reader that things we usually think of as too ordinary to talk about or too extraordinary to be able to communicate to others are often the most formative elements of our social lives.

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Takeover in Tehran

By Massoumeh Ebtekar & Fred A. Reed

A revealing first-hand insider account by Iran’s first female vice president, Massoumeh Ebtekar, of the 1979 revolutionary student movement which captured the American Embassy in Tehran.

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Taking My Life

By Jane Rule

Discovered in her papers in 2008, Jane Rule’s autobiography is a rich and culturally significant document that follows the first twenty-one years of her life: the complexities of her relationships with family, friends and early lovers, and how her sensibilities were fashioned by mentors or impeded by the socio-cultural practices and educational ­politics of the day.

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textual vishyuns

By Carl Peters

Although internationally recognized as a pioneer of visual, concrete, sound and performance poetry, few people recognize bill bissett’s work in the visual arts to be of equal aesthetic importance. While his drawings, paintings, collages and three-dimensional assemblages were the subject of a 1984 Vancouver Art Gallery solo exhibition, Fires in th tempul, despite bissett’s substantial and ongoing contributions to the practice of the avant-garde tradition in art, very little critical work exists on his poetry, and almost no theoretical discourse exists on his visual work.

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The Battle of Batoche

By Walter Hildebrandt

The Battle of Batoche is the best-known confrontation between Métis and British soldiers in the Northwest Resistance of 1885. It remains one of Canada’s most historic, symbolic and emotion-laden memories, eloquently revisited in Walter Hildebrandt’s The Battle of Batoche. The strategies of both sides are thoroughly examined, and numerous maps and photographs offer detailed description of the fateful battle.

The Box Closet

By Mary Meigs

A narrative woven of her parents’ diaries and letters that integrates Meigs’s discoveries as a daughter and granddaughter.

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The Burden of Office

By Joseph Tussman

Lucid, original and ultimately wise, this book is as much a work of literature as it is of philosophy.

The Chilliwacks and Their Neighbors

By Oliver Wells

Active ethnography through conversations, legends, articles, and a naturalist’s guide of the Chilliwack Native people and their area.

The Decline of the Hollywood Empire

By Hervé Fischer

Heralds an inevitable move from 35 mm to digital distribution which will level the creative playing field between the towering Hollywood empire and marginalized independent artists and producers.

The Medusa Head

By Mary Meigs

A sensitive psychological portrait of a stormy three-way lesbian relationship.

The Pleasure of the Crown

By Dara Culhane

An in-depth analysis of the 130-year history of the Aboriginal title issue in BC, focusing in particular on the Gitksan and Wet’suwet’en case.

The Porcupine Hunter and Other Stories

By Henry Tate

Henry W. Tate, who died in 1914, was an important Tsimshian informant to ethnographer Franz Boas.

The Recovery of the Public World

A collection of texts and talks which address the work of poet Robin Blaser.

The Salish People: Volume I

By Charles Hill-Tout

The first volume of a four-volume set rich in stories and factual information on the Salish people of the Pacific Northwest.

The Salish People: Volume II

By Charles Hill-Tout

Includes the Origin Myth as recounted by a storyteller whose mother saw Captain Vancouver sail into Howe Sound in 1792.

The Salish People: Volume III

By Charles Hill-Tout

Stories of the people of the Fraser Valley from Vancouver to Chilliwack, with the earliest account of BC archaeological sites.

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The Salish People: Volume IV

By Charles Hill-Tout

This volume deals with the Sechelt and the South-Eastern Tribes of Vancouver Island and includes a bio-bibliography of Charles Hill-Tout, as well as miscellaneous short pieces of special interest, such as letters and a review of Franz Boas’ book about Bella Coola.

The Terror of the Coast
The Terror of the Coast

By Chris Arnett

An extensively detailed reconstruction of the war between the First Nations and Vancouver Island’s colonial government.

The United States of Wind

By Daniel Canty

Canty creates a gentle road book, a melancholy blue guide written in an airy, associative prose, where images coalesce and dissipate, carried away through the outer and inner American landscape. The book, mixing the tropes of road narrative, poetic fabulation, and philosophical memoir, reaches towards images on the horizon of memory, to find out where they come from, while coming to the foreordained realization that, wherever memory may lead us, its images will be long gone when we get there and most probably were never even there at all.

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The Visual Laboratory of Robert Lepage

By Ludovic Fouquet

For more than three decades, Robert Lepage’s dynamic multimedia performance works have been produced on stages worldwide. Celebrated for his bold, visionary aesthetic, Lepage has received several high-profile commissions in recent years, including two Peter Gabriel world tours, Cirque du Soleil’s in Las Vegas, a dramatic staging of Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and Lorin Maazel’s 1984 at London’s Royal Opera House.

Despite Lepage’s prolificacy, and his status as one of the pioneers of new media performance, little critical writing about his work has been published, particularly in English. Ludovic Fouquet’s The Visual Laboratory of Robert Lepage, translated for the first time into English, thus presents much-needed in-depth analysis of Lepage’s strategies and practices.

Theatre and AutoBiography

By Sherrill Grace

This groundbreaking exploration of an increasingly prominent interdisciplinary realm draws on a wide range of contemporary theorists and playwrights. The breadth of styles and performances discussed here is extraordinary.

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Then We Were One

By Fred A. Reed

Shocked by the death of his younger brother, Fred Reed sets out on a series of journeys of discovery and understanding. By way of Iran in the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution; the Anatolian highlands of the mystic Bediuzzaman Said Nursi; in pursuit of ancient and modern iconoclasts in Syria and Lebanon; he comes under the spell of Islam. In its embrace he finds a renewed brotherhood; in its discipline, liberation.

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They Called Me Number One

By Bev Sellars

The first full-length memoir to be published out of St. Joseph’s Mission at Williams Lake, BC, Sellars tells of three generations of women who attended the school, interweaving the personal histories of her grandmother and her mother with her own. She tells of hunger, forced labour, and physical beatings, often with a leather strap, and also of the demand for conformity in a culturally alien institution where children were confined and denigrated for failure to be White and Roman Catholic.

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They Write Their Dreams on the Rock Forever

By Annie York & Chris Arnett & Richard Daly

’Nlaka’pamux elder Annie York explains the red ochre inscriptions written on the rocks and cliffs of the lower Stein Valley. Readings of these inscriptions-the lasting written record of the dreams and visions experienced by both neophyte hunters and practiced shamans-open a discussion of some of the issues in rock art research that relate to ‘notating’ and ‘writing’ on the landscape, around the world and through the millenia. A landmark publication on the evolution of writing.

This Is My Own

By Muriel Kitagawa

This Is My Own: Letters to Wes and Other Writings on Japanese Canadians, 1941–1948 is a collection of letters written by Muriel Kitagawa during this period, as well as statements, essays, and manuscripts which arose from Kitagawa’s commitment to write about the injustices of the government’s policies and to educate the Canadian public on the history and perceptions of Japanese Canadians.

Timothy Findley and the Aesthetics of Fascism

By Anne Geddes Bailey

Investigates the troubling relationship between narrative meaning and representations of violence within Timothy Findley’s novels.

Too Good to Be True

By Bev Christensen

Examines the question of who is to control North America’s vital water and power resources in the 21st century.

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Tracing the Lines

Gathers a wide range of community voices working in critical, poetic, visual, and hybrid forms to take the life and work of cultural activist, poet, and critic Roy Miki. These voices take Miki’s life and work as a starting point for analytical and creative reflections on key artistic, social and political movements of the second half of the 20th century.

Tracing The Paths

By Roy Miki

A wide spectrum of readings of bpNichol’s challenging and innovative long poem.

Transmission Difficulties

By Ralph Maud

Ralph Maud delves into the mystery of Boas’s alleged “translations” of the stories gathered by his chief Tsimshian informant, Henry Tate.

Truth or Death

By Thierry Hentsch

In the tradition of James Frazer, Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell, Thierry Hentsch retells, with new urgency and a keen critical eye, “the story of the West” that shapes our perception of the world. Yet, “the story of the West” does not exist. Only a reading of its most seminal texts—from Ulysses to Hamlet, from the Torah to the Gospels, from Plato to Descartes—can bring it alive.

Twelve Opening Acts

By Michel Tremblay

An account of Tremblay’s discovery of the theatre, from his first recognition at the age of six of how the imagination is actually a public construct, to his winning of a drama competition with his first play.

Two Houses Half-Buried in Sand

By Chris Arnett & Beryl Mildred Cryer

A vital collection of writings collected during the Depression, first published in Victoria’s oldest newspaper.

Vancouver: A Visual History

By Bruce Macdonald

This stunning full-colour historical atlas brings alive Vancouver’s first 14 decades.

Vancouver Anthology
Vancouver Anthology

By Stan Douglas

First published in 1991, this larger format, new edition coincides with a renewal of the Or Gallery’s mandate to incite and promote critical discourse both within and outside of the Vancouver art community.

Women in a World at War cover
Women in a World at War

By Madeleine Gagnon

Madeline Gagnon asks why women have not found a way to put an end to war, why they continue, from generation to generation, to raise sons who make war and oppress women, and what stake women themselves might have in war.

Write It on Your Heart

By Harry Robinson

Write It on Your Heart features stories collected over a ten-year period: true stories about the origin of the world; the creation of human beings; the coming of the white man; and what really happened in the post contact world of North America. This critically acclaimed collection, newly reformatted as the first of an ongoing three-part series, stands as a monument to the epic world of Harry Robinson.

Writing the Okanagan

By George Bowering

George Bowering was born in Penticton, where his great-grandfather Willis Brinson lived, and Bowering has never been all that far from the Okanagan Valley in his heart and imagination. Early in the twenty-first century, he was made a permanent citizen of Oliver. Bowering has family up and down the Valley, and he goes there as often as he can. He has been asked during his many visits to Okanagan bookstores over the years to publish a collection of his writing about the Valley.

Writing the Okanagan draws on forty books Bowering has published since 1960 – poetry, fiction, history, and some forms he may have invented. Selections from Delsing (1961) and Sticks & Stones (1962) are here, as is “Driving to Kelowna” from The Silver Wire (1966). Other Okanagan towns, among them Rock Creek, Peachland, Vernon, Kamloops, Princeton, and Osoyoos, inspire selections from work published through the 1970s and on to 2013. Fairview, the old mining site near Oliver, is the focus of an excerpt from Caprice (1987, 2010), one volume in Bowering’s trilogy of historical novels. “Desert Elm” takes as its two main subjects the Okanagan Valley and his father, who, as Bowering did, grew up there. With the addition of some previously unpublished works, the reader will find the wonder of the Okanagan here, in both prose and poetry.

Read excerpts from Writing the Okanagan on Meta-Talon.

Wednesday August 8, 2018 in Meta-Talon

2018 Buy a Québec Book Day! August 12

August 12, 2018, is Buy a Quebec Book Day. Celebrate by purchasing a recent Talonbooks book in translation!

Photo of a yellow concrete building damaged by hurricane Isidore Friday July 27, 2018 in Meta-Talon

How is a door Got Its Name

Next year marks the tenth anniversary of Fred Wah’s is a door : to celebrate, Talon takes a look back at how the book got its name.

Thursday March 8, 2018 in Meta-Talon

Book Recs for International Women’s Day 2018

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked our staff to recommend favourite Talon books that they felt contributed to the advancement of women and to the feminist literary canon.

Studies in Description cover Tuesday February 6, 2018 in Meta-Talon

“Argument is to me the air I breathe”

By Carl Peters

On Meta-Talon today, please enjoy the full text of the presentation given by Carl Peters at the Modern Languages Association convention in New York City on January 7, 2018. This talk responds to the question posed in the MLA convention session Rhetoric in Post-Factual Times: how to perform textual analysis in a time when facts are no longer the marker of good argumentation. (Peters’s talk is also related to his work on Stein; Peters is recently the author of Studies in Description: Reading Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons.)


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1 Hour Photo

Tetsuro Shigematsu

Almost Islands

Stephen Collis

Around Her

Sophie Bienvenu
Translated by Rhonda Mullins


Fred Wah & Rita Wong

[Checking In cover]
Checking In

Adeena Karasick

[Duets cover]

Edward Byrne

[Finding Mr. Wong cover]
Finding Mr. Wong

Susan Crean


Roy Miki
Edited by Michael Barnholden

[Gracie cover]

Joan MacLeod
Introduction by Marita Dachsel

He Speaks Volumes

Rebecca Wigod

[King Arthur's Night and Peter Panties cover]
King Arthur’s Night and Peter Panties

Niall McNeil & Marcus Youssef
Introduction by Al Etmanski

[Kuei, My Friend cover]
Kuei, My Friend

Deni Ellis Béchard & Natasha Kanapé Fontaine
Translated by Deni Ellis Béchard & Howard Scott

[Mercenary English – 3rd edition cover]
Mercenary English – 3rd edition

Mercedes Eng

[Nine Dragons cover]
Nine Dragons

Jovanni Sy

[Safety Sand cover]
Safety Sand

Garry Thomas Morse

Seven Sacred Truths

Wanda John-Kehewin

Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion

Drew Hayden Taylor

[Talker's Town and The Girl Who Swam Forever cover]
Talker’s Town and The Girl Who Swam Forever

Marie Clements & Nelson Gray

Thanks for Giving

Kevin Loring

[The Cure for Death by Lightning cover]
The Cure for Death by Lightning

Daryl Cloran

[The Eyelash and the Monochrome and Other Poems cover]
The Eyelash and the Monochrome

Tiziana La Melia

[The Green Chamber cover]
The Green Chamber

Martine Desjardins
Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel

The Mystery Play

Josh MacDonald

Treaty 6 Deixis

Christine Stewart


Deni Ellis Béchard

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