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April 2018

Sunday April 22, 2018
Poetry reading: Adeena Karasick at the Zinc Bar in NYC

Tuesday April 24, 2018
Play: “Gracie” in Ottawa, ON

Wednesday April 25, 2018
Game of Thrones vs Lord of the Rings (hosted by Dr. Christopher Morrissey (Vancouver, BC)

Sunday April 29, 2018
Play: "Gracie" in London, UK

May 2018

Tuesday May 1, 2018
Play: “A Taste of Empire” in Toronto

Wednesday May 2, 2018
Poetry reading: Garry Thomas Morse at McNally Robin

Friday May 4, 2018
Music for a Night in May, with Colin Browne (Vancouver)

Wednesday May 9, 2018
Poetry reading: Jordan Abel, Amaranth Borsuk, and Sarah Dowling

Friday May 11, 2018
Drew Hayden Taylor performing and emceeing at Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Benefit Concert in Peterborough

Thursday May 24, 2018
Adeena Karasick speaks at the International Communication Association conference, Prague

June 2018

Friday June 1, 2018
Adeena Karasick tours Europe with “Salomé” and “Checking In”

Friday June 15, 2018
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal

Thursday June 28, 2018
Adeena Karasick performs in Westmount, QC

Thursday June 28, 2018
bill bissett and Adeena Karasick read at the Atwater Poetry Project in Montreal

Saturday June 30, 2018
Poetry reading: Adeena Karasick in New Brunswick

September 2018

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

March 2019

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

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

April 2019

Thursday April 25, 2019
Play: “Empire of the Son” in Kamloops
Posted: Sunday April 22, 2018
Poetry reading: Adeena Karasick at the Zinc Bar in NYC

Adeena Karasick reads from her brand-new book, Checking In!

Sunday, April 22
4:30 PM
Zinc Bar (82 W. 3rd Street)
New York City, New York



Posted: Tuesday April 24, 2018
Play: “Gracie” in Ottawa, ON

Gracie by Joan MacLeod is on stage in the nation’s capital.

April 24–May 13, 2018
Great Canadian Theatre Company
1233 Wellington St. W
Ottawa, Ontario

About the play: Gracie’s world is full of faith and family, but as a fifteen year-old in a polygamous community, she feels increasing pressure to conform. With deep empathy and compassion, the playwright takes us into young Gracie’s world, where we discover what it’s like to grow up in an atypical environment.

For tickets and more info, visit the GCTC website.



Posted: Wednesday April 25, 2018
Game of Thrones vs Lord of the Rings (hosted by Dr. Christopher Morrissey (Vancouver, BC)

Game of Thrones vs. Lord of the Rings

WHEN: April 25, 2018 @ 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE: Mahony and Sons at Stamps Landing
601 Stamps Landing
Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Z1

COST: $10/person
CONTACT:Vancouver’s Life Community 604-733-6266

Pub events are back! Don’t miss tonight’s launch of: The Lounge for Young Professionals, developed by the same creators as Catholic After Hours and brought to you by Vancouver’s Life Community.

Come for the networking games and great conversation and fun.

Register today for 1/10 chance to win food and drink at the spacious and beautiful Irish pub, Mahony and Sons at False Creek.

Can we find anything meaningful in today’s entertainment and from classical books, that can help young professionals live fully, embrace life and liberty, and thrive in a culture that is rapidly changing on all fronts?

Don’t miss our guest young adult panelists:
Douglas Pham + Joseph San Jose.

Our guest moderator, Dr. Christopher Morrissey will help us think about various themes that will help young professionals flourish in their lives and career.

Bios:
Christopher S. Morrissey teaches logic and philosophy at Trinity Western University. He studied Classics at the University of British Columbia, and at Simon Fraser University he wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on René Girard. He is a managing editor of The American Journal of Semiotics. His books are Hesiod: Theogony / Works and Days (Talonbooks, 2012), and The Way of Logic (Nanjing Normal University Press, 2018).



Posted: Sunday April 29, 2018
Play: "Gracie" in London, UK

Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays
29, 30 April, 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 May 2018

“God doesn’t talk to girls. But He listens. I pray for God to tell Mr. Shelby to find me a husband who’s sweet and kind and not too old.”

Gracie was born into a polygamous religious community, and brought across the US border to Canada at the age of eight, when her mother became the eighteenth wife of an elder there. A lively and irrepressible child, her world is full of faith and family, but by the time she is fifteen, and at marriageable age, she feels increasing pressure to conform…but will she ever dare to take the leap and step into the outside world? 


A gripping and tender story about growing up in a religious cult by Joan MacLeod, winner of Canada’s most prestigious literary award, the Governor General’s Award.

This play is a work of fiction, inspired by Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) communities in Canada and the U.S. Gracie, and all other characters and the events mentioned in the play, are works of fiction as well.

More information here



Posted: Tuesday May 1, 2018
Play: “A Taste of Empire” in Toronto

May 1–6, 2018
Factory Theatre
125 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario

More info and tickets available from the Factory Theatre.



Posted: Wednesday May 2, 2018
Poetry reading: Garry Thomas Morse at McNally Robin

Join Garry Thomas Morse for the western Canadian launch of Safety Sand! In this companion to Governor General’s Award finalists Discovery Passages and Prairie Harbour, Garry Thomas Morse resumes his expansionist mapping of lyrical consciousness onto geographical concerns, acknowledging the unsettled edges of an imaginary territory.

Wednesday May 2
7:30 p.m.
McNally Robinson (Grant Park in the Travel Alcove)
Winnipeg, Manitoba

See the McNally Robinson website for more details.



Posted: Friday May 4, 2018
Music for a Night in May, with Colin Browne (Vancouver)

Friday, May 4
7 PM
The Cultch
Vancouver, British Columbia

After a long dark winter, one longs for the scent of earth and new growth…

Please join us for two new world premieres:

Night Sonnets | An excavation of luminous fragments scored for voice, reader, and string quartet. Songs of origin, exile, wonder, and farewell. Many of the texts were newly written for this composition; several are drawn from Browne’s collection, The Hatch.

Petal | A dramatic new composition for string quartet and soprano that that tracks the transcendent journey of the psyche as it reconstitutes itself from a single cell into the terrestrial body of love and grief. The history of the universe, re-discovered in every moment, summoning light.

Music by: Alfredo Santa Ana
Words by: Colin Browne

Featuring:
Carla Huhtanen, soprano
Colin Browne, reader
Nicholas Wright, violin
Karen Gerbrecht, violin
Andrew Brown, viola
Olivia Blander, cello

More info available here, and tickets available from The Cultch.



Posted: Wednesday May 9, 2018
Poetry reading: Jordan Abel, Amaranth Borsuk, and Sarah Dowling

May 9
7 p.m.
Open Books, Wallingford
Seattle, Washington

All ages welcome. More info here.



Posted: Friday May 11, 2018
Drew Hayden Taylor performing and emceeing at Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Benefit Concert in Peterborough

DREJOURNEY Magazine Ptbo presents
Friday May 11, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Benefit Concert

Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Benefit Concert featuring a variety of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous performers.

A silent auction will be held in Market Hall’s 2nd floor lobby 6-7pm.

Performers:

The Sadies
Drew Hayden Taylor
Beany John Hoop Dance
Thomas A. Stewart Jazz Bands
Wshkiigomaang Curve Lake Women’s Hand Drum Group
Mayhemingways
Keara Lightning

Proceeds from this event go to the Downie Wenjack Fund.
More information here



Posted: Thursday May 24, 2018
Adeena Karasick speaks at the International Communication Association conference, Prague

Adeena Karasick presents VINI VIDI VOCE: From the Page to the Stage as part of the Media Ecology Association panel, Voices in Media Ecology, at the 68th Annual International Communication Association Conference (May 24–28) at the Hilton Prague Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic.



Posted: Friday June 1, 2018
Adeena Karasick tours Europe with “Salomé” and “Checking In”

In June 2018, Adeena Karasick tours her new works, Checking In and Salomé! Karasick will perform in Ruderi Basilica Sant’Eustachio / Amalfi Coast, Paris, Turkey, and the Netherlands. More details to come.



Posted: Friday June 15, 2018
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal

Centaur Theatre will host the much-anticipated remount of Tableau D’Hôte’s production of Michel Tremblay’s Hosanna, which swept the METAs in 2015. Eloi ArchamBaudoin and Davide Chiazzese will reprise their roles as the trans heroine and her gone-to-seed biker boyfriend.

May 15–June 6, 2018
Centaur Theatre
Montreal, Quebec

Info and tickets available here.



Posted: Thursday June 28, 2018
bill bissett and Adeena Karasick read at the Atwater Poetry Project in Montreal
[banner for Atwater Poetry Project, June 28 2018]

The Atwater Poetry Project is an almost-monthly poetry reading series that brings the best local, Canadian, and international poets together with a passionate audience of poetry fans. Readings usually take place in the Atwater Library’s auditorium on our top floor. Click here for directions to our building and here for accessibility information (compliments of the Quebec Writers’ Federation, a longtime tenant). There is often a question-and-answer period following the readings. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

Thursday, June 28: Readings by bill bissett, Adeena Karasick, and Catherine Kidd

More information here.



Posted: Thursday June 28, 2018
Adeena Karasick performs in Westmount, QC

Karasick reads with bill bissett and Catherine Kidd for the Atwater Poetry Project.

Thursday, June 28
7 PM
Bibliothèque et Centre d’informatique Atwater / Atwater Library and Computer Centre
1200 Atwater Ave.
Westmount, Québec



Posted: Saturday June 30, 2018
Poetry reading: Adeena Karasick in New Brunswick

Adeena Karasick reads from her new book, Checking In.

Saturday, June 30
Time TBA
Café Lotus Bleu
52 Chemin Canada
Edmunston, New Brunswick



Posted: Wednesday September 19, 2018
Play: "Mom's the Word" in Saskatoon

PERSEPHONE THEATRE . 2018-2019 SEASON

MAIN STAGE:

MOM’S THE WORD 3
NEST 1⁄2 EMPTY

By Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard and Deborah Williams
A Vancouver Arts Club Production
September 19–October 3, 2018
The creative team behind the Mom’s the Word series presents a new chapter in their stories of family and fracas. Their kids are grown, their marriages have “evolved,” and their bodies are backfiring. Life doesn’t get any prettier, but it never strays far from ludicrous or poignant as the moms mine their personal history for every embarrassing detail. Filled with insights, secrets, and ribald humour, this brand-new show is both hysterical and deeply touching.
“Mom’s the Word 3 captivates with its heart, humour, and honesty” – Georgia Straight



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

Written & Directed by Morris Panych
With Ellen David, Laurent McCuaig-Pitre, Marie-Ève Perron & Michel Perron

March 19 to April 7, 2019
at the Centaur Theatre
Montreal, Quebec



Posted: Wednesday March 27, 2019
Play: "Empire of the Son" in Saskatoon

EMPIRE OF THE SON at the Persephone theatre .

A Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre Production
Written and Performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu, Produced by Donna Yamamoto

March 27 – April 10, 2019

As father and son, Akira and Tetsuro Shigematsu shared the same profession as public radio broadcasters. Each of them reveled in communicating with millions of their listeners, but they never spoke with each other. When Akira’s health begins to falter in his old age, Tetsuro bridges the gap between them with the only object they both understand: a microphone. Through visually striking live, cinematic vignettes, Shigematsu re-enacts moments from his father’s incredible personal history, from the ashes of Hiroshima to swinging 1960s London, and paints an intimate portrait of their evolving connection and the deep-seated love for each other that they both struggle to express.



Posted: Thursday April 25, 2019
Play: “Empire of the Son” in Kamloops

Written and Performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu
A Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre Production

April 25 – May 4, 2019
Pavilion Theatre
Kamloops, British Columbia

A funny and poignant one-man show by former CBC broadcaster Tetsuro Shigematsu about his rocky relationship with his emotionally reserved father, Akira. From the ashes of Hiroshima to swinging 1960s London, this acclaimed play shows how Akira’s incredible personal history has influenced two generations. Through visually striking live, cinematic vignettes, Tetsuro paints an intimate portrait of the evolving connection between father and son, and the deep-seated love for one another that they both struggle to express.

“A celebration of the extraordinary in the ordinary”—Ottawa Citizen

More information available from Western Canada Theatre.



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.)

The World Afloat cover Thursday December 21, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Our Spiritual Lives

Our little end-of-year present to you is a miniature from M.A.C. Farrant’s delightful collection of very short stories, The World Afloat. Happy Holidays from Talonbooks!


Our Spiritual Lives

We’ve seen stains on tea towels that look like Jesus Christ’s face so we know he exists. And we know that dried seaweed can save the Douglas fir from extinction so we hang dried seaweed from the tree’s branches.

Tuesday December 5, 2017 in Meta-Talon

A new cover for Drew Hayden Taylor’s play, In a World Created by a Drunken God

A finalist for the 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, In a World Created by a Drunken God has been in steady demand since it was first published 11 years ago. From 2006 until the end of 2017, In a World Created by a Drunken God was in print with its original cover, which showed moving boxes and a flip phone. Now, Talonbooks has reprinted In a World Created by a Drunken God for the fourth time, and it wears a dynamic, new cover …

Current Catalogue

[image: Talonbooks 2018 Spring catalogue]

CURRENT FRONT LIST


 
[Checking In cover]
Checking In

Adeena Karasick
Poetry

[Duets cover]
Duets

Edward Byrne
Poetry

[Finding Mr. Wong cover]
Finding Mr. Wong

Susan Crean
Non-Fiction

[Gracie cover]
Gracie

Joan MacLeod
Introduction by Marita Dachsel
Drama

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

Niall McNeil & Marcus Youssef
Introduction by Al Etmanski
Drama

[Kuei, My Friend cover]
Kuei, My Friend

Deni Ellis Béchard & Natasha Kanapé Fontaine
Translated by Deni Ellis Béchard & Howard Scott
Non-Fiction

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

Mercedes Eng
Frontlist

[Nine Dragons cover]
Nine Dragons

Jovanni Sy
Drama

[Safety Sand cover]
Safety Sand

Garry Thomas Morse
Poetry

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

Marie Clements & Nelson Gray
Drama

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

Daryl Cloran
Drama

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

Tiziana La Melia
Poetry

[The Green Chamber cover]
The Green Chamber

Martine Desjardins
Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel
Fiction


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