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January 2018

Wednesday January 3, 2018
SFU Lunch Poems: Jónína Kirton and Joanne Arnott

Thursday January 4, 2018
Dr. Carl Peters speaks at the MLA Convention in NYC

Tuesday January 16, 2018
Play: Empire of the Son at Alberta Theatre (Alberta, AB)

Thursday January 25, 2018
Play: “Jitters” by David French in Vancouver

Wednesday January 31, 2018
Play:King Arthur's Knight and Peter Panties at the PUSH Festival (Vancouver, BC)

April 2018

Friday April 6, 2018
Play: Balconville at the Hudson Players Club (Hudson, QC)

June 2018

Friday June 15, 2018
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal
Posted: Wednesday January 3, 2018
SFU Lunch Poems: Jónína Kirton and Joanne Arnott

Date to be announced.

12:00 noon
Teck Gallery, SFU Harbour Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia

More info here.

Posted: Thursday January 4, 2018
Dr. Carl Peters speaks at the MLA Convention in NYC

Dr. Carl Peters, author most recently of Studies in Description, gives two papers at the annual convention of the Modern Languages Association, which will be held in New York City from January 4–7, 2018. Also see the full convention program online.

Saturday, January 6
8:30–9:45 a.m., Madison Square, Sheraton
462. Complex TV: Texts, Viewers, and Fan Engagement
Program arranged by the forum TC Popular Culture
Presiding: Ellen McCracken, U of California, Santa Barbara

1. “Transmedia and Telenovelas: Parodying Latinx Melodramas for a Transnational and Hemispheric Latinx Audience,” Yari Cruz, Indiana U, Bloomington
2. “The ‘Tina’ Phenomenon: Bob’s Burgers and the New Riot Grrls,” Kira Boyko, U of Victoria
3. “Against Cognitive Philosophies of Film Experience: An Archaeology of Image: Rethinking Jason Mittell’s Cognitivism,” Carl Peters, U of the Fraser Valley
4. “The Transmedial and Synontological Complexity of Castle,” Rhona Trauvitch, Florida International U

Abstract of Dr. Peters’s talk:
Complex TV-Film: Slicing Up Eyeballs
“What I want is for you not to like the film, to protest. I would be sorry if it pleased you.”—Buñuel
Albert Camus asserts that neither man nor world are absurd but the relationship that happens between them is. In film there is the depiction and the viewer who watches. Neither is absurd in itself but each confronting the other produces an absurd experience. Guy Debord called it spectacle. I call it “image.” Camus said “a novel is never anything but a philosophy expressed in images,” and that in a good novel the philosophy disappears into the images. In a good film philosophy disappears into the images. Woody Allen, in “My Philosophy,” writes:

I remember my reaction to a typically luminous observation of Kierkegaard’s: “Such a relation which relates itself to its own self (that is to say, a self) must either have constituted itself or have been constituted by another.” The concept brought tears to my eyes. My word, I thought, to be that clever! (I’m a man who has trouble writing two meaningful sentences on ‘My Day at the Zoo.’) True, the passage was totally incomprehensible to me, but what of it, as long as Kierkegaard was having fun.

Camus, of course, is talking about the nature of novels; Woody Allen, the nature of film. Here I am reminded of Kracauer’s Theory of Film, which I read as ‘Nature of Film.’ Between nature and theory is cognitivism, which I link to apprehension, affect, proprioception, and film experience; in fact, that is how I understand cognitivism as consciousness of film, so the word nature applies and is applied to film. My writing on these subjects is more (or less, frankly) than theoretical because I write and teach from the viewpoint that artists create outside or beyond theoretical pretenses. We watch, but why do we watch? This question cannot be answered unless we adopt an aesthetic similar to one explained by Francis Ford Coppola: “I have always loved when art works are what they are about. To me that is the holy grail of art” (“Why Am I Doing This?”).

Sunday, January 7
8:30–9:45 a.m., Sutton North, Hilton
735. Rhetoric in Post-Factual Times
Program arranged by the forum LSL Language and Society
Presiding: Rebecca Dingo, U of Massachusetts, Amherst

Speakers: Lindsey Albracht, Graduate Center, City U of New York; Jason Maxwell, Penn State U,
University Park; Carl Peters, U of the Fraser Valley; Kurt Spellmeyer, Rutgers U, New Brunswick; Daniel Valella, U of California, Berkeley; John David Zuern, U of Hawai‘i, Mānoa

Since the recent election scholars have reexamined the best practices of argumentation and how
they are teaching students to assess information and make arguments about it. Panelists examine how we perform textual analysis when facts and evidence are no longer the marker of good argumentation and offer historical, theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical perspectives.

Abstract of Dr. Peters’s talk:
“Argument is to me the air I breathe”—Gertrude Stein
This panel asks “How to perform textual analysis in a time when facts are no longer the marker of good argumentation.” Who says, “Facts are no longer the marker of good argumentation”? What this ‘false news’ business is all about – aside from the idea that facts are neutral – is how to define propaganda. A discerning reader will always be able to do the work of discerning. What I wish to analyze is that the way this question is framed already begins to normalize, and therefore legitimize, “alternative fact.” The idea is to understand what a text says, where it lies, and the question of how to perform textual analysis in a time when facts are no longer the marker of good argumentation; it is an ideological question – that is a fact. The problem in an age of mass media, advertisement for consumer goods, the way news is used, and the need to control news and package news, is that no one is innocent of using facts to claim truth.

Posted: Tuesday January 16, 2018
Play: Empire of the Son at Alberta Theatre (Alberta, AB)

Empire of the Son
by Tetsuro Shigematsu

A Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre production

Jan. 16 – 28, 2018
at Alberta Theatre Projects

ATP’s entry into the 32nd Annual High Performance Rodeo is a co-presentation with One Yellow Rabbit of a play by former CBC broadcaster Tetsuro Shigematsu that has been wowing audiences across Canada. Empire of the Son is a funny and poignant autobiographical one-man show about Shigematsu’s rocky relationship with his emotionally reserved father, Akira. Through visually striking live, cinematic vignettes, Shigematsu re-enacts moments from his father’s incredible personal history, from the ashes of Hiroshima to swinging 1960’s London, and also uses audio recordings and photographs to paint an intimate family portrait of their evolving connection and the deep-seated love for each other that they both struggle to express. The show, which has seen sold out runs in other cities, plays from Jan. 16 to 28, 2018.

Posted: Thursday January 25, 2018
Play: “Jitters” by David French in Vancouver

January 25–February 25, 2018
Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
Vancouver, British Columbia

About the play: Four actors, a director, a playwright, and one grand dream of Broadway-bound success. Anything from a forgotten line to a faulty wig may just make or break their new Canadian play. Can this motley crew set aside their egos and anxieties in order to make it to the big time? Find out in this raucous comedy that celebrates the ups and downs of life in the theatre.

See the Arts Club website for more information.

Buy the book.

Posted: Wednesday January 31, 2018
Play:King Arthur's Knight and Peter Panties at the PUSH Festival (Vancouver, BC)

January 31–February 4, 2018
Frederic Wood Theatre

More information here at the push festival website

Neworld Theatre brings us theatre at its most transformative. This production is a work of radical upheaval, in which the King Arthur legend is made fresh for our eyes. Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere—they’re all present in this tale of love, honour and war. New to us are the live band, the 20-person choir and, most of all, the radically inclusive cast.

The players in this drama, all professional, include people whose life experience includes Down syndrome. They stand on stage defined by their extraordinary perspectives. Playwrights and performers Niall McNeil, playing our eponymous hero, and Marcus Youssef have collaborated to write a show that will defy expectations and, hopefully, create new ones. Their art is original and personal, but it feels as necessary as the classic literature it draws on: they want to change theatre, and they want theatre to change us.

“Towering artists and socio-political provocateurs.“— The Globe and Mail

Posted: Friday April 6, 2018
Play: Balconville at the Hudson Players Club (Hudson, QC)

The Hudson Players Club presents Balconville at the Hudson Village Theatre, 28 Wharf St., April 6-16 with an extra show added April 12.

Tickets are moving fast. Call 438-923-6828 or visit www.hudsonplayersclub.ca.


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.

Tuesday December 5, 2017 in Meta-Talon

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

From 1988 until the end of 2016, Salt-Water Moon was in print with its original yellow cover, which featured now-outdated type design and a production still from one of the original productions of this sweet play. Now, as the play experiences something of a revival, and as the book goes into its eighth printing, we are pleased to show off the newly redesigned cover of Salt-Water Moon.

[cover of From Oral to Written] Tuesday September 26, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Read an excerpt: From Oral to Written

By Tomson Highway

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. Leading Aboriginal author Tomson Highway surveys the first wave of Native writers published in Canada, highlighting the most gifted authors and the best stories they have told, offering non-Native readers access to reconciliation and understanding, and at the same time engendering among Native readers pride in a stellar body of work. On Meta-Talon, read a selection from Highway’s prologue.

Thursday August 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Buy a Quebec Book Day! August 12

August 12 is Buy a Quebec Book Day – and have we got books for you! Browse our list of 12 august and recently published Quebec books – any of which we would, of course, recommend. Read the list, and then get out to your local bookstore this Saturday and show la belle province some literary love!

[cover of The Gorge] Friday June 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Listen: Nancy Shaw reads her poems

The Gorge: Selected Writing by Nancy Shaw launched in April, 2017 at the Western Front in Vancouver. To launch Shaw’s book, published posthumously, editor Catriona Strang read from The Gorge, and then this video was played to a rapt audience. In the video, you’ll hear the voice of Nancy Shaw, reading poems from her book Cold Trip (2006; co-authored with Catriona Strang).

Current Catalogue

[image: Talonbooks 2017 catalogue]



After Class

George F. Walker


Wajdi Mouawad
Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Art of Building a Bunker, The

Adam Lazarus & Guillermo Verdecchia


Sean Devine


Chantal Bilodeau

full-metal indigiqueer

Joshua Whitehead


Daphne Marlatt
Edited by Susan Holbrook

Just, The

Albert Camus
Translated by Bobby Theodore

[cover of Legend]

Michael Blouin

Prison Industrial Complex Explodes

Mercedes Eng

Reveries of a Solitary Biker

Catriona Strang

Wayside Sang

Cecily Nicholson


Philippe Arseneault
Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel

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