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Catriona Strang and Clea Roberts read from their latest collections.
Thursday, March 1
Special Collections & Rare Books
(7100 on the 7th floor of the W.A.C. Bennett Library=)
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Columbia
Readings will be followed by refreshments and a question period. Free!
Join the Rowers team on March 6 for a marvellous March evening of poetry and prose featuring Maryam Manteghi, Garry Thomas Morse, Jim Roberts, Dane Swan.
Note: start time is 7pm. Readings begin at 7:15pm. Glad Day Bookshop’s entrance is wheelchair accessible. The washroom is partially accessible. The nearest TTC subway station is Wellesley and street parking is available.Please do check this website our Facebook page to confirm each reading.
Mercedes Eng reads from Prison Industrial Complex Explodes.
Wednesday, March 7
411 Bernard Avenue
Kelowna, British Columbia
Poetry reading, featuring Garry Thomas Morse and Michael Boughn
Friday, March 16
The Second Reader Bookshop
1421 Hertel Avenue
Buffalo, New York
Dominion Reading Series #13
Hosted by the International Centre of Arts and Technology
New space, New Year! Join us in the Sun Wah Building at 268 Keefer Street in Chinatown. We are very excited to welcome our first writers into the space: Chimedum Ohaegbu, Jónína Kirton, and Danny Ramadan!
Friday, March 30
International Centre of Arts and Technology
413 – 268 Keefer Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Also find this event listed on Facebook, with more details.
North Island College presents award-winning poet Jordan Abel for readings in Comox Valley and Port Alberni:
Thursday, April 5
Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC’s Comox Valley campus
Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Friday, April 6
Room S-108, NIC’s Port Alberni campus
Vancouver Island, British Columbia
More info here.
The Hudson Players Club presents Balconville.
April 6–16, 2018
Hudson Village Theatre (28 Wharf St.)
The Art Bar Reading Series features Garry Thomas Morse, Ned Baeck, and Carol Barbour.
Tuesday, April 10
Free Times Café
320 College Street (at Spadina)
$5 at the door
More info here.
Poet Sachiko Murakami will appear at this year’s grit LIT, Hamilton’s annual literary festival.
Full line-up and program will be announced on February 18.
April 12–15, 2018
Also see gritlit.ca.
Jovanni Sy’s latest play, Nine Dragons, is on stage!
April 12–21, 2018
Gateway Theatre (Mainstage)
Richmond, British Columbia
For tickets and more info, see the Gateway Theatre website.
On April 19th come to a location TBA for a unique double-launch event.
Adeena Karasick will be launching her new book of poetry, Checking In .
This is also Gap Riot Press ‘s inaugural launch event!
Founded by Kate Siklosi ,Gap Riot Press publishes experimental, visual, innovative, and genre-blurring work by primarily Canadian poets that push the limits of poetry.
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
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.
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.
Open Books, Wallingford
All ages welcome. More info here.
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
Info and tickets available here.
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.)Thursday December 21, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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 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 …Tuesday September 26, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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.
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