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March 2017

Friday March 31, 2017
Book Launch: Entering Time at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

April 2017

Saturday April 1, 2017
bill bissett in Kingston, ON

Wednesday April 5, 2017
Lecture: Bev Sellars at McNally Winnipeg

Thursday April 6, 2017
Play: "Sextet" at Calgary Centre for the Performing Art in Calgary, AB

Thursday April 6, 2017
Play: “The Watershed” in Richmond, BC

Thursday April 6, 2017
Poet R. Kolewe at Toronto’s International Festival of Authors

Friday April 7, 2017
Bev Sellars at gritLIT in Hamilton, ON

Sunday April 9, 2017
Public protest play readings: Fennario’s “Bolsheviki” and “Motherhouse”

Sunday April 9, 2017
Play: "Bolsheviki" at the Company House in Halifax, NS

Monday April 24, 2017
Read Local BC Event: Bev Sellars in Williams Lake

Wednesday April 26, 2017
Play: Shape of a Girl at the Pacific Theatre (Vancouver, BC)

Wednesday April 26, 2017
Play: “The Shape of a Girl” at Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, BC

Thursday April 27, 2017
Talonbooks Spring Poetry Launch!

Saturday April 29, 2017
Authors for Indies Day (national)

May 2017

Thursday May 4, 2017
Play: “Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth” in Kamloops, BC

Friday May 5, 2017
Read Local BC Event: Anahita Jamali Rad at the Cottage Bistro in Vancouver, BC

Saturday May 6, 2017
Book Launch: Same Diff at the Duplex (Vancouver, BC)

Monday May 15, 2017
Rumble Theatre’s Living Room with Tetsuro Shigematsu

Tuesday May 16, 2017
Reading: Stephen Collis at Cafe Voltaire (Prince George)

Thursday May 18, 2017
Play: “The Paradise Arms” in Vancouver

June 2017

Thursday June 8, 2017
Poetry reading: R. Kolewe with Tara-Michelle Ziniuk and Sarah Pinder, Toronto

July 2017

Thursday July 6, 2017
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal

September 2017

Friday September 22, 2017
Sidney Literary Festival, featuring M.A.C. Farrant

October 2017

Thursday October 26, 2017
Play: "Only Drunks and Children" at the Magnus Theatre in Thunderbay, ON

November 2017

Friday November 3, 2017
Stephen Collis at the Festival of Readers (St. Catharines, ON)
Posted: Friday March 31, 2017
Book Launch: Entering Time at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Please join us to help celebrate the release of three new publications by the SCA Faculty.

Entering Time: The Fungus Man Platters of Charles Edenshaw by SCA Professor Emeritus (Film) Colin Browne .

Two projects by Urban Subjects, a collaborative group that includes the SCA’s Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber and Jeff Derksen: The Militant Image Reader by Edition Camera Austria, and Front, Field, Line, Plane – Researching the Militant Image , edited by Hannes Loichinger and Ulf Wuggenig, Kunstraum of Leuphana University of Lüneburg.

And Ludic Dreaming: How to Listen Away from Contemporary Technoculture, co-written by SCA’s Eldritch Priest (w/David Cecchetto, Marc Couroux and Ted Hiebert).

31 March 2017, 6:00pm
World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts,
149 W. Hastings
Vancouver, BC
V6B 1H4 Canada

Facebook event page here



Posted: Saturday April 1, 2017
bill bissett in Kingston, ON

Famed international poet bill bissett will be in Kingston on April 1, kicking off Canada’s official Poetry Month with the contemporary art poetry event, Sound One Two. A night of contemporary poetry will feature bill bissett. Additional details, including other featured artists, will be announced in the coming weeks.

April 1, 2017
7–11 PM
TETT Centre (Modern Fuel’s main gallery)
370 King Street West
Kingston, Ontario

More info here.



Posted: Wednesday April 5, 2017
Lecture: Bev Sellars at McNally Winnipeg

An Evening with Bev Sellars

Wednesday Apr 05, 2017
7:30 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Travel Alcove

Speaking & Signing Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival (Talonbooks).

Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Spring Literary Series.

Price Paid untangles truth from some of the myths about First Nations and addresses misconceptions still widely believed today. The second book by award-winning author Bev Sellars (They Called Me Number One), Price Paid is based on a popular presentation Sellars often told to treaty-makers, politicians, policymakers, and educators.

The book begins with glimpses of foods, medicines, and cultural practices North America’s indigenous peoples have contributed to the rest of the world. It documents the dark period of regulation by racist laws during the twentieth century, and then discusses new emergence in the twenty-first century into a re-establishment of Indigenous land and resource rights. The result is a candidly told personal take on the history of Aboriginal rights in Canada and Canadian history told from a First Nations point of view.

Bev Sellars was first elected chief of the Xat’sull (Soda Creek) First Nation in Williams Lake, British Columbia, in 1987. She has spoken out on behalf of her community on racism and residential schools and on the environmental and social threats of mineral resource exploitation in her region. Having earned a degree in history from the University of Victoria and a law degree from the University of British Columbia, she served as an advisor to the B.C. Treaty Commission. Sellars brings this professional background to her new book on First Nations rights.



Posted: Thursday April 6, 2017
Play: "Sextet" at Calgary Centre for the Performing Art in Calgary, AB

Sextet
by Morris Panych
Directed by Jamie Dunsdon

Featuring Paul Welch, Anna Cummer, Curt McKinstry, Lara Schmitz, Tenaj Williams, and Stafford Perry

April 6-15, 2017 at The Big Secret Theatre in Arts Commons

8pm evenings | 2pm weekend matinees

For tickets, call the Arts Commons Box Office at 403.294.9494 or click the button below to buy online.

Click here for tickets



Posted: Thursday April 6, 2017
Play: “The Watershed” in Richmond, BC

A rollicking road trip in pursuit of a nation’s disappearing lifeblood.

April 6–15
MainStage
Gateway Theatre
Richmond, British Columbia

Celebrated documentary theatre artist Annabel Soutar leads her family on a cross-Canada journey, probing the forces that are shaping the future of our dwindling natural resources. By innovatively dramatizing an eclectic and insightful set of interviews with scientists, government officials, activists and business leaders, The Watershed deftly documents a nation struggling to find the balance between environment and industry.

By Annabel Soutar • Directed by Chris Abraham • Co-produced by Productions Porte Parole and Crow’s Theatre with support from La Coop Fédérée

Tickets and more info available here.



Posted: Thursday April 6, 2017
Poet R. Kolewe at Toronto’s International Festival of Authors

Book Launch: Toronto Lit Up

Please join the League of Canadian Poets and the International Festival of Authors in launching National Poetry Month, and the new works of five wonderful Toronto Poets:

Thursday, April 6
6:30 PM
Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge St
North York, ON

Cost: FREE

More detail here.



Posted: Friday April 7, 2017
Bev Sellars at gritLIT in Hamilton, ON

gritLIT is Hamilton’s annual readers and writers festival. This year, Talon author Bev Sellars makes two appearances!

Friday, April 7
8 PM
Identity and Self-Determination: Join Ivan Coyote (Tomboy Survival Guide), Bev Sellars (Price Paid) and Leslie Shimotakahara (After the Bloom) for an illuminating discussion about how we identify ourselves and how we are identified by others.

Saturday, April 8
Author Talk: Price Paid (11:00 am)
11 AM
Award-winning author Bev Sellars debunks myths and addresses misconceptions about First Nations in this riveting discussion of her book, Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival. Pay what you can.

Details and tickets available here.



Posted: Sunday April 9, 2017
Public protest play readings: Fennario’s “Bolsheviki” and “Motherhouse”

You are invited to attend readings of David Fennario’s war-protest plays, Bolsheviki and Motherhouse, to honour those who lost their lives and remember the resistance to war and to protest national celebration of the battle of Vimy Ridge.

Readings will be held in Charlottetown, Halifax, Montreal (McGill University), Kingston, Ottawa, and Toronto on April 9, 2017.

Find details and read more about the Vimy Ridge Anti-War Project online, and find the project on Facebook.



Posted: Sunday April 9, 2017
Play: "Bolsheviki" at the Company House in Halifax, NS

Staged Play Reading: Bolsheviki by David Fennario
The Company House
Sunday 9 April 2017, 14:00 till Sunday 9 April 2017, 15:00
Organized by : Mike Chandler

April 9, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge, which saw over 10,500 Canadian soldiers wounded and 3,600 killed. To counter the sanitized commemoration of this battle by the Canadian government and other organizations, readings of two anti-war plays by David Fennario are being presented across the country. The Halifax event will see the play Bolsheviki performed by actors Mike Chandler and Howard Beye. Please join us to both commemorate the lives lost at Vimy Ridge and to help build resistance to war. A suggested donation of 10 dollars (any amount is appreciated) will go to the Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace. For more information on this project, see http://vimyridging.weebly.com/list-your-event.html.



Posted: Monday April 24, 2017
Read Local BC Event: Bev Sellars in Williams Lake

Read Local BC presents an event featuring titles by authors from Prince George and Williams Lake.

April 24, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Prince George Public Library
Bob Harkins Branch
888 Canada Games Way
Prince George, BC V2L 5T6

Participating authors/titles:

Price Paid by Bev Sellars (Talonbooks)
The Salmon Run by Clayton Gauthier (Theytus Books)
Chilcotin Chronicles by Sage Birchwater (Caitlin Press)
A Quiet Roar by Heidi Redl (Cailtin Press)



Posted: Wednesday April 26, 2017
Play: Shape of a Girl at the Pacific Theatre (Vancouver, BC)

DETAILS
The Shape of a Girl by Joan MacLeod

When: April 26-29 at 8:00pm

Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC

Tickets: At the door – festival seating. “Pay-what-you-think-it’s-worth” after the show. Please contact 604-731-5518 or boxoffice@pacifictheatre.org for further information.

ARTISTIC TEAM:

Directed by Shelby Bushell. Featuring Lindsay Curl. Sound Design by Ryan Scramstad. Lighting Design by Kougar Basi. Stage Management by Maddison Silva. Marketing and Communications by Amanda Millar.



Posted: Wednesday April 26, 2017
Play: “The Shape of a Girl” at Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, BC

The Shape of a Girl by Joan MacLeod

April 26–29
8 PM
Pacific Theatre (1440 W 12th Ave)
Vancouver, British Columbia

Tickets: At the door – festival seating. “Pay-what-you-think-it’s-worth” after the show. Please contact 604-731-5518 or boxoffice@pacifictheatre.org for further information.



Posted: Thursday April 27, 2017
Talonbooks Spring Poetry Launch!

Talonbooks launches its Spring 2017 poetry titles all in one night! New books by Jónína Kirton, R. Kolewe, Donato Mancini, Nancy Shaw (to be read by Catriona Strang).

Books! Wine! So much cheese! Save the date!

Thursday, April 27, 2017
7:30 PM
The Western Front
Vancouver, British Columbia



Posted: Saturday April 29, 2017
Authors for Indies Day (national)

Authors for Indies Day is coming up, and a few Talon authors will be out and about!

M.A.C. Farrant will be on hand at the UBC Bookstore in VANCOUVER in the early afternoon with copies of her latest books, The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice and The Word Afloat.

Meredith Quartermain, most recently the author of the novel U Girl, will be at VANCOUVER’s The Paper Hound Bookshop from 3–4 PM.

Translator and author David Homel will be at the Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore in MONTREAL from 2–6 PM.

Visit Authors for Indies online to discover other participating authors and bookstores.



Posted: Thursday May 4, 2017
Play: “Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth” in Kamloops, BC

ONLY DRUNKS AND CHILDREN TELL THE TRUTH
by DREW HAYDEN TAYLOR

May 4–13, 2017
Pavilion Theatre
Kamloops, British Columbia

More information available on the Western Canada Theatre website.



Posted: Friday May 5, 2017
Read Local BC Event: Anahita Jamali Rad at the Cottage Bistro in Vancouver, BC

Read Local BC presents an event featuring titles by and about women.
May 5, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, Vancouver BC

Participating authors/titles:

· U Girl , Meredith Quartermain (pub date: Spring 2016)
· Wherever I find Myself: Stories of Canadian Immigrant Women, Miriam Matejova (pub date: March 29, 2017)
· What We Once Believed, Andrea MacPherson (pub date: March 29, 2017)
· Beckoned by the Sea: Women at Work on the Cascade Coast, Sylvia Taylor (pub date: May 17, 2017)
· Serpentine Loop, Elee Kraljii Gardiner (pub date: April 16, 2016)
· for love and autonomy , Anahita Jamali Rad (pub date: Sept. 2016)



Posted: Saturday May 6, 2017
Book Launch: Same Diff at the Duplex (Vancouver, BC)

Saturday May, 6th
Time: TBA
at the Duplex

Donato Mancini launches his newest book of poetry, Same Diff !

More details to come



Posted: Monday May 15, 2017
Rumble Theatre’s Living Room with Tetsuro Shigematsu

The Living Room is a mixer-slash-mingler-slash-meeting for emerging artists to hear from established artists on topics that are important to our theatre community. Connect, network, and share news in a casual and fun environment. Rumble Theatre invites all artists who self-identify as “emerging” to join us for these fun and stimulating evenings of conversation and community-building. Each event is centred around a specific theme. The Living Room is free-of-charge and no advance sign-up is required.

Private = public: putting your own story onstage
May 15
7 PM
PL1422 studio (1422 William Street)
Vancouver, British Columbia

What’s the cost of making a play about yourself? What if you’re not a “playwright” but you have a great story to tell? Where do you find the courage to share your personal secrets? Inside everyone is a story. And sometimes that story ends up onstage as a one-person show! Come hear guest artists Tetsuro Shigematsu (playwright, performer for Empire of the Son) and Quelemia Sparrow (playwright, performer for O’wet/Lost Lagoon) talk about their processes of turning personal history into public theatre. Conversation moderated by Pedro Chamale, playwright, performer and co-AD of rice & beans theatre.

Also see the Rumble Theatre website and this event on Facebook.



Posted: Tuesday May 16, 2017
Reading: Stephen Collis at Cafe Voltaire (Prince George)

Stephen Collis will be reading alongside Sarah Deleeuw at Cafe Voltaire on Tuesday, May 16th.

More information to come



Posted: Thursday May 18, 2017
Play: “The Paradise Arms” in Vancouver

The Paradise Arms
Leanna Brodie brings us a new translation of Olivier Sylvestre’s La beauté de monde.

We’ll be holding a FirstLook staged reading of The Paradise Arms on

May 18, 2017
7 PM
Playwrights Theatre Centre Test Kitchen
739 Gore Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia

About the play: On an ordinary day, Olivier is out for a stroll with Maryline when, catching sight of a run-down apartment building, he feels a compulsion he doesn’t understand. Breaking away from his astonished girlfriend, he runs into the shabby front entrance and rents the apartment in the basement … As Olivier confronts his profound alienation from all aspects of his former life, he is visited by the bizarre and unsettling tenants who people his new home. Meanwhile Maryline is desperately trying to get Olivier to leave the basement … and he starts getting the uneasy feeling that the building itself is trying to suck him further inside …



Posted: Thursday June 8, 2017
Poetry reading: R. Kolewe with Tara-Michelle Ziniuk and Sarah Pinder, Toronto

knife | fork | book
presents R. Kolewe with Tara-Michelle Ziniuk and Sarah Pinder

Thursday, June 8
Doors open at 6:30PM
Rick’s Cafe (281 Augusta Avenue)
Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario

More information and updates here.



Posted: Thursday July 6, 2017
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.

July 6 to 23, 2017
Centaur Theatre
Montreal, Quebec

Read more about the Centaur’s 2016-7 season in the Montreal Gazette.



Posted: Friday September 22, 2017
Sidney Literary Festival, featuring M.A.C. Farrant

M.A.C. Farrant will participate in the Sidney Literary Festival this fall!

September 22–24, 2017
Sidney (Vancouver Island), British Columbia



Posted: Thursday October 26, 2017
Play: "Only Drunks and Children" at the Magnus Theatre in Thunderbay, ON

The second offering for the upcoming season is a play by Drew Hayden Taylor, Only Drunks And Children Tell The Truth. “On the success of last years’ hit, Crees In The Caribbean, I felt our audience would enjoy another of Drew’s plays,” said Currie. “It is crucial in this community that we present the work of First Nations artists, and Drew is one of the best.” Only Drunks And Children Tell The Truth runs at Magnus Theatre from October 26 to November 11, 2017.

Please visit the Magnus Theatre website for tickets and more info



Posted: Friday November 3, 2017
Stephen Collis at the Festival of Readers (St. Catharines, ON)

Save the date
Nov 3-5
is the 2017 Festival of Readers!

The Festival of Readers: St. Catharines is a new, annual event designed to celebrate the love of reading and help to build a literary culture in the Niagara regions.

Talon poet Stephen Collis will be reading at the festival.

More details here

PS
more details to come



Thursday March 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Karasick gives to SFU library

Critically acclaimed poet and Vancouver native Adeena Karasick was in her hometown last month to celebrate the donation of her archive to Simon Fraser University. The Collection of Contemporary Literature at SFU’s Bennett Library contains one of the biggest selections of avant-garde poetry in North America.

[cover of In Search of New Babylon] Friday March 17, 2017 in Meta-Talon

In Which Caspar Tootsey Joins the Phantom Cavalry

All the main characters in this novel are invented, except one. All the towns are real, except for New Babylon. But if such a place were to be imagined, it would be a Wild West town where gunfights are fair play and the law bans only the lawman. It is a perilous place, where the beauty of the desert landscape takes your breath away with the same power as an open blade and a gash to the throat.

On that gruesome note, we hope you enjoy this teaser, lifted from pages 36–38 of In Search of New Babylon.

[The Days cover] Thursday March 2, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Today is Annual Day: A Very Short Story

Today on Meta-Talon, please enjoy a very short story from M.A.C. Farrant’s book The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice.

Annual Day

Annual Day happens once a year and it is never good. This year the date is March 2.

Thursday February 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Book List: Migration and Multiculturalism

Migration – the movement of humans from one place to another with the intention of settling – has been top of mind in recent weeks given certain political changes and policy implementations in certain western countries, in recent months in response to the failure of state in Syria and the outflow of refugees from that region, and in recent years characterized by a heightened sensitivity to the possibility of east-west terrorist attacks. Perhaps Canada is a beacon to other states? Or perhaps we still have much learning to do? In the spirit of learning, we recommend twelve Talon books on the topic of migration, refugees, and the immigrant experience.

Current Catalogues

[image: Fall 2016 catalogue] [image: Spring 2016 catalogue]

CURRENT FRONT LIST


 
[cover of A Crossing of Hearts]
A Crossing of Hearts

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Frontlist

[cover of A Taste of Empire]
A Taste of Empire

Jovanni Sy
Drama

[cover of An Honest Woman]
An Honest Woman

Jónína Kirton
Poetry

[cover of Crees in the Caribbean]
Crees in the Caribbean

Drew Hayden Taylor
Drama


Ebooks (Full List)

Talonbooks
Backlist

[cover of Empire of the Son]
Empire of the Son

Tetsuro Shigematsu
Drama

[Entering Time cover]
Entering Time

Colin Browne
Non-Fiction

[cover of From Oral to Written]
From Oral to Written

Tomson Highway
Frontlist

[cover of In Search of New Babylon]
In Search of New Babylon

Dominique Scali
Translated by W. Donald Wilson
Frontlist

[cover of Inspecting Nostalgia]
Inspecting Nostalgia

R. Kolewe
Poetry

[cover of Legend]
Legend

Michael Blouin
Frontlist

[cover of Messenger]
Messenger

Wendy Lill
Frontlist

[cover of Same Diff]
Same Diff

Donato Mancini
Frontlist

[cover of The Gorge]
The Gorge: Selected Writing

Nancy Shaw
Edited by Catriona Strang
Frontlist


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