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January 2018

Wednesday January 24, 2018
“Limbs & Thresholds” by Oana Avasilichioaei, Vancouver

Wednesday January 24, 2018
Incite: Adèle Barclay, Aislinn Hunter, Richard Harrison, Cecily Nicholson

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

Thursday January 25, 2018
Play: “Mambo Italiano” in Sudbury

Friday January 26, 2018
Book Launch: Garry Morse launches Safety Sand at knife fork book

Saturday January 27, 2018
“Beggars in Our Own Home No More” with Bev Sellars, Gabriola Island, BC

Wednesday January 31, 2018
Play: “King Arthur's Night” at the PuSh Festival in Vancouver

February 2018

Thursday February 1, 2018
Play: “Marion Bridge” in Belleville, ON

Sunday February 11, 2018
Poetry reading: Karasick, Nurkse, and gaines in NYC

Saturday February 17, 2018
Bev Sellars Presentation at the Museum at Campbell River

Sunday February 18, 2018
Play: “Jabber” on stage in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

March 2018

Tuesday March 6, 2018
Rowers Reading Series featuring Garry Thomas Morse in Toronto, ON

Wednesday March 21, 2018
VERSe Fest Ottawa - Stephen Collis on Opening Night

Thursday March 22, 2018
VERSe Fest Ottawa 2nd Night - bill bissett, Dominic Langlois, and Madhur Anand

Sunday March 25, 2018
VERSe Fest Ottawa - Jordan Abel

April 2018

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

Thursday April 12, 2018
Sachiko Murakami at grit LIT in Hamilton, ON

Thursday April 12, 2018
Play: “Nine Dragons” in Richmond, BC

Thursday April 19, 2018
Launch Party: Gap Riot Press and 'Checking In' by Adeena Karasick

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

May 2018

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

June 2018

Friday June 15, 2018
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal
Posted: Wednesday January 24, 2018
“Limbs & Thresholds” by Oana Avasilichioaei, Vancouver

Oana Avasilichioaei performs her work Limbs & Thresholds. Avasilichioaei is in Vancouver as the Audain Visual Artist in Residence at SFU.

Oana Avasilichioaei: LIMBS & THRESHOLDS
(multimedia performance)

Wednesday, January 24
7:00 p.m.
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings, Vancouver

Free admission.

Also find this event listed on sfu.ca and on Facebook.



Posted: Wednesday January 24, 2018
Incite: Adèle Barclay, Aislinn Hunter, Richard Harrison, Cecily Nicholson

Wednesday, January 24
7:30 p.m.
Alice McKay Room – Vancouver Public Library (Central branch)
350 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver

For the first event of Incite’s 2018 season, we’ll hear from four award-winning poets, each reading from and discussing critically-acclaimed collections. Adèle Barclay’s If I Were In A Cage I’d Reach Out For You (Nightwood Editions) received the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 2016. An evocative, radically intimate collection, a strong desire to ‘reach out’ runs palpably through these poems. Aislinn Hunter’s Linger, Still (Gaspereau Press) ranges across ecological, philosophical, domestic, and literary subjects. Along the way, these startling poems reach for, and grasp, “what lists under every pose: the hope / that someone will love us”. Richard Harrison‘s On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood (Wolsak & Wynn) reflects on his father’s death, the Alberta Flood, and what poetry offers a life lived around it. A 2017 Governor General’s Award-winning collection, it was named “undoubtedly among the most searing poetry of 2016,” by Marrow Reviews. Lastly, Vancouver poet Cecily Nicholson will read from Wayside Sang (Talon Books), a collection that explores transportation and migration through various landscapes.

Free, but please RSVP.
Details available here.



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: Thursday January 25, 2018
Play: “Mambo Italiano” in Sudbury

Mambo Italiano by Steve Galluccio is on stage in Sudbury! This production will run in French – and it was translated by Quebec all-star playwright Michel Tremblay.

January 25 – February 3, 2018
Le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario
Sudbury, Ontario

More info here.



Posted: Friday January 26, 2018
Book Launch: Garry Morse launches Safety Sand at knife fork book

Garry Thomas Morse launches his new collection of poetry, Safety Sand!

January 26, 2018
7 PM
knife fork book at The Darkside Studio
244 Augusta Avenue 2nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario

Also find this event on Facebook.



Posted: Saturday January 27, 2018
“Beggars in Our Own Home No More” with Bev Sellars, Gabriola Island, BC

Beggars in Our Own Home No More
Informed by Bev Sellars’s very personal take on the history of Aboriginal rights in Canada, this event examines the potential for reconciliation through the lens of Indigenous economies. Shelagh Rogers will be the MC for this event at the Surf Lodge on Gabriola.

Saturday, January 27
7 p.m.
The Surf Lodge and Pub (885 Berry Point Road)
Gabriola Island, British Columbia

Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required for this FREE event at the Surf Lodge. Please visit the Gabriola Library or phone 250-247-7878 to reserve your seat.

More info here.



Posted: Wednesday January 31, 2018
Play: “King Arthur's Night” at the PuSh Festival in Vancouver

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: Thursday February 1, 2018
Play: “Marion Bridge” in Belleville, ON

The Belleville Theatre Guild’s third production of the season is Marion Bridge by Daniel MacIvor.

February 1 to 17
Pinnacle Playhouse
256 Pinnacle Street
Belleville, Ontario

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10. For more information, visit www.bellevilletheatreguild.ca.



Posted: Sunday February 11, 2018
Poetry reading: Karasick, Nurkse, and gaines in NYC

Triangle Quarterly: Karasick, Nurkse, and gaines
Please join us for the next reading of Triangle Quarterly, a series dedicated to exploring diverse styles and genres of poetry, curated and hosted by Anton Yakovlev. Each reading features three poets writing in distinctly different modes. After the readings, the poets assemble on stage for a Q&A and a discussion where they respond to each other’s work.

Sunday, February 11, 2018
5:30–7:30 p.m. EST
Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery)
New York, New York 10012

More info available on the Bowery Poetry Club website.
Also find this event on Facebook.



Posted: Saturday February 17, 2018
Bev Sellars Presentation at the Museum at Campbell River

Feb 17
1 – 4:00 pm
at the Museum at Campbell River

Haig-Brown Writer-In-Residence Bev Sellars will give a presentation on which her second book, Price Paid, was based.
The presentation looks at Canadian History from an aboriginal perspective and takes place Feb. 17 from 1 to 4 p.m.

This is the second of a series of events featuring Bev at the Museum at Campbell River. Keep watching www.crmuseum.ca as future dates are confirmed.

Admission to this event is by donation.

More info here



Posted: Sunday February 18, 2018
Play: “Jabber” on stage in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Jabber, a powerful play about Muslim teen, is on stage in north-eastern Pennsylvania.

Sunday, February 12
Kirby Center
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

Tickets: $10 USD

See the Kirby Center website for tickets and more info.



Posted: Tuesday March 6, 2018
Rowers Reading Series featuring Garry Thomas Morse in Toronto, ON

Rowers Reading Series
March 6th, 2018
Glad Day Book Shop
Garry Thomas Morse will read from his new book of poetry, Safety Sand

Happy new year everyone! Rowers welcomes you to 2018 a new space, Glad Day Bookshop at 499 Church Street on Monday. Glad Day will be our new venue, although we will be mostly resuming our first Tuesday timeslot this year. Please do check this website our Facebook page to confirm each reading.



Posted: Wednesday March 21, 2018
VERSe Fest Ottawa - Stephen Collis on Opening Night

The first event of VERSe Ottawa 2018 will be
Carolyn Smart, Stephen Collis, and Zahry Richard.

Event schedule here

March 21st
7:00 PM
KNOX
227 Elgin St. Ottawa



Posted: Thursday March 22, 2018
VERSe Fest Ottawa 2nd Night - bill bissett, Dominic Langlois, and Madhur Anand

2nd Night of VERSe Ottawa includes
bill bissett, Dominic Langlois, and Madhur Anand.

Tree Reading Series Presents
March 22nd, 2018
7 PM
KNOX
227 ELGIN ST.

Event info here



Posted: Sunday March 25, 2018
VERSe Fest Ottawa - Jordan Abel

Griffin Poetry Prize winner Jordan Abel will be reading at VERSe Ottawa on Saturday, March 25.

Railroad
March 25, 2018
7 PM
KNOX
227 ELGIN ST.

Event info here



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

The Hudson Players Club presents Balconville.

April 6–16, 2018
Hudson Village Theatre (28 Wharf St.)

For tickets, call 438-923-6828 or visit www.hudsonplayersclub.ca. Also see the Montreal Gazette for more info.



Posted: Thursday April 12, 2018
Sachiko Murakami at grit LIT in Hamilton, ON

Poet Sachiko Murakami will appear at this year’s grit LIT, Hamilton’s annual literary festival. Details to come.

April 12–15, 2018
Hamilton Plaza
Hamilton, Ontario

Also see gritlit.ca.



Posted: Thursday April 12, 2018
Play: “Nine Dragons” in Richmond, BC

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.



Posted: Thursday April 19, 2018
Launch Party: Gap Riot Press and 'Checking In' by Adeena Karasick

April 19th, 2018
bill bissett and Adeena Karasick
Venue: TBA
Time: TBA

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.



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 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 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.



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 …

[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!

Current Catalogue

[image: Talonbooks 2017 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

[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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