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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: Monday December 4, 2017
Daphne Marlatt’s collected earlier poems have come ashore

Many thanks to the approximately 70 guests who joined us last week in Vancouver for the launch of Daphne Marlatt’s volume of collected earlier poems, Intertidal – the definitive oeuvre of Daphne Marlatt’s poetry exploring the city, feminism, and the environment.

Intertidal ($49.95) is now available for purchase from Talonbooks. Is it, perhaps, the perfect gift for the lover of Canadian poetry on your list? Something to consider …



Posted: Monday November 20, 2017
Join us for the launch of Daphne Marlatt’s Collected Earlier Poems

Daphne Marlatt’s new volume of collected earlier poems launches next week in Vancouver, BC! All are welcome at the Western Front on Thursday, November 30 for readings and refreshments (doors at 7:30 PM, readings at 8 PM). If you wish, RSVP on Facebook.

Intertidal gathers work by Marlatt from the 1960s to the 2000s and includes an introduction by editor Susan Holbrook. Selections of Marlatt’s works will be read by poets Susan Holbrook, Fred Wah, Rita Wong, Colin Browne, Catriona Strang, Elee Kaljii Gardiner, and Roy Miki. Colin Browne to host.



Posted: Wednesday November 8, 2017
Here’s to fifty more years of Talonbooks!

Heartfelt thanks to the 150+ of you who came out last evening to our launch and party! What a diverse set of readings by Catriona Strang, Mercedes Eng, Cecily Nicholson, and Joshua Whitehead – each strong and moving and brave. And what speechifying from Talon authors Bev Sellars, Lucia Frangione, and Colin Browne, as well as Talon’s former owner and publisher Karl Siegler! And what delicious food and drink by Poicha Cuisine and Canteen Mitra! And what temptations at the book table – featuring classics from Talon’s fifty-year history and new titles – which was run by our friends from the Paper Hound! And what an adorable dog you might have seen hanging about (that was Rya the schnoodle)! A great night all around. Stick with Talon for fifty more years!



Posted: Tuesday November 7, 2017
Marcus Youssef wins the Siminovitch Prize!

Three cheers for Marcus Youssef, winner of Canada’s largest theatre award, the Siminovitch Prize!

The Siminovitch Prize awards its winner a whopping $100,000, rotating over a three-year cycle to alternate honouring professional directors, playwrights, and designers (in addition to the $5,000 received by each finalist). Finalists celebrate with a reception on October 16 at University of Toronto Hart House, and the 2017 Siminovitch Prize was awarded at a ceremony last evening at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Talon playwright Marcus Youssef is also an actor and co-artistic director of Neworld Theatre. Plays he’s written and cowritten include Jabber, A Line in the Sand, Adrift, two Ali & Ali plays, and Winners and Losers (one of Neworld’s longest-running and most successful pieces), King Arthur’s Night and Peter Panties (both forthcoming from Talon in Spring 2018). His works have won numerous Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and they’ve been performed across North America, Australia, and Europe.

We heartily congratulate you, Marcus!



Posted: Tuesday October 24, 2017
New poetry in the house!

Above: Concrete poetry that casts a long shadow

All Fall 2017 poetry titles are now available! What a smashing set of books this is!

Order your copy today – and/or plan to join us on Tuesday, November 7 at Heritage Hall in Vancouver as we launch all four of these new collections! Phinder Dulai will host. (RSVP on Facebook if you wish.)



Posted: Wednesday October 11, 2017
Marcus Youssef wins City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award!

Congratulations to Marcus Youssef, winner of a 2017 City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Theatre!

The prizes, handed out in many different cultural categories, require each recipient to honour an emerging artist in their own field. Youssef chose actor Conor Wylie. The Mayor’s Arts Awards will be presented at a ceremony on October 11 (tonight!) at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. All receive a $3,000 prize.

Read more on the City of Vancouver website and in the Georgia Straight.



Posted: Wednesday October 4, 2017
A GG nomination for In Search of New Babylon!
[cover of In Search of New Babylon]

In Search of New Babylon is a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards in the Translation category! This gripping, post-western novel written by Dominique Scali and superbly translated by W. Donald Wilson is in good company on the short list:

The prizes, administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, are given in seven English-language categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young people’s literature – text, young people’s literature – illustration, drama and translation. Seven French-language awards are also given out in the same categories. The winner in each category will receive $25,000. The winners will be announced on Nov. 1, 2017.

See more at ggbooks.ca.



Posted: Tuesday September 26, 2017
Marcus Youssef nominated for Siminovitch Prize!

Talon playwright Marcus Youssef is up for Canada’s largest theatre award, the Siminovitch Prize. Congratulations, Marcus!

The Siminovitch Prize awards its winner a whopping $100,000, rotating over a three-year cycle to alternate honouring professional directors, playwrights, and designers. Finalists get $5,000. Finalists celebrate with a reception on October 16 at University of Toronto Hart House, and the final 2017 Siminovitch Prize will be awarded at a ceremony on November 6 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.



Posted: Wednesday September 6, 2017
The Days is a finalist for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize!
[The Days cover]

The Victoria Book Prize Society announced today its short list for the 2017 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. This $5,000 prize is awarded to a Greater Victoria author for the best book published in the preceding year in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry.

Farrant’s previous book, The World Afloat, won the prize in 2014.

Our fingers are crossed for The Days!



Posted: Wednesday August 30, 2017
Talonbooks needs a copy editor/proofreader! Perhaps it’s you?

Do you have a keen eye, a sharp red pencil, and a passion for avant-garde Canadian literature? If so, we need you! Come help Talon publish its Fall 2017 books and prepare to publish its Spring 2018 books.

Talonbooks seeks a Copy Editor/Proofreader for a full-time, three-month contract position between September 15 and December 15, 2017 (approximately).

Opportunities to work part-time or in a freelance capacity with Talon may extend beyond contracted dates.

Download this job posting as a PDF.



Posted: Monday August 28, 2017
Fall fiction is in the house! New novels by Wajdi Mouawad and Philippe Arseneault
[Anima and Zora, A Cruel Tale]

Two new novels are now available! Our fiction game is strong this fall: two unforgettable, dark, magical tomes by two mighty Quebec authors have been translated into English by some of Canada’s strongest translators.

Anima ($19.95 CDN) is the much anticipated novel by playwright Wajdi Mouawad (translated now into English by Linda Gaboriau), and Zora, A Cruel Tale (translated by Fred A. Reed and David Homel; $19.95 CDN) is a gothic tale of the macabre and the bizarre…



Posted: Wednesday August 23, 2017
Réjean Ducharme, a loss for Quebec and all of us

Talonbooks is grieved to learn of the passing, earlier this week, of beloved and reclusive Quebec author Réjean Ducharme at age 76. His passing was first announced by his French publisher, Éditions Gallimard.



Posted: Wednesday August 16, 2017
Talon poets in Contemporary Verse 2: Convergence
[cover of CV2: Convergence issue]

The latest issue of CV2 (Summer 2017; Vol. 40, No. 1) celebrates the Iceland–Canada Art Convergence and features work on survival, cross-cultural exchange and legacy, book reviews, and interviews. And may we say, it is a beautiful issue, featuring art on the cover by Icelandic artist Heimir Björgúlfsson.

Inside, five new resonant poems by Métis/Icelandic poet Jónína Kirton are published, and Colin Smith has written a double book review (found on page 163) of Stephen Collis’s Once in Blockadia and Danielle LaFrance’s Friendly + Fire. See highlights from his review on both books’ web pages. We were also immensely complimented in the review’s final paragraph (page 166), and we thank Smith for acknowledging our incredible authors and their place in the cultural vanguard:

… Over the last few years, Talonbooks has ramped up the political stakes of its poetry list. With the emergence of titles like Cecily Nicholson’s Triage (2011), Jeff Derksen’s The Vestiges (2013), Nikki Reimer’s DOWNVERSE (2014), Catriona Strang’s Corked (2014), Jordan Abel’s Injun (2016), Clint Burnham’s Pound @ Guantánamo (2016), and Donato Mancini’s Same Diff (2017) – and these are only the books I know; there may be others – we should consider Talon a producer of some of the most sociable and politically astute experimental poetry in current-day Canada. Add the Collis, add the LaFrance, add Mercedes Eng’s upcoming Prison Industrial Complex Explodes (due out Fall 2017), and we have a handsome brick of poetry here. Huck these books at the heads of power.

What more can we say?



Posted: Tuesday August 1, 2017
From Oral to Written is launched!


Ian Ross, Josephine Bacon, Tomson Highway, Richard Van Camp, Michael Kusugak, and Marilyn Dumont

Many thanks to the approximately 400 guests who joined us and the Vancouver Writers Fest at the Drum Is Calling Festival on Friday evening, July 28, to launch Tomson Highway’s new book! We so enjoyed celebrating with you the rich Indigenous literary landscape in Canada. The evening was a complete smash!

To see photos from the event, click “Go to story…”



Posted: Friday July 28, 2017
Tonight! Tomson Highway launches From Oral to Written

Join Talonbooks and the Vancouver Writers Fest for the launch of From Oral to Written, part of the Drum is Calling Festival!



Posted: Friday July 21, 2017
Cross your heart and hope to read
[A Crossing of Hearts display]

Michel Tremblay’s new-to-English novel has arrived!

A Crossing of Hearts ($16.95) continues Michel Tremblay’s Desrosiers Diaspora series of novels, a family saga set in Montreal during World War I. This third novel bursts with life as Rhéauna (Nana) and her baby brother travel to the countryside for their first-ever family vacation. The young city girl explores the natural world – and the enchanted forest of her inner, maturing self. The novel also further develops the character of Nana’s mother Maria so that we understand her motivations more fully, and at the same time recognize nods to the history of Quebec and the dynamics of the family under the strictures of the Catholic church.

Each novel in the series can be read on its own, but if you have enjoyed one, you are sure to enjoy them all! Pick up the first in the series, Crossing the Continent, and the second as well: Crossing the City.



Posted: Monday July 17, 2017
From Oral to Written has gone from written to published!
[From Oral to Written display photo]

Tomson Highway’s new book is here! A survey of Indigenous literature published in Canada between 1980 and 2010, From Oral to Written is now available!

From Oral to Written is the story of the Indigenous literary tradition, written – in multiple Indigenous languages, in French, and in English – by a brave, committed, hard-working, and inspired community of exceptional individuals – from the Haida Nation of Haida Gwaii to the Inuit of Baffin Island to the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island. Leading Indigenous author Tomson Highway surveys what he sees as the first wave of Indigenous writers published in Canada, highlighting the most gifted authors and the best stories they have told, offering non-Indigenous readers access to reconciliation and understanding, and at the same time engendering among Indigenous readers pride in a stellar body of work.

Order your copy today for $29.95, and join us for the book launch in Vancouver on Friday, July 28!



Posted: Friday June 9, 2017
Abel proves able: Jordan Abel wins the Griffin!
[Kevin Williams, Jordan Abel, and Chelsea Novak at the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize dinner]

Above (L–R): At the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize dinner, Kevin Williams, Talonbooks publisher; Jordan Abel, winner of the Griffin; Chelsea Novak, reporter and wife of Abel

Well, this is just the greatest day. Injun by Jordan Abel is the Canadian winner of the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize! Abel and Alice Oswald – winner in the International category, for her collection Falling Awake – each received $65,000 in prize money.

Read the official Griffin announcement, and see coverage of Abel’s win by the Globe & Mail, CBC Books, CBC Radio q, the Ottawa Citizen (also syndicated in the Montreal Gazette, the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, and others), Global News, BC BookLook, and Castlegar News (a nice hometown shout-out; Abel currently resides in Castlegar, BC).

And get your hands on a copy of Injun for $16.95.



Posted: Wednesday June 7, 2017
Home again, home again after the convention circuit

Talonbooks publisher Kevin Williams and sales pro Spencer Williams were very pleased to attend a number of conventions over the last few weeks on behalf of the press. We so appreciate these opportunities to meet face-to-face and one-on-one with our readers, who include scholars, thespians, playwrights, poets, booksellers, librarians, and the reading public. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booths and said hello!

First up were the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences and the convention of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research, both held at the same time this year in Toronto, Ontario.


Above: the Talon booth at Congress 2017 (shared with our friends at Playwrights Canada Press)


Above: Tetsuro Shigematsu performs from Empire of the Son for the CATR crowd


Above: Jovanni Sy gives a raucous performance of his new play, A Taste of Empire

Next, the Williams men flew to the Big Apple for Book Expo America and Book Con, which together make up the largest book trade show and public convention in North America.


Above: outside the Javits Center, a long line-up forms on the first morning of Book Con


Above: the Talon booth at Book Expo America

Kevin and Vicki Williams, Talonbooks owners, will also be at the annual American Library Association (ALA) convention in Chicago, June 22 through 27. If you’re at ALA, please come visit us at booth #3223 and pick up advance copies of Fall books, including Anima by Wajdi Mouawad (translated by Linda Gaboriau) and Zora, A Cruel Tale by Philippe Arseneault (translated by Fred A. Reed and David Homel). Talon’s latest novel, In Search of New Babylon by Dominique Scali (translated by W. Donald Wilson), will also be available.



Posted: Monday June 5, 2017
Donato Mancini will be writer in residence at the University of Windsor this fall

Donato Mancini has been named by the University of Windsor’s Department of English as their Writer in Residence for Fall 2017.



Posted: Wednesday May 31, 2017
50 years of Talonbooks, and a new catalogue that includes every title in print!
[cover of Talonbooks 2017 catalogue]

The Talonbooks 2017 catalogue is now available! This 100-page document includes every title currently in print: more than 500 plays; novels; collections of poetry, short stories, essays; ethnography and Indigenous studies; biographies; and literary criticism. Inside you’ll find our Spring 2017 titles, Fall 2017 titles, and all backlist titles available for purchase.

If you are on our print catalogue mailing list, you’ll receive your copy soon. You can also browse the catalogue online.



Posted: Friday May 5, 2017
50 years since Expo 67, and a book bundle to celebrate!

Being the 50th anniversary of both Expo 67 and Talonbooks, 2017 is the perfect year to read this delightful series! In honour of the anniversary, Tremblay’s Notebook series is on sale until October. Get all three novels for just $25!



Posted: Wednesday May 3, 2017
Bev Sellars books shortlisted for First Nation Communities READ 2017–2018 award

We are pleased to announce that both books by Bev Sellars – Price Paid and They Called Me Number One – are on the shortlist for this year’s First Nation Communities READ 2017–2018 award, the Periodical Marketers of Canada Aboriginal Literature award! More than 50 books were nominated in this year’s Young Adult/Adult category, and the prize is worth $5,000. The winner will be announced in late May.



Posted: Friday April 28, 2017
Mend the Living wins Wellcome Book Prize!
[Mend the Living cover image]

Congratulations to author Maylis de Kerangal and translator Jessica Moore! Their 2016 novel, Mend the Living, has won the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize!



Posted: Wednesday April 12, 2017
Save the date! Our Spring 2017 Poetry Launch is on April 27 in Vancouver
[poster for 2017 spring launch]

On Thursday, April 27, Talonbooks launches four poetry titles all in one night! Come out to the Western Front for readings by Jónína Kirton, R. Kolewe, Donato Mancini, and Catriona Strang (reading Nancy Shaw), hosted by Jeff Derksen. There will be new books, drinks, and so much cheese! RSVP on Facebook, if you wish.



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]

CURRENT FRONT LIST


 

After Class

George F. Walker
Frontlist


Anima

Wajdi Mouawad
Translated by Linda Gaboriau
Frontlist


Art of Building a Bunker, The

Adam Lazarus & Guillermo Verdecchia
Frontlist


Daisy

Sean Devine
Frontlist


Forward

Chantal Bilodeau
Frontlist


full-metal indigiqueer

Joshua Whitehead
Frontlist


Intertidal

Daphne Marlatt
Edited by Susan Holbrook
Frontlist


Just, The

Albert Camus
Translated by Bobby Theodore
Frontlist

[cover of Legend]
Legend

Michael Blouin
Frontlist


Prison Industrial Complex Explodes

Mercedes Eng
Frontlist


Reveries of a Solitary Biker

Catriona Strang
Frontlist


Wayside Sang

Cecily Nicholson
Frontlist


Zora

Philippe Arseneault
Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel
Frontlist


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