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June 2017

Wednesday June 7, 2017
Reading: Jordan Abel at the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist readings

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

Saturday June 10, 2017
Panel Discussion with High Muck a Muck Artists (Fred Wah) at the Surrey Art Gallery (BC)

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)

January 2018

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

Posted: Tuesday April 11, 2017
Jordan Abel’s Injun short-listed for the Griffin!
[Injun cover]

Congratulations, Jordan Abel!

Abel’s latest collection of poetry, Injun, is one of three Canadian books of poetry short-listed for this year’s Griffin Poetry Prize!

Posted: Thursday April 6, 2017
New poetry in house, right on time for National Poetry Month!

It’s that season again, and we couldn’t be happier to have new poetry ready for you!

Posted: Friday March 31, 2017
Thank you, poetry lovers of the eastern US!
[Colin Browne, Daphne Marlatt, and Fred Wah – March 2017 eastern US tour]

Above: Browne, Marlatt, and Wah at the airport (Photo: Marian Penner Bancroft)

We would like to thank everyone who came out to hear and talk with Fred Wah, Daphne Marlatt, and Colin Browne on their Eastern US tour. They appreciated your close listening and the extra effort taken by those who braved the winter storms!

Posted: Monday March 27, 2017
New books for spring! Poetry, fiction, and drama

Three new books have arrived, hot off the press! R. Kolewe’s collection of poetry, Inspecting Nostalgia; Dominique Scali’s debut novel, In Search of New Babylon (translated by W. Donald Wilson); and our new-format reprint of playwright John Murrell’s adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac are available now.

Posted: Wednesday March 22, 2017
March 25–31: Anahita Jamali Rad, Danielle LaFrance, and Donato Mancini on tour in California

Danielle LaFrance, Donato Mancini, and Anahita Jamali Rad tour the west coast!

Posted: Monday March 20, 2017
Adeena Karasick archive donated to Simon Fraser University
[image: Adeena Karasick, 2013]

Last month, British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University announced the life work of Canadian writer and poet Adeena Karasick would be added to its Bennett Library Contemporary Literature Collection.

Posted: Friday March 17, 2017
Once in Blockadia is short-listed for the George Ryga Award!
[Once in Blockadia cover]

We are very pleased that Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry has made it onto the short list for the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature!

Posted: Thursday March 16, 2017
Mend the Living is short-listed for the Wellcome Book Prize!
[Mend the Living cover image]

Jessica Moore’s beautiful translation of Maylis de Kerangal’s 2016 novel, Mend the Living, has been short-listed for the Wellcome Book Prize! Worth £30,000, the prize celebrates exceptional works of fiction and non-fiction that engage with the topics of health and medicine and the many ways they touch our lives. The winner will be announced on April 24.

Read more in the Irish Times.

Posted: Friday March 10, 2017
BC book publishers and members of parliament celebrate BC Book Day

Video: Proclamation of BC Book Day 2017

Talonbooks celebrated International Women’s Day this week with a visit to the British Columbia Legislature on Wednesday, where members of parliament proclaimed BC Book Day and met with publishers, authors, booksellers, festival directors, and representatives from other publishing-related organizations from around the province.

Kevin, Vicki, and Spencer Williams of Talonbooks were in attendance, and Kevin in his role as president of the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia gave welcoming remarks on the role book publishers play in the province’s economy and culture.

Posted: Wednesday March 8, 2017
All-Star Talon poets on tour in the eastern U.S.

Fred Wah, Daphne Marlatt, and Colin Browne are on tour in the eastern United States! With their latest collections of poetry – Scree, Reading Sveva, and The Hatch – these three all-stars will read in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, over the next two weeks. For tour dates, click on “Go to story…”

Posted: Monday March 6, 2017
Same Diff has arrived!
[cover of Same Diff]

Our first poetry collection of Spring 2017 is now available!

Same Diff ($16.95) by Donato Mancini meets at the intersection of contemporary poetry, art, and current politics. Influenced by documentary cinema such as the films of Frederic Wiseman, Dada poets, montage techniques, and a range of modern poets, Same Diff explores the way social and economic histories become imprinted within language itself. Each poem introduces a dominant motif that develops through repetition and incremental variations, sourcing language from newspapers, online sources, and overheard conversations to create an emotive effect, as felt in music.

Order your copy today! If you’re in California, catch a reading near you; Mancini will be going on tour in late March. If you’re in Vancouver, BC, come out to the Talonbooks Spring Poetry Launch in late April to hear Mancini read from Same Diff.

Posted: Thursday March 2, 2017
Talon book design in the press
[Scree cover]

We are pleased to see Talonbooks publicized in a variety of contexts, and there has been some nice press for Talon’s book design in the last few weeks!

Early in February, the All Lit Up blog featured Fred Wah’s collected earlier poems, Scree (designed by Leslie Smith), in its Beautiful Books column.

Now, Quill and Quire has featured our new covers for Michel Tremblay’s Notebook series (designed by Chloë Filson). Find them on the last page of Q&Q’s March 2017 issue!

Posted: Wednesday February 15, 2017
Once in Blockadia long-listed for the George Ryga Award!
[Once in Blockadia cover]

The 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness has published its long list of nominated titles, and we are so pleased to see Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry is one of ten excellent books on the list! Called by Eden Robinson “the most dangerous poet in Canada,” in Once in Blockadia Collis is in search of how we can continue to resist – as we only begin to understand the extent of our complicity and the depths of the predicament we are in.

For a complete list or recipients, visit bcbookawards.ca. A shortlist will appear in the Spring issue of BC BookWorld.

Posted: Friday February 10, 2017
Bev Sellars speaks to UBC’s business students

Above: Bev Sellars and Bill Wilson with indigenous students at Sauder School of Business, UBC. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Bowker

Bev Sellars and Bill Wilson spoke at the Sauder School of Business on January 31 about their new book, Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival.

After Sellars’s talk at UBC, the indigenous studients waited for Bev Sellars and Bill Wilson to emerge from the lecture hall after everyone else had left. They then spoke with Bev and Bill and had a group photo taken. Elizabeth Bowker, the Sauder School law and business communications lecturer who arranged for Sellars’s visit, sent us a note of thanks: “I have no words to say how great they were. We are so grateful.”

We are grateful, too, Professor Bowker, that the business students learned something about the history of Canada and appreciated the aboriginal perspective. Thank you for inviting Bev!

Posted: Tuesday February 7, 2017
Join Daphne Marlatt and M.A.C. Farrant in Calgary this Thursday

filling Station presents the flywheel reading series, featuring Daphne Marlatt, Colin Martin, M.A.C. Farrant, and Mallory Smith!

Thursday, February 9
7:30 PM
Pages Books (in Kensington)
Calgary, Alberta

Posted: Monday January 30, 2017
Sachiko Murakami is the new writer in residence at U of T

Each year the University of Toronto appoints a Canadian writer to work with students, faculty, and staff interested in creative writing. The appointment process is internal; no external applications are considered or acknowledged. From January to April, the Writer-in-Residence offers a seminar on creative writing and holds office hours for consultations on writing. The Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence Program is housed at Massey College and is jointly sponsored by Massey and the Department of English.

This term, Sachiko Murakami will offer a non-credit creative writing seminar on poetry in the “S” term on Wednesdays, 6–8 p.m., at Massey College. The course is by application and can accommodate no more than 15 participants. The seminar is open to everyone who is currently part of the University of Toronto community – faculty, students, and staff.

Her office hours are 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at House V, Room 6, Massey College, as of the week of January 16.

Posted: Tuesday January 24, 2017
“Winners and Losers” opens in Calgary tomorrow!

One Yellow Rabbit’s 31st High Performance Rodeo presents Winners and Losers, written and performed by Marcus Youssef and James Long.

January 25–28, 2017
West Village Theatre
2007 10 Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta

Tickets and info available here.

Posted: Friday January 20, 2017
Tomorrow! Stephen Collis on Gabriola Island
[Once in Blockadia cover]

Gulf Islands poetry readers, this is your weekend! Join poet Stephen Collis and scientist Lynne Quarmby for an interactive evening on The Art & Science of Climate Change at The Roxy (at Twin Beaches Mall) on Gabriola Island, British Columbia, tomorrow evening at 7:30 PM. This is the Trans-Mountain Pipeline–resistance dream team, and they bring their diverse perspectives to bear on the problem of climate change and the possibilities for climate justice. RSVP on Facebook, if you like.

Posted: Monday January 16, 2017
Cecily Nicholson is the new writer in residence at SFU
From the Poplars cover

The Simon Fraser University English Department presents the 2017 Ellen and Warren Tallman Writer in Residence at Simon Fraser University, Cecily Nicholson. Nicholson is the administrator of the artist-run centre Gallery Gachet and has worked since 2000 in the downtown eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver, on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories. She belongs to the Joint Effort prison abolitionist group and is a member of the Research Ethics Board for Emily Carr University. Cecily is the author of Triage and From the Poplars (both published by Talonbooks); the latter was winner of the 2015 Dorothy Livesay prize for poetry. Join Nicholson for a reading and reception this Thursday, January 19 at SFU Harbour Centre (downtown Vancouver campus), 7:30 PM.

Posted: Wednesday January 11, 2017
Danielle LaFrance and Anahita Jamali Rad are in Calgary for the Flywheel Reading Series

Danielle LaFrance and Anahita Jamali Rad will read as part of the Flywheel Reading Series on Thursday, January 12 (tomorrow!), at 7:30 PM. The series is hosted by Pages Books (1135 Kensington Road NW). Don’t miss it.

Posted: Friday January 6, 2017
Enter Time with Colin Browne and Charles Edenshaw
[Entering Time cover]

Our newest arrival is Colin Browne’s Entering Time: The Fungus Man Platters of Charles Edenshaw, an extended, often poetic, meditation on the three argillite platters crafted in the late nineteenth century. In this new and truly beautiful book, Browne ranges through the fields of art history, literature, ethnology, and oral history to discover a parallel history of modernism within one of the world’s most subtle and sophisticated artistic and literary cultures. Read selections from Entering Time on Meta-Talon, and order your copy for $19.95.

[cover of Inspecting Nostalgia] Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon

“The result is not simple”: Two Poems from Inspecting Nostalgia

By R. Kolewe

Inspecting Nostalgia is a new collection of poetry by R. Kolewe. This, his second collection, brings together found text and fragments of various writers’ work with scraps from his own journals.

In this third week of National Poetry Month 2017, and in advance of Kolewe’s Toronto launch on May 8, please enjoy two poems from the collection on Meta-Talon.

[Once in Blockadia cover] Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon

An excerpt from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands” by Stephen Collis

By Stephen Collis

Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry is nominated for the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. It rethinks the relationship between human beings and the natural world and searches for ways we can continue to resist. Today on Meta-Talon, we offer a section from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands,” the second long poem in Once in Blockadia.

[cover of An Honest Woman] Monday April 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon

“REDress”: A poem by Jónína Kirton, from An Honest Woman

By Jónína Kirton

For you, in solidarity, during this National Poetry Month, a poem from Jónína Kirton’s new collection.

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.

Current Catalogues

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


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

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman

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

Jovanni Sy

[cover of An Honest Woman]
An Honest Woman

Jónína Kirton

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

Drew Hayden Taylor

Ebooks (Full List)


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

Tetsuro Shigematsu

[Entering Time cover]
Entering Time

Colin Browne

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

Tomson Highway

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

Dominique Scali
Translated by W. Donald Wilson

[cover of Inspecting Nostalgia]
Inspecting Nostalgia

R. Kolewe

[cover of Legend]

Michael Blouin

[cover of Messenger]

Wendy Lill

[cover of Same Diff]
Same Diff

Donato Mancini

[cover of The Gorge]
The Gorge

Nancy Shaw
Edited by Catriona Strang

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