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Poet Oana Avasilichioaei is in Vancouver from Montreal and New York as the Audain Visual Artist in Residence at SFU, and she performs her multimedia work Limbs & Thresholds on Wednesday, January 24 (7 PM, downtown). Free admission. Also find this event listed on sfu.ca and on Facebook.
The first book of 2018 is in the house! We kick off our Spring 2018 season with Garry Thomas Morse’s new collection of poetry, Safety Sand. In this companion to Governor General’s Award finalists Discovery Passages and Prairie Harbour, Morse resumes his expansionist mapping of lyrical consciousness onto geographical concerns, acknowledging the unsettled edges of an imaginary territory. Order your copy today for $18.95.
Though a resident of Winnipeg, Morse brings his ideas of North to Toronto this year as the Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence at the University of Toronto. Each year the University of Toronto appoints a Canadian writer to work with students, faculty, and staff interested in creative writing. Morse will offer a non-credit creative writing seminar on poetry with a special focus on serial poems and sequences and/or prose poems.
From all of us at Talonbooks, we wish you health, happiness, and prosperity throughout this festive season and in the new year! May you and your loved ones read and speak words that matter.
Please note that the Talonbooks office will be closed from December 22 at noon (PST) through January 2, reopening again on January 3, 2018.
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 …
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.
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!
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!
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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…
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.
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?
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…”
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
Donato Mancini has been named by the University of Windsor’s Department of English as their Writer in Residence for Fall 2017.
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.
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!
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.Thursday August 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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!
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.