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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.
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 quietly waited for Bev Sellars and Bill Wilson to come out of 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, Ms. Bowker, that the business students learned something about the history of Canada and appreciated the aboriginal perspective. Thank you for inviting Bev!
filling Station presents the flywheel reading series, featuring Daphne Marlatt, Colin Martin, M.A.C. Farrant, and Mallory Smith!
Thursday, February 9
Pages Books (in Kensington)
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.
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
Tickets and info available here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This year’s Modern Languages Association convention will be held in Philadelphia this coming weekend. Carl Peters, lately the author of Studies in Description, will speak in session #615, “Hemingway and Imagism: Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, H.D., and Modernism,” on the afternoon of January 7. Details here.
Well, the end of 2016 is finally in sight. What a year it has been! We can’t help but laugh when our colleagues refer to 2016 as a dumpster fire of a year, for there have been many crises indeed – and yet there have also been victories, though one has to look for them. In the spirit of hope for the future, and in the enjoyment of a jolly period of rest before we jump back in for another round, we wish you a merry season!
Our gift to you: the above snap of Talon office pup, Mocha, looking shell-shocked while having her photograph taken with Santa Claus a week or two ago (taken on Pender Island, British Columbia).
Please also note that the Talonbooks office will be closed from December 24, 2016, through January 2, 2017.
Itching to read some new, independent, Canadian drama? Whether you’re in the mood for a new translation of a Quebecois classic, a contemporary look at the film and theatre industries, a touching family story, an exploration of grief and mortality, or an avant-garde and multi-layered performance piece, we’ve got you covered.
Plays newly available include False Starts by Louis Patrick Leroux, translated by the playwright, Alexander St-Laurent, and Katia Grubisic; In a Blue Moon by Lucia Frangione; The Envelope by Vittorio Rossi; Yours Forever, Marie-Lou by Michel Tremblay, translated by Sheila Fischman; and You Will Remember Me by François Archambault, translated by Bobby Theodore.
If you order from this website (or by phone) by December 15, and you’re in Canada, you’ll have books in time for Christmas!
Réparer les vivants, the film based on Maylis de Kerangal’s riveting novel, Mend the Living, opened in French cinemas last week. Watch the trailer below:
Mend the Living was translated into English by Jessica Moore and was long-listed for the Man Booker International Prize in 2016.
Join Louis Patrick Leroux next Tuesday evening for the launch of False Starts, a new and unique play just published by Talonbooks, as well as the newly published French edition of his previous book, Ludwig and Mae.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
5 p.m. (NOT 6 p.m. as previously advertised)
Librairie le Port de tête (bookstore)
262 Avenue du Mont-Royal E
Returning after an extended and completely sold out run, Empire of the Son, written by and starring Tetsuro Shigematsu (former host of CBC Radio One’s The Roundup), is the story of two generations of CBC broadcasters and the radio silence between them. Shigematsu’s one-man show is this week’s feature story in the Georgia Straight. (Look for Tetsuro on the cover, dapper as ever.)
Photos: Georgia Straight
Mounted by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver), the show runs November 1 through 13, 2016 at the Vancity Culture Lab (The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street) in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tickets and more info available here.
Empire of the Son will be published by Talonbooks in Spring 2017, but early birds who attend this production will have access to books in advance!
From October 28 through November 7, 2016, readers across British Columbia can discover locally published books and meet authors resident in their communities through a range of activities in bookstores and libraries throughout the province. Here is a list of Read Local events. You might wish to add these to your calendars!
This past Sunday, poetry lovers spent an intimate and interactive afternoon with poets Fred Wah and Colin Browne at the Vancouver Writers’ Festival. The house was nearly full, and Wah read a number of poems from his collected earlier poems, Scree, before diving into conversation with Browne. Composition was the thread of the conversation, and the audience gained insight into Wah’s poetic practises and approaches to poetry.
Some of the crowd mills about, drinking wine and selecting from seven different types of cheese
From the long-awaited Slick Reckoning by Ken Belford and the caustic and playful poetics and prose of Friendly Fire by Danielle LaFrance, to 1970s Vancouver in Meredith Quartermain’s novel, U Girl, Talon was honoured to launch seven all-star books this fall. We convened on Oct. 20 at the legendary Pyatt Hall at the Vancouver School of Music for an evening of snacks, beverages, books, and many laughs. Click on “Go to story” for photos!
Join us tomorrow evening, Thursday, October 20, 2016, for the launch of six books in one night:
Shazia Hafiz Ramji hosts the event, which takes place at Pyatt Hall (Vancouver School of Music) at 843 Seymour Street. Refreshments and drinks will be served between 7:30 and 8 PM, when readings begin. Our friends from The Paper Hound Bookshop will be selling books new and old, and authors will be available for signing.
Also find this event on Facebook, if you wish. All are welcome; no admission fee.
See you tomorrow!
People of Victoria, British Columbia (shall we call you Victorians?), thanks for coming out last evening for the launch of The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice ($14.95) by M.A.C. Farrant at Munro’s! The large turnout was much appreciated, and the evening went very well. Cheers!
Above: Author M.A.C. Farrant at last night’s launch
Munro’s presents a magical evening with M.A.C. Farrant, Bill Stenson, and Patricia Young on Thursday, October 13 (TOMORROW! 7 p.m. PST) at Munro’s Books in downtown Victoria, British Columbia. Farrant will launch her latest collection of miniature fiction, The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice ($14.95); books will be available for sale and signing. Don’t miss this sure-to-be-delightful evening if you’re on the island!
Hark, easterners! Talon poet Phinder Dulai travels to the eastern seaboard for readings and literary events from October 6th through 16th:
October 6–9, 2016
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Dulai will be a guest author at the Indo-American Arts Council’s 3rd Annual Literary Festival, which will be held at New York University’s Kimmel Center in Washington Square Park, NYC. Find details about this event online.
Dulai will read poems and present visuals from his poetry collection, dream / arteries to students and friends of the written word at Concordia University as part of the WritersRead 2016–2017 series. The lineup this season will feature an exemplary list of writers including poetry icon and American poet Claudine Rankine. This trip to Montreal is especially symbolic to Dulai, as the SS Stubbenhuk and Sicilia (later to be known as the Komagata Maru) brought many new migrants to Canada from the Old World of Europe. Find this event on Facebook.
SAINT CATHERINES, ONTARIO
Dulai attends The Concept of Vancouver conference in Saint Catherines, participating and convening a workshop. In Dulai’s words, “such a conference thematic has potential for a robust conversation on the trajectories of what the concept of Vancouver was as a vision of a New City in the Empire.”
Daphne Marlatt’s new collection, Reading Sveva ($19.95), was our first Fall 2016 book of poetry to come back from the printer, in time for WORD Vancouver. And does it ever look beautiful! Marlatt’s poems respond to the works of the late painter Sveva Caetani, whose paintings are reproduced in full colour in this book, beautifully illuminating the poetry.
Stephen Collis’s Once in Blockadia ($18.95) came next, also in time for WORD. Collis was recently interviewed about this book and his activist work in Burnaby Now: “When pipeline politics meet poetry,” and he launches the book at a couple of upcoming Vancouver events.
In Slick Reckoning ($16.95), Ken Belford writes through and beyond his experience of cancer, building thoughtful yet playful poems that the curious reader can open anywhere, read, and read on.
We are also pleased to welcome Danielle LaFrance to the Talon poetry list. Her new book, Friendly Fire, interrogates the male subjective experience of war and “brotherhood.” Order your copy of Friendly Fire today for $18.95.
Finally, we welcome Anahita Jamali Rad. Her debut collection, for love and autonomy, explores radical resistance in language. It is now available for $16.95.
Join four out of five of these poets (Belford is not able to attend) on October 20 in Vancouver for our big fall launch!
Are you a bookseller from the Pacific Northwest? If so, come on down and meet us at this year’s Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association trade show! Talon’s co-owners and publishers, Kevin and Vicki Williams, will be at the Talon booth waiting to say hello. They’ll have all our new books – and some classics – in tow, and you are invited to stop by. The show begins today, running Friday through Sunday at Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington.
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.Thursday February 2, 2017 in Meta-Talon
By Carl Peters
On Meta-Talon today, please enjoy the full text of the presentation given by Carl Peters, recently the author of Studies in Description, to an audience of about 100 attendees at the Modern Languages Association convention in Philadelphia, PA, on January 7, 2017.
Look, I realize that my abstract is more than an abstract but what follows is just a small part of what I could do. I’m going to talk around Hemingway’s greatest achievement, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” presenting my comments as a Cubist meditation on the Modern Condition (with reference to Duchamp and some others)…Thursday January 19, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Empire of the Son is the story of two generations of CBC broadcasters and the radio silence between them. It premiered in Vancouver in 2016 and was nominated for six Jessie Richardson Awards, and Tetsuro Shigematsu is currently touring Empire of the Son across Canada. Empire of the Son is also the first Talon book to be published in the Spring 2017 season – it’s now available! – and we invite you to read brief but tantalizing excerpts on Meta-Talon.Sunday January 1, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Happy (Gregorian) New Year! On this occasion, while you are perhaps nursing a hangover or traveling or making resolutions, please enjoy a very short story from M.A.C. Farrant’s book The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice.
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.