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news | Tuesday July 9, 2024

Talonbooks Nominated for Best of Vancouver

Thank you for nominating Talonbooks for Best Book Publisher in the Georgia Straight’s Best of Vancouver Awards! We’re thrilled to be nominated and in such great company.

Voting is open until July 21, we’d love it if you voted for us! Cast your vote here.

Thank you once again for the nomination! It’s an honour to have such a wonderful community.

news | Tuesday July 9, 2024

Gaman – Perseverance in the Winnipeg Free Press

Suzanne Hunter wrote an article about Art Miki and his recent memoir Gaman – Perseverance: Japanese Canadians’ Journey to Justice for the Winnipeg Free Press.

An excerpt: “I could only mention a fraction of what I wanted to write about, including Miki’s many other accomplishments. I recommend you read Art Miki’s book, Gaman. He told me it was his memoir, but it’s much more than that. It’s a story of Canadian history, Japanese culture, WWII, racism, politics, the media, and most importantly gaman — perseverance.”

Read Hunter’s complete piece here.

news | Monday July 8, 2024

Eight Track in L'mpossible collab by Klara du Plessis

In Klara du Plessis’s recent book of literary criticism, L’mpossible collab, there is a chapter dedicated to the remarkable 2019 poetry collection, Governor General’s Literary award—finalist Eight Track by Oana Avasilichioaei. Klara du Plessis dives into Avasilichioaei’s many strengths as a poet and member of the writing community.

news | Sunday July 7, 2024

Painting Time Featured in Electric Literature Article

Painting Time by Maylis de Kerangal and translated by Jessica Moore was featured in Electric Literature’s article about seven novels about learning a skill.

The article’s writer Camille Bordas says: “Maylis de Kerangal [is] a French national treasure. Her writing is out of this world. Her sentences are immediately recognizable … luscious and immersive.”

Read the full piece here.

news | Saturday July 6, 2024

Three Talonbooks Authors at 2024 Vancouver Writers Festival

The Vancouver Writers Fest has announced their 2024 lineup and we are delighted to announce that three Talonbooks authors will be participating.

Stephen Collis will be sharing work from his forthcoming environmentalist poetry collection The Middle, Mercedes Eng will be reading from her forthcoming abolitionist poetry book cop city swagger, and Daniel Zomparelli will be performing work from his latest collection about the commodification of identity and queer consumer culture, Jump Scare.

Check out the full roster here. We can’t wait for this year’s festival!

news | Thursday July 4, 2024

Refabulations: Selected Longer Works Reviewed in EVENT Magazine

Steven Maye reviewed Refabulations: Selected Longer Poems by Sharon Thesen and edited by Erín Moure in EVENT Magazine. Refabulations collects and reanimates the longer and serial poems from Sharon Thesen’s œuvre, from her first book in 1980 to today.

An excerpt from Maye’s review:

“The overall organization of Refabulations is more thematic than chronological … while these groupings attune us to fixations that persist across Thesen’s poems, they also display her formal inventiveness and the restlessness that sustains her engagement with the long poem as a form … The forms these poems make, as they evolve to meet the world, is complex enough to unsettle our own prior readings and provides its own reason for encountering these poems anew.”

Order EVENT 53/1 here.

news | Thursday July 4, 2024

Lha yudit'ih We Always Find A Way in British Columbia History

A profile of Lha yudit’ih We Always Find A Way: Bringing the Tŝilhqot’in Title Case Home by Lorraine Weir with Chief Roger William was featured in the summer 2024 issue of British Columbia History Magazine.

From the article: “The experience of the Tŝilhqot’in Nation can provide valuable guidance for other Indigenous nations with unresolved land claims in BC. But we all have a responsibility to advance meaningful reconciliation in this country, and learning about the Indigenous Peoples of our region is a step that non-Indigenous people can take to bridge knowledge gaps and nurture respect and understanding. Reading Lha yudit’ih is an opportunity to learn about the history of the Tŝilhqot’in People and to better understand the depth of their relationship with the land.”

Order the most recent copy of British Columbia History Magazine here.

news | Wednesday July 3, 2024

Tanya Lukin Linklater in Forbes Magazine

Chadd Scott interviewed author of Slow Scrape Tanya Lukin Linklater about her new art exhibit at Wexner Center for the Arts in Forbes Magazine!

Read the piece here.

news | Wednesday July 3, 2024

the berry takes the shape of the bloom in the Winnipeg Free Press

melanie brannagan frederiksen reviewed the berry takes the shape of the bloom, the recent poetry collection by andrea bennett in the Winnipeg Free Press. the berry takes the shape of the bloom navigates themes of gender, family, trans pregnancy, abuse, fear, and becoming with care, courage, and vulnerability.

Of the collection, melanie brannagan frederiksen says: “The poems pulse with urgency arising from the tension between the line and the life to which it bears witness, between thought and experience.”

Read the complete review here.

news | Tuesday July 2, 2024

bill bissett Appointed to the Order of Canada!

Legendary pioneer of sound, visual, and performance poetry bill bissett has been appointed to the Order of Canada! bill is the author of over 60 books of poetry including its th sailors life / still in treetment, breth, and inkorrect thots and co-founded the Secret Handshake Gallery, a peer-support facility for people with schizophrenia. A huge congratulations to bill for this well-deserved honour!

Read all about it here.

news | Tuesday July 2, 2024

It's Disability Pride Month

July is Disability Pride Month! If you’re looking to read some killer poetry by disabled authors, look no further! Here are three great collections to mark the occasion:

If you’re looking for a great book to celebrate with, why not check out this Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award–winner peter among th towring boxes / text bites by recent appointee to the Order of Canada bill bissett?

A work of visual poetry from the text:

Pick up your copy of peter among th towring boxes / text bites here.

the berry takes the shape of the bloom by andrea bennett is a gorgeous collection of prose poems. Some poems bear witnes, others hold grudges or shake free of them. Together, they entwine around enmeshed experiences of gender, family, trans pregnancy, fear, and becoming.

An excerpt:

“I’d like to have a body like a gun. Long and narrow,
smooth and cold and steel, able to hold gunpowder.
Instead I am soft like a cushion. I would like to be
as taut as a wall. My pulp as protected as a tooth’s.
And yet my body insists. My body offers comfort,
warmth, absorbs whatever an id has to spill.”

Get a copy of the berry takes the shape of the bloom here.

Recently longlisted for both the 2024 Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the 2024 Raymond Souster AwardNo Town Called We by Nikki Reimer writes through the death of elders, societal panic, and the climate crisis via the lens of the multiply disabled, female-coded body approaching midlife. With Reimer’s trademark wit, this collection invites you to join in its joys and frustrations.

Excerpt from poem “Is it PTSD or Is It Cake?”:

“Hello, Apocalypse?

It’s we, Algernon

We muse on the professional liability that is grief

Yes we interrogate the position within the structure and

Yes we reinforce the structure and

Yes may we wrest this beam?

Mote meet eye

No Lazarus awakening

No vagus nerve vibrato

Yes scaley spiderweb nerves

Yes Pricklebody responds

This obituary is the best line

No this obituary is the best line

No words for past departures”

Order a copy of No Town Called We here.

We wish you great and impactful reading this summer. Happy Disability Pride Month!

news | Friday June 28, 2024

Lha yudit'ih We Always Find A Way Receives Honourable Mention for 2024 Indigenous History Book Prize

The phenomenal community oral history of Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia Lha yudit’ih We Always Find A Way: Bringing the Tŝilhqot’in Title Case Home has received an honourable mention for the Canadian Historical Association’s 2024 Indigenous History Book Prize! Congratulations to Lorraine Weir and Chief Roger William for this fantastic honour.

See all of the results of the 2024 Indigenous History Book Prize here.

news | Thursday June 27, 2024

lettuce lettuce please go bad Featured on Read Local BC

lettuce lettuce please go bad, the poetry and visual art collection by Tiziana La Melia is featured on Read Local BC’s selection of books inspired by the wild garden.

lettuce lettuce please go bad uses the idea of compost as composition – since the organic process of recycling leaves, words, or food scraps into valuable fertilizer enriches both soil and human life – the book draws on divination systems, herbal healing rituals, the cycles of the moon, experiences of stress and grief, and inherited and invented agricultural practices to tease out a poetics of rural embodied language.

Check out Read Local BC’s full list here.

news | Wednesday June 26, 2024

10 Year Anniversary of Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia Victory

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Tŝilhqot’in Nation’s landmark victory in the Supreme Court of Canada. Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia was the first case in Canada to result in a declaration of Aboriginal Rights and Title to a specific piece of land.

Told from the perspective of the Plaintiff, Chief Roger William, joined by fifty Xeni Gwet’ins, Tŝilhqot’ins, and allies, Lha yudit’ih We Always Find A Way: Bringing the Tŝilhqot’in Title Case Home by Lorraine Weir with Chief Roger William reveals the astounding activism and labour that made this victory possible. In addition to Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, Lha yudit’ih We Always Find A Way encompasses ancient stories of creation, modern stories of genocide through smallpox and residential school, and further stories of resistance.

Pick up a copy of Lha yudit’ih We Always Find A Way and learn all about this historical moment in history here.

news | Tuesday June 25, 2024

Another Order in the British Columbia Review

Cathy Ford reviewed Another Order: Selected Works by Judith Copithorne and edited by Eric Schmaltz in the British Columbia Review.

From the review:

“It is a blessing to have in one’s hand a lifeworks review collection by one of Vancouver’s most interesting, self-determining, and challenging word and visual artists … Copithorne is an artist of radical commitment, tempered by hard-won, revelatory thoughts, and uniquely visualized challenges.”

Read the complete article here.

news | Wednesday June 19, 2024

Speaking Through the Night Featured for Father's Day

New non-fiction collection Speaking Through the Night: Diary of a Lockdown, March–April 2020 by Wajdi Mouawad and translated by Linda Gaboriau was featured on Read Local BC’s list of books to read for Father’s Day! In this lovely new work, Mouawad’s exploration of being both a father and the son of his own father are singularly stirring.

Check out their complete list of recommendations here.

news | Tuesday June 18, 2024

Jump Scare on All Lit Up's Pride Month Reading List

Great to see Jump Scare, the brand new poetry collection from Daniel Zomparelli on All Lit Up’s Pride Month reading list! Hilarious and poignant, Jump Scare examines mental health, neurodivergence, grief, dreams, monstrosity, sexuality, pop culture, queer consumer culture, and the commodification of identity.

For more queer reads, check out All Lit Up’s list here.

news | Monday June 17, 2024

Cottage Radio & Other Plays Has Landed!

Big news! Cottage Radio & Other Plays by Taylor Marie Graham is here! The three plays in this collection transport us to Southwestern Ontario and introduce us to the tough and hilarious women of Huron County. The titlular Cottage Radio zeroes in on the sarcastic, charismatic Marley clan as they band together in the aftermath of a storm. White Wedding is a large-cast comedy set at a wedding reception in an old high school, where friends and lovers sneak off to reconnect and swim in nostalgia. Post Alice weaves a true Huron County mystery into an evening of stories, song, and secrets as four women (reminiscent of four of Alice Munro’s protagonists) wonder what really happened to Mistie Murray, a teenager who disappeared in the mid-nineties.

An excerpt from Post Alice:

EDIE: No? So there’s no wood except for the wood sitting beside
you, and we can’t use it.

BELLE: That’s right.

EDIE: Is it special?

BELLE: Please don’t.

EDIE picks up the wooden leg.

EDIE: Oh my, this is special. It looks like a little art project
going on here.

ONORA: Whoa.

WENLOCK: Edie, that’s um. That’s a …

BELLE: It’s a leg.

EDIE: (pointing at BELLE’s leg) For your?

BELLE: Obviously not. How could that be for my …

EDIE: If you want it back, you gotta tell us. What’s the deal? What
did the doctor say?

BELLE: I don’t know. I’m fine. It’s fine.

WENLOCK: Fine?

BELLE: It’s just a leg. It’s a leg, and they say when it’s gone,
all is gone.

WENLOCK: What?

ONORA: Oh my god.

BELLE: No. I mean, once the leg is gone the cancer is
gone, they think.

EDIE: Well fuck, that’s good. Right?

ONORA: Really good.

WENLOCK: You have a cure.

BELLE: Just a little hack job to this little lady here and wham!
Gone. Bye-bye cancer.

EDIE: (giving the leg back to BELLE) Here.”

This trio of plays is not to be missed. Order your copy here

news | Sunday June 16, 2024

Two Talon Titles on List of Books About Raising Your Voice

So proud to see Gaman – Perseverance: Japanese Canadians’ Journey to Justice by Art Miki and The Boys’ Club: The Many Worlds of Male Power by Martine Delvaux and translated by Katia Grubisic on Read Local BC’s list of hot new titles on the theme of activism and raising your voice. Though they take very different approaches to combatting injustice, these titles are united in doing the powerful, crucial work of moving the needle.

Check out all of Read Local BC’s recommended titles here.

news | Saturday June 15, 2024

Hot Off the Press! Redbone Coonhound Has Arrived!

A hot new play has just come trotting back from the printers: Redbone Coonhound by Amy Lee Lavoie and Omari Newton has arrived in a whirlwind of wit, critique, and satire. Out for a walk in their Vancouver neighbourhood, interracial couple Mike and Marissa meet a dog with an unfortunate breed name: Redbone coonhound. This detail unleashes a cascading debate between them about race and their relationship that manifests as a series of micro-plays.

An excerpt from Redbone Coonhound:

MIKE: …“Redbone coonhound.” Really? Looking me straight in the
eyes when they said it, too … Like, really? Really?

MARISSA: Should they have not looked at you when they said it?
I think that would have been weird.

MIKE: They shouldn’t have said it at all.

MARISSA: Well, you did ask them. And it’s not like they came up
with it. They’re not nineteenth-century Quaker folk.

MIKE: They chose it.

MARISSA: If a Dalmatian was called a honky cracker, I’d
still want one.

MIKE: Disney would not have made One Hundred and One Honky Crackers

MARISSA: Babe. (beat) You’ve got to eventually let it go. It’s just
some old-timey name that’s not connected to what you think.
(beat) You should have some fruit. You want some fruit?

MIKE: Like Adolf? Would you name your kid Adolf ?

MARISSA: Absolutely not.

MIKE: Why? It’s an old-timey name that’s not connected to
what you think.

MARISSA: Because I don’t like the sound of it. Just like I don’t like
the sound of the name Jessica.

MIKE: If you met a kid named Adolf, you wouldn’t be suspicious?

MARISSA: Of what? The threat of genocide?

MIKE: Well, I don’t have that luxury.

MARISSA: Here we go …

MIKE You get to stroll through the world, just oblivious. Skipping
down Right This Way, Ma’am, Lane.

MARISSA: Is your blood sugar low? Because you’re getting a little …

MIKE: What?

MARISSA: Fucking annoying.”

Through hard-hitting comedic elements, Redbone Coonhound explores the intricacies of race, systemic power, and privilege in remarkable and surprising ways. Grab your copy here.

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