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This week, Talonbooks sold its 500th ebook!
Talon’s bestselling ebook is Taking My Life, the autobiography of Jane Rule – although it is being quickly overtaken by the memoir They Called Me Number One by Bev Sellars. Other popular titles include Hesiod’s classic(al) Theogony / Works and Days (newly translated by C.S. Morrissey) and Daniel MacIvor’s one-man play, Cul-de-sac.
Talonbooks has been producing ebooks since 2011. The first was Maleficium by Martine Desjardins, and now approximately 60 Talon titles are available as ebooks. They are available, in some cases, directly from this website, but mostly from ebook vendors that include Kobo, Nook Books, Amazon’s Kindle store and the Amazon.ca Kindle store as well, and from the Apple iBookstore.
Since Fall 2012, many Talon titles have been published simultaneously in print and electronic formats. On an ongoing basis, the Talon team is working to convert much of Talon’s backlist to various ebook formats. Talon’s website does not yet indicate which books can be purchased in ebook format, but about 50 are listed in our Spring 2013 catalogue, which is available online. Readers are also welcome to contact us and inquire about specific titles.
Chronic readers and thinkers may also be interested in “‘Book’: Liminal Existence and Lively Experiment”, a less pragmatic (than this news article) Meta-Talon piece that delves into the nature and evolution of books.
500 and counting – a small but significant milestone in our digital publishing endeavours. Go, little ebooks, go!
By Carl Peters
On Meta-Talon today, please enjoy the full text of the presentation given by Carl Peters at the Modern Languages Association convention in New York City on January 7, 2018. This talk responds to the question posed in the MLA convention session Rhetoric in Post-Factual Times: how to perform textual analysis in a time when facts are no longer the marker of good argumentation. (Peters’s talk is also related to his work on Stein; Peters is recently the author of Studies in Description: Reading Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons.)Thursday December 21, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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.
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.