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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!
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!Friday June 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon
The Gorge: Selected Writing by Nancy Shaw launched in April, 2017 at the Western Front in Vancouver. To launch Shaw’s book, published posthumously, editor Catriona Strang read from The Gorge, and then this video was played to a rapt audience. In the video, you’ll hear the voice of Nancy Shaw, reading poems from her book Cold Trip (2006; co-authored with Catriona Strang).Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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.
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.