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January 2018

Wednesday January 3, 2018
SFU Lunch Poems: Jónína Kirton and Joanne Arnott

Thursday January 4, 2018
Dr. Carl Peters speaks at the MLA Convention in NYC

Tuesday January 16, 2018
Play: Empire of the Son at Alberta Theatre (Alberta, AB)

Thursday January 25, 2018
Play: “Jitters” by David French in Vancouver

Wednesday January 31, 2018
Play:King Arthur's Knight and Peter Panties at the PUSH Festival (Vancouver, BC)

April 2018

Friday April 6, 2018
Play: Balconville at the Hudson Players Club (Hudson, QC)

June 2018

Friday June 15, 2018
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal
Posted: Wednesday April 22, 2015
A Packed House for Phyllis Webb on Saltspring Island

Phyllis Webb reads from Peacock Blue, April 15, 2015. Photo by Lorraine Gane

On Wednesday evening last week, April 15, Saltspring Island locals Phyllis Webb and Brian Brett read poetry together for the first time in more than ten years at the Salt Spring Island Public Library in British Columbia. Today, we share the photos!

Both poets read from their collected works, Webb from her recently published collection, Peacock Blue: The Collected Poems, choosing the poems “Spots of Blood” and “The Metaphysics of Spring.” Diana Hayes read the opening poems from Webb’s book, Wilson’s Bowl (which is collected in Peacock Blue), as well as the poem “The Birds.” Local poet Lorraine Gane read Webb’s poem “In This Place.”

Webb received a standing ovation from a packed house – more than 60 people attended this small event. Everyone, including Phyllis, enjoyed the event, and every copy of Peacock Blue available was sold out before all who wanted one had the chance to buy one!

Phyllis Webb, treasure of Canadian literature, reads from Peacock Blue. Photo by Lorraine Gane

Blogger J. Rowlandson expressed the joy and lyricism of the event in fine words (read them here), writing that

The strength of [Webb’s] voice lifts us out of our chairs and onto a beach. Webb … is intimately familiar with the eccentric and predictable comings and goings of this little community. They share the stage with her.

“Four swans in Fulford Harbour …” In a miracle of movement her words locate a creative, resilient space between wind and wing that resists being named as either. “Uprush of inspiration brush past the broken shell of my ear.” Indeed.

Phyllis Webb signs copies of Peacock Blue for attendees. Photo by Lorraine Gane

This reading was one of many events in a campaign called Read Local BC, a project to celebrate the extraordinary depth of BC publishing. Running from April 1–22, the campaign features publishers, authors, bookstores, and libraries from across the province.

Peacock Blue is available in hardcover for $45. The paperback edition will be available in Fall 2015.

Finally, a poem. Lorraine Gane has written one in honour of Webb. In Gane’s words, “As Phyllis said in Hanging Fire, ‘The proper response to a poem is another poem,’ so this is what came in response to the event last week.” We thank Gane for sharing the poem with us – and with you.

for Phyllis Webb

A tattoo of lights lifts our eyes
to the black door of night
then you say O the stars,
as we step slowly to the car.
Earlier, your poems
held rapt a roomful of
listeners with spirits chittering
at fog-flyers up on Mt. Maxwell,
the silent beauty of a bowl
not a loving cup you drink from,
the space between brushing wings
of four swans in Fulford Harbour—
this night yours under
the infinite crossings of stars

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Tuesday December 5, 2017 in Meta-Talon

A new cover for Drew Hayden Taylor’s play, In a World Created by a Drunken God

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.

[cover of From Oral to Written] Tuesday September 26, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Read an excerpt: From Oral to Written

By Tomson Highway

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

Buy a Quebec Book Day! August 12

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!

[cover of The Gorge] Friday June 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Listen: Nancy Shaw reads her poems

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).

Current Catalogue

[image: Talonbooks 2017 catalogue]



After Class

George F. Walker


Wajdi Mouawad
Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Art of Building a Bunker, The

Adam Lazarus & Guillermo Verdecchia


Sean Devine


Chantal Bilodeau

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Joshua Whitehead


Daphne Marlatt
Edited by Susan Holbrook

Just, The

Albert Camus
Translated by Bobby Theodore

[cover of Legend]

Michael Blouin

Prison Industrial Complex Explodes

Mercedes Eng

Reveries of a Solitary Biker

Catriona Strang

Wayside Sang

Cecily Nicholson


Philippe Arseneault
Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel

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