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May 2018

Thursday May 24, 2018
Adeena Karasick performs in Prague, Czech Republic

Friday May 25, 2018
Adeena Karasick speaks at the International Communication Association conference, Prague

Saturday May 26, 2018
Adeena Karasick performs in Prague, Czech Republic

Sunday May 27, 2018
Asian Heritage Month: Coming Together, Indigenous and Indian Classical Cultures

Tuesday May 29, 2018
Read Local BC Presents Poetic Frequency

June 2018

Monday June 4, 2018
Adeena Karasick performs in Prague, Czech Republic

Friday June 15, 2018
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal

Thursday June 28, 2018
Adeena Karasick performs in Montreal

Thursday June 28, 2018
bill bissett and Adeena Karasick read at the Atwater Poetry Project in Montreal

Saturday June 30, 2018
Poetry reading: Adeena Karasick in New Brunswick

September 2018

Wednesday September 19, 2018
Play: "Mom's the Word" in Saskatoon

March 2019

Tuesday March 19, 2019
Play: “The Shoplifters” in Montreal

Wednesday March 27, 2019
Play: "Empire of the Son" in Saskatoon

April 2019

Thursday April 25, 2019
Play: “Empire of the Son” in Kamloops
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.

Crossings
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



Recent news Articles
Thursday March 8, 2018 in Meta-Talon

Book Recs for International Women’s Day 2018

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked our staff to recommend favourite Talon books that they felt contributed to the advancement of women and to the feminist literary canon.

Studies in Description cover Tuesday February 6, 2018 in Meta-Talon

“Argument is to me the air I breathe”

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.)

The World Afloat cover Thursday December 21, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Our Spiritual Lives

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

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 …

Current Catalogue

[image: Talonbooks 2018 Spring catalogue]

CURRENT FRONT LIST


 

1 Hour Photo

Tetsuro Shigematsu
Drama


Almost Islands

Stephen Collis
Non-Fiction


beholden

Fred Wah & Rita Wong
Poetry

[Checking In cover]
Checking In

Adeena Karasick
Poetry

[Duets cover]
Duets

Edward Byrne
Poetry

[Finding Mr. Wong cover]
Finding Mr. Wong

Susan Crean
Non-Fiction


Flow

Roy Miki
Edited by Michael Barnholden
Poetry

[Gracie cover]
Gracie

Joan MacLeod
Introduction by Marita Dachsel
Drama


He Speaks Volumes

Rebecca Wigod
Non-Fiction

[King Arthur's Night and Peter Panties cover]
King Arthur’s Night and Peter Panties

Niall McNeil & Marcus Youssef
Introduction by Al Etmanski
Drama

[Kuei, My Friend cover]
Kuei, My Friend

Deni Ellis Béchard & Natasha Kanapé Fontaine
Translated by Deni Ellis Béchard & Howard Scott
Non-Fiction

[Mercenary English – 3rd edition cover]
Mercenary English – 3rd edition

Mercedes Eng
Frontlist

[Nine Dragons cover]
Nine Dragons

Jovanni Sy
Drama

[Safety Sand cover]
Safety Sand

Garry Thomas Morse
Poetry


Seven Sacred Truths

Wanda John-Kehewin
Poetry


Sir John A.

Drew Hayden Taylor
Drama

[Talker's Town and The Girl Who Swam Forever cover]
Talker’s Town and The Girl Who Swam Forever

Marie Clements & Nelson Gray
Drama


Thanks for Giving

Kevin Loring
Drama

[The Cure for Death by Lightning cover]
The Cure for Death by Lightning

Daryl Cloran
Drama

[The Eyelash and the Monochrome and Other Poems cover]
The Eyelash and the Monochrome

Tiziana La Melia
Poetry

[The Green Chamber cover]
The Green Chamber

Martine Desjardins
Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel
Fiction


The Mystery Play

Josh MacDonald
Drama


Treaty 6 Deixis

Christine Stewart
Poetry


White

Deni Ellis Béchard
Fiction


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