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Our new arrival is As Always, the memoir of Madeleine Gagnon, now translated into English by Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott. This is an account of a life well lived, told with candour, wisdom, and an inextinguishable sense of wonder. In the words of Manon Trépanier of Radio-Canada, “It’s been a long time since I’ve read anything as beautiful and luminous as this book.”
There is something for every reader in As Always – but especially for Canadians intrigued by the changed and changing culture in Quebec, and the evolution of feminism in our nations. Through personal stories and vignettes, Gagnon offers windows into the Quiet Revolution, the road to equality of the sexes, the establishment of Canadian and especially Quebecois literary culture, and a direct and nuanced discourse of sexuality and gender. With a wedding in Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral, a seemingly idyllic farm childhood, and travels across the Atlantic by steamer, this is the story of how a brilliant ingenue became one of the most important literary figures in Canada. (Plus: absolutely charming photographs!)
As Always: Memoir of a Life in Writing is now available for $22.95.
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.
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