Talonbooks celebrated International Women’s Day this week with a visit to the British Columbia Legislature on Wednesday, where members of parliament proclaimed BC Book Day and met with publishers, authors, booksellers, festival directors, and representatives from other publishing-related organizations from around the province.
Kevin, Vicki, and Spencer Williams of Talonbooks were in attendance, and Kevin in his role as president of the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia gave welcoming remarks on the role book publishers play in the province’s economy and culture.
Afterward, a number of publishers and parliamentarians sat down together to break bread – and everyone in red, for International Women’s Day!
L to R: Michelle van der Merwe, Royal BC Museum Publishing; Lana Popham, MLA Saanich South and Official Opposition Critic for Agriculture and Small Business; Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen; Heidi Waechtler, Executive Director of the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia; The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia; Taryn Boyd, TouchWood Editions; Katrine Conroy, MLA Kootenay West; Jackie Tegart, MLA Fraser-Nicola; The Honourable Linda Reid, Speaker of the House and MLA Richmond East. Missing: The Honourable Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction & Minister Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch, MLA Cariboo North; Kevin and Spencer Williams, Talonbooks
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.
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!
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).
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.
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