Posted: Tuesday January 5, 2016
It’s 2016! Can you believe it?
We were pleased to see two Talonbooks on CBC’s list of 75 Best Books of 2015: Scree, the collected earlier poems of Fred Wah, and Jordan Abel’s Un/inhabited, are among CBC’s favourites.
And now a few other ‘best of’ lists are coming in …
In poetry, Ottawa poet and publisher rob mclennan has included among his favourites from last year Oana Avasilichioaei’s Limbinal, Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli’s Rom Com, Judith Fitzgerald’s Impeccable Regret, and Colin Browne’s The Hatch. Read his full list on DUSIE.
Phil Hall, poetry editor, includes three Talonbooks on the BookThug year-end list as well. Phyllis Webb’s collected poems, Peacock Blue (the softcover edition of which was released this past autumn), he has hailed as “the literary event of the year,” and we couldn’t agree more. He also picks Meredith Quartermain’s I, Bartleby: “These are stories, but not really ‘short stories,’ more like prose poem meditations on language and region, people, memory and apprenticeship. Scribe notes.” And of Colin Browne’s The Hatch, Hall writes, “This poet can apparently do anything: long-lined narrative poems of spoof and homage (in the earlier books), very tiny poems, tender garden lyrics, defiant chants … The diversity and dexterity are dazzling, the images stick, the phrasing causes slaps or shivers.”
Un/inhabited was also yesterday listed as one of 10 BC books to kick-start the year in The Province.
In theatre, the Vancouver Sun included Drew Hayden Taylor’s God and the Indian – which was produced at the Firehall Arts Centre last May – in its list of best Vancouver theatre experiences of 2015, noting its “heartbreaking vulnerability with terrifying anger, playfulness with glimpses of beauty.”
Hamilton Spectator theatre reviewer Gary Smith especially liked Michel Marc Bouchard’s turn-of-the-century play, The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt. Here are his year-end delights.
The Globe and Mail has also included playwright Annabel Soutar, author of Seeds and The Watershed (forthcoming in 2016), as one of its Canadian artists of the year. TGAM also calls The Watershed “this year’s epic exploration of the politics of science and industry in the Harper era.” Watch for this book in Spring 2016!
Recent news Articles
- Mend the Living wins Wellcome Book Prize!
- Save the date! Our Spring 2017 Poetry Launch is on April 27 in Vancouver
- Jordan Abel’s Injun short-listed for the Griffin!
- New poetry in house, right on time for National Poetry Month!
- Thank you, poetry lovers of the eastern US!
- New books for spring! Poetry, fiction, and drama
- March 25–31: Anahita Jamali Rad, Danielle LaFrance, and Donato Mancini on tour in California
- Adeena Karasick archive donated to Simon Fraser University
- Once in Blockadia is short-listed for the George Ryga Award!
- Mend the Living is short-listed for the Wellcome Book Prize!
- BC book publishers and members of parliament celebrate BC Book Day
- All-Star Talon poets on tour in the eastern U.S.
- Same Diff has arrived!
- Talon book design in the press
- Once in Blockadia long-listed for the George Ryga Award!
- Bev Sellars speaks to UBC’s business students
- Join Daphne Marlatt and M.A.C. Farrant in Calgary this Thursday
- Sachiko Murakami is the new writer in residence at U of T
- “Winners and Losers” opens in Calgary tomorrow!
- Tomorrow! Stephen Collis on Gabriola Island
- Cecily Nicholson is the new writer in residence at SFU
- Danielle LaFrance and Anahita Jamali Rad are in Calgary for the Flywheel Reading Series
- Enter Time with Colin Browne and Charles Edenshaw
- This weekend: Carl Peters at the MLA Convention in Pennsylvania
- Happy holidays from Talonbooks! What a year 2016 has been…
- All Fall 2016 plays are now available!
- Watch the trailer for the new movie based on Maylis de Kerangal’s novel, Mend the Living
- Save the date! False Starts launches in Montreal on November 8
- Opening tomorrow! Empire of the Son at the Cultch, Vancouver
- Read Local BC 2016
- Fred Wah and Colin Browne at the Vancouver Writers’ Fest this past weekend
- Our Fall 2016 books are launched!
- Tomorrow: Talon’s big fall launch!
- Thanks for a great reading, Victoria!
- Join M.A.C. Farrant at Munro’s in Victoria to launch The Days
- Phinder Dulai in NYC, Montreal, and Saint Catherines in early/mid-October
- Prairie Harbour is a finalist for the Governor General’s Awards!
- All the Fall 2016 poetry is in the house!
- Talonbooks at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association trade show
- Karen X. Tulchinsky is Richmond’s Writer in Residence this fall
- Photos from WORD Vancouver 2016
- bill bissett wins Pandora Award!
- This Sunday: WORD Vancouver!
- Bev Sellars in Vancouver this week
- U Girl has arrived!
- George F. Walker’s new website is launched
- Talonbooks is British Columbia’s Publisher of the Year!
- Price Paid is already a BC bestseller!
- U Girl on the radio
- This fall, hear readings from Once in Blockadia along the Cascadia coast
- Price Paid has arrived!
- Reviews of The Days are in!
- Another great review of U Girl
- The first review is in: Ubyssey loves U Girl
- Oana Avasilichioaei on the East Coast this September!
- The dog days of summer, and The Days of Fall
- On stage now! “Salt-Water Moon” at the Pacific Theatre in Vancouver
- Tomorrow! Carl Peters talks Gertrude Stein at People’s Co-op Books, Vancouver
- Tonight in New York City, the Poets House Poetry Publication Showcase opens New York City
- Starting today! Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival 2016
- Running on Fumes has arrived!
- Fall 2016 previews!
- Opening this Friday at the Vancouver Art Gallery: Colin Browne’s Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen exhibit
- Tomorrow night, the 2016 Woodcock and Ryga Awards will be presented
- On Monday, June 27 in Vancouver, the 2016 Jessie Awards will be presented
- A new home for Ralph Maud’s Charles Olson library
- Canadians and the Panama Papers: We’re not as innocent as we think we are
- Two new reviews of Mend the Living
- Tomorrow in Toronto! Lakeside Play Readings
- The Watershed has arrived!
- Talonbooks will be at Congress 2016 this weekend
- Talonbooks at BEA 2016
- Listen: Full audio recording of our recent Vancouver launch
- Book review: Canada, A New Tax Haven in the Vancouver Sun
- Take a ride on the ferry boat, and pick up a great book!
- Tomorrow: Authors for Indies Day across Canada!
- Photos from our big launch last night
- Two quadruple book launches this week!
- Annotating Gertrude Stein, a century later
- This week! Weyman Chan at the Edmonton Poetry Festival
- Now available: “the best script Morris Panych has ever written”
- Photos from the 2nd annual BC Book Day at the British Columbia Legislature
- Our final Spring 2016 poetry title is here – Human Tissue!
- Clint Burnham’s first Talon book!
- Hot off the press: Jason Patrick Rothery’s debut play!
- Alain Deneault warned us about Panama
- The North + South Book Tour – Garry Thomas Morse in the prairies
- Forever Yours, Marie-Lou is on stage in England
- This Saturday in Montreal, join us for the launch of Mend the Living
- Save the date! April 26 – the Talon Spring 2016 Poetry Launch in Vancouver
- Save the date! April 28 – the Talon Spring 2016 Poetry Launch in Calgary
- An honourable mention for Rom Com in the Alcuin Awards!
- Read an interview with Rahat Kurd
- We the Family has arrived!
- Mend the Living is up for the Man Booker International Prize!
- Th Book is the new book
- Jordan Abel’s new book is here!
- Valentine’s Day Specials!
- Rest in peace, Gordon Shillingford
- George Elliot Clarke plugs Prairie Harbour!
Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon
“The result is not simple”: Two Poems from Inspecting Nostalgia
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.
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Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon
An excerpt from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands” by Stephen Collis
By Stephen Collis
Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry is nominated for the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. It rethinks the relationship between human beings and the natural world and searches for ways we can continue to resist. Today on Meta-Talon, we offer a section from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands,” the second long poem in Once in Blockadia.
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Monday April 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon
“REDress”: A poem by Jónína Kirton, from An Honest Woman
By Jónína Kirton
For you, in solidarity, during this National Poetry Month, a poem from Jónína Kirton’s new collection.
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Thursday March 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Karasick gives to SFU library
Critically acclaimed poet and Vancouver native Adeena Karasick was in her hometown last month to celebrate the donation of her archive to Simon Fraser University. The Collection of Contemporary Literature at SFU’s Bennett Library contains one of the biggest selections of avant-garde poetry in North America.
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