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We are thrilled to present our exciting Spring 2014 list!
New fiction from M.A.C. Farrant, Larry Tremblay (translated by Sheila Fischman), and Hélène Vachon (translated by Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott) will delight, unravel, and amuse. Be dazzled by miniatures that explode mundane situations and people, and piece them back together again, a little brighter and a little looser, in The World Afloat. Follow disturbed and disturbing Edgar as he attempts to “save” himself and another in The Obese Christ. And, in A Matter of Gravity, meet a pianist and an undertaker who build a delicate friendship at the end of a life.
Plays by Drew Hayden Taylor, Joan MacLeod, and David Fennario, and a hard-hitting non-fiction book by Alain Deneault, address (respectively): the aftermath of the residential schools system on the lives of two individuals; the too-often volatile relationship between law enforcers and the mentally ill; the history of Canada’s World War I munitions factories and the women who worked there; and Canada’s current, distressing inclination toward becoming one of the most attractive tax havens to foreign interests.
The poetry list – about which Twitter has already been atwitter – brings together the remarkable work of four women: Cecily Nicholson, Natalie Simpson, Catriona Strang, and Nikki Reimer – all of whom publish their second books of poetry this spring with Talon. (Right on time for Poetry Month!)
From 1988 until the end of 2016, Salt-Water Moon was in print with its original yellow cover, which featured now-outdated type design and a production still from one of the original productions of this sweet play.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.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.Thursday August 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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!Friday June 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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.