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March 2018

Thursday March 1, 2018
Poetry reading: Catriona Strang and Clea Roberts at SFU in Burnaby, BC

Tuesday March 6, 2018
Daphne Marlatt and Penn Kemp at Western University

Tuesday March 6, 2018
Rowers Reading Series featuring Garry Thomas Morse in Toronto, ON

Wednesday March 7, 2018
Poetry reading: Mercedes Eng in Kelowna, BC

Friday March 16, 2018
Poetry reading: Garry Thomas Morse and Michael Boughn in Buffalo, NY

Tuesday March 20, 2018
VERSEfest Ottawa, with Steve McCaffery and Natasha Kanapé Fontaine

Friday March 30, 2018
Poetry reading: Chimedum Ohaegbu, Jónína Kirton, and Danny Ramadan in Vancouver, BC

April 2018

Thursday April 5, 2018
Poetry readings: Jordan Abel on Vancouver Island

Friday April 6, 2018
Play: “Balconville” at the Hudson Players Club (Hudson, QC)

Tuesday April 10, 2018
Poetry reading: Garry Thomas Morse at the Art Bar Reading Series in Toronto

Thursday April 12, 2018
Sachiko Murakami at grit LIT in Hamilton, ON

Thursday April 12, 2018
Play: “Nine Dragons” in Richmond, BC

Thursday April 19, 2018
Launch Party: Gap Riot Press and 'Checking In' by Adeena Karasick

Tuesday April 24, 2018
Play: “Gracie” in Ottawa, ON

Sunday April 29, 2018
Play: "Gracie" in London, UK

May 2018

Wednesday May 9, 2018
Poetry reading: Jordan Abel, Amaranth Borsuk, and Sarah Dowling

June 2018

Friday June 15, 2018
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal
Posted: Friday October 4, 2013
Celebrating Translators, the Too-Often Unsung Heroes of World Literature

The recent launch of Wigrum, written by Daniel Canty and translated by Oana Avasilichioaei, and the recent receipt of the 2013 Sunburst Award by Maleficium, a novel by Martine Desjardins (which we are currently celebrating with a special offer), has brought the art of translation to the forefront of our minds at Talon. Being a press that publishes many works in translation (generally from Quebec), it is never far from our minds.

The translation of Maleficium, in addition to winning the Sunburst Award, also won the Prix Jacques Brossard and was a finalist for four others: the 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award (French Fiction), the Prix des libraires du Québec, the Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie, and the Prix France–Québec. Fairy Ring won the 2001 Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation, and All That Glitters was a finalist for the 2005 Governor General’s Literary Award.

Today we take a moment to reflect on the two excellent translators of Desjardins’s four novels, among other impressive works: Fred A. Reed and David Homel.

Homel, an author himself, also works as a journalist, editor, and screenwriter. His own novels have been translated into several languages and published around the world.

Reed, known especially for his writing about the Middle East, has also translated works by Thierry Hentsch, including Empire of Desire, which was a finalist for the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation, and Truth or Death, which won this same award in 2005. Reed has translated works by many of Quebec’s leading authors, several in collaboration with Homel, as well as by Nikos Kazantzakis and other modern Greek writers.

Translators do difficult work; they must be meticulous and thorough, reflective and reasonable. The fruits of their labour are enjoyed in a variety of contexts in this increasingly small world, and we thank them for it.



Recent news Articles
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 …

[cover of From Oral to Written] Tuesday September 26, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Read an excerpt: From Oral to Written

By Tomson Highway

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.

Current Catalogue

[image: Talonbooks 2018 Spring catalogue]

CURRENT FRONT LIST


 
[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

[Gracie cover]
Gracie

Joan MacLeod
Introduction by Marita Dachsel
Drama

[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

[Nine Dragons cover]
Nine Dragons

Jovanni Sy
Drama

[Safety Sand cover]
Safety Sand

Garry Thomas Morse
Poetry

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

Marie Clements & Nelson Gray
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


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