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June 2017

Wednesday June 7, 2017
Reading: Jordan Abel at the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist readings

Thursday June 8, 2017
Poetry reading: R. Kolewe with Tara-Michelle Ziniuk and Sarah Pinder, Toronto

Saturday June 10, 2017
Panel Discussion with High Muck a Muck Artists (Fred Wah) at the Surrey Art Gallery (BC)

July 2017

Thursday July 6, 2017
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal

September 2017

Friday September 22, 2017
Sidney Literary Festival, featuring M.A.C. Farrant

October 2017

Thursday October 26, 2017
Play: "Only Drunks and Children" at the Magnus Theatre in Thunderbay, ON

November 2017

Friday November 3, 2017
Stephen Collis at the Festival of Readers (St. Catharines, ON)

January 2018

Tuesday January 16, 2018
Play: Empire of the Son at Alberta Theatre (Alberta, AB
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
[cover of Inspecting Nostalgia] 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.

[Once in Blockadia cover] 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.

[cover of An Honest Woman] 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.

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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A Crossing of Hearts

Michel Tremblay
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A Taste of Empire

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An Honest Woman

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In Search of New Babylon

Dominique Scali
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Inspecting Nostalgia

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Legend

Michael Blouin
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Messenger

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