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“I’m willing to bet that Cordal’s photo of a group of his clay businessmen submerged in a Berlin puddle will re-appear and re-appear on Twitter for years if not decades to come. It is a perfect example of the subversive nature of art: how artists must first create friction in order to generate new ways of seeing, understanding. To me, this is climate change art at its finest.” (Joan Sullivan, for ArtistsandClimateChange.com)
At Talon, we care deeply about our world and work hard to publish words that matter. We have published many titles that speak to environmental issues (recently, for example, Seeds by Annabel Soutar. Also see Soutar’s Watershed staging project on Kickstarter). In the daily workings of our office, we reuse and recycle as much as possible. Most of our books are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, and most are designed and printed in western Canada because we feel strongly about contributing to and participating in local economies.
So, naturally, we were delighted to learn that one of Talon’s excellent literary translators, Chantal Bilodeau, publishes a website that gathers artworks addressing climate change and environmental issues.
Artists and Climate Change highlights works such as the sorrowful yet picturesque photographic history entitled “Vanishing Ice” and Isaac Cordal’s now-famous “Waiting for climate change,” in which faceless politicians continue to debate the existence of climate change despite water rising up to their necks. There are also proposed practical works, such as the design of warning labels for consumers. There is just so much to explore!
Check out the site! It may change your future: http://artistsandclimatechange.com/
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).Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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.Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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.
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.