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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, 2018, is Buy a Quebec Book Day. Celebrate by purchasing a recent Talonbooks book in translation!Friday July 27, 2018 in Meta-Talon
Next year marks the tenth anniversary of Fred Wah’s is a door : to celebrate, Talon takes a look back at how the book got its name.Thursday March 8, 2018 in Meta-Talon
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked our staff to recommend favourite Talon books that they felt contributed to the advancement of women and to the feminist literary canon.Tuesday February 6, 2018 in Meta-Talon
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.)
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