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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/
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.)Thursday December 21, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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 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 …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.
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.