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July 2018

Thursday July 19, 2018
An evening of film, poetry, and conversation (part 1)

Saturday July 21, 2018
BC Books Prizes’ Gathering of Poets - Merecedes Eng, Rhonda Ganz, Jónína Kirton, Julie Paul, and Onjana Yawnghwe

Saturday July 28, 2018
'An Awkward And Maybe Embarrassing Conversation About Difference' led by Sarah Garton Stanley & Marcus Youssef

Saturday July 28, 2018
The Love Poetry Festival

Tuesday July 31, 2018
#postdildo #readinggroup Session 4

August 2018

Tuesday August 7, 2018
#postdildo #readinggroup Session 5

September 2018

Wednesday September 19, 2018
Play: “Mom's the Word” in Saskatoon

November 2018

Thursday November 1, 2018
Joshua Whitehead at Wordstock Sudbury

Tuesday November 20, 2018
Play: “Cottagers and Indians” in Kingston

February 2019

Wednesday February 27, 2019
Play: “Gracie” in Regina

March 2019

Tuesday March 19, 2019
Play: “The Shoplifters” in Montreal

Wednesday March 27, 2019
Play: “Empire of the Son” in Saskatoon

April 2019

Thursday April 25, 2019
Play: “Empire of the Son” in Kamloops
Posted: Friday October 25, 2013
Launched! Daniel Canty's Wigrum in Brooklyn, NY

On Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013, Daniel Canty launched his new inventory novel Wigrum at Mellow Pages Library in New York City.

Canty and Wigrum‘s translator Oana Avasilichioaei read in French and English to an enthused audience in Mellow Pages, the new reading room and independent press library in Bushwick, a neighbourhood of Brooklyn (more information about the library is available in a review from the New York Times).

NYC poets Brandon Downing and Michael Ruby also read alongside Canty and Avasilichioaei, having accepted our invitation back in July to represent local presses at the launch. Downing read from his latest book Mellow Actions (Fence Books, 2012) followed by Ruby, who read from the recently-released American Songbook (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013).

Philip Turner, a Manhattan-based publisher, writer, consultant, and editor, represented Talon at the launch. Turner generously offered to say a few words about Talon before the reading, as well as handled book sales for all three authors at the end of the evening.

Turner’s excellent literary blog, Honourary Canadian, later published a thorough review of the event and of Wigrum itself. Below are a few brief excerpts:

Jacob, co-proprietor of Mellow Pages, kicked things off by describing how the library and reading room works – people can pay to be a member; as well, if you donate 10 books to the library’s inventory, you’re a member. Their tumblr includes this statement: “Mellow Pages is an independently-run library & reading room located in Brooklyn, NY focusing on providing limited-print fiction and poetry to the neighborhoods of Bushwick, East Williamsburg and Bed-Stuy. With a collection of over 1,200 titles and zines, come check out the space and have a coffee, crack into a new one.”

[…]

Daniel and Oana moved to the front of the room and, trading off, they read alternating sections from Wigrum. I’ve been dipping in to the book all week in advance of the reading and have found it to be an ingenious creative enterprise. The novel is ostensibly the census of an idiosyncratic collection of objects, owned at one time by the elusive figure, Sebastian Wigrum. The printed book itself is beautifully presented with crisp typography and clean design on bright white paper. Precise drawings, each one well printed, depict each of the 149 objects in Wigrum’s mysterious collection.

[…]

Their reading was very well received, with everyone enjoying Wigrum‘s humor and philosophical play. Book sales and informal conversation followed. I took a few photographs during the readings and was pleased to see, blinking through the window behind the readers, the lights of the Chrysler Building. Barely a half-hour subway ride from Midtown Manhattan, this view typifies how easy it is to visit Mellow Pages. I’m sure I’ll be coming back for a return visit soon.

The full article (complete with photos) is available on Honourary Canadian.



Recent news Articles
Thursday March 8, 2018 in Meta-Talon

Book Recs for International Women’s Day 2018

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.

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 …

Current Catalogues

[image: Talonbooks 2018 Fall catalogue] Fall 2018 Catalogue PDF [image: Talonbooks 2018 Indigenous catalogue] 2018 Indigenous Catalogue PDF

CURRENT FRONT LIST


 

1 Hour Photo

Tetsuro Shigematsu
Drama


Almost Islands

Stephen Collis
Non-Fiction


Around Her

Sophie Bienvenu
Translated by Rhonda Mullins
Non-Fiction


beholden

Fred Wah & Rita Wong
Poetry

[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


Flow

Roy Miki
Edited by Michael Barnholden
Poetry

[Gracie cover]
Gracie

Joan MacLeod
Introduction by Marita Dachsel
Drama


He Speaks Volumes

Rebecca Wigod
Non-Fiction

[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

[Mercenary English – 3rd edition cover]
Mercenary English – 3rd edition

Mercedes Eng
Frontlist

[Nine Dragons cover]
Nine Dragons

Jovanni Sy
Drama

[Safety Sand cover]
Safety Sand

Garry Thomas Morse
Poetry


Seven Sacred Truths

Wanda John-Kehewin
Poetry


Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion

Drew Hayden Taylor
Drama

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

Marie Clements & Nelson Gray
Drama


Thanks for Giving

Kevin Loring
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


The Mystery Play

Josh MacDonald
Drama


Treaty 6 Deixis

Christine Stewart
Poetry


White

Deni Ellis Béchard
Fiction


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