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July 2018

Tuesday July 24, 2018
The Writing Table with Tiziana La Melia

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: Thursday November 13, 2014
Launched! Our Fall 2014 “Septuplets”

Last evening in downtown Vancouver, about 80 people gathered to hear seven readings from new works published by Talonbooks: six collections of poetry and one novel. Staff members from Vancouver’s finest downtown indie bookstore, the Paper Hound, manned the book sales table, and the venue, Pyatt Hall (at the Vancouver School of Music), proved to be the perfect location for listening and experiencing poetry read aloud; all was silent but for the clear voices of the readers.

Kevin Williams, publisher, introduces the poets and shows off Peacock Blue: The Collected Poems of Phyllis Webb.

First up were three contemporary poets. ryan fitzpatrick read a few favourites from Fortified Castles ($16.95), including “Cutie Marxism” – which seems to have become a flagship poem from this collection – and one poem dedicated to Steve Collis, a fellow SFU poet who is currently being sued by Kinder Morgan for his part is resisting that corporation’s attempts to develop a pipeline in Burnaby, BC. Read a poem from this collection, if you like, on Meta-Talon.

ryan fitzpatrick reads from Fortified Castles

Sandra Huber reads from Assembling the Morrow

The poised Sandra Huber took to the stage next, having flown in all the way from Berlin. Huber described her experience in residence at a sleep lab, out of which emerged her first collection of poetry, Assembling the Morrow ($24.95). The audience was intrigued by a video which presented a concrete poem in the form of a sleep graph, which in the print book is formatted as a fold-out insert. Huber’s poetic essay and dropped pages established a certain mood.

Sleep and dreams began to take form as a motif throughout the following readings. Brian Henderson read from [OR] ($18.95), prefacing his reading with commentary on recent findings in neuroscience about cognition, consciousness, and our experience of time and memory. He described his poems as coming from that “half second” in the mind between experiencing and knowing.

Brian Henderson reads from [OR]

After an intermission during which the audience enjoyed wine, cheese, and other nibbles, the second half began with the poetry of Phyllis Webb, whose collected poems have now been published in Peacock Blue ($45). Webb, who is elderly and rarely travels, was not in attendance, but the wonderful and mesmerizing Daphne Marlatt read from Peacock Blue. (Stephen Collis was originally going to read Webb, but his involvement in the resistance to Kinder Morgan kept him from appearing. Marlatt noted this, and expressed support for him, which was felt throughout the room.) Marlatt’s reading was animated and joyful, truly channeling the spirit of Webb.

Daphne Marlatt reads from Peacock Blue

The one novel on the evening’s roster was Birth of a Bridge ($16.95) by Maylis de Kerangal, which is the down-and-dirty story of a bridge-building project told from lofty heights and set in a fantastical Californian city. Translator Jessica Moore was in attendance at the launch to read selections from this work, whose rich prose fit in well with the poetry – and Jessica’s dulcet voice and precision certainly didn’t hurt. Read an excerpt from Birth of a Bridge on Meta-Talon. Read Jessica’s thoughts on the translation process on Meta-Talon.

Jessica Moore reads from Birth of a Bridge

Poet and professor Jeff Derksen then introduced the oeuvre of Phinder Dulai, who read many selections from dream / arteries ($19.95), which explores the history of the Komagata Maru and its migrant passengers. This book, with its transparencies and extracts from archival material, also has a ghostly and dreamlike atmosphere, and Dulai’s rendition of it was evocative and meditative.

Phinder Dulai tells the audience about his archival research before reading from dream / arteries

Janet Rogers shows off her latest book, Peace in Duress

Janet Rogers closed the evening with her strong voice and her well-paced spoken word, reading from Peace in Duress ($16.95) and then performing other work. Listen to Rogers performing her poetry on Meta-Talon.

It is a privilege and an honour to publish works of such high calibre and to work with such innovative authors. We thank everyone who attended for coming out despite the chilly weather, and we hope to see you again next time!

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



1 Hour Photo

Tetsuro Shigematsu

Almost Islands

Stephen Collis

Around Her

Sophie Bienvenu
Translated by Rhonda Mullins


Fred Wah & Rita Wong

[Checking In cover]
Checking In

Adeena Karasick

[Duets cover]

Edward Byrne

[Finding Mr. Wong cover]
Finding Mr. Wong

Susan Crean


Roy Miki
Edited by Michael Barnholden

[Gracie cover]

Joan MacLeod
Introduction by Marita Dachsel

He Speaks Volumes

Rebecca Wigod

[King Arthur's Night and Peter Panties cover]
King Arthur’s Night and Peter Panties

Niall McNeil & Marcus Youssef
Introduction by Al Etmanski

[Kuei, My Friend cover]
Kuei, My Friend

Deni Ellis Béchard & Natasha Kanapé Fontaine
Translated by Deni Ellis Béchard & Howard Scott

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

Mercedes Eng

[Nine Dragons cover]
Nine Dragons

Jovanni Sy

[Safety Sand cover]
Safety Sand

Garry Thomas Morse

Seven Sacred Truths

Wanda John-Kehewin

Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion

Drew Hayden Taylor

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

Marie Clements & Nelson Gray

Thanks for Giving

Kevin Loring

[The Cure for Death by Lightning cover]
The Cure for Death by Lightning

Daryl Cloran

[The Eyelash and the Monochrome and Other Poems cover]
The Eyelash and the Monochrome

Tiziana La Melia

[The Green Chamber cover]
The Green Chamber

Martine Desjardins
Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel

The Mystery Play

Josh MacDonald

Treaty 6 Deixis

Christine Stewart


Deni Ellis Béchard

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