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June 2017

Wednesday June 7, 2017
Reading: Jordan Abel at the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist readings

Thursday June 8, 2017
Poetry reading: R. Kolewe with Tara-Michelle Ziniuk and Sarah Pinder, Toronto

Saturday June 10, 2017
Panel Discussion with High Muck a Muck Artists (Fred Wah) at the Surrey Art Gallery (BC)

July 2017

Thursday July 6, 2017
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal

September 2017

Friday September 22, 2017
Sidney Literary Festival, featuring M.A.C. Farrant

October 2017

Thursday October 26, 2017
Play: "Only Drunks and Children" at the Magnus Theatre in Thunderbay, ON

November 2017

Friday November 3, 2017
Stephen Collis at the Festival of Readers (St. Catharines, ON)

January 2018

Tuesday January 16, 2018
Play: Empire of the Son at Alberta Theatre (Alberta, AB
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
[cover of Inspecting Nostalgia] Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon

“The result is not simple”: Two Poems from Inspecting Nostalgia

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.

[Once in Blockadia cover] Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon

An excerpt from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands” by Stephen Collis

By Stephen Collis

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.

[cover of An Honest Woman] Monday April 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon

“REDress”: A poem by Jónína Kirton, from An Honest Woman

By Jónína Kirton

For you, in solidarity, during this National Poetry Month, a poem from Jónína Kirton’s new collection.

Thursday March 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Karasick gives to SFU library

Critically acclaimed poet and Vancouver native Adeena Karasick was in her hometown last month to celebrate the donation of her archive to Simon Fraser University. The Collection of Contemporary Literature at SFU’s Bennett Library contains one of the biggest selections of avant-garde poetry in North America.

Current Catalogues

[image: Fall 2016 catalogue] [image: Spring 2016 catalogue]


[cover of A Crossing of Hearts]
A Crossing of Hearts

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman

[cover of A Taste of Empire]
A Taste of Empire

Jovanni Sy

[cover of An Honest Woman]
An Honest Woman

Jónína Kirton

[cover of Crees in the Caribbean]
Crees in the Caribbean

Drew Hayden Taylor

Ebooks (Full List)


[cover of Empire of the Son]
Empire of the Son

Tetsuro Shigematsu

[Entering Time cover]
Entering Time

Colin Browne

[cover of From Oral to Written]
From Oral to Written

Tomson Highway

[cover of In Search of New Babylon]
In Search of New Babylon

Dominique Scali
Translated by W. Donald Wilson

[cover of Inspecting Nostalgia]
Inspecting Nostalgia

R. Kolewe

[cover of Legend]

Michael Blouin

[cover of Messenger]

Wendy Lill

[cover of Same Diff]
Same Diff

Donato Mancini

[cover of The Gorge]
The Gorge

Nancy Shaw
Edited by Catriona Strang

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