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Daphne Marlatt and Jordan Scott read their work during the lunch hour at Simon Fraser University’s downtown campus in Vancouver. Lunch Poems hosts well-known and up-and-coming poets on the third Wednesday of every month except July and August. Admission to Lunch Poems is free, and no registration required. (For more information, visit www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/lunchpoems.)
Marlatt’s latest book of poetry published with Talon is Liquidities: Vancouver Poems Then and Now, and she chose a fitting set list for the location, which looked out on the harbour; reading poems that invoked the motif of water and Vancouver’s harbour history, the audience of about 25 people was mesmerized by her dulcet tones and learned about the Burrard Inlet’s first ferryboat, known as the “Sudden Jerk”! (See under the year 1873 at vancouverhistory.ca.)
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.Thursday August 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon
August 12 is Buy a Quebec Book Day – and have we got books for you! Browse our list of 12 august and recently published Quebec books – any of which we would, of course, recommend. Read the list, and then get out to your local bookstore this Saturday and show la belle province some literary love!Friday June 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon
The Gorge: Selected Writing by Nancy Shaw launched in April, 2017 at the Western Front in Vancouver. To launch Shaw’s book, published posthumously, editor Catriona Strang read from The Gorge, and then this video was played to a rapt audience. In the video, you’ll hear the voice of Nancy Shaw, reading poems from her book Cold Trip (2006; co-authored with Catriona Strang).Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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.
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