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January 2018

Wednesday January 24, 2018
“Limbs & Thresholds” by Oana Avasilichioaei, Vancouver

Wednesday January 24, 2018
Incite: Adèle Barclay, Aislinn Hunter, Richard Harrison, Cecily Nicholson

Thursday January 25, 2018
Play: “Jitters” by David French in Vancouver

Thursday January 25, 2018
Play: “Mambo Italiano” in Sudbury

Friday January 26, 2018
Book Launch: Garry Morse launches Safety Sand at knife fork book

Saturday January 27, 2018
“Beggars in Our Own Home No More” with Bev Sellars, Gabriola Island, BC

Wednesday January 31, 2018
Play: “King Arthur's Night” at the PuSh Festival in Vancouver

February 2018

Thursday February 1, 2018
Play: “Marion Bridge” in Belleville, ON

Sunday February 11, 2018
Poetry reading: Karasick, Nurkse, and gaines in NYC

Saturday February 17, 2018
Bev Sellars Presentation at the Museum at Campbell River

Sunday February 18, 2018
Play: “Jabber” on stage in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

March 2018

Tuesday March 6, 2018
Rowers Reading Series featuring Garry Thomas Morse in Toronto, ON

Wednesday March 21, 2018
VERSe Fest Ottawa - Stephen Collis on Opening Night

Thursday March 22, 2018
VERSe Fest Ottawa 2nd Night - bill bissett, Dominic Langlois, and Madhur Anand

Sunday March 25, 2018
VERSe Fest Ottawa - Jordan Abel

April 2018

Friday April 6, 2018
Play: “Balconville” at the Hudson Players Club (Hudson, QC)

Thursday April 19, 2018
Launch Party: Gap Riot Press and 'Checking In' by Adeena Karasick

May 2018

Wednesday May 9, 2018
Poetry reading: Jordan Abel, Amaranth Borsuk, and Sarah Dowling

June 2018

Friday June 15, 2018
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal
Posted: Wednesday August 14, 2013
MacLeod’s Latest Play Addresses Police Brutality Toward Mentally Ill

A Globe and Mail article published yesterday (“Rewriting the tragic script when police confront people with mental illnesses ”) discussed the regrettable deaths of Sammy Yatim and Edmund Yu, observing that the Toronto Police Service has fallen into the “fatal trap” of “every so often shooting a mentally ill person dead in circumstances that cry out for caution and de-escalation.” The article concluded with a poignant analogy: “Death is not, or at least should not be, inevitable in these situations. These should not be akin to classical tragedies, in which each side plays out their role in the only way they possibly can. Dennis O’Connor [the retired Ontario judge appointed to do an internal review of the police shooting that killed Sammy Yatim in July 2013] needs to re-write the script.”

Writing scripts, in the literal sense, isn’t O’Connor’s bag, per se – but playwright Joan MacLeod (“one of the darlings of Canadian social justice theatre”) has in fact recently taken up this torch. Her latest play, The Valley (2013), explores just this kind of situation. Inspired by the 2007 Tasering death of Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver airport, The Valley dramatizes the often volatile relationship between law enforcement and people in the grip of mental illness, connecting both sides of this relationship by portraying two families embattled with depression, each guided by good intentions but challenged by their own flawed humanity.

The Valley is was first produced in March, 2013, by Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary. In a review by J. Kelly Nestruck, the Globe and Mail called The Valley “a subtle work that avoids all the romantic traps that typically ensnare those who write about mental illness. Focusing on two families, she takes a close, clear-eyed look at our society – one where individual rights and freedoms are constantly clashing with the desire to protect, at home and on the streets.”

And so the tradition of confronting social issues on stage continues, with the contemporary purpose of developing understanding and compassion.

Look forward to the published version of The Valley in Spring 2014!



Recent news Articles
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 …

[cover of From Oral to Written] Tuesday September 26, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Read an excerpt: From Oral to Written

By Tomson Highway

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

Buy a Quebec Book Day! August 12

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!

Current Catalogue

[image: Talonbooks 2017 catalogue]

CURRENT FRONT LIST


 
[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

[Gracie cover]
Gracie

Joan MacLeod
Drama

[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

[Nine Dragons cover]
Nine Dragons

Jovanni Sy
Drama

[Safety Sand cover]
Safety Sand

Garry Thomas Morse
Poetry

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

Marie Clements & Nelson Gray
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


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