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We are pleased to report that playwright, director, producer, and filmmaker Marie Clements was named Recipient of the Shaw Media Mentorship Program by the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, which took place in Toronto from October 16 – 20, 2013. The program is an in-kind award sponsored by Shaw Media that entitles Clements to “a one-year mentorship with a Shaw Media Industry Professional.”
Marie Clements accepts her award.
The award recognizes the excellence of Clements’s latest short film, Pilgrims, which also showcased at the 2013 Cannes Short Film Corner. From the film’s page on Tabula Dada Productions’s website:
Robbe, a German tourist in his mid-forties, is partaking on a life-long dream of visiting the West Coast of Canada. His fantasies of being a part of the great “Indian” culture is one thing, but to actually be part of it requires Robbe to undergo a dangerous rite of passage in this black comedy, as determined by three aboriginal men who take him on a journey of self-evaluation.
According to Clements, although Pilgrims “was created to investigate and construct a West Coast/New World/Aboriginal expressionism through film, it also offers a universal narrative that explores the crisis of self and identity, alienation and acceptance, and what, for many of us, has become the forming of the modern family across cultural, racial, and historic boundaries.”
More information about Clement’s work in film and live performance is available on her website.
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.Tuesday February 6, 2018 in Meta-Talon
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.)Thursday December 21, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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 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 …
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