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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.
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 …Tuesday September 26, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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!
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.