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We are sorry to say that beloved writer and poet Robert Kroetsch died in a car accident on Tuesday night (June 21, 2011) while returning from a literary festival in Canmore. According to reports, there was a two-car collision near Drumheller on Highway 21 and three other people were hospitalized.
Kroetsch, 84, was born and raised in Heisler, in central Alberta, and during a long and distinguished literary career published 14 books of poetry, seven books of non-fiction and nine books of fiction. His third novel, The Studhorse Man, that won him the Governor General’s Award for Fiction in 1969. He was also appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2004.
Kroetsch was recently recognized with a lieutenant-governor’s Alberta Distinguished Artist award and, just two weeks ago, with a Golden Pen Award from the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.
Today, in an installment of Throwback Thursday more classic than kitsch, we turn our attention to the archives of the Master of Publishing program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. In 2006, Erin Williams wrote a project report entitled “The Chapters effect on British Columbia-based literary publishers,” in which she outlined the history of Chapters-Indigo, its relationship to publishers and its place within the changing book industry, approaching these changes from the perspective of one independent literary press: Talonbooks (hey, that’s us!).Tuesday December 17, 2013 in Meta-Talon
Literature from and about the prairies has continually enriched Canada’s cultural landscape. Today on Meta-Talon we explore a few Talon books whose beautiful work offers entrances to the prairie region and its sensibilities, whether through language and metaphor or unique takes on important but too-often forgotten historical moments.Thursday December 12, 2013 in Meta-Talon
Adeena Karasick was recently interviewed by Megan Yetman of Ontario College of Art and Design University. The excerpts from this interview that appear on Meta-Talon today – in which Karasick discusses This Poem and propounds ideas about pop culture, Derrida, print vs. new media, and the future of publishing – are published with permission from NIX Magazine, the first issue of which will be available in January.Thursday December 5, 2013 in Meta-Talon
The holiday season is upon us, and perhaps you are considering giving the gift of a good book! Here are the most lovely and readable and immediately compelling books we have produced recently to help you in your quest. Order soon to have them delivered in the next couple of weeks! (And did you know that ours come nicely packaged?)
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