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June 2017

Monday June 26, 2017
“James Douglas: An Opera” in Vancouver, featuring poems by Jónína Kirton

Tuesday June 27, 2017
Poetry Reading + Panel Discussion with Ian Hatcher, Taryn Hubbard and Clint Burnham

Friday June 30, 2017
Bev Sellars in the Spring Reading Series, Whistler, BC

September 2017

Wednesday September 6, 2017
Maylis de Kerangal at the Open Book Festival in Cape Town, South Africa

Thursday September 7, 2017
Coast to Coast: Canada’s Literary Women featuring Meredith Quartermain in Niagara Falls, Ontario

Friday September 22, 2017
Sidney Literary Festival, featuring M.A.C. Farrant

October 2017

Tuesday October 3, 2017
Play: “1 Hour Photo” by Tetsuro Shigematsu at the Cultch in Vancouver

Thursday October 26, 2017
Play: "Only Drunks and Children" at the Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay, ON

November 2017

Friday November 3, 2017
Stephen Collis at the Festival of Readers (St. Catharines, ON)

Saturday November 11, 2017
Play: “Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth” in Vancouver, BC

January 2018

Tuesday January 16, 2018
Play: Empire of the Son at Alberta Theatre (Alberta, AB

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

June 2018

Friday June 15, 2018
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal
Posted: Friday November 6, 2015
Scree is launched! Watch the video, see the photos

An audience of about 80 people assembled in Vancouver a week ago, on October 29, wine and cheese in hand, for the launch of Scree: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962—1991 by Fred Wah, which collects 13 out-of-print or rare books and chapbooks by this former Poet Laureate of Canada.

First, the book’s substantive editor, poet-scholar Jeff Derksen, introduced Scree and the set of readers for the evening. (His introduction was rated 10/10 by a member of the Vancouver poetry community – and we agree!)


Fred Wah discusses Scree at its launch


Scree rests on the podium – possibly the very same Western Front podium from which Wah read in 1974


The readers sat up front in the audience of more than 80 people. (L–R: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Daphne Marlatt, Roy Miki, then Jeff Derksen, Karl Siegler, and Stan Persky

A number of literary luminaries read Wah’s work: Colin Browne read from Grasp the Sparrow’s Tail; Ryan Fitzpatrick read from Owners Manual; Deanna Fong read from Grasp the Sparrow’s Tail_; Larissa Lai read from Waiting for Saskatchewan; Daphne Marlatt read from Breathin’ My Name with a Sigh; Roy Miki read from Owners Manual and So Far; Stan Persky read from Tree; Karl Siegler read from Loki Is Buried at Smoky Creek (the Selected poems — part of a group of poems that later became Owners Manual); and Rita Wong read from Breathin’ My Name with a Sigh.

Karl Siegler, retired publisher of Talonbooks, observed that the publication of Scree and last year’s Peacock Blue represented a continuance, or a second incarnation, of Talon’s 1980s project of publishing a series of Selected works by Canadian poets (including Wah and Webb). It is, we agree, heartening to see the tradition alive.

In the second half of the evening, the audience was treated to a few minutes of footage of a younger Wah reading his work, taken in 1974, also at the Western Front (possibly even with the very same podium Wah was using in 2015!). Wah himself then read the final poem of the book.


Wah reads from Scree


Jeff Derksen, editor of Scree and emcee of the launch


Kevin Williams, publisher at Talonbooks, thanks all who worked on Scree while, in the background, one book cover transitions into another on the screen


Scree is such a satisfyingly weighty tome

Wah also made a point of thanking managing editor Greg Gibson, formerly of Talonbooks, and designer Les Smith for their very hard work, and for the fruit it bore. The hardcover edition of Scree is now available ($49.95). The softcover edition will be available in Fall 2016.

All told, it was a wonderful, memorable evening.

Plus, great news! The whole event was captured on video, and we are very pleased to share the high-quality, full-length footage with you now.



Recent news Articles
[cover of The Gorge] Friday June 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Listen: Nancy Shaw reads her poems

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).

[cover of Inspecting Nostalgia] Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon

“The result is not simple”: Two Poems from Inspecting Nostalgia

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.

[Once in Blockadia cover] Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon

An excerpt from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands” by Stephen Collis

By Stephen Collis

Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry is nominated for the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. It rethinks the relationship between human beings and the natural world and searches for ways we can continue to resist. Today on Meta-Talon, we offer a section from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands,” the second long poem in Once in Blockadia.

[cover of An Honest Woman] Monday April 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon

“REDress”: A poem by Jónína Kirton, from An Honest Woman

By Jónína Kirton

For you, in solidarity, during this National Poetry Month, a poem from Jónína Kirton’s new collection.

Current Catalogue

[image: Talonbooks 2017 catalogue]

CURRENT FRONT LIST


 
[cover of A Crossing of Hearts]
A Crossing of Hearts

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
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After Class

George F. Walker
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Anima

Wajdi Mouawad
Translated by Linda Gaboriau
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Art of Building a Bunker, The

Adam Lazarus & Guillermo Verdecchia
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Daisy

Sean Devine
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Flat Willow Creek

Michael Barnholden
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Forward

Chantal Bilodeau
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[cover of From Oral to Written]
From Oral to Written

Tomson Highway
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Full-Metal Indigiqueer

Joshua Whitehead
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Intertidal

Daphne Marlatt
Edited by Susan Holbrook
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Just, The

Albert Camus
Translated by Bobby Theodore
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[cover of Legend]
Legend

Michael Blouin
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Prison Industrial Complex Explodes

Mercedes Eng
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Reveries of a Solitary Biker

Catriona Strang
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Wayside Sang

Cecily Nicholson
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Zora

Philippe Arseneault
Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel
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