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March 2017

Friday March 31, 2017
Book Launch: Entering Time at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

April 2017

Saturday April 1, 2017
bill bissett in Kingston, ON

Wednesday April 5, 2017
Lecture: Bev Sellars at McNally Winnipeg

Thursday April 6, 2017
Play: "Sextet" at Calgary Centre for the Performing Art in Calgary, AB

Thursday April 6, 2017
Play: “The Watershed” in Richmond, BC

Thursday April 6, 2017
Poet R. Kolewe at Toronto’s International Festival of Authors

Friday April 7, 2017
Bev Sellars at gritLIT in Hamilton, ON

Sunday April 9, 2017
Play: "Bolsheviki" at the Company House in Halifax, NS

Wednesday April 26, 2017
Play: Shape of a Girl at the Pacific Theatre (Vancouver, BC)

Wednesday April 26, 2017
Play: “The Shape of a Girl” at Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, BC

Thursday April 27, 2017
Talonbooks Spring Poetry Launch!

May 2017

Thursday May 4, 2017
Play: “Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth” in Kamloops, BC

Saturday May 6, 2017
Book Launch: Same Diff at the Duplex (Vancouver, BC)

Monday May 15, 2017
Rumble Theatre’s Living Room with Tetsuro Shigematsu

Tuesday May 16, 2017
Reading: Stephen Collis at Cafe Voltaire (Prince George)

June 2017

Thursday June 8, 2017
Poetry reading: R. Kolewe with Tara-Michelle Ziniuk and Sarah Pinder, Toronto

July 2017

Thursday July 6, 2017
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal

September 2017

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

October 2017

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

November 2017

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

January 2018

Tuesday January 16, 2018
Play: Empire of the Son at Alberta Theatre (Alberta, AB
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
Thursday March 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Karasick gives to SFU library

Critically acclaimed poet and Vancouver native Adeena Karasick was in her hometown last month to celebrate the donation of her archive to Simon Fraser University. The Collection of Contemporary Literature at SFU’s Bennett Library contains one of the biggest selections of avant-garde poetry in North America.

[cover of In Search of New Babylon] Friday March 17, 2017 in Meta-Talon

In Which Caspar Tootsey Joins the Phantom Cavalry

All the main characters in this novel are invented, except one. All the towns are real, except for New Babylon. But if such a place were to be imagined, it would be a Wild West town where gunfights are fair play and the law bans only the lawman. It is a perilous place, where the beauty of the desert landscape takes your breath away with the same power as an open blade and a gash to the throat.

On that gruesome note, we hope you enjoy this teaser, lifted from pages 36–38 of In Search of New Babylon.

[The Days cover] Thursday March 2, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Today is Annual Day: A Very Short Story

Today on Meta-Talon, please enjoy a very short story from M.A.C. Farrant’s book The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice.

Annual Day

Annual Day happens once a year and it is never good. This year the date is March 2.

Thursday February 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Book List: Migration and Multiculturalism

Migration – the movement of humans from one place to another with the intention of settling – has been top of mind in recent weeks given certain political changes and policy implementations in certain western countries, in recent months in response to the failure of state in Syria and the outflow of refugees from that region, and in recent years characterized by a heightened sensitivity to the possibility of east-west terrorist attacks. Perhaps Canada is a beacon to other states? Or perhaps we still have much learning to do? In the spirit of learning, we recommend twelve Talon books on the topic of migration, refugees, and the immigrant experience.

Current Catalogues

[image: Fall 2016 catalogue] [image: Spring 2016 catalogue]

CURRENT FRONT LIST


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

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Frontlist

[cover of A Taste of Empire]
A Taste of Empire

Jovanni Sy
Drama

[cover of An Honest Woman]
An Honest Woman

Jónína Kirton
Poetry

[cover of Crees in the Caribbean]
Crees in the Caribbean

Drew Hayden Taylor
Drama


Ebooks (Full List)

Talonbooks
Backlist

[cover of Empire of the Son]
Empire of the Son

Tetsuro Shigematsu
Drama

[Entering Time cover]
Entering Time

Colin Browne
Non-Fiction

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

Tomson Highway
Frontlist

[cover of In Search of New Babylon]
In Search of New Babylon

Dominique Scali
Translated by W. Donald Wilson
Frontlist

[cover of Inspecting Nostalgia]
Inspecting Nostalgia

R. Kolewe
Poetry

[cover of Legend]
Legend

Michael Blouin
Frontlist

[cover of Messenger]
Messenger

Wendy Lill
Frontlist

[cover of Same Diff]
Same Diff

Donato Mancini
Frontlist

[cover of The Gorge]
The Gorge: Selected Writing

Nancy Shaw
Edited by Catriona Strang
Frontlist


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