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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.



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Thursday March 8, 2018 in Meta-Talon

Book Recs for International Women’s Day 2018

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.

Studies in Description cover Tuesday February 6, 2018 in Meta-Talon

“Argument is to me the air I breathe”

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.)

The World Afloat cover Thursday December 21, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Our Spiritual Lives

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 new cover for Drew Hayden Taylor’s play, In a World Created by a Drunken God

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 …

Current Catalogues

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CURRENT FRONT LIST


 

1 Hour Photo

Tetsuro Shigematsu
Drama


Almost Islands

Stephen Collis
Non-Fiction


Around Her

Sophie Bienvenu
Translated by Rhonda Mullins
Non-Fiction


beholden

Fred Wah & Rita Wong
Poetry

[Checking In cover]
Checking In

Adeena Karasick
Poetry

[Duets cover]
Duets

Edward Byrne
Poetry

[Finding Mr. Wong cover]
Finding Mr. Wong

Susan Crean
Non-Fiction


Flow

Roy Miki
Edited by Michael Barnholden
Poetry

[Gracie cover]
Gracie

Joan MacLeod
Introduction by Marita Dachsel
Drama


He Speaks Volumes

Rebecca Wigod
Non-Fiction

[King Arthur's Night and Peter Panties cover]
King Arthur’s Night and Peter Panties

Niall McNeil & Marcus Youssef
Introduction by Al Etmanski
Drama

[Kuei, My Friend cover]
Kuei, My Friend

Deni Ellis Béchard & Natasha Kanapé Fontaine
Translated by Deni Ellis Béchard & Howard Scott
Non-Fiction

[Mercenary English – 3rd edition cover]
Mercenary English – 3rd edition

Mercedes Eng
Frontlist

[Nine Dragons cover]
Nine Dragons

Jovanni Sy
Drama

[Safety Sand cover]
Safety Sand

Garry Thomas Morse
Poetry


Seven Sacred Truths

Wanda John-Kehewin
Poetry


Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion

Drew Hayden Taylor
Drama

[Talker's Town and The Girl Who Swam Forever cover]
Talker’s Town and The Girl Who Swam Forever

Marie Clements & Nelson Gray
Drama


Thanks for Giving

Kevin Loring
Drama

[The Cure for Death by Lightning cover]
The Cure for Death by Lightning

Daryl Cloran
Drama

[The Eyelash and the Monochrome and Other Poems cover]
The Eyelash and the Monochrome

Tiziana La Melia
Poetry

[The Green Chamber cover]
The Green Chamber

Martine Desjardins
Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel
Fiction


The Mystery Play

Josh MacDonald
Drama


Treaty 6 Deixis

Christine Stewart
Poetry


White

Deni Ellis Béchard
Fiction


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