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The Whitehorse Poetry Festival wrapped last night after three days of readings, panel discussions, and fun in the midnight sun. Guests included Noelle Allen, Stephanie Bolster, Brad Cran, Dina Del Bucchia, Jamella Hagen, Ian LeTourneau, Kitty Lewis, Bren Simmers, Garry Thomas Morse, and Jo Shapcott.
The attendance of poet and surrealist Garry Thomas Morse (Discovery Passages, 2011) was covered in local-interest magazine What’s Up Yukon, in which Morse discussed his presence at the festival, the significance of his First Nations ancestry, and his life as a poet. Morse was also interviewed on C.B.C.’s Airplay, which “scooped” the news that Morse will be relocating to the Yukon for a time. (He will apparently be the seventh of seven published poets who reside in the Territory.) We look forward to his forthcoming book, Rogue Cells / Carbon Harbour (coming Fall 2013, and part of Morse’s Chaos!Quincunx series), and we wish him all the best in the north!
Dina Del Bucchia also graced the festival with her presence, reading from her self-help send-up Coping with Emotions and Otters (2013) and taking instagram shots that made all her Twitter followers envious of her northern sojourn – an emotion they may better be able to handle after reading her book. Del Bucchia’s own interview with C.B.C.’s Airplay is here for the listening.
More information about the festival is available on the Whitehorse Poetry Festival 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!
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