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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.
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.Tuesday February 6, 2018 in Meta-Talon
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.)Thursday December 21, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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 …
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