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January 2018

Wednesday January 3, 2018
SFU Lunch Poems: Jónína Kirton and Joanne Arnott

Thursday January 4, 2018
Dr. Carl Peters speaks at the MLA Convention in NYC

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

Wednesday January 31, 2018
Play:King Arthur's Knight and Peter Panties at the PUSH Festival (Vancouver, BC)

April 2018

Friday April 6, 2018
Play: Balconville at the Hudson Players Club (Hudson, QC)

June 2018

Friday June 15, 2018
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal
Posted: Friday September 23, 2016
This Sunday: WORD Vancouver!

If you’re in Vancouver, British Columbia, this weekend, don’t miss WORD!

WORD Vancouver is Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading. Centered around the Vancouver Public Library and Library Square on Sunday, September 25, WORD promotes books and authors with free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interests.

You’ll find wonderful Talon poets at this year’s WORD Vancouver festival, and Talonbooks will be in attendance in the independent publishers tent! Stop by, say hello to our staff members, and browse our latest books.

Anahita Jamali Rad will read from her debut collection of poetry, for love and autonomy, at 11:35 a.m. during EXPLORATIONS IN STYLE in the Sunrise Suite.

Jordan Abel will read from Injun at 3:25 p.m. in the Sunrise Suite for FORM AND IMPACT.

Also for FORM AND IMPACT, the “godfather of Canadian poetry,” bill bissett, will read from his latest, th book, on at 3:40 p.m. (bissett will also receive this year’s Pandora Award during WORD, at the Pandora’s Collective Literary Awards Gala on Saturday, September 24. The award will be presented by Karl Siegler, former Talonbooks publisher and owner, and the gala will be hosted by Sean Cranbury.)

Talon poet Stephen Collis will participate in a panel discussion, “The Long Poem, Chapbooks, and Sustenance: Keeping the Journey,” with Marguerite Pigeon and Jordan Scott, moderated by Renée Sarojini Saklikar at 2 p.m. in The Underground. Collis also reads at 4:15 p.m. in The Underground for the Above/ground Press readings, and he participates in an eco-fiction panel at 11 a.m. in the Community Garden.

Jónína Kirton (Talon poet and editor for ROOM magazine), ryan fitzpatrick (Talon poet and PRISM International magazine), and Carmen Aguirre (Talon playwright and non-fiction author) will also be in attendance in their other capacities.

More information is available here.

Recent news Articles
Tuesday December 5, 2017 in Meta-Talon

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

From 1988 until the end of 2016, Salt-Water Moon was in print with its original yellow cover, which featured now-outdated type design and a production still from one of the original productions of this sweet play. Now, as the play experiences something of a revival, and as the book goes into its eighth printing, we are pleased to show off the newly redesigned cover of Salt-Water Moon.

[cover of From Oral to Written] Tuesday September 26, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Read an excerpt: From Oral to Written

By Tomson Highway

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

Buy a Quebec Book Day! August 12

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!

[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).

Current Catalogue

[image: Talonbooks 2017 catalogue]



After Class

George F. Walker


Wajdi Mouawad
Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Art of Building a Bunker, The

Adam Lazarus & Guillermo Verdecchia


Sean Devine


Chantal Bilodeau

full-metal indigiqueer

Joshua Whitehead


Daphne Marlatt
Edited by Susan Holbrook

Just, The

Albert Camus
Translated by Bobby Theodore

[cover of Legend]

Michael Blouin

Prison Industrial Complex Explodes

Mercedes Eng

Reveries of a Solitary Biker

Catriona Strang

Wayside Sang

Cecily Nicholson


Philippe Arseneault
Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel

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