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February 2017

Tuesday February 28, 2017
Play: “Bonjour, là, Bonjour” in Vancouver

March 2017

Thursday March 2, 2017
Garry Thomas Morse at Writing the Line: A Conference for Writers at UWinnipeg

Friday March 3, 2017
Play: “7 Stories” at Hart House in Toronto

Friday March 3, 2017
Exhibitions Explore Asian Settlement in the Kootenays (Fred Wah, participating artist)

Saturday March 4, 2017
Mission Writers and Readers Festival (Jordan Abel presents)

Tuesday March 7, 2017
Play: “You Will Remember Me” at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal

Wednesday March 8, 2017
Growing Room, a feminist literary festival (Dina Del Bucchia, Jonina Kirton, Meredith Quartermain, Daniel Zomparelli)

Wednesday March 8, 2017
Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival, Vancouver

Thursday March 9, 2017
Making Space for Women, featuring Jónína Kirton and Meredith Quartermain

Friday March 10, 2017
Play: “Espresso” by Lucia Frangione, in Chicago

Sunday March 12, 2017
Dead Poets Reading Series: Shazia Hafiz Ramji reads Judith Fitzgerald

Thursday March 16, 2017
Jordan Abel and Gail Scott read at VIU

Thursday March 16, 2017
Fred Wah, Daphne Marlatt, and Colin Browne at Poets House in NYC

Friday March 24, 2017
Play: “Winners and Losers” in Portland, OR

Saturday March 25, 2017
TEDxECUAD: Cecily Nicholson

April 2017

Saturday April 1, 2017
bill bissett in Kingston, ON

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

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

July 2017

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

November 2017

Friday November 3, 2017
Stephen Collis at the Festival of Readers (St. Catharines, ON)
Posted: Friday June 17, 2016
Two new reviews of Mend the Living

A new essay in The Millions magazine hails French author Maylis de Kerangal as “France’s Unlikely Literary Rebel” and argues that her use, in her multiple award-winning novels, of unconventional lexicons and registers bites its thumb at more staid modes of writing:

De Kerangal’s books delight in a lexical mix. Sometimes in her fiction, as in her conversation, de Kerangal vacillates between French and English. … So too, her linguistic register shifts without pause. … De Kerangal has proven that serious themes don’t have to be dealt with in the grave, straightforward manner … rather, she shows that a novel comes alive when it is unconstrained by a single tone or linguistic register. Perhaps de Kerangal’s most meaningful achievement has been to chip away at what it means to be a fiction writer in France, a concept she has struggled with since her adolescence. She has escaped the prescriptive definition of “writer” as narrow and elitist, and in doing so, has created novels that connect with a wider audience.

Read the full essay for direct comments from de Kerangal herself and a fuller exploration by essayist Cody Delistraty of how de Kerangal’s style is changing the French literary landscape.

Another new review in the Montreal Review of Books, written by Aimee Wall and also published early this week, also praises the language in de Kerangal’s most recent novel, Mend the Living – and takes especial note of the quality of translation into English by Jessica Moore:

The narrative is expertly paced … De Kerangal writes in long sentences that heap clause upon clause, descriptive phrases that would seem to be at odds with the efficient, streamlined language of the processes they describe. And yet, by creating the sense of narrating events almost in real time, these long, rhythmic sentences convey something important about the passage of time on a day in which every moment, every detail, is critical. … These seemingly endless sentences occasionally almost teeter over into the melodramatic, but the novel is never mawkish. Jessica Moore’s translation work here is exceptional. French tends to be more forgiving of the endless sentence, the series of clauses, but de Kerangal’s page-long phrases are rendered deftly and gracefully in Moore’s English translation. … Moore’s translation is sensitive and precise.

To experience de Kerangal’s writing for yourself, pick up a copy of one of her novels, published in English as Mend the Living ($19.95) and Birth of a Bridge ($16.95).



Recent news Articles
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.

Thursday February 9, 2017 in Meta-Talon

A new cover for our sweetest play – right on time for Valentine’s Day

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.

Studies in Description cover Thursday February 2, 2017 in Meta-Talon

A Cubist Meditation on the Modern Condition

By Carl Peters

On Meta-Talon today, please enjoy the full text of the presentation given by Carl Peters, recently the author of Studies in Description, to an audience of about 100 attendees at the Modern Languages Association convention in Philadelphia, PA, on January 7, 2017.


Look, I realize that my abstract is more than an abstract but what follows is just a small part of what I could do. I’m going to talk around Hemingway’s greatest achievement, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” presenting my comments as a Cubist meditation on the Modern Condition (with reference to Duchamp and some others)…

[cover of Empire of the Son] Thursday January 19, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Read scenes from Empire of the Son

Empire of the Son is the story of two generations of CBC broadcasters and the radio silence between them. It premiered in Vancouver in 2016 and was nominated for six Jessie Richardson Awards, and Tetsuro Shigematsu is currently touring Empire of the Son across Canada. Empire of the Son is also the first Talon book to be published in the Spring 2017 season – it’s now available! – and we invite you to read brief but tantalizing excerpts on Meta-Talon.

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

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
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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


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Empire of the Son

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Drama

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Entering Time

Colin Browne
Non-Fiction

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

Tomson Highway
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[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

[Price Paid cover]
Price Paid

Bev Sellars
Non-Fiction

[cover of Same Diff]
Same Diff

Donato Mancini
Frontlist

[cover of The Gorge]
The Gorge: Selected Writing

Nancy Shaw
Edited by Catriona Strang
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