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Last Sunday, August 21, 2011 at Emily Carr, Talonbooks was in attendance at the totalee awesum retro spectiv of bill bissett‘s life and art, which was part of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Here is an excerpt from the festival programme:
From inception, bill’s poetry has been marked by its experimental creativity, distinct spelling and a deceptively naïve voice that veils the satirical (and brazenly queer) politics of his work.
Hosted by Billeh Nickerson (reportedly warm and bearish), the event drew over eighty people out to hear bill bissett and also fabulous bissett-inspired readings by Heather Haley, Elizabeth Bachinsky, and Daniel Zomparelli, whose own book of poetry about gay culture in Vancouver (Davie Street Translations) is forthcoming from Talon in 2012.
(photo of book table display courtesy of Daniel Zomparelli)
These readings were followed by a screening of Strange Grey Day This, a black and white cinematic gem that reveals bissett’s early Vancouver life.
bill bissett’s latest book novel, will be available in September, 2011. A book by Carl Peters (textual vishyuns) about the aesthetic importance of bill bissett’s visual work is also forthcoming from 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!Friday June 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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).Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon
By R. Kolewe
Inspecting Nostalgia is a new collection of poetry by R. Kolewe. This, his second collection, brings together found text and fragments of various writers’ work with scraps from his own journals.
In this third week of National Poetry Month 2017, and in advance of Kolewe’s Toronto launch on May 8, please enjoy two poems from the collection on Meta-Talon.Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry is nominated for the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. It rethinks the relationship between human beings and the natural world and searches for ways we can continue to resist. Today on Meta-Talon, we offer a section from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands,” the second long poem in Once in Blockadia.
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