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October 2017

Friday October 20, 2017
Honouring Reconciliation Reading Circle: Bev Sellars' They Call Me Number One

Friday October 20, 2017
Play: The Valley at East Side Players (Toronto, ON)

Saturday October 21, 2017
A Celebration of Talonbooks at the Vancouver Writers Fest

Saturday October 21, 2017
Who I Am: Jordan Abel, Maia Caron, Ali Cobby Eckermann, and Ayelet Tsabari at the Vancouver Writers Fest

Saturday October 21, 2017
TWO SPIRIT LAUNCH EVENT featuring Joshua Whitehead in Winnipeg, MB

Sunday October 22, 2017
ARC Poetry Event with Joshua Whitehead, David Groulx, Armand Garnet Ruffo and Shannon Webb-Campbel (Ottawa, ON)

Tuesday October 24, 2017
Daphne Marlatt gives the Page Lecture at Queen’s University, Kingston

Wednesday October 25, 2017
Fall Panels and Public Project by Rolande Souliere (Vancouver, BC)

Thursday October 26, 2017
Play: "Only Drunks and Children" at the Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay, ON

Friday October 27, 2017
Poetry Reading: Daphne Marlatta and Erín Moure, Montreal

November 2017

Wednesday November 1, 2017
Stephen Collis and Jenn Scappetone at Volume Books (Chicago, IL)

Friday November 3, 2017
Stephen Collis at the Festival of Readers (St. Catharines, ON)

Friday November 3, 2017
“Missing”: A new opera about the Highway of Tears at the Cultch, Vancouver

Saturday November 11, 2017
Play: “Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth” in Vancouver, BC

January 2018

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

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: Wednesday November 20, 2013
Video: Jordan Abel Launches The Place of Scraps


Jordan Abel reads from The Place of Scraps (it’s the kind of video you can just listen to, if you’re in a mad rush and have to prioritize just one of your senses…)

The Place of Scraps is the first book by Nisga’a poet Jordan Abel. It launched on October 10, 2013 at the Western Front in Vancouver, British Columbia and has received much critical attention.

Drawing inspiration from Marius Barbeau’s canonical book Totem Poles, Abel explores in The Place of Scraps the complicated relationship between First Nations cultures and ethnography. His poems simultaneously illuminate Barbeau’s intentions and navigate the repercussions of the anthropologist’s actions. Abel also shares, in this video, more personal thoughts on the writing of his book.

In the first reading, of the title poem from The Place of Scraps, the overwhelming presence of Barbeau’s voice and sounds is gradually usurped by those of Abel, reflecting, perhaps, one of the purposes of The Place of Scraps: to make way, through and after historical noise, for the intonations of the people themselves.

The second reading represents no small feat either: Abel studied more than 80 pulp western novels, searching for the word “Injun” and composing a compelling cut-up poem.

Using only a loop station, his wits, and his dulcet tones, Abel created an atmospheric and thought-provoking environment, allowing his audience to soak up his language and the spirit of his poetry.

Get The Place of Scraps ($19.95) while it lasts!



Recent news Articles
[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).

[cover of Inspecting Nostalgia] Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon

“The result is not simple”: Two Poems from Inspecting Nostalgia

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.

Current Catalogue

[image: Talonbooks 2017 catalogue]

CURRENT FRONT LIST


 

After Class

George F. Walker
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Anima

Wajdi Mouawad
Translated by Linda Gaboriau
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Art of Building a Bunker, The

Adam Lazarus & Guillermo Verdecchia
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Daisy

Sean Devine
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Forward

Chantal Bilodeau
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full-metal indigiqueer

Joshua Whitehead
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Intertidal

Daphne Marlatt
Edited by Susan Holbrook
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Just, The

Albert Camus
Translated by Bobby Theodore
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[cover of Legend]
Legend

Michael Blouin
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Prison Industrial Complex Explodes

Mercedes Eng
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Reveries of a Solitary Biker

Catriona Strang
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Wayside Sang

Cecily Nicholson
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Zora

Philippe Arseneault
Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel
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