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June 2017

Wednesday June 7, 2017
Reading: Jordan Abel at the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist readings

Thursday June 8, 2017
Poetry reading: R. Kolewe with Tara-Michelle Ziniuk and Sarah Pinder, Toronto

Saturday June 10, 2017
Panel Discussion with High Muck a Muck Artists (Fred Wah) at the Surrey Art Gallery (BC)

July 2017

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

September 2017

Friday September 22, 2017
Sidney Literary Festival, featuring M.A.C. Farrant

October 2017

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

November 2017

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

January 2018

Tuesday January 16, 2018
Play: Empire of the Son at Alberta Theatre (Alberta, AB
Posted: Friday April 24, 2015
We Have Liftoff! (Photos from Talon’s Spring 2015 Poetry Launch in Vancouver)

Six excellent new books launched last evening to an audience of about 110 people at Pyatt Hall in Vancouver’s downtown School of Music. What a perfect way to celebrate National Poetry Month! After a brief welcome from Kevin Williams, Talon’s publisher, we launched into readings.


Top: the audience mingles in Pyatt Hall; Bottom, L–R: Kevin Williams, Sachiko Murakami, Jordan Abel, and a projection by Oana Avasilichioaei


Jónína Kirton reads from page as bone – ink as blood

Our first reader, Jónína Kirton, claimed she was anxious, but we’re skeptical; she read beautifully from her first collection of poetry, page as bone – ink as blood ($16.95). Among other poems, Kirton read “What Do Frida Kahlo and My Mother Have in Common?” (from page 20), “Something and Nothing” (page 28), and “Manitou Lake” (pages 58–9).


Jordan Abel, rather more frightening than usual, in his mask in front of projected spreads from Un/inhabited

Jordan Abel, the second reader, advised the audience to approach his latest book, Un/inhabited ($24.95), as they might a map: rather than trying to read it from front to back, one should choose a path and follow it; one should feel free to meander through the text, identifying landmarks, passing recognizable features, possibly going in circles, eventually finding a destination. For his reading, Abel donned a remarkable mask of his own making, lit up in green and resembling depictions of an animal. He performed pieces of his text, layering them upon one another with his trusty loop station, against a backdrop of projections of spreads from Un/inhabited. In the words of one audience member, “poetry readings need more scary masks and looping machines.”


Oana Avasilichioaei onstage with her projections


Oana Avasilichioaei at her loop station, with theramin

Oana Avasilichioaei rounded out the first part of the evening with an atmospheric audio-visual rendering of some of the poems in her new collection, Limbinal ($19.95). Also using a loop station, as well as a theramin, Avasilichioaei’s poems (and poems in translation by Paul Celan) were represented by an unforgettable series of videos by which the poems were rendered in 3D, as lines moving hauntingly in a variety patterns and oscillations. Avasilichioaei’s multi-lingual presentation was the perfect way to end the first part; everyone broke for wine and refreshments with much to talk about.

The second part of the evening opened with a reading by Sachiko Murakami, whose new book, Get Me Out of Here ($16.95), is garnering some attention on social media – not surprising, given that the lines that inspired the poems in this book were crowd-sourced. Murakami selected to read poems that centered on YVR – Vancouver’s international airport. Impressive in their form, but also accessible to new readers of poetry, Murakami’s poems pleased the crowd. And how fitting that Murakami flew in from Toronto for this reading, necessarily making a pilgrimage to YVR just before the launch of her airport-centric book.


Sachiko Murakami reads from Get Me Out of Here

Meredith Quartermain followed next, amusing and delighting the audience with her ode to earthworms, found on pages 13–4 of I, Bartleby ($14.95). Her next, more solemn piece honoured Vancouver writers Malcolm Lowry and Margerie Bonner. We are honoured that Quartermain, with her crisp words and brilliant mind, has joined the Talon list.


Meredith Quartermain on stage at Pyatt Hall


Meredith Quartermain reads from I, Bartleby

The finale of the evening was a simple, elegant reading by the wonderful Colin Browne, who read from his new collection, The Hatch ($19.95). Some pieces thoughtful, others tongue-tripping, all weighty. Browne ended the evening by reading from a poem in progress – “it’s always good to read something new.”


Colin Browne reads from The Hatch

We heartily thank everyone who joined us at this launch, which was possibly the most successful poetry launch in Talon’s history! We also thank our friends at the Paper Hound Bookshop for running the book table at which a staggering number of books were sold. Beautiful new books, diverse and highly engaging readers, and lively conversations during the breaks – it all added up to a wonderful evening.



Recent news Articles
[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.

[Once in Blockadia cover] Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon

An excerpt from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands” by Stephen Collis

By Stephen Collis

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.

[cover of An Honest Woman] Monday April 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon

“REDress”: A poem by Jónína Kirton, from An Honest Woman

By Jónína Kirton

For you, in solidarity, during this National Poetry Month, a poem from Jónína Kirton’s new collection.

Thursday March 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Karasick gives to SFU library

Critically acclaimed poet and Vancouver native Adeena Karasick was in her hometown last month to celebrate the donation of her archive to Simon Fraser University. The Collection of Contemporary Literature at SFU’s Bennett Library contains one of the biggest selections of avant-garde poetry in North America.

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

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Frontlist

[cover of A Taste of Empire]
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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Talonbooks
Backlist

[cover of Empire of the Son]
Empire of the Son

Tetsuro Shigematsu
Drama

[Entering Time cover]
Entering Time

Colin Browne
Non-Fiction

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

Tomson Highway
Frontlist

[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

[cover of Same Diff]
Same Diff

Donato Mancini
Frontlist

[cover of The Gorge]
The Gorge

Nancy Shaw
Edited by Catriona Strang
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