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July 2018

Thursday July 19, 2018
An evening of film, poetry, and conversation (part 1)

Saturday July 21, 2018
BC Books Prizes’ Gathering of Poets - Merecedes Eng, Rhonda Ganz, Jónína Kirton, Julie Paul, and Onjana Yawnghwe

Saturday July 28, 2018
'An Awkward And Maybe Embarrassing Conversation About Difference' led by Sarah Garton Stanley & Marcus Youssef

Saturday July 28, 2018
The Love Poetry Festival

Tuesday July 31, 2018
#postdildo #readinggroup Session 4

August 2018

Tuesday August 7, 2018
#postdildo #readinggroup Session 5

September 2018

Wednesday September 19, 2018
Play: “Mom's the Word” in Saskatoon

November 2018

Thursday November 1, 2018
Joshua Whitehead at Wordstock Sudbury

Tuesday November 20, 2018
Play: “Cottagers and Indians” in Kingston

February 2019

Wednesday February 27, 2019
Play: “Gracie” in Regina

March 2019

Tuesday March 19, 2019
Play: “The Shoplifters” in Montreal

Wednesday March 27, 2019
Play: “Empire of the Son” in Saskatoon

April 2019

Thursday April 25, 2019
Play: “Empire of the Son” in Kamloops
Posted: Wednesday December 18, 2013
Wigrum Found in the Glasgow Review of Books & Geist Magazine

That elusive Wigrum (Daniel Canty, translated by Oana Avasilichioaei) has popped up in the Glasgow Review of Books.

Here is a tantalizing excerpt from the review by Calum Gardner, which explores the history of curio cabinets and their relationship to this odd and delightful book of baubles:

The “cabinet of curiosity” was once a staple of the private home of the wealthy eccentric, containing unique and unusual objects from around the globe. When Elias Ashmole donated his collection – by that stage rather larger than a cabinet – to found the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, it contained a stuffed dodo, said to be the last to be seen in Europe. Thanks to the magnanimity of people like Ashmole, objects of private curiosity became those of public education as the modern museum evolved. However, a few in the old style remain … But perhaps the institution which best preserves the spirit of the cabinet of curiosities is the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, whose miscellany contains dioramas depicting obsolete theories of magnetism, portraits of every dog sent into space by the Soviet Union, and a carving of a scene of a room with figure and furniture all inside the stone of a peach. The museum never admits its own absurdity and anachronism, its dim rooms behind a near-anonymous storefront maintaining the experience that visitors to a private cabinet would have had, that they were privy to a secret history of which the world outside was ignorant. To those who have visited the Museum of Jurassic Technology, the experience of reading Daniel Canty’s Wigrum will be strikingly familiar.

To see a few of the darling illustrations from the book and read selections from its intriguing chapters, also see the latest issue of Geist magazine.



Recent news Articles
Thursday March 8, 2018 in Meta-Talon

Book Recs for International Women’s Day 2018

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked our staff to recommend favourite Talon books that they felt contributed to the advancement of women and to the feminist literary canon.

Studies in Description cover Tuesday February 6, 2018 in Meta-Talon

“Argument is to me the air I breathe”

By Carl Peters

On Meta-Talon today, please enjoy the full text of the presentation given by Carl Peters at the Modern Languages Association convention in New York City on January 7, 2018. This talk responds to the question posed in the MLA convention session Rhetoric in Post-Factual Times: how to perform textual analysis in a time when facts are no longer the marker of good argumentation. (Peters’s talk is also related to his work on Stein; Peters is recently the author of Studies in Description: Reading Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons.)

The World Afloat cover Thursday December 21, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Our Spiritual Lives

Our little end-of-year present to you is a miniature from M.A.C. Farrant’s delightful collection of very short stories, The World Afloat. Happy Holidays from Talonbooks!


Our Spiritual Lives

We’ve seen stains on tea towels that look like Jesus Christ’s face so we know he exists. And we know that dried seaweed can save the Douglas fir from extinction so we hang dried seaweed from the tree’s branches.

Tuesday December 5, 2017 in Meta-Talon

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

A finalist for the 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, In a World Created by a Drunken God has been in steady demand since it was first published 11 years ago. From 2006 until the end of 2017, In a World Created by a Drunken God was in print with its original cover, which showed moving boxes and a flip phone. Now, Talonbooks has reprinted In a World Created by a Drunken God for the fourth time, and it wears a dynamic, new cover …

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1 Hour Photo

Tetsuro Shigematsu
Drama


Almost Islands

Stephen Collis
Non-Fiction


Around Her

Sophie Bienvenu
Translated by Rhonda Mullins
Non-Fiction


beholden

Fred Wah & Rita Wong
Poetry

[Checking In cover]
Checking In

Adeena Karasick
Poetry

[Duets cover]
Duets

Edward Byrne
Poetry

[Finding Mr. Wong cover]
Finding Mr. Wong

Susan Crean
Non-Fiction


Flow

Roy Miki
Edited by Michael Barnholden
Poetry

[Gracie cover]
Gracie

Joan MacLeod
Introduction by Marita Dachsel
Drama


He Speaks Volumes

Rebecca Wigod
Non-Fiction

[King Arthur's Night and Peter Panties cover]
King Arthur’s Night and Peter Panties

Niall McNeil & Marcus Youssef
Introduction by Al Etmanski
Drama

[Kuei, My Friend cover]
Kuei, My Friend

Deni Ellis Béchard & Natasha Kanapé Fontaine
Translated by Deni Ellis Béchard & Howard Scott
Non-Fiction

[Mercenary English – 3rd edition cover]
Mercenary English – 3rd edition

Mercedes Eng
Frontlist

[Nine Dragons cover]
Nine Dragons

Jovanni Sy
Drama

[Safety Sand cover]
Safety Sand

Garry Thomas Morse
Poetry


Seven Sacred Truths

Wanda John-Kehewin
Poetry


Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion

Drew Hayden Taylor
Drama

[Talker's Town and The Girl Who Swam Forever cover]
Talker’s Town and The Girl Who Swam Forever

Marie Clements & Nelson Gray
Drama


Thanks for Giving

Kevin Loring
Drama

[The Cure for Death by Lightning cover]
The Cure for Death by Lightning

Daryl Cloran
Drama

[The Eyelash and the Monochrome and Other Poems cover]
The Eyelash and the Monochrome

Tiziana La Melia
Poetry

[The Green Chamber cover]
The Green Chamber

Martine Desjardins
Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel
Fiction


The Mystery Play

Josh MacDonald
Drama


Treaty 6 Deixis

Christine Stewart
Poetry


White

Deni Ellis Béchard
Fiction


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