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news | Tuesday July 9, 2024

Talonbooks Nominated for Best of Vancouver

Thank you for nominating Talonbooks for Best Book Publisher in the Georgia Straight’s Best of Vancouver Awards! We’re thrilled to be nominated and in such great company.

Voting is open until July 21, we’d love it if you voted for us! Cast your vote here.

Thank you once again for the nomination! It’s an honour to have such a wonderful community.

news | Tuesday July 9, 2024

Gaman – Perseverance in the Winnipeg Free Press

Suzanne Hunter wrote an article about Art Miki and his recent memoir Gaman – Perseverance: Japanese Canadians’ Journey to Justice for the Winnipeg Free Press.

An excerpt: “I could only mention a fraction of what I wanted to write about, including Miki’s many other accomplishments. I recommend you read Art Miki’s book, Gaman. He told me it was his memoir, but it’s much more than that. It’s a story of Canadian history, Japanese culture, WWII, racism, politics, the media, and most importantly gaman — perseverance.”

Read Hunter’s complete piece here.

news | Monday July 8, 2024

Eight Track in L'mpossible collab by Klara du Plessis

In Klara du Plessis’s recent book of literary criticism, L’mpossible collab, there is a chapter dedicated to the remarkable 2019 poetry collection, Governor General’s Literary award—finalist Eight Track by Oana Avasilichioaei. Klara du Plessis dives into Avasilichioaei’s many strengths as a poet and member of the writing community.

news | Sunday July 7, 2024

Painting Time Featured in Electric Literature Article

Painting Time by Maylis de Kerangal and translated by Jessica Moore was featured in Electric Literature’s article about seven novels about learning a skill.

The article’s writer Camille Bordas says: “Maylis de Kerangal [is] a French national treasure. Her writing is out of this world. Her sentences are immediately recognizable … luscious and immersive.”

Read the full piece here.

news | Saturday July 6, 2024

Three Talonbooks Authors at 2024 Vancouver Writers Festival

The Vancouver Writers Fest has announced their 2024 lineup and we are delighted to announce that three Talonbooks authors will be participating.

Stephen Collis will be sharing work from his forthcoming environmentalist poetry collection The Middle, Mercedes Eng will be reading from her forthcoming abolitionist poetry book cop city swagger, and Daniel Zomparelli will be performing work from his latest collection about the commodification of identity and queer consumer culture, Jump Scare.

Check out the full roster here. We can’t wait for this year’s festival!

news | Thursday July 4, 2024

Refabulations: Selected Longer Works Reviewed in EVENT Magazine

Steven Maye reviewed Refabulations: Selected Longer Poems by Sharon Thesen and edited by Erín Moure in EVENT Magazine. Refabulations collects and reanimates the longer and serial poems from Sharon Thesen’s œuvre, from her first book in 1980 to today.

An excerpt from Maye’s review:

“The overall organization of Refabulations is more thematic than chronological … while these groupings attune us to fixations that persist across Thesen’s poems, they also display her formal inventiveness and the restlessness that sustains her engagement with the long poem as a form … The forms these poems make, as they evolve to meet the world, is complex enough to unsettle our own prior readings and provides its own reason for encountering these poems anew.”

Order EVENT 53/1 here.

news | Thursday July 4, 2024

Lha yudit'ih We Always Find A Way in British Columbia History

A profile of Lha yudit’ih We Always Find A Way: Bringing the Tŝilhqot’in Title Case Home by Lorraine Weir with Chief Roger William was featured in the summer 2024 issue of British Columbia History Magazine.

From the article: “The experience of the Tŝilhqot’in Nation can provide valuable guidance for other Indigenous nations with unresolved land claims in BC. But we all have a responsibility to advance meaningful reconciliation in this country, and learning about the Indigenous Peoples of our region is a step that non-Indigenous people can take to bridge knowledge gaps and nurture respect and understanding. Reading Lha yudit’ih is an opportunity to learn about the history of the Tŝilhqot’in People and to better understand the depth of their relationship with the land.”

Order the most recent copy of British Columbia History Magazine here.

news | Wednesday July 3, 2024

Tanya Lukin Linklater in Forbes Magazine

Chadd Scott interviewed author of Slow Scrape Tanya Lukin Linklater about her new art exhibit at Wexner Center for the Arts in Forbes Magazine!

Read the piece here.

news | Wednesday July 3, 2024

the berry takes the shape of the bloom in the Winnipeg Free Press

melanie brannagan frederiksen reviewed the berry takes the shape of the bloom, the recent poetry collection by andrea bennett in the Winnipeg Free Press. the berry takes the shape of the bloom navigates themes of gender, family, trans pregnancy, abuse, fear, and becoming with care, courage, and vulnerability.

Of the collection, melanie brannagan frederiksen says: “The poems pulse with urgency arising from the tension between the line and the life to which it bears witness, between thought and experience.”

Read the complete review here.

news | Tuesday July 2, 2024

bill bissett Appointed to the Order of Canada!

Legendary pioneer of sound, visual, and performance poetry bill bissett has been appointed to the Order of Canada! bill is the author of over 60 books of poetry including its th sailors life / still in treetment, breth, and inkorrect thots and co-founded the Secret Handshake Gallery, a peer-support facility for people with schizophrenia. A huge congratulations to bill for this well-deserved honour!

Read all about it here.

news | Tuesday July 2, 2024

It's Disability Pride Month

July is Disability Pride Month! If you’re looking to read some killer poetry by disabled authors, look no further! Here are three great collections to mark the occasion:

If you’re looking for a great book to celebrate with, why not check out this Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award–winner peter among th towring boxes / text bites by recent appointee to the Order of Canada bill bissett?

A work of visual poetry from the text:

Pick up your copy of peter among th towring boxes / text bites here.

the berry takes the shape of the bloom by andrea bennett is a gorgeous collection of prose poems. Some poems bear witnes, others hold grudges or shake free of them. Together, they entwine around enmeshed experiences of gender, family, trans pregnancy, fear, and becoming.

An excerpt:

“I’d like to have a body like a gun. Long and narrow,
smooth and cold and steel, able to hold gunpowder.
Instead I am soft like a cushion. I would like to be
as taut as a wall. My pulp as protected as a tooth’s.
And yet my body insists. My body offers comfort,
warmth, absorbs whatever an id has to spill.”

Get a copy of the berry takes the shape of the bloom here.

Recently longlisted for both the 2024 Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the 2024 Raymond Souster AwardNo Town Called We by Nikki Reimer writes through the death of elders, societal panic, and the climate crisis via the lens of the multiply disabled, female-coded body approaching midlife. With Reimer’s trademark wit, this collection invites you to join in its joys and frustrations.

Excerpt from poem “Is it PTSD or Is It Cake?”:

“Hello, Apocalypse?

It’s we, Algernon

We muse on the professional liability that is grief

Yes we interrogate the position within the structure and

Yes we reinforce the structure and

Yes may we wrest this beam?

Mote meet eye

No Lazarus awakening

No vagus nerve vibrato

Yes scaley spiderweb nerves

Yes Pricklebody responds

This obituary is the best line

No this obituary is the best line

No words for past departures”

Order a copy of No Town Called We here.

We wish you great and impactful reading this summer. Happy Disability Pride Month!

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we the same
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The Boys' Club
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Gaman – Perseverance
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