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news | Monday June 14, 2021

Five Father's Day Gift Ideas from Talonbooks

In anticipation of Father’s Day, we offer a list of five wonderful books to give fathers on Sunday, June 20, 2021:

1. In Search of New Babylon by Dominique Scali, translated by W. Donald Wilson. Order here.

2. Orwell in Cuba: How 1984 Came to Be Published in Castro’s Twilight by Frédérick Lavoie, translated by Donald Winkler. Order here.

3. Running on Fumes by Christian Guay-Poliquin, translated by Jacob Homel. Order here.

4. The Weight of Snow by Christian Guay-Poliquin, translated by David Homel. Order here.

5. Mégantic by Anne-Marie Saint-Cerny, translated by W. Donald Wilson. Order here.

Happy Father’s Day to all amazing dads from the Talon team!

news | Thursday June 3, 2021

Statement on the Kamloops Indian Residential School

At Talonbooks we grieve for the children whose lives were lost at the Kamloops Indian Residential School and for their families and communities. We stand in support of the Indigenous communities across Canada who have suffered the impacts of colonial violence. We offer our solidarity and our love.

We support the call for funding for ground-penetrating radar to be used at the sites of all former residential schools.

As publishers, we will continue to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action related to writing and publishing and to work to uplift and support the voices of Indigenous Peoples.

The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available toll-free at 1-866-925-4419.

news | Tuesday June 1, 2021

2020 Governor General’s Literary Award Winner for Drama

We at Talonbooks are very excited to announce that Kim Senklip Harvey’s Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story is the winner of 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama.

Talonbooks’ sincerest congratulations to Kim and the Fire Company!

Pick up your copy of Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story today!

Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story is the work of Kim Senklip Harvey, a proud Indigenous woman from the Syilx, Tsilhqot’in, Ktunaxa, and Dakelh First Nations, listed for the Gina Wilkinson Prize for her work as an emerging director and widely considered to be one of this land’s most original voices among the next generation of Indigenous artists.

The peer assessment committee of 2020 Governor General’s Literary Awards including Catherine Banks, Andrew Moodie, and Kenneth T. Williams have noted the following about Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story: “The brilliance, the irreverence, the fire of Kamloop sweeps us into the world of three Indigenous women on a mind-bending quest. The audience is seduced by the love, humour and depth of these matriarchs as they embrace and celebrate who they are in the world and with each other. A play that will encourage you to re-evaluate your relationship with Canada.”

Listen to Kim’s interview about her award-winning play Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story on CBC Radio One during As It Happens with Carol Off and Chris Howden here.

news | Friday May 21, 2021

The 2021 Indspire Awards Recipient in Arts

Talonbooks is so pleased to announce that Drew Hayden Taylor, one of our bestselling authors, is the recipient of the 2021 Indspire Awards in Arts.

The Indspire Awards is “the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own people.”

The awards ceremony will be broadcast during National Indigenous History Month on APTN, CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, and CBC Listen on June 22 at 8 p.m. Register your attendance to the 2021 Indspire Awards Watch Party here.

Among Taylor’s many awards are: the Canada Council Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for Theatre (2009); the Governor General’s Award for Drama, Nominee (2006) In a World Created by a Drunken God; the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, Nominee (2005); James Buller Aboriginal Theatre Award for Playwright of the Year (1997) Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth; and the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, Small Theatre Division (1996) Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth.

news | Thursday May 13, 2021

Governor General’s Literary Awards Finalists

We are so excited to announce that two of our wonderful books are finalists for the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Awards.

We have one finalist in Drama for Kim Senklip Harvey’s Kamloopa, and another in Poetry for Oana Avasilichioaei’s Eight Track.

Congratulations to all of our wonderful authors!

news | Tuesday May 11, 2021

Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show / Le Wild West Show de Gabriel Dumont, a bilingual co-publication, has arrived!

Talonbooks is so pleased to welcome the co-publication with Franco-Ontarian publisher Prise de Parole of Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show / Le Wild West Show de Gabriel Dumont, a bilingual book enhanced with a historical background, a chronology of the Métis Resistances, and visual documents.

Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show is a flamboyant epic, constructed as a series of tableaux, about the struggles of the Métis in the Canadian West. It is a multilayered and entertaining saga with a rodeo vibe, loosely based on Buffalo Bill’s legendary outdoor travelling show. In 1885, following the hanging of his friend Louis Riel, bison hunter Gabriel Dumont fled to the United States. There he was recruited by the legendary Buffalo Bill, founder of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, a gigantic outdoor travelling show that re-enacted life in the American West. It made a huge impression on Dumont, and he dreamed of putting together a similar show to tell the story of the struggle of the Métis to reclaim their rights.

The creative team behind Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show – including fifteen authors and translators, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, French- and English-speaking men and women – brings Dumont’s dream to life in a captivating, joyously anachronistic saga.

Listen to Jean Marc Dalpé, David Granger, and Charles Simard discussing Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show on air with Radio-Canada’s Mireille Langlois here.

Pick up your copy of Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show today!

news | Monday April 26, 2021

Sharon Pollock, 1936–2021

We at Talonbooks are very sad to hear the news of Sharon Pollock’s passing at the age of 85.

A giant in the world of theatre, Pollock won the Governor General’s Award twice, and was formerly the artistic director of Theatre Calgary. She will be sorely missed, and our condolences go to her loved ones. Read more about her life and work over at the CBC.

Talonbooks is proud to be the publisher of Pollock’s play Walsh, and of Making Theatre: A Life of Sharon Pollock, by Sherrill Grace.

news | Monday April 26, 2021

CBC Books' Spring Poetry List

CBC Books has recommended four Talon titles on their Spring Poetry List!

They’ve recommended Stephen Collis’s A History of the Theories of Rain, Leanne Dunic’s One and Half of You, Anahita Jamali Rad’s still, and Daphne Marlatt’s Then Now.

If you have not picked up your copies of these wonderful books yet, follow the links above! All four are currently on sale for 25 percent off.

news | Thursday April 8, 2021

BC and Yukon Book Prize Finalists

We are so excited to announce that three of our wonderful books are finalists for the 2021 BC and Yukon Book Prizes.

We have two finalists for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize Fred Wah’s Music at the Heart of Thinking, and Junie Désil’s eat salt | gaze at the ocean.

In addition, The Diary of Dukesang Wong, by Dukesang Wong, edited by David McIlwraith, and translated by Wanda Joy Hoe, has been shortlisted for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize.

Congratulations to all of our wonderful authors!

news | Thursday April 8, 2021

You’re invited to our Spring Launch on April 15!

Talonbooks Spring Launch poster.

Our Spring Launch, on next Thursday, April 15, at 5:30 p.m. PT, will feature Anahita Jamali Rad reading from their book still, Daphne Marlatt reading from her book Then Now, Leanne Dunic reading from One and Half of You, M.A.C. Farrant reading from One Good Thing, and Stephen Collis reading from A History of the Theories of Rain!

Thursday, April 15
5:30 p.m. PT
Register and receive the Zoom link

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