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Our fall books are in the house! Almost Islands, Around Her, and Treaty 6 Deixis arrived in September; White, Sir John A, and Mercenary English arrived in mid-October, and beholden and Flow are now here as well! Check out the upcoming launch for our Fall Poetry List, peruse our full list of upcoming events here, and don't forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


News, Events, and Announcements

news | Thursday November 15, 2018

Fall Launch a Resounding Success!

Rita Wong and Fred Wah read from beholden: a poem as long as the river.

Talonbooks’ Fall Poetry Launch was held at Pyatt Hall in Vancouver, on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ Lands, this past Thursday. Our gratitude goes out to Irvin Waskewitch, who opened the evening with a Cree prayer, and to the over 130 launch attendees, for whom the cold fall rain was no match! 

news | Tuesday November 13, 2018

Talonbooks Fall Poetry Launch is Tonight!

Talonbooks’ Fall Poetry Launch will feature readings by Fred Wah and Rita Wong (from beholden), Wanda John-Kehewin (from Seven Sacred Truths), Ted Byrne (from Duets), Tiziana La Melia (from The Eyelash and the Monochrome), and Christine Stewart (from Treaty 6 Deixis).

Tuesday, November 13
Doors at 7:30 p.m., readings at 8 p.m.
Pyatt Hall
843 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4

news | Wednesday November 7, 2018

Stephen Collis launches Almost Islands in Vancouver!

Book cover: Almost Islands by Stephen Collis.

Anyone who read our November newsletter very closely may have noticed that we erroneously included Stephen Collis in our Fall Poetry Launch line-up. He won’t be reading then, but no fear – he has his very own launch for Almost Islands coming up this Friday, November 9, at Massy Books in Vancouver.

Almost Islands is a powerfully introspective memoir of the author’s friendship with legendary Canadian poet Phyllis Webb – now in her nineties and long enveloped in silence – and his regular trips to see her. It is an extended meditation on literary ambition and failure, poetry and politics, choice and chance, location, colonization, and climate change – the struggle that is writing, and the end of writing.

Join Stephen for the launch of Almost Islands:

Friday, November 9, 2018
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Massy Books
229 E. Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC

news | Wednesday November 7, 2018

beholden arrives on Talon's shores

A photo of an open spread of beholden: a poem as long as the river.

beholden: a poem as long as the river, by Fred Wah & Rita Wong, is comprised of two lines of poetic text flowing along a 114-foot-long map of the Columbia River. This powerful image-poem presents language yearning to understand the consequences of our hydroelectric manipulation of one of North America’s largest river systems.

beholden “reads” the geographic, historical, political, and social dimensions of the Columbia River, literally and figuratively, proposing two contrasting kinds of attention. As both a stand-alone poem and an accompanying piece to the visual installation exhibited at various galleries, beholden represents a vital contribution to a larger dialogue around the river through visual art, writing, and public engagement.

Pick up your copy of beholden today!

news | Tuesday November 6, 2018

The Mystery Play in the Wild!

Four photos of author Josh Macdonald with his book, The Mystery Play, at various bookstores

Author Josh Macdonald visited his new book, The Mystery Play, at The Bookmark II in downtown Halifax, and at Chapters in Dartmouth, NS.

Curious about the mysterious The Mystery Play but not located close to Halifax or Dartmouth? Order your copy online today.

news | Monday November 5, 2018

Fall Drama Has Arrived: 1 Hour Photo and Thanks for Giving!

Photo of two books, 1 Hour Photo and Thanks for Giving, at False Creek in Vancouver.

From the award-winning Canadian playwright, performer, and radio broadcaster Tetsuro Shigematsu comes 1 Hour Photo. 1 Hour Photo tells the story of Mas Yamamoto, a man whose life was swept up by the major currents of the twentieth century. From growing up in a fishing village on the banks of the Fraser River in British Columbia, to being confined at a Japanese Canadian internment camp during the Second World War, to helping build the Distant Early Warning Line in the Canadian Arctic during the height of the Cold War, 1 Hour Photo’s Mas Yamamoto is a grand theatrical persona, his life saturated with the most vivid colours of our times.

Thanks for Giving, from Governor General’s Literary Award winner Kevin Loring, the first ever Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre of Canada, is set around the family dinner table at Nan’s home at Thanksgiving. Old wounds and new realities collide, and sibling rivalry is stoked, but the enduring spirit that guides this family charges on, ever fierce. This intimate and restorative new play is about legacy – the legacy of our personal and collective histories, and a family’s legacy as it moves into an age where the assumptions of the old ways surrender to new possibilities.

Pick up your copies of Thanks for Giving and 1 Hour Photo today!

news | Friday November 2, 2018

The Heart Laid Bare gets a Bookmark on the CanLit Trail

We are pleased to announce that an excerpt from Michel Tremblay’s The Heart Laid Bare, translated by Sheila Fischman, will soon become a Bookmark on the CanLit Trail.

news | Tuesday October 30, 2018

Cecily Nicholson's Wayside Sang Wins a GG!

We are so incredibly pleased to announce that Cecily Nicholson’s complex, sensitive book Wayside Sang has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for English-Language Poetry! Huge congratulations to Cecily!

Of Wayside Sang, the judges said “In this hypnotic suite of long poems, Cecily Nicholson makes room, offering glimpses and echoes of the Canadian landscape as she explores ideas of borders, identity, industry and travel. She offers a catalogue of impressions, a collage of the ephemeral, held together by image and the pulsing phrase that stays with you long after the journey’s over.”

Congratulations as well to the other English poetry nominees: Billy-Ray Belcourt, Dionne Brand, Joshua Mensch, and Jason Stefanik! Thank you to the judges, Garry Gottfriedson, Sachiko Murakami, and Patrick Warner, the book’s editor, Stephen Collis, and the poetry community at large.

Pick up your copy of Wayside Sang today!

news | Friday October 19, 2018

Statement on incident at Vancouver Writer's Festival

Talonbooks is committed to equity, diversity, fairness, and inclusion, and we support Indigenous writers and voices. We have been made aware of an unfortunate incident that occurred recently at a Vancouver Writer’s Festival event involving a local publisher we regularly work with; we will be investigating further and taking appropriate actions as necessary.

news | Friday October 19, 2018

Seven Sacred Truths has arrived!

Cover of Seven Sacred Truths by Wanda John-Kehewin

The follow-up to Wanda John-Kehewin’s debut, In the Dog House, Seven Sacred Truths is a powerful exploration of an Indigenous woman’s healing journey.

Featured Books

Around Her
By Sophie Bienvenu
Translated by Rhonda Mullins

160 pages | Fiction

$19.95

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beholden
By Fred Wah & Rita Wong

160 pages | Poetry

$24.95

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Duets
By Ted Byrne

112 pages | Poetry

$16.95

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Flow
By Roy Miki
Edited by Michael Barnholden

640 pages | Poetry

$49.95

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Nine Dragons
By Jovanni Sy

192 pages | Drama

$19.95

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White
By Deni Ellis Béchard

304 pages | Fiction

$19.95

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