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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 will be on their way next. We've got upcoming launches for Finding Mr. Wong and our Fall Poetry List! Check out our full list of upcoming events here and don't forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram


News, Events, and Announcements

news | Monday October 15, 2018

Drew Hayden Taylor Unearths Sir John A's Legacy

Bobby Rabbit, Sir John A’s irked, Anishinaabe main character, in a fit of anger and revenge, convinces his friend Hugh to accompany him on a “sojourn of justice”: to dig up Sir John A. Macdonald’s bones and hold them for ransom.

news | Wednesday October 10, 2018

Deni Ellis Béchard's new novel has arrived!

Deni Ellis Béchard’s White is a riveting novel that explores whiteness, modern humanitarianism, and the lies of American exceptionalism and white supremacy.

news | Wednesday October 10, 2018

Finding Mr. Wong Launches in Vancouver Tomorrow!

Join us for tea and baked goods as we launch Finding Mr. Wong by Susan Crean tomorrow with special guest Betsy Warland!

Susan Crean’s memoir Finding Mr. Wong chronicles her effort to piece together the life of the man she knew as Mr. Wong, cook and housekeeper to her Irish Canadian family for two generations. Join us for the Vancouver launch of her book.

Thursday, October 11, 2018
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
578 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC

news | Monday September 24, 2018

All signs point to Treaty 6 Deixis

A photo of Treaty 6 Deixis in front of a bush, on a sunny day.

Christine Stewart’s Treaty 6 Deixis is hot off the presses!

How might poetic practices undermine racist ideologies and colonialism, engendering ecological attentiveness, and anomalous and compassionate communities? Christine Stewart’s Treaty 6 Deixis takes up these timely and pressing questions as it investigates what it means to be a non-Indigenous inhabitant of Canada’s Treaty 6 territory, “in this city, on this land, in this country, on this planet, in a way that acknowledges and honours all my obligations and all my relations, the complex web of connective tissues that keep me here.” (Deixis is a word or phrase – like “this,” “that,” “ now,” “then” – that points to the time, place, or situation in which a speaker is speaking or a writer is writing.)

Pick up your copy of Treaty 6 Deixis today!

news | Tuesday September 18, 2018

Talonbooks Fall Poetry Launch in Vancouver

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), Stephen Collis (from Almost Islands), 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 | Thursday September 6, 2018

Reprints Rolling In!

Photo of two books, Billy Bishop and , taken in a parkette

Drew Hayden Taylor’s Dead White Writer on the Floor and John MacLachlan Gray and Eric Peterson’s Billy Bishop Goes to War are hot off the presses, just in time for the school year. Dead White Writer on the Floor is now in its fourth printing, and Billy Bishop in its second edition, second printing.

Pick up your copies of Dead White Writer on the Floor and Billy Bishop Goes to War today!

news | Wednesday September 5, 2018

The first of our Fall list: Almost Islands and Around Her

Photo of two books, Almost Islands and Around Her, taken in a parkette

The crisp air of fall is upon us here in Vancouver – and we’re very excited to announce that the first of our Fall books have arrived in house!

Almost Islands is a powerful memoir of Stephen Collis’s friendship with legendary Canadian poet, broadcaster, and painter Phyllis Webb – now in her nineties and long enveloped in silence. In a series of extended poetic, political, and philosophical digressions, the book meditates 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.

Around Her, written by Sophie Bienvenu and translated by Rhonda Mullins, filters twenty years in the lives of Florence Gaudreault and her estranged son, Adrien, through the prism of twenty characters who have crossed their paths. Replete with emotional twists and turns, the book probes the failures and hopes of whole segements of society – the young, the old, families, couples, lonely souls – and reveals the proximity of past traumas, showing the bonds that unite us. Michel Tremblay calls it “absolutely wonderful.”

Order your copies of Almost Islands and Around Her today!

news | Monday August 20, 2018

M.A.C. Farrant – three stories at Geist

The Great Happiness, the third book in M.A.C. Farrant’s trilogy of miniatures is coming out next Spring with Talon. The second book in the trilogy, The Days, was a finalist for the 2017 ReLit Award for Poetry and the 2017 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize; the first, The World Afloat, won the 2014 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. Farrant’s miniatures have been called “confidently left-field” and “as wild as colourful birthday helium balloons released into a hurricane.” The Great Happiness is a book you’re not going to want to miss.

Whet your appetite for The Great Happiness by moseying over to Geist’s website to read three miniatures from the collection – “Positive Impact,” “The Weather Channel,” and “Waiting Room.”

news | Tuesday August 14, 2018

The Eyelash and the Monochrome – now IRL and in full colour!

The Eyelash and the Monochrome by Tiziana La Melia arrived in-house today!

Combining visuals and text, this collection of poems travels through territories as varied as daily and domestic activities; social relationships; literature, cinema, and art; as well as dreams, as it moves between the page and the exhibition.

The Eyelash and the Monochrome and Other Poems asks: what happens when material becomes thought and thought becomes object? At once a book of poetry and an artist’s book, it gathers together poems, performance scripts, and parallel texts, illustrating the hybrid nature of these texts and trespassing upon the boundaries of genre. It is a book about enmeshment, about the potentiality of interplay. It is a conversation. It is not linear, but it interrogates and explores the line: lines of text, lines of dialogue, socio-economic lines drawn or crossed, lines that were the trails of snails … Everything is a signifier, meaning is elastic, and references are multifaceted. La Melia’s multivalent and generative practice lives in process; it thinks through materials (paint, objects, non-human forms) with violent sentimentality, excessive desire, naiveté, narrative construction, and an awareness of the body and memory.

Order your copy today!

meta-talon | Friday July 27, 2018

How is a door Got Its Name

Photo of a yellow concrete building damaged by hurricane Isidore

Next year marks the tenth anniversary of Fred Wah’s is a door : to celebrate, Talon takes a look back at how the book got its name.

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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