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news | Friday July 1, 2022

Kevin Loring Takes Home 2 Jessie Awards!

Congratulations to Kevin Loring whose play Little Red Warrior and His Lawyer won Outstanding Original Script at the 2022 Jessie Awards! Loring also won a Significant Artistic Achievement Award for Outstanding Empowering and Uplifting of Indigenous Artists and Narratives. Check out Little Red Warrior and His Lawyer today!

news | Friday June 24, 2022

M.A.C. Farrant's "One Good Thing" Reviewed in Arc Poetry Magazine

Emily-Jane Hills Orford reviews One Good Thing, the epistolary non-fiction book on life and gardening by M.A.C. Farrant for Arc Poetry Magazine. Of this collection, Orford says: “Each letter is like a miniature capsule of life—microcosmic still lifes, as if captured by a photographic snapshot.”

Read the full review here.

news | Thursday June 23, 2022

Pride Month Reading List!

Happy Pride Month! June may be gloomy in Vancouver, but the literature is bright. We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with a number of exceptional LGBTQIA2S+ poets, photographers, playwrights, writers, and artists of all stripes.

In case you missed some of our recent queer catalogue, here’s a little sample platter to keep the pride strong all year long:

1. its th sailors life / still in treetment by bill bissett

2. “Small Axe” from Moving the Centre: Two Plays by Andrew Kushnir

3. One and Half of You by Leanne Dunic

4. still by Anahita Jamali Rad

5. Then Now by Daphne Marlatt

6. Coast Mountain Foot by ryan fitzpatrick

7. Twists of Fate by Michel Tremblay

8. The Grand Melee by Michel Tremblay

9. OЯACULE by Nicole Raziya Fong

Have a wonderful pride month! Happy reading!

news | Tuesday June 21, 2022

Deanna Fong Named New Literary Editor at The Capilano Review

Please join us in offering a huge and heartfelt congratulations to Deanna Fong in her new role as Literary Editor at The Capilano Review! We are so pleased The Capilano Review found such a stellar new editor and we eagerly look forward the great things she will accomplish in her new position.

news | Tuesday June 21, 2022

National Indigenous Peoples Day 2022

Here at Talon we’re celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day. We recognize the incredible breadth of cultural and geographic diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples, a diversity that means there is no single way forward. We cherish our role in supporting Indigenous creatives charting their own paths.

As publishers of Indigenous literature, we celebrate the diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples in writing and publishing. The book world is the epitome of diversity – just consider the amazing texts by Indigenous writers in all genres that have been written and produced and continue to be so every day. We work hard to stay current and participate in evolving editing and publishing practices for Indigenous literature. To that end we acknowledge Gregory Younging and his groundbreaking and indispensable book, Elements of Indigenous Style.

Talonbooks is honoured to work with many Indigenous authors and to celebrate Indigenous voices. We wish you a Happy National Indigenous Peoples Day … and happy reading!

news | Friday June 17, 2022

Indigenous History Month

June is Indigenous History Month, and here at Talonbooks we have been tremendously privileged to work with and publish a host of incredible Indigenous authors and creatives.

The pandemic has made live events challenging, so we would like to shine a spotlight on some of the wonderful Indigenous titles from the last few years here:

1. Standing in a River of Time by Jónína Kirton

2. Inheritance by Daniel Arnold, Darrell Dennis, and Medina Hahn

3. Little Red Warrior and His Lawyer by Kevin Loring

4. Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show/Le Wild West Show de Gabriel Dumont by Jean Marc Dalpé & David Granger & Laura Lussier & Alexis Martin & Andrea Menard & Yvette Nolan & Gilles Poulin-Denis & Paula-Jean Prudat & Mansel Robinson & Kenneth T. Williams
Translated by Jean Marc Dalpé & Alexis Martin & Alexis Diamond & Maureen Labonté & Fanny Britt & Marjorie Beaucage & Randy Morin

5. They Write Their Dream on the Rock Forever: 2nd Edition by Annie York, Richard Daly, and Chris Arnett

6. Un/inhabited by Jordan Abel

7. Iron Peggy by Marie Clements

8. Kamloopa by Kim Senklip Harvey

9. Pots and Other Living Beings by annie ross

Check out these world class authors today!

news | Friday June 17, 2022

On Then Now: A Conversation with Daphne Marlatt in The Capilano Review

Jami Macarty chats with Daphne Marlatt about Marlatt’s collection Then Now for The Capilano Review. Marlatt discusses what it was like to discover the contents of her father’s old letters from Penang, the construction of the book’s sections, and more. Read the full interview here.

news | Tuesday May 10, 2022

Hot Off The Press

New at Talonbooks is Unfuckable Lardass, the sixth and latest title from Catriona Strang. This poetry collection is lively, wonderfully recalcitrant, and leveled against patriarchy.

Musical and feminist, Unfuckable Lardass shapeshifts. Whether it’s using brevity like a boxing glove, borrowing floral language from gardening books, defining types of tears, or weaving incantatory spells against oppressive and imposed limitations, the voice in this collection sings. From “Lake Lac”:

“I grew it
I tended
it I harvested
dried and
stored it
I knocked
it over and
smashed
it”

Rebellious and attentive, Unfuckable Lardass is a call to personal power and agency, even when exhausted, doubtful, pain-ridden, and marginalized. From “The Amalgam”, part 12 of the titular poem “Unfuckable Lardass”:

“I am contending factions. Even in times of great
dispute and intense social trauma, an amalgam
of functions does not represent…

I become over-mapped. It’s my tradition to pick
it till it bleeds.”

Unfuckable Lardass is an homage to the overlooked labours and ways of being that patriarchy doesn’t glorify. Catriona Strang refuses the objectifying gaze and ushers us towards embodying our whole selves, anger and all. To this end, Unfuckable Lardass culminates in a collective poem, each line stated like fact, the contributing authors’ voices cast together in protest.

We can’t wait for you to revel in this wry and unshakable collection. Grab your copy here.

news | Tuesday May 10, 2022

New at Talonbooks

Hot off the presses comes Un, the inaugural poetry collection of longtime activist, writer, and community organizer Ivan Drury. Un is a cry against imperialist violence past and present. From Afghanistan to Iraq, Cuba to Congo, suburban neighbourhoods to blacksites, Un challenges conventional Western narratives of global events, shining light on injustice and the individuals disappeared in empires’ pursuits of their own political interests.

Ivan Drury explores global power dynamics, powerfully juxtaposing scenes from sites of stability to sites of conflict. From “Enter the Municipality of Blacksite (A Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone)”:

“the mayoral candidates
all wear “Homes Now!” buttons
all engage earnestly
on the side of the debate
to ban plastic shopping bags…

where I grew up
families fell normally apart.”

Deeply sensory, Drury employs the auditory to underscore the unsettling sensation of violence becoming quotidian. From “Noise and the Stacking”:

“vehicle noise
refrigerator noise
machine noise
the noise of streetlights…

overhead

an F16

and on the baby monitor:
he’s crying something’s woken him”

The theme of having been undone, unmade, and rewritten is sown throughout the pages of this collection. Drury pulls from sources such as the U.S. Armed Forces Survival Manual, The New York Times, and Al Jazeera to contextualize and recontextualize impersonal and dehumanizing narratives.

Un is a big-voiced collection that asks us how we might forge a more humane and just future. Pick up your copy here.

news | Friday May 6, 2022

New Title Arrival

New from Jónína Kirton comes Standing In a River of Time. Part poetry collection part memoir, Standing In a River of Time chronicles the effects of colonization on a Métis family, the violence of patriarchy on the narrator and the women of her family, and the inextricable link between the two.

From “Erasure”:

“my great-great-great grandfather’s
census records go from
Native, Catholic, 1 married man”
to ‘Catholic, 1 married man’
his Métis wife unnamed”

Kirton intercuts sections of prose and lyric poetry to create the effect of watching, then reflecting on, a moment from the speaker’s past. From “Beside a Well: Walking with Women”:

“I had watched my mother wait on my father, ironing his clothes, warming the car up for him, making sure dinner was on the table at the time he designated. I did not see these things as acts of love, but rather as subservience, and I was allergic to subservience.”

A resolute exploration of intersectionality, Standing In a River of Time examines what can and cannot be effaced; which forces of history linger. Spirited, vulnerable, and achingly tender, Kirton journeys through memory to illuminate the many ways one can scrap, barrier by barrier, towards the ever-moving goalpost of healing.

We are so excited for you to wade into Jónína Kirton’s Standing In a River of Time. Pick up your copy here.

Featured Books

Inheritance
a pick-the-path experience
By Daniel Arnold & Darrell Dennis & Medina Hahn

256 pages | Drama

$24.95

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its th sailors life / still in treetment
meditaysyuns from gold mountain
By bill bissett

290 pages | Poetry

$24.95

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Moving the Centre
Two Plays: Small Axe & Freedom Singer
By Andrew Kushnir & Khari Wendell McClelland

160 pages | Drama

$16.95

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Still • Falling and The Code
Two Plays for Teens
By Rachel Aberle

160 pages | Drama

$18.95

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The Piano Teacher
A Healing Key
By Dorothy Dittrich

96 pages | Drama

$16.95

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Twists of Fate
If by Chance & Destination Paradise
By Michel Tremblay
Translated by Linda Gaboriau

272 pages | Fiction

$19.95

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Un
By Ivan Drury

128 pages | Poetry

$16.95

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Untimely Passages
Dossiers from the Other Shore
By Jerry Zaslove

576 pages | Non-Fiction

$29.95

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