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news | Thursday May 16, 2024

Linda Gaboriau to Receive the Title of Compagne and Compagnon des arts et des lettres du Québec

The incredible and prolific translator and dramaturge Linda Gaboriau is set to receive the title of Compagne and Compagnon des arts et des lettres du Québec during an investiture ceremony on June 10! This honour given by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec is awarded to those artists whose outstanding work contributes to the development and reputation of Québec arts and literature at home and abroad. Among the more than one hundred works to her name, Gaboriau translated the Lambda Literary Award–winning Tom at the Farm by Michel Marc Bouchard and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation–winning Impromptu on Nuns’ Island by Michel Tremblay. Congratulations, Linda!

To learn more about the recipients of this prestigious award, click here.

news | Wednesday May 15, 2024

It's Asian Heritage Month!

May is Asian Heritage Month! To celebrate, we would love to share three amazing new titles written by authors of Asian heritage that will excite, inform, and inspire you.

Fresh from the spring 2024 collection comes the fabulous poetry and photography collection Wet by Leanne Dunic. In Wet, a transient Chinese American model working in Singapore thirsts for the unattainable: fair labour rights, the extinguishing of nearby forest fires, breathable air, healthy habitats for animals, human connection. In photographs and language shot through with empathy and desire, Wet unravels complexities of social stratification, sexual privation, and environmental catastrophe.

An excerpt:

“My cousin told me about Mao’s campaign during the Great Leap
Forward to kill the four pests: flies, rats, mosquitoes, sparrows. The
people banged pots incessantly to prevent sparrows from resting. Soft
stones dropped from the sky.

What other animals fell?

Fifty-five million people. My ancestors.

In this block, poisoned bread is left on the sidewalk for pigeons. For
cats. For dogs. The hungry.”

Pick up your copy of Wet here!

We are honoured to have recently had the opportunity to work on Gaman – Perseverance: Japanese Canadians’ Journey to Justice, the new memoir from community leader and activist Art Miki. Gaman – Perseverance describes the long journey towards resolution for the historic injustice that deprived Japanese Canadians of their basic human rights during and after World War II. This revealing memoir details the intense negotiations that took place in the 1980s between the Government of Canada and the NAJC – negotiations which finally resulted in the historic Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement of September 1988 and the acknowledgment by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney that Canada had wronged its own citizens.

An excerpt:

“For every Japanese Canadian who had experienced the wartime trauma of forced removal, internment, and the deprival of their basic rights, September 22, 1988, was a day to remember. … We were taken by taxis from Hull to the visitors’ gallery in the Parliament Buildings for the announcement scheduled at 11:00 a.m. Other Japanese Canadians from various cities who were aware of this momentous occasion met us to join in the celebration. We took our places in the gallery as we waited for the prime minister’s appearance.”

Order your copy of Gaman – Perseverance here!

Finally, a new play will be hitting the shelves near you very soon! we the same is a remarkable new play by Sangeeta Wylie. Inspired by a true story, we the same opens in 1979 Việt Nam, where six children and a mother become separated from their father and husband as they flee their homeland by boat. Against all odds, they survive pirate attacks, typhoons, and starvation, ending up shipwrecked on a desert island. Thirty-five years pass, and the mother at last shares heartfelt secrets and an unbelievable story with her daughter … allowing the past to be escorted into the present.

An excerpt:

BẢO: Mm-hmm. The Mekong has nine rivers, named for dragons. One
of Việt Nam’s ancient kings was named Lạc Long Quân. Lạc Long
ruled over the land near the sea. He wanted to live underwater, so he
turned into a dragon. When his people needed their king, they would
call upon him and he would come back to the land.

Lạc Long fell in love with a beautiful mountain fairy named Âu Cơ.
They married, and she gave birth to a pouch filled with one hundred
eggs. After seven days, each egg hatched into a child.

Though Lạc Long and Âu Cơ were deeply in love, they came from
different worlds. Lạc Long missed the sea, and Âu Cơ missed the
mountains. They separated, each taking fifty children, and promised
to help each other when needed. The children became the rulers
of the Hundred Việt, the tribes of Việt Nam, that still exist today.
No matter where you are, Vietnamese always keep this promise to
love and protect one another.

It’s time to rest, children. When you wake up, we’ll be in the Mekong.”

Pre-order your copy of we the same here!

We wish you a month of wonderful reading. Happy Asian Heritage Month!

news | Thursday May 9, 2024

Jigsaw: A Puzzle in Ninety-Three Pieces Reviewed

Rhonda Batchelor reviewed Jigsaw: A Puzzle in Ninety-Three Pieces, the wonderful, witty new work of non-fiction by M.A.C. Farrant in the spring 2024 issue of the Malahat Review.

From the review: “M.A.C. Farrant, an author renowned for her deft humour and keen inquisitive intelligence, has given us an excellent guidebook—to jigsaws and life’s puzzles.”

Copies of the spring 2024 issue of the Malahat Review are available here.

news | Tuesday May 7, 2024

Mona Awad's Montréal Reading List in the New York Times

The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant

Author Mona Awad wrote about Montréal, the city where she grew up, in the New York Times and has put together a recommended reading list of classic Montréal books to read before commencing a visit. Among Awad’s list of excellent, quintessential titles is The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant by Michel Tremblay and translated into English by Sheila Fischman, a novel set in working-class Le Plateau Mont Royal in the 40s.

Check out Awad’s complete list of suggested titles here.

news | Monday May 6, 2024

Another Order Reviewed in Arc Poetry Magazine

Amanda Earl reviewed the incredible and dynamic Another Order: Selected Works by Judith Copithorne and edited by Eric Schmaltz in issue 103 of ARC Poetry Magazine.

From the review:

“There’s a refreshing candour to Copithorne’s work that invites intimacy and connection … She writes with delight, humour, contemplation, and defiance… Another Order is full of gems.”

Check out the review and the full issue of ARC here.

news | Thursday May 2, 2024

Seven Poets on Writers Who Inspire Them

Rob Taylor interviewed seven BC poets including Samantha Nock, author of A Family of Dreamers, and Leanne Dunic, author of Wet, about the writers who inspire them. Great to see Pacific Windows: Collected Poems by Roy K. Kiyooka by Roy K. Kiyooka and edited by Roy Miki be named as an important collection by Onjana Yawnghwe and A Family of Dreamers by Samantha Nock be named by Jess Housty! 

Read the article on Read Local BC here.

news | Thursday April 25, 2024

Spring Book Launch Sale!

Great news! There’s a sale on Talonbooks’s new spring 2025 books, Another Order, Jump Scare, lettuce lettuce please go bad, Wet, and You’re Gonna Love This!

Buy one spring launch book = 10% off

Buy two spring launch books = 20% off

Buy three spring launch books = 30% off

Buy four or more spring launch books = 40% off

The sale runs for a limited time, so take advantage of this deal today!

news | Thursday April 25, 2024

You're Invited to the Talonbooks Spring 2024 Launch!

Save the date! Join us on April 24 at Pyatt Hall for Talonbooks’s spring 2024 launch. We can’t wait to introduce you to this season’s new titles.

Here’s what’s launching:

Eric Schmaltz will be reading from his introduction to Another Order.
Daniel Zomparelli will be launching his new poetry collection Jump Scare.
Tiziana La Melia will be launching her new poetry book lettuce lettuce please go bad.
Leanne Dunic will be launching her new collection Wet.
Dina Del Bucchia will be launching her new poetry collection You’re Gonna Love This.

The launch will be hosted by Samantha Nock, author of A Family of Dreamers.

Help us welcome these fabulous books to the world! Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; readings begin at 7:30 p.m.

Pyatt Hall is wheelchair and scooter accessible. Snacks and drinks will be served. A live stream will be available on the Talonbooks YouTube channel, so tune in remotely if you can’t attend in-person. We hope to see you there!

news | Wednesday April 24, 2024

Rob Taylor and Leanne Dunic in Discussion

Rob Taylor interviewed Leanne Dunic about her new poetry collection Wet for Read Local BC. The pair talk about hybrid forms, life in Singapore, and connection to nature, place, and people.

An excerpt from their discussion: “RT: What does working in these other art forms contribute to your books?

LD: When it comes to making art, I like to think of the idea of cross-training. Cross-training refers to using various modes of exercises outside of a central activity so that other muscles in the body are engaged and balanced in strength. For me, cross-training is key to my practice and involves me working in one discipline in order to keep my senses sharp in another. In other words, cross-training keeps my artistic muscles healthy and happy. Working on one project will teach me skills that I can then go back and apply to a previous and/or future project. This keeps things interesting for me; I’m rarely bored artistically.”

Check out their full discussion here.

news | Wednesday April 24, 2024

Jump Scare and You're Gonna Love This Review

Carellin Brooks reviewed You’re Gonna Love This by Dina Del Bucchia and Jump Scare by Daniel Zomparelli in the British Columbia Review.

Of these two collections, Brooks says: “It’s to our lasting benefit that we have these two astute chroniclers of pop culture … Zomparelli and Del Buccia will do the thinking for us.”

Read the complete piece here.

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Cottage Radio & Other Plays
Cottage Radio, White Wedding & Post Alice
By Taylor Marie Graham

256 pages | Drama


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we the same
By Sangeeta Wylie

96 pages | Drama


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Redbone Coonhound
By Amy Lee Lavoie & Omari Newton

128 pages | Non-Fiction


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By Leanne Dunic

133 pages | Poetry


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The Boys' Club
The Many Worlds of Male Power
By Martine Delvaux
Translated by Katia Grubisic

208 pages | Non-Fiction


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By Maylis de Kerangal
Translated by Jessica Moore

112 pages | Fiction


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Antigone in Spring
By Nathalie Boisvert
Translated by Hugh Hazelton

101 pages | Drama


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Speaking through the Night
Diary of a Lockdown, March–April 2020
By Wajdi Mouawad

157 pages | Non-Fiction


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A Family of Dreamers
By Samantha Nock

98 pages | Poetry


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A Puzzle in Ninety-Three Pieces
By M.A.C. Farrant

157 pages | Non-Fiction


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Another Order
Selected Works
By Judith Copithorne
Edited by Eric Schmaltz

341 pages | Poetry


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No Town Called We
By Nikki Reimer

93 pages | Poetry


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You're Gonna Love This
By Dina Del Bucchia

101 pages | Poetry


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Jump Scare
By Daniel Zomparelli

107 pages | Poetry


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Gaman – Perseverance
Japanese Canadians’ Journey to Justice
By Art Miki

350 pages | Non-Fiction


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