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News, Events, and Announcements

news | Monday May 4, 2020

Talonbooks Reading Sale! 25% off all titles, plus new shipping rates!

Orwell in Cuba, Cissy, Impurity, Wanting Everything

Talonbooks is holding a Reading Sale!

From now till June 1, all books on our website are 25% off!

Additionally, freight rates for US customers are now lower: your first book costs $6 to ship, and all subsequent books in the same order cost only $2.

Check out our frontlist for amazing new books by Bill Richardson, Roy Miki, Mercedes Eng, Michel Tremblay, Arleen Paré, and many more!

And browse your favourite older books by heading to talonbooks.com/books.

news | Friday May 22, 2020

annie ross on CBC's North by Northwest

Talon author annie ross was on CBC’s North by Northwest this past Sunday, May 17, to talk about Pots and Other Living Beings.

Check it out – her segment begins at 1:44:54.

news | Tuesday May 19, 2020

"every miracle is a hidden (yet in plain-view) supernatural event."

Poet Rob Taylor interviewed annie ross about Pots and Other Living Beings for Read Local BC. Check it out!

news | Tuesday May 19, 2020

Daphne Marlatt reads for SpokenWeb

This month’s Spoken Web podcast minisode features Talon author Daphne Marlatt reading “Lagoon” from Vancouver Poems, published in 1972. Check it out!

Want to read more? Liquidities: Vancouver Poems Then and Now gathers many of the poems from Vancouver Poems, somewhat revised or in some cases substantially revised, and follows them with “Liquidities,” a series of recent poems about Vancouver’s incessant deconstruction and reconstruction, its quick transformations both on the ground and in urban imagining.

news | Wednesday May 13, 2020

Curb-side pick-up at Talonbooks!

Sign with Talon's phone number: 604-444-4889

Talon is now doing curb-side pick-ups at our office in Vancouver, BC! We’re located next to the Fraser River, near the Oak Street bridge – if you’re in the Lower Mainland, give us a call at 604-444-4889 to order books and schedule a pick-up!

news | Monday May 4, 2020

Drew Hayden Taylor's Cottagers and Indians shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour

We are so pleased to share that Drew Hayden Taylor’s Cottagers and Indians has been shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.

Congratulations, Drew!!

news | Thursday April 30, 2020

David Fennario's Banana Boots documentary is available on the NFB!

In search of something great to quaranscreen? David Fennario’s Banana Boots documentary is available on the National Film Board of Canada website.

Banana Boots is a one-man-show / memoir in which Fennario recounts, with astonishing insight and wit, the phenomenon of taking his famous bilingual play Balconville to Belfast on a British / Canadian cultural mission. Given the subject of Balconville, that the real problem in Quebec is not one of language or culture, but one of British imperialism and the class structure it imposes on its “colonials,” the ironies of such an event are, of course, both delicious and irresistible.

Pick up your copy of Banana Boots here, and screen the documentary here.

news | Wednesday April 22, 2020

“The Old Routine” by Lionel Kearns, is now up on the Poetry in Transit website

Poetry in Transit is sharing work from their archives for National Poetry Month 2020. We are pleased to see “The Old Routine” by Lionel Kearns, from his 2007 book A Few Words Will Do, shared today.

news | Monday April 13, 2020

Wanting Everything, the collected works of Gladys Hindmarch, has arrived!

cover of Wanting Everything

We are so pleased that Wanting Everything, the collected works of Gladys Hindmarch, has arrived from the printer!

Gladys Hindmarch was a central figure in the Vancouver literary scene of the 1960s and 1970s. Wanting Everything, her first major publication in over thirty years, contains newly revised editions of The Peter Stories, A Birth Account, and The Watery Part of the World, as well as unpublished works of prose, correspondence, criticism, oral history interviews, and occasional writing. Spanning five decades, Wanting Everything recognizes Hindmarch’s significant contribution to Canada’s literary and cultural fields.

In their introduction, editors Deanna Fong and Karis Shearer contextualize this work through the unpacking of the volume’s title. “’[W]anting everything” refers to a kind of largeness, a desire to push against the constraints of language, time, and competing forms of labour to document, to connect, and to love, without sacrifice or hierarchy,” they write. “‘Wanting everything’ means wanting to be a writer and a professor; to be a lover and a mother; to be a critic and a confidante. In Hindmarch’s work there is an appetitiousness that wants to bring everything into its ambit without compromise, and it is from this sense of appetite that its feminist politics radiate – an additive ethos that invites solidarity, generosity, and openness.”

Check out a video of Gladys reading from A Birth Account, included in Wanting Everything.

And order your copy of Wanting Everything today!

news | Thursday April 9, 2020

Margaret Christakos reads – in stereo – from charger!

We are so pleased that charger has arrived in-house! A moving new collection from award-winning poet, novelist, and critic Margaret Christakos, charger considers our plugged-in selves, and the technologies that deliver us to each other. The book is particularly relevant as we practice physically distancing while socially connecting online.

Below, Margaret reads from “charger 12.”

Order your copy of charger today!

news | Wednesday April 8, 2020

Orwell in Cuba is hot off the presses!

cover of Orwell in Cuba

We are so pleased that Orwell in Cuba has arrived in-house!

Orwell in Cuba, translated by Donald Winkler, chronicles journalist Frédérick Lavoie’s attempts to unravel the motives behind the mysterious appearance of a new translation of George Orwell’s 1984, formerly taboo in Cuba, just ahead of the country’s twenty-fifth International Book Fair. Lavoie works to make sense of how Cubans feel about the past, present, and future of their island – and how the political regime is adapting, or not, to life in the twenty-first century. His intertwined quests give readers the unique experience of following a suspenseful trail while at the same time becoming increasingly familiar with Cubans’ relationship to the regime and their strategies for coping with the island’s often challenging living conditions.

In its original French, the book won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction.

Check out a video of Frédérick reading from Orwell in Cuba.

And order your copy of Orwell in Cuba today!

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