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It’s officially September, and we’re happy to announce that our first fall books, Almost Islands and Around Her, have arrived in-house! Treaty 6 Deixis will also arrive from the printers any day now. Upcoming plays to look out for are Joan MacLeod’s The Valley from September 13 to 23 in Toronto and Daniel MacIvor’s Marion Bridge from September 16 to 20 in West Vancouver. 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 | 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.

news | Tuesday July 17, 2018

Talonbooks authors win Jessie Awards

The 36th annual Jessie Awards took place last night, and we are excited to announce that four Talonbooks authors have won awards!

Tetsuro Shigematsu, alongside Jamie Nesbitt and Susan Miyagishima, won Outstanding technical design and execution for the purpose of historical storytelling for 1 Hour Photo, which is coming out with Talon this fall.

Niall McNeil and Marcus Youssef, alongside several other castmates, won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble – Large Theatre for King Arthur’s Night, which is out now with Talon.

Last but not least, Jovanni Sy received the nod for Outstanding Original Script for Nine Dragons, also out now with Talon.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

news | Friday June 22, 2018

Pride Month Reading!

Photo of three books: Tom at the Farm, full-metal indigiqueer, Desert of the Heart

Happy Pride Month! Talonbooks’ catalogue has a plethora of great LGBTQ2S+ books to choose from.

Today, we’d like to highlight three of our reader favourite titles: recently published, Joshua Whitehead’s full-metal indigiqueer, and from our backlist, Jane Rule’s landmark novel Desert of the Heart and Michel Marc Bouchard’s (trans. Linda Gaboriau) moving play Tom at the Farm.

news | Thursday June 21, 2018

Happy National Indigenous Peoples Day!

Photo of four books: Kuei My Friend, From Oral to Written, Talker's Town and The Girl Who Swam Forever, and Full-Metal Indigiqueer.

Today is the summer solstice, and it’s also the day we celebrate Indigenous Peoples! At Talonbooks, the cultural production of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples – writing by, for, and about Indigenous Peoples – is a central part of what we do every day of the year.

We have many recent and forthcoming titles we’d like to share with you today. Kuei, My Friend: A Conversation on Race and Reconciliation, full-metal indigiqueer, Safety Sand, and Talker’s Town and The Girl Who Swam Forever, out recently, and Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion., Seven Sacred Truths, From Oral to Written: A Celebration of Indigenous Literature in Canada, 1980–2010 (second printing!), and Thanks for Giving, out soon, include Indigenous authors, and beholden and Treaty 6 Deixis, both forthcoming this fall, centre themes of how non-Indigenous people in Canada engage with Indigenous Peoples, our treaties, and the land on which we all live.

Last but not least, Talonbooks will soon be rolling out the 2018 edition of our Indigenous catalogue!

news | Friday June 8, 2018

Find Finding Mr. Wong on a shelf near you!

[Finding Mr. Wong cover]

Finding Mr. Wong by Susan Crean is hot off the presses!

Finding Mr. Wong chronicles the author’s 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. A Chinese Head Tax payer hired by Crean’s grandfather in Toronto in 1928, Wong Dong Wong remained on the job following Gordon Crean’s death in 1947. Crean’s homage weaves the various strands of her memories of and discoveries about Mr. Wong during the last twenty-five years of his life; she travels the streets and histories of Chinatowns in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada, and twice she visits Guangdong, China, where she locates Wong Dong Wong’s home village, finds descendants of his father’s brother, and learns the beginning of his story: orphaned as a newborn, then brought to Canada by his uncle, Wong YeeWoen.

Finding Mr. Wong is an important contribution to a growing body of writings that illuminate the lives of people silenced or otherwise negated by myopic history.

Order your copy today!

Featured Books

Around Her
By Sophie Bienvenu
Translated by Rhonda Mullins

208 pages | Fiction

$19.95

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beholden
By Fred Wah & Rita Wong

144 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

128 pages | Drama

$17.95

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White
By Deni Ellis Béchard

240 pages | Fiction

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