Welcome to Talonbooks

Canadian distribution for Talonbooks is now through the University of Toronto Press Distribution. Returns also go through the University of Toronto. Our Spring books are arriving! Christian Guay-Poliquin's (trans. David Homel) The Weight of Snow, Dina Del Bucchia's It’s a Big Deal!, M.A.C. Farrant's The Great Happiness, Nicole Raziya Fong's PEЯFACT, Nikki Reimer's My Heart Is a Rose Manhattan, Carmen Aguirre's Chile Con Carne and Other Early Works, Drew Hayden Taylor's Cottagers and Indians, Sean Harris Oliver & Raes Calvert's Redpatch, and Simon Brousseau's (trans. Pablo Strauss) Synapses have arrived! bill bissett's breth, Colleen Wagner's The Living, and Annie York & Richard Daly & Chris Arnett's They Write Their Dream on the Rocks Forever will arrive soon. Sign up for our monthly newsletter here, peruse our list of upcoming events here, and don't forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


News, Events, and Announcements

news | Monday January 14, 2019

Talonbooks welcomes UTP as our new distributor.

Canadian distribution for Talonbooks is now through the University of Toronto Press Distribution.

news | Wednesday March 20, 2019

beholden shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize!

Screenshot of several finalists for BC Book Prizes, including beholden: a poem as long as the river.

We are so pleased to announce that Rita Wong and Fred Wah’s beholden: a poem as long as the river has been shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. beholden joins several wonderful books on this year’s list of BC Book Prize finalists, including Our Familiar Hunger by Laisha Rosnau, Port of Being by Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Quarrels by Eve Joseph, and _The Small Way_by Onjana Yawnghwe in the poetry category.

beholden: a poem as long as the river stems from the interdisciplinary artistic research project “River Relations: A Beholder’s Share of the Columbia River,” undertaken as a response to the damming and development of the Columbia River in British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon, as well as to the upcoming renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty. Authors Fred Wah and Rita Wong spent time exploring various stretches of the river, all the way to its mouth near Astoria, Oregon. They then spent several months creating long poems along the Columbia, each searching for a language that evoked the complexities of our colonial appropriation of it. beholden was then assembled as a page-turning book that reproduces the two long poems as they respond to the meanderings of the river flowing two thousand kilometres through Canada, the United States, and the territories and reserves of Indigenous Peoples. Visual artist Nick Conbere then transferred this winding footprint into a monumental, 114-foot horizontal banner.

Visit the BC Book Prize website for more information about the finalists.

news | Thursday March 14, 2019

Save the date: Talonbooks Spring Launch!

Spring Launch Poster: pink background with floral skull.

Join us on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at Pyatt Hall in Vancouver, where Talon authors bill bissett (breth), Dina Del Bucchia (It’s a Big Deal!), M.A.C. Farrant (The Great Happiness), Nicole Raziya Fong (PEЯFACT), and Nikki Reimer (My Heart Is a Rose Manhattan) will read from their hot-off-the-presses books. Admission is free (bring money for books!), and the venue is fully accessible.

Wednesday, April 3
Doors at 7 p.m., readings at 7:30 p.m.
Pyatt Hall
843 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4

news | Friday February 22, 2019

"more horse statues": a poem from Nikki Reimer's new book, My Heart Is a Rose Manhattan

My Heart Is a Rose Manhattan is a darkly humorous book about grief and isolation, social media, death and loss, horse statues, and “overdrawn affluenza.” Today, we are pleased to share a poem from the book’s first section, “A Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose Manhattan” – a poem that showcases both Nikki Reimer’s sharp eye and cutting sense of humour.

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what this town needs is horse statues. more horse statues. another horse statue. a
bigger horse statue. we gotta get more monster homes. move out the renters. this
baby’s priced. this baby’s priced to move.

what this town needs:
                horsewomen stay-at-homes. more horsewomen stay-at-homes.
                another horsewoman stay-at-home. a
                bigger horsewoman stay-at-home. we
                gotta get more monument homesteads.
                move out the renters. this backbencher’s priced. this
                backbencher’s priced to move.

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Order your copy of My Heart Is a Rose Manhattan today!

news | Tuesday February 19, 2019

Our Great Happiness: M.A.C. Farrant's new book has arrived!

Picture of The Great Happiness sitting on a wooden table.

A delightful collection of seventy miniature fictions and comics riffing on the theme of happiness, The Great Happiness offers a series of lively antidotes to the current climate of doom. Some of the book’s miniatures are narratives with a twist, others are imaginative flights, such as the recently dead experimental novelist “sitting in” on the obituary-writing session convened by her husband, or the woman who rescues an Atlantic lobster from her local Save-On-Foods and ships it to Prince Edward Island to be released back into the ocean. The miniatures of The Great Happiness are “fictions that think,” each one a combination of narrative, prose poem, and jest.

The Great Happiness is the third part in M.A.C. Farrant’s trilogy of miniature fiction published by Talonbooks, preceded by The World Afloat, winner of the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, and The Days, nominated for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the ReLit Award.

Head over to The Walrus to read a few of the stories from the book, and then pick up your copy of The Great Happiness today!

news | Friday February 15, 2019

A Bouquet of Delights: My Heart Is a Rose Manhattan has arrived!

Picture of My Heart Is a Rose Manhattan on wooden table background.

My Heart Is a Rose Manhattan is a darkly humorous book about grief and isolation. Cutting yet tender, sorrowful yet angry, these poems touch on death and loss, architecture, alcohol, horse statues, and catalogues of life. Addicted to social media and simultaneously well-versed in feminist theory, My Heart Is a Rose Manhattan “subvert[s] the literary industrial complex,” but it also crashes in like the Kool-Aid meme with all-caps non sequiturs and “overdrawn affluenza.” Pull up a chair, get a drink – a rose manhattan, a quartz gimlet, or a gourmet ginger ale, if you prefer. A rose is a rose is a Rose Manhattan.

Pick up your copy of My Heart Is a Rose Manhattan today!

news | Wednesday February 13, 2019

It's a Big Deal! arrives to mammoth fanfare

Picture of Dina Del Bucchia holding her book It's a Big Deal!

So many things seem like a BIG DEAL: fashionable clothes, food trends for healthfulness and coolness, personal turmoils, what someone else just said, the ever-charged political landscape, Instagram posts, extinct megafauna, avocado toast … the list could – and does – go on and on. Quirky, wry, sensitive, bitchy, and honest, It’s a Big Deal! interrogates the ways we interpret and process the big deals of our twenty-first-century lives. Del Bucchia’s poetic voice is unique, delivering sharp humour and candid sincerity.

Pick up your copy of It’s a Big Deal! today!

news | Wednesday February 6, 2019

A PEЯFACT way to start your day: poetry from Nicole Raziya Fong!

Picture of Perfact with a wreath-shaped plant.

Newly arrived in-house is poet Nicole Raziya Fong’s debut collection, PEЯFACT.

“Part treatise on phenomenology, part theatrical score on ontology, part billet-doux to poetry itself” (Divya Victor), PEЯFACT is a three-part series of poems interrogating the nature of experience, language, trauma, and identity. This moving, philosophical debut, whose influences range from Antonin Artaud and Simone Weil to Gertrude Stein and George Oppen, meditates on materiality and consciousness, empathy and awareness, absence and mutuality – the physical presence of language.

Pick up your copy of PEЯFACT today!

news | Tuesday February 5, 2019

Christian Guay Poliquin’s Governor General Award–winning The Weight of Snow Is Here!

Picture of the cover of The Weight of Snow.

Two years ago, Christian Guay Poliquin’s Le poids de la neige won the Governor General’s Literary Award for French-language fiction; now, Talon is extremely pleased to be welcoming David Homel’s excellent English translation of the novel, The Weight of Snow.

After surviving a major accident – during a nationwide power failure, in a village buried in snow – the protagonist of The Weight of Snow is entrusted to Matthias, a taciturn old man who agrees to heal his wounds in exchange for supplies and a chance of escape. The two men become prisoners of the elements and of their own rough confrontation as the centimetres of snow accumulate relentlessly. Surrounded by a nature both hostile and sublime, their relationship oscillates between commiseration, mistrust, and mutual aid. Will they manage to hold out against external threats and intimate pitfalls?

Read Guay Poliquin’s riveting, exquisitely written The Weight of Snow to find out. Order your copy today!

news | Monday February 4, 2019

Newly published! Essential early work by the award-winning Carmen Aguirre.

Picture of Chile Con Carne & Other Early Works

Hot off the presses is Carmen Aguirre’s Chile Con Carne and Other Early Works, which includes three plays from early in her career, as well as a preface to the plays written by the author.

With perceptive, unflinching wit, these three plays document the hardships, horrors, and heartache of exile, revealing the far-reaching effects of dictatorial violence and terror. Highlighting the fresh perspective refugees bring to North American society, Chile Con Carne and Other Early Works also provides essential context for Aguirre’s more recent plays, Refugee Hotel, Blue Box, and The Trigger. Aguirre’s funny, poignant, and biting explorations of refuge and recovery are as pertinent now as when they were first written.

Pick up your copy of Chile Con Carne and Other Early Works today!

news | Tuesday January 29, 2019

All Synapses Firing!

Picture of Synapses leaning against Talonbooks library books.

Synapses, by Simon Brousseau and translated by Pablo Strauss, has arrived at Talon! Synapses depicts a vast society of differing psyches, all unique, idiosyncratic, and interconnected. Simon Brousseau’s beautifully crafted literary snapshots, each written in a single, stylistically accomplished sentence and featuring a different character, will linger with readers.

Synapses will integrate into your own neural pathways, inviting you to join the network of humanity the book creates.

Pick up your copy of Synapses today!

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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breth
By bill bissett

544 pages | Poetry

$29.95

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Flow
By Roy Miki
Edited by Michael Barnholden

640 pages | Poetry

$49.95

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PERFACT
By Nicole Raziya Fong

112 pages | Poetry

$16.95

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Synapses
By Simon Brousseau
Translated by Pablo Strauss

128 pages | Fiction

$16.95

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The Living
By Colleen Wagner

160 pages | Drama

$18.95

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White
By Deni Ellis Béchard

304 pages | Fiction

$19.95

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