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news | Monday June 10, 2019

Our Fall 2019 Catalogue is now available!

Our Fall 2019 catalogue, featuring new books from Bill Richardson, Michel Tremblay, Kim Senklip Harvey, George F. Walker, Deni Ellis Béchard, Danielle LaFrance, annie ross, and more, has arrived!

news | Tuesday December 10, 2019

I Saw Three Ships: A Best BC Book of 2019!

Cover image: I Saw Three Ships.

Bill Richardson’s “I Saw Three Ships”: is on Grant Lawrence’s Best B.C. Books of 2019 list for Vancouver Courier News!

If you haven’t yet, pick up your copy of I Saw Three Ships today!

news | Monday December 9, 2019

Kamloopa Is Here!

Cover of Kamloopa.

Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story, by Kim Senklip Harvey with The Fire Company, has arrived in-house at Talon!

Come along for the ride to Kamloopa, the largest Powwow on the West Coast. This high-energy Indigenous matriarchal story follows two urban Indigenous sisters and a lawless Trickster who face our world head-on as they come to terms with what it means to honour who they are and where they come from. But how to go about discovering yourself when Christopher Columbus allegedly already did that? Bear witness to the courage of these women as they turn to their Ancestors for help in reclaiming their power in this ultimate transformation story.

In 2018, Kamloopa had a three-city world premiere and was nominated for eight Jessie Richardson awards and four SATAwards. The production won the 2019 Jessie Richardson award for Significant Artistic Achievement for Decolonizing Theatre Practices and Spaces and was the first Indigenous play in the awards history to win Best Production. Kamloopa was the 2019 recipient of the Sydney J Risk prize for most outstanding emerging playwright and won the SATAward for outstanding Projection Design.

Kamloopa’s wonderful cover art was created by artist and illustrator Karlene Harvey.

We are so pleased to welcome Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story! Pick up your copy of the book today!

news | Thursday November 21, 2019

I Saw Three Ships #1 in Paperback Fiction at McNally Robinson

McNally Robinson bestseller list

Bill Richardson’s wonderful book, I Saw Three Ships, is #1 in paperback fiction on the November 10 to 20 bestseller list for McNally Robinson Winnipeg.

Congratulations to Bill!!

If this news excites you as much as it does us – and if you’re in Vancouver – we have just the thing for you. You can be part of the audience for a live recording as Bill joins CBC Radio host Sheryl MacKay for a conversation about I Saw Three Ships on December 7 at 11 a.m. at the Central Library branch’s Montalbano Family Theatre, Level 8.

More info here.

Saturday, December 7, 2019
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Vancouver Public Library
350 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 6B1

news | Tuesday November 19, 2019

Congratulations to Stephen Collis, the 2019 recipient of the Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize

We at Talon would like to extend a huge congratulations to Stephen Collis, the 2019 recipient of the Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize. This prize is given to a mid-career poet in recognition of a remarkable body of work, and in anticipation of future contributions to Canadian poetry.

The Jury Citation, from Hoa Nguyen and Margo Wheaton, reads, “In Collis, we find a poet ferociously hitting his stride. We’re looking forward with eagerness to what comes next.”

Us, too!

Congrats, Steve!!

news | Thursday October 24, 2019

Governor General's Literary Award Nominees now 30% Off!

Banner including the covers of 1 Hour Photo, Synapses, and Thanks for Giving.

Talonbooks is pleased to have three Governor General’s Literary Award Nominations this year – two in drama and one in translation.

From now until October 28 October 31, these three nominated books will be 30 percent off when you purchase them through our website.

So, if you haven’t yet, now is a great time to pick up your copy of Tetsuro Shigematsu’s 1 Hour Photo, Kevin Loring’s Thanks for Giving, and Simon Brousseau’s (translated by Pablo Strauss) Synapses!

news | Tuesday October 15, 2019

Eight Track Is in the Building!

Covers of Eight Track and Limbinal

We are so pleased to share that Oana Avasilichioaei’s Eight Track has arrived in-house!

Eight Track is a transliterary exploration of traces. Sound recordings, surveillance cameras, desert geoglyphs, drone operators, refugee interviews, animal imprints, and audio signals manifest moments of inspired wonder, systems of power, slippages, debris. In “the great era of seeing” when the boundary between tracking agent and monitored subject is worn thin by politics and commerce, Eight Track assembles a set of discordant melodies, polyphonic voices, transcriptions, theatres, and images in a struggle to hold on to agency and awe. Stirring from languages of oppression to languages of resistance, Eight Track echolocates the nameless, the noisy, the scattered, and the voiceless. This is ultimately a book of relations—of each of us to each other, to other life forms, to environments, to cultures, to the obsolete and the absolute, to the animal vitality we share.

Oana will be reading from Eight Track with Danielle LaFrance (JUST LIKE I LIKE IT) and Nikki Reimer (My Heart Is a Rose Manhattan) in Toronto on October 23 and in Montréal on November 16.

Not in Toronto or Montréal? Order your copy of Eight Track online today!

news | Tuesday October 8, 2019

People Live Here Lives Here Now!

Cover of George F. Walker's People Live Here.

People Live Here is a collection of three exciting new plays by George F. Walker, Canada’s king of black comedy and a winner of two Governor General’s Literary Awards for Drama. The Chance is a funny, quirky, and suspenseful play portraying three aspiring but economically deprived women living in a working-class neighbourhood of Toronto. The serendipitous discovery of a $300,000 cheque left behind by one of Jo’s one-night stands sends Jo’s mother Marcie, optimistic but exhausted, and stripper Amie, Jo’s friend and colleague, into a furious conjectures on how to use the money (if at all).

Her Inside Life is a heartwarming story introducing Violet, an unbalanced widow under house arrest for committing a serious crime and looking to regain the respect of her daughter and her social worker, who visit regularly. The reappearance of Leo – a man Violet thought she had killed – offers an odd opportunity for the main character to show she doesn’t belong in the madhouse.

Kill the Poor, this collection’s last chapter, is an intense comedy portraying a couple struggling for money and recuperating from a serious car accident. But what if the expected settlement changes the couple’s life for the better? A hired detective and the building’s custodian provide help, but the mysterious driver of the other car makes a comeback … for the worse. Altogether, George F. Walker’s People Live Here complete the Parkdale Palace trilogy of plays dealing with issues of social justice and allying heart, humour, and a contemporary reflection on human inequalities.

Pick up your copy of People Live Here today!

news | Wednesday October 2, 2019

Governor General's Literary Award Nominations!

Banner including the covers of 1 Hour Photo, Synapses, and Thanks for Giving.

We are so pleased to announce that Tetsuro Shigematsu’s 1 Hour Photo, Kevin Loring’s Thanks for Giving, and Simon Brousseau’s (translated by Pablo Strauss) Synapses have been nominated for Governor General’s Literary Awards. 1 Hour Photo and Thanks for Giving have been nominated in Drama, and Synapses has been nominated in Translation!

Huge congratulations to Tetsuro, Kevin, Simon, and Pablo, as well as everyone in house who worked on these wonderful books!

For more information about the seventy books nominated for this year’s awards, visit ggbooks.ca.

news | Tuesday October 1, 2019

Spot Pots at a Bookstore Near You!

Cover of Pots and Other Living Beings

Happy pub day to Pots and Other Living Beings!!

Pots and Other Living Beings is a literally and visually compelling first poetry collection by Indigenous artist annie ross. The text combines socially conscious poems with geographically grounded photographs, each describing an aspect of living in the postmodern, neoliberal age. All compositions emphasize in evocative ways our times’ disillusions and disenchantments, promised and failed utopias, material and cultural ruins, alienations and dispossessions. The work stems from the poet’s gathering of thousands of photographs and field notes during a research trip to the Southwestern United States, exploring the founding, making, dreaming, and proliferation of nuclear weapons since the 1940s. The poems in Pots and Other Living Beings hint at and reflect upon the food, arts, schools, hospitals, family farms, and alternate existences peoples could have enjoyed if our resources, imagination, time, and energy had been directed towards l i f e, in all of its forms.

Order your copy of Pots and Other Living Beings today!

news | Monday September 30, 2019

No White Picket Fence Arrives In-House

Cover of No White Picket Fence

Happy publication day to No White Picket Fence, by Robin Whittaker and Sue McKenzie-Mohr!

A powerful verbatim play about young women’s resilience through foster care, drawn from in-depth interviews. No White Picket Fence stems from a research project conducted by social work professor Sue McKenzie-Mohr with ten individuals who, as girls, grew up in the foster-care system and now identify in their own ways as living well. The play’s dialogue is entirely verbatim, lending the play its hyperreal feel, and giving voice to typically marginalized perspectives from those at the heart of the youth-in-care system. No White Picket Fence follows the women’s unique stories in their own words, from their experiences before being taken into care through their time in the system and on into their current lives navigating the world as young adults. Their stories are raw, characterized by times of turmoil and suffering in their original family homes and later during impermanent arrangements in foster care and group homes. And yet these women’s stories also highlight their persistent efforts to move toward living well on their own terms.

Above all, these are stories about resistance, resilience, and the enduring strength of the human spirit. No White Picket Fence sheds light on the urgent need for greater and sustained efforts to improve a care system that struggles to meet the basic needs of the youth it is mandated to protect and nurture. The voices in No White Picket Fence tell stories that need to be heard, stories we all need to hear.

Pick up your copy of No White Picket Fence today!

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