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news | Tuesday October 4, 2022

Interview with Bev Sellars

On September 24, Bev Sellars gave a tremendous and in-depth interview. We highly recommend checking it out. Thank you to the folks at The Meighen Forum for hosting and facilitating this presentation.

Watch the interview here.

news | Tuesday October 4, 2022

Weyman Chan and annie ross' New Collections on CBC Books List

Looking for poetry recommendations? CBC Books has released an article entitled “48 Canadian poetry collections to watch for in fall 2022”. We’re pleased to see two new Talonbooks titles on this list: Witness Back at Me by Weyman Chan and Some People Fall in the Lodge and Then Eat Berries All Winter by annie ross among these exciting works.

In Witness Back at Me, Chan digs into loss, belonging, and all things unknowable in his dream-like, polyvocal collection.

Some People Fall in the Lodge and Then Eat Berries All Winter seeks to shift consciousness towards the dominion of the natural. In addition to poetry, the book includes the author’s original woodcuts.

Check out the complete article here.

news | Monday October 3, 2022

Talonbooks Authors in Stratford 2023 Season

Exciting news, theatre lovers: Stratford Festival has announced the details of their 2023 season and it looks like it’s going to be especially fantastic. Their theme for 2023 is Duty vs Desire, and we are delighted to see several familiar names involved with the upcoming season!

Among the 13 plays running this year is Les Belles Soeurs written by Michel Tremblay and translated by John Van Burek and Bill Glassco! This iconic feminist exploration of Québécois life first premiered in 1968.

Andrew Kushnir will be directing the world premiere of Casey and Diana, a play hinged on Princess Diana’s historical visit to Toronto AIDS hospice, Casey House. Casey and Diana is written by Nick Green.

Morris Panych will be premiering a new play, Frankenstein Revived! This play centers around the life and preoccupations of Mary Shelley.

A new English translation of Grand Magic written by Eduardo De Filippo and translated by John Murrell will also be gracing the season! This witty and moving comedy is about a magician whose career has petered out to working at a resort.

Yvette Nolan is set to direct Frances Koncan’s Women of the Fur Trade, a play set in the 1800s in Treaty One Territory where three women talk life, love, and hotties.

All signs point to this being a spectacular year of theatre at Stratford. Read more about their upcoming season here.

news | Saturday October 1, 2022

Bev Sellars' They Called Me Number One on CBC Books List

Swampy Cree author David A. Robertson, who penned The Misewa Saga series, Sugar Falls and more, curated a list for CBC Books entitled 48 Books by Indigenous Writers to Read to Understand Residential Schools.

They Called Me Number One by Bev Sellars is one of the books named. Each of the titles that appears on this list is vitally important. We are grateful that David A. Robertson compiled this selection. We recommend that anyone looking for their next read check out this list.

news | Saturday October 1, 2022

Production of Kevin Loring's “Where the Blood Mixes” Reviewed in The Medium

A recent production of Where the Blood Mixes by Kevin Loring, the play that won the 2009 Governor General’s Award for Drama among other prestigious awards, was reviewed by Elizabeth Provost in The Medium. The show ran in Toronto as a co-production between Native Earth Performing Arts and Soul Pepper Theatre.

From Provost’s review:

“At the end of the performance, there was silence in the audience. We held our breath, before a standing ovation erupted across the theatre. Jen and I left the room with crumbs of mascara on the apples of our flushed cheeks.”

Read the full review here.

news | Friday September 30, 2022

Jónína Kirton Interview in Tri-City News

Jónína Kirton sitting in the booth at the Wax Poetic radio show.

In an interview with Abhinaya Natesh for Tri-City News, Jónína Kirton speaks about her family history and her experiences surrounding the erasure of her Métis identity. Read or listen to the full interview here.

news | Thursday September 29, 2022

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Talonbooks observes the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We stand in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples fighting for justice against the ongoing trauma of colonialism, including the devastation caused by residential schools. We mourn the countless lost, missing, and murdered souls. We encourage our readers, especially our settler readers, to keep educating themselves about our colonial history. This painful but necessary learning and dialogue are crucial to the work of building towards better, decolonial futures.

At Talonbooks we are committed to continuing our engagement in anti-oppression work. National days like today are important to spark reflection and change, but the day-to-day work towards a more inclusive and equitable society is paramount.

Talonbooks acknowledges the stolen Traditional and Ancestral Territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including those of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ First Nations, on which we are privileged to live, work, read, and write.

news | Tuesday September 27, 2022

Medusa is Here!

We’re glad to announce the arrival of Medusa by Martine Desjardins and translated by Oana Avasilichioaei. A modern work inspired by the infamous figure from Greek mythology, Medusa is a gritty exploration of patriarchal control and the suppression of a young woman’s incomprehensible power.

When her hideous gaze deemed a danger to her family and to all around her, Medusa is shipped off to the Athenaeum, an institute for “malformed” girls. The Athenaeum is a place best fled, where benefactors play cruel games with their protégées, but escape is hindered by a watchful headmistress and a lake infested with venomous jellyfish. During her time locked away, Medusa begins to understand the true depth and nature of her sickening ocular power, and grows determined to regain all that has been taken from her.

Read an excerpt from Medusa below:

“I had plenty of time to self-flagellate with these rebukes, since the headmistress made me languish in the entrance hall. On all fours, I crawled around aimlessly on the basalt flagstones, indifferent to the punishment that awaited me, certain that I deserved the worst treatment.

In this regard, the headmistress didn’t disappoint me. She returned with a bucket, setting it down before me so I could see what was inside: a grey, gelatinous mass entangled with threads too numerous to count.

“You resisted the brambles, nettles, thistles, and processionary cocoons. Let’s see how you tolerate what I fished out of our lake for you …”

She slipped on her falconry glove and plunged her hand into the bucket.”

Medusa is biting and imaginative examination of real nature of monstrosity. Pick up your copy here.

news | Friday September 23, 2022

“Conversations with Khahtsahlano” in The Tyee

There is a wonderful article about Conversations with Khahtsahlano, 1932–1954 written by Ben Mussett in The Tyee. The piece beautifully details the contents of the book and the context in which Conversations with Khahtsahlano, 1932–1954 was originally created.

A co-production by Massy Books and Talonbooks, Conversations with Khahtsahlano, 1932–1954 is a facsimile reproduction. The book was originally published by the Vancouver City Archives in 1955.

From Mussett’s article:

“It can make for a disjointed read, but it brims with vivid detail: Sḵwx̱wú7mesh vocabulary and local place names (and corresponding maps); family lineages and lore; traditional Sḵwx̱wú7mesh duck hunting techniques, architecture, social organization, canoe design, tools, diet and customs. There are detailed transportation routes, appraisals of local rumours and casual commentary on the myriad effects of colonialism: ‘Everywhere whiteman goes, he change food.’”

Read the full article here!

news | Friday September 9, 2022

Leanne Dunic Named a Finalist in 2022 Montreal International Poetry Prize!

Leanne Dunic is named a finalist in 2022 Montreal International Poetry Prize! This prestigious prize honours an exceptional poem of 40 lines or fewer. You can read Dunic’s poem, “Sturgeon Devouring His Son” along with the all Montreal International Poetry Prize finalists’ poems here. This is a stellar collection of poems and poets. Congratulations, Leanne!

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