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January 2015

Wednesday January 14, 2015
Twisted Poets Literary Salon featuring Phinder Dulai

Wednesday January 21, 2015
North Van Book Club Drop-In Discussion: They Called Me Number One

February 2015

Friday February 27, 2015
Adeena Karasick in Louisville, Kentucky

April 2015

Thursday April 23, 2015
Play: In Piazza San Domenico by Steve Galluccio in Sudbury, ON
Monday December 15, 2014 in News
Phinder Dulai reads the poem Ten Anonymous Journeys from his fall 2014 book dream/arteries.

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 in News
RALPH MAUD 1928 – 2014

Photo courtesy of Anick Violette Studio - Vancouver.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Ralph Maud. He passed away on Monday, December 8th, just shy of his 86th birthday. For many decades Ralph was a strong presence at Talonbooks as well as in the scholarly community. He was a devoted bookman and a passionate friend. He remained productive and vivacious to the end. We offer our condolences to his family and to his many friends and admirers. He will be greatly missed.

Wednesday December 3, 2014 in News
Happy Holidays! Bundle Up

Happy holidays! Whatever holiday tradition you may or may not be celebrating, we wish you a happy December and invite you to make merry with our magnificent books — the more, the merrier!

In fact, it’s a landmark moment on our website: this December we are offering more sale prices than ever before! You’ll see on our Specials page that we’ve put together absolutely smashing holiday-season bundles of books that we know you’ll enjoy.

We also recommend the absolutely gorgeous Peacock Blue: The Collected Poems by Phyllis Webb as a gift book for the CanLit/CanPoetry lover in your life. Peacock Blue compiles in a single volume all of Webb’s published, unpublished, and uncollected works from a writing career that spanned fifty years. The hardcover edition is available from our website for $45.

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Monday December 1, 2014 in News
Now Playing in Montreal: “Fennario: The Good Fight”

See David Fennario in action on the big screen at Montreal’s Cinema du Parc (which, we hear, has the best popcorn in town!). This raw film captures the artistic process of making theatre and the motivation behind one of Canada’s great playwrights. The film has received excellent reviews in such publications as the Montreal Gazette and Le Devoir. Watch the trailer online.

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Friday November 28, 2014 in News
Cue the Arrival of Tear the Curtain!

Tear the Curtain!, a psychological thriller set in a fictionalized 1930s Vancouver, is a clever crossover between film and theatre, screenplay and playscript.

The play’s collaborators – Young, Kerr, and Collier – found inspiration within the walls of Vancouver’s Stanley Theatre, a space that has a dual history as a cinema and vaudeville house. Fittingly, this gritty film-noir production became an exploration of the two kinds of art and how they affect the audience.

And it’s now available in print! $18.95 gets you a copy.

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Thursday November 27, 2014 in News
Giveaway! [OR] by Brian Henderson

We’re giving away a copy of [OR] on Goodreads! Check it out.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

[OR] by Brian  Henderson


by Brian Henderson

Giveaway ends December 26, 2014.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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Wednesday November 26, 2014 in News
Tomorrow in Vancouver! Help Raise Legal Defence Funds for Protestors on Burnaby Mountain

“Come the Revolution,” a broadside produced in support of Stephen Collis’s legal battle against Kinder Morgan

Tomorrow evening in Vancouver, activist poet Stephen Collis and friends raise money for their legal defence fund against Kinder Morgan in the ongoing protest to protect Burnaby Mountain. Talon poets Cecily Nicholson and Jordan Abel will also be in attendance, and will read alongside a number of poets taking a stand against Kinder Morgan.

Thursday, November 27, 2014
7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Law Courts Inn Restaurant
800 Smithe Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
More information & tickets are available at EventBrite.

Talonbooks has contributed 200 copies of a limited-edition broadside to the fundraising efforts. The broadside, which will be given as a gift with admission to the first 200 attendees, features a poem from Collis’s most recent collection of poetry, To the Barricades (2013), beautifully typeset in the style of the second edition of his book The Commons (2014).

If you’re unable to attend the fundraiser but would like to support the protest efforts, see this Go Fund Me! campaign.

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Wednesday November 19, 2014 in News
Michel, Ti-Jean, and Verdun, QC in the Montreal Review of Books

See the Fall 2014 issue of the Montreal Review of Books for two reviews of recent Talon plays, Michel and Ti-Jean and Motherhouse, or read these excellent reviews online.

Thursday November 13, 2014 in News
Launched! Our Fall 2014 “Septuplets”

L–R, top row to bottom: Phinder Dulai, Janet Rogers, Daphne Marlatt, Brian Henderson, Sandra Huber, and ryan fitzpatrick

Last evening in downtown Vancouver, about 80 people gathered to hear seven readings from new works published by Talonbooks: six collections of poetry and one novel. Staff members from Vancouver’s finest downtown indie bookstore, the Paper Hound, manned the book sales table, and the venue, Pyatt Hall (at the Vancouver School of Music), proved to be the perfect location for listening and experiencing poetry read aloud; all was silent but for the clear voices of the readers.

Click on “Go to story…” (below) to see photos from this event.

Wednesday November 12, 2014 in News
New Arrivals, Right on Time for Tonight’s Launch

We welcome [OR] by Brian Henderson and Assembling the Morrow by Sandra Huber to the Talonbooks poetry list today. These two handsome books have arrived and will be available for sale alongside our other Fall 2014 titles at tonight’s septuple launch.

Join Talonbooks tonight to hear readings from seven new books (six works of poetry and one novel). Authors Phinder Dulai, ryan fitzpatrick, Brian Henderson, Sandra Huber, and Janet Rogers will read from their recently published collections of poetry. Daphne Marlatt will read from Peacock Blue, the collected poems of Phyllis Webb.

(TONIGHT!) Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Doors open at 7:30 p.m., readings start at 8:00.
Pyatt Hall, Vancouver Symphony School of Music
843 Seymour Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
No admission fee. All are welcome.

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Tuesday December 16, 2014 in Meta-Talon

The Americans Will Not Save You for Christmas

By M.A.C. Farrant

Happy holidays from we to you! Enjoy a miniature from M.A.C. Farrant’s latest book The World Afloat, which won the 2014 Victoria Book Prize (Victoria, BC) and is available from Talon for $12.95.

Tuesday December 9, 2014 in Meta-Talon

Fourth Report on the Instability of Cities

Daniel Canty, author of Wigrum (2013) and Les États-unis du vent (_to be published in English by Talonbooks in 2015), is completing a six-month residency at the Studio du Québec, in London, England. In this series of dispatches, Canty shares his reflections on some of the city’s foggy history and the sometimes foggy process of writing. Here is his fourth letter.

Thursday November 27, 2014 in Meta-Talon

Third Report on the Instability of Cities

By Daniel Canty

Today on Meta-Talon, read the third dispatch from author Daniel Canty, who is completing a six-month residency at the Studio du Québec in London, England. In this series, Canty shares his reflections on some of the city’s foggy history and the sometimes foggy process of writing.

Tuesday November 25, 2014 in Meta-Talon

Listen to this 1966 Recording of Phyllis Webb Reading Her Poetry

Between 1965 and 1974 members of the English Department of Sir George Williams University (SGWU, now Concordia University) in Montreal hosted a series of poetry readings, the recordings of which have now become accessible online. Today on Meta-Talon, listen to Phyllis Webb’s 1966 reading.

2014 Drama Collection

Save 30% on 5 new Canadian plays now only $60!

God and the Indian
Christina, The Girl King
Tear the Curtain!
The Valley
Michel and Ti-Jean

Bundle: The Chaos! Quincunx Series

Save 25% on all 3 of Morse’s surreal and speculative series of “nodal” novels

Minor Expectations
Rogue Cells / Carbon Harbour
Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus

Bundle: Recent Award Winners

A few 2014 award winners: 1 memoir, 1 play, and 1 collection of short stories for $39.95

They Called Me Number One
Tom at the Farm
The World Afloat

Bundle: Social-Justice Poetry from 2014

3 collections of socially conscious poetry from 2014 for $36

dream / arteries
Peace in Duress
From the Poplars

Bundle: Fall 2014 Poetry

3 poetry titles from our Fall 2014 season for $39.95

Fortified Castles
Assembling the Morrow

Bundle: Spring 2014 Poetry

Save 30% on 3 poetry titles from our Spring season, now only $36!


Bundle: Best of 2014 Fiction

2 remarkable novels and 75 miniature stories for $35

Birth of a Bridge
The World Afloat
A Matter of Gravity

Current Catalogues

[image: Fall 2014 catalogue] [image: Talonbooks 2014 First Nations catalogue]


Assembling the Morrow cover
Assembling the Morrow

Sandra Huber

Birth of a Bridge cover
Birth of a Bridge

Maylis de Kerangal
Translated by Jessica Moore

Christina, The Girl King cover
Christina, The Girl King

Michel Marc Bouchard
Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Crossing the City cover
Crossing the City

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman

dream / arteries cover
dream / arteries

Phinder Dulai

Fortified Castles cover
Fortified Castles

ryan fitzpatrick

Michel and Ti-Jean cover
Michel and Ti-Jean

George Rideout

Minor Expectations cover
Minor Expectations

Garry Thomas Morse

Peace in Duress cover
Peace in Duress

Janet Rogers

Peacock Blue cover
Peacock Blue

Phyllis Webb
Edited by John F. Hulcoop

Tear the Curtain! cover
Tear the Curtain!

Jonathon Young & Kevin Kerr & Kim Collier

The Commons, Second Edition cover
The Commons

Stephen Collis

The Visual Laboratory of Robert Lepage cover
The Visual Laboratory of Robert Lepage

Ludovic Fouquet
Translated by Rhonda Mullins

War Cantata / Child Object cover
War Cantata / Child Object

Larry Tremblay
Translated by Keith Turnbull & Chantal Bilodeau

[OR] cover

Brian Henderson

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