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September 2014

Wednesday September 17, 2014
Lunch Poems at SFU Vancouver with Colin Browne and Catherine Owen

Thursday September 18, 2014
Single Onion #116 with Nikki Reimer and Natalie Simpson, Calgary

Monday September 22, 2014
Reading: Jordan Abel at Queens University, Kingston, ON

Tuesday September 23, 2014
Jordan Abel at The TREE Reading Series, Ottawa

Thursday September 25, 2014
M.A.C. Farrant at Thin Air, the Winnipeg Writers Festival

Friday September 26, 2014
Jordan Abel at Thin Air, the Winnipeg Writers Festival

Saturday September 27, 2014
Book Launch: dream / arteries by Phinder Dulai

October 2014

Friday October 3, 2014
Reading: Adeena Karasick in Brooklyn

Sunday October 5, 2014
Un/inhabited: Jordan Abel at the Vancouver Art/Book Fair

Thursday October 9, 2014
Book Launch: Peace in Duress by Janet Rogers

Thursday October 9, 2014
Play: Carmen Aguirre’s Blue Box in Vancouver

Friday October 10, 2014
Book Launch: Fortified Castles by ryan fitzpatrick

Sunday October 12, 2014
Adeena Karasick Reads in NYC

Wednesday October 22, 2014
A Community of Characters – Maylis de Kerangal at the Vancouver Writers Fest

Wednesday October 22, 2014
The Toast(s) of Europe – Maylis de Kerangal at Vancouver Writers Fest

Thursday October 23, 2014
Play: Another Home Invasion by Joan MacLeod in Sudbury, ON

Thursday October 23, 2014
Garry Thomas Morse at Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild Conference, Saskatoon

Saturday October 25, 2014
Adeena Karasick Lectures in NYC

Saturday October 25, 2014
Translator Jessica Moore at the International Festival of Authors, Toronto

Saturday October 25, 2014
A Celebration of Phyllis Webb – Vancouver Writers Fest

November 2014

Friday November 7, 2014
Carl Peters Speaks at bpNichol Symposium – Brock U, St. Catharines, ON

Friday November 7, 2014
Adeena Karasick Speaks at Brock University, ON

Wednesday November 12, 2014
Talonbooks Fall 2014 Poetry Launch!

December 2014

Saturday December 6, 2014
Adeena Karasick at the AB Series Solstice Party in Ottawa

April 2015

Thursday April 23, 2015
Play: In Piazza San Domenico by Steve Galluccio in Sudbury, ON
Friday September 12, 2014 in News
The Perils and Pleasantries of Translation

[image: The Walrus magazine, September 2014 issue]

“Finding the Words: Linda Gaboriau’s struggle to translate a hit Quebec play” by Eric Andrew-Gee is a piece recently published in The Walrus about translator Linda Gaboriau’s efforts to translate the play Christina, The Girl King by Michel Marc Bouchard from French into English. Here is a teaser from the article, which is available online in full:

Gaboriau’s work has to perform a double translation, from French to English, and from page to stage—keeping faith with the meaning of the original text, but also sounding musical in the mouths of the actors. Ideally, her Christina will give anglophones a taste of Quebec drama’s distinctive grandiloquence: its luscious verbosity, its fondness for soliloquies and ruminative asides. English-speaking troupes often flatten these attributes into a muted psychological realism—Brando reading the Bard.
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Wednesday September 10, 2014 in News
Giveaway! Our 4000th Twitter Follower Gets a Free Book

If you follow Talonbooks on Twitter, thank you! We have been happy to see our flock grow significantly over the past year and reach the thousands; Talonbooks currently has 3,962 followers.

Our 4,000th follower on Twitter, whomever that may be, at whatever time it may happen, will be contacted (via Twitter Direct Message) and offered a free book – anything Talonbooks has published up to September 2014 (including ebooks)! (See our Fall 2014 catalogue for release dates.) We’ll cover the shipping and handling costs too, if our 4,000th follower lives anywhere in North America.

Have a look at our full list of published books, and spread word about our little contest to your literature-loving friends!

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Friday September 5, 2014 in News
Michel Marc Bouchard on CBC’s The Sunday Edition

[image: CBC’s Sunday Edition website]

Quebec playwright Michel Marc Bouchard’s latest play, Christina, The Girl King, premiered at the Stratford Festival this past summer, and his next will be staged at the Shaw Festival in 2015. CBC Radio aired a charming and probing interview of Bouchard by Karin Wells on Sunday, August 31, 2014. Listen to the interview here.

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Wednesday September 3, 2014 in News
CODE Announces 2014 Burt Award Shortlist

[image: 2014 Burt Awards shortlist titles]

Congratulations to Chief Bev Sellars, author of They Called Me Number One, which has just been shortlisted for a Burt Award!

The Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE) announced today the 2014 finalists for its Burt Award for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Literature. Established by CODE – a Canadian charitable organization that has been advancing literacy and learning for 55 years – in collaboration with William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation, the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature aims to provide engaging and culturally-relevant books for young people across Canada by recognizing excellence in English-language literary works for Young Adults by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors.

This year’s shortlisted titles, selected by a jury composed of Canadian writers administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, are (in alphabetical order):

The winners of this second annual Award will be announced on September 27, 2014 at a Gala hosted by Shelagh Rogers and Wab Kinew at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People in Winnipeg. A First Prize of $12,000, a Second Prize of $8,000 and a Third Prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the authors of the winning titles. In addition, publishers of the winning titles will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of a minimum of 2,500 copies, which will ensure that First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth across Canada will have access to the books through their community’s schools, libraries, or Friendship Centres.

Also see the press release, dated September 3, 2014: “CODE Announces 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature Finalists.”

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Thursday August 28, 2014 in News
Expectations Met: Minor Is Here!

The latest novel of The Chaos! Quincunx series by Garry Thomas Morse has arrived!

In Minor Expectations, Diminuenda discovers that she stands to win a vast inheritance from her estranged father, the inimitable Minor, if she travels into the past and “collects” a number of objets d’art. This prequel within a sequel is fun and accessible even as it keeps up a steady (and heady) pace of literary and philosophical reference. Readers travel with Diminuenda to classical Greece, ancient Rome, medieval Scandinavia, Renaissance Italy, pre-revolutionary France, and Victorian and World War II-era England, meeting (often in comic circumstances) such illustrious personages as Socrates, Emperor Tiberius, and Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer.

Minor Expectations is available for $16.95.

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Friday August 22, 2014 in News
Cover Photograph from Tom at the Farm Wins CA Award

Congratulations to Makito Inomata, photographer, and Mauve Pagé, book designer, on winning a Communication Arts Photography Annual Award for 2014! Inomata’s photograph was taken at the direction of Pagé for use on the cover of the Talon play Tom at the Farm by Michel Marc Bouchard (2013). The panel of jurors chosen by ca selected 154 winning projects from 5223 entries, and Inomata’s photograph has been selected as the feature entry on Communication Arts magazine’s website.

See the winning photograph in its original form here.

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Wednesday August 20, 2014 in News
2014 Betty Mitchell Award Winners

Congratulations to François Archambault and Carmen Aguirre, two Talon authors who have won 2014 Bettys!

The Betty Mitchell Awards, named for a pioneer of Calgary’s theatrical community, Dr. Betty Mitchell, celebrate and honour outstanding achievement in Calgary’s professional theatre community. This year, Aguirre was recognized for her Outstanding Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role for her work in The Motherf***er With The Hat (Alberta Theatre Projects), and Archambault was recognized for his Outstanding New Play, You Will Remember Me, translated from French to English by Bobby Theodore (also staged by Alberta Theatre Projects).

Read more about this year’s winners on the Betty Mitchell Awards website.

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Tuesday August 19, 2014 in News
Fortified Castles Is Here!

[image: Fortified Castles in the warehouse]

Yesterday, at the closing of the day, Fortified Castles arrived in our warehouse. This collection of poetry by ryan fitzpatrick is now available from Talon for $16.95. For a little taste of the book, read a poem from this collection on Meta-Talon: “I Like to Stay Indoors”.

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Monday August 11, 2014 in News
Michel & Ti-Jean Has Arrived!

[image: Michel and Ti-Jean on display]

George Rideout’s smashing play – about a meeting between Michel Tremblay and Jack Kerouac at which these two lions of 20th-century literature discuss the highs and lows of having arrived (figuratively) – has arrived (literally)!

Michel and Ti-Jean, fresh from the printer (perhaps still warm if you act fast!), is now available from Talonbooks for $17.95.

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Friday August 8, 2014 in News
Video: Phinder Dulai at the Indian Summer Festival

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru’s arrival in Vancouver on May 23, 1914. Phinder Dulai’s latest collection of poetry, dream / arteries, which addresses this historic ship and its passengers, will be published by Talonbooks in Fall 2014. Dulai recently read from dream / arteries at the Museum of Vancouver as part of the Indian Summer Festival. A video of this event, Passages, is now available. Dulai’s reading begins at 19:15:

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Thursday September 11, 2014 in Meta-Talon

Listen: Poems from Peace in Duress by Janet Rogers

By Janet Rogers

Peace in Duress is the latest collection of poetry by Mohawk spoken-word artist Janet Rogers, who is the current poet laureate of Victoria, BC. Today on Meta-Talon, listen to seven poems from Peace in Duress, two of which are accompanied by their textual counterparts from the book.

Monday August 25, 2014 in Meta-Talon

A Scene: Queen Christina and Descartes, on Love

By Michel Marc Bouchard

In the below scene, taken from the first act of Christina, The Girl King, Queen Christina has a frank discussion with Descartes during their first meeting. This discussion catalyzes the dilemma Christina is to face, later in the play.

Monday August 18, 2014 in Meta-Talon

“I Like to Stay Indoors”: A Poem From Fortified Castles

By ryan fitzpatrick

Fortified Castles is a new book of poetry by ryan fitzpatrick, and it is scheduled to arrive from the printer today! In celebration, we share on Meta-Talon a funny poem from the collection, and a poem which is late-summer appropriate.

Thursday August 7, 2014 in Meta-Talon

Read an Excerpt from Birth of a Bridge

From Maylis de Kerangal, one of the most exciting novelists writing in France today, comes Birth of a Bridge, a literary saga of a dozen men and women – engineers, designers, machinery operators, cable riggers – all employees of the international consortium charged with building a bridge somewhere in a mythical and fantastic California.

Today on Meta-Talon, we share a generous excerpt from the book to wet your reading-list whistle.

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

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Assembling the Morrow cover
Assembling the Morrow

Sandra Huber
Poetry

Birth of a Bridge cover
Birth of a Bridge

Maylis de Kerangal
Translated by Jessica Moore
Fiction

Christina, The Girl King cover
Christina, The Girl King

Michel Marc Bouchard
Translated by Linda Gaboriau
Drama

Crossing the City cover
Crossing the City

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Fiction

dream / arteries cover
dream / arteries

Phinder Dulai
Poetry

Fortified Castles cover
Fortified Castles

ryan fitzpatrick
Poetry

Michel and Ti-Jean cover
Michel and Ti-Jean

George Rideout
Drama

Minor Expectations cover
Minor Expectations

Garry Thomas Morse
Fiction

Motherhouse cover
Motherhouse

David Fennario
Drama

Peace in Duress cover
Peace in Duress

Janet Rogers
Poetry

Peacock Blue cover
Peacock Blue

Phyllis Webb
Edited by John F. Hulcoop
Poetry

Tear the Curtain! cover
Tear the Curtain!

Jonathon Young & Kevin Kerr & Kim Collier
Drama

The Commons, Second Edition cover
The Commons

Stephen Collis
Poetry

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

Ludovic Fouquet
Translated by Rhonda Mullins
Non-Fiction

War Cantata / Child Object cover
War Cantata / Child Object

Larry Tremblay
Translated by Keith Turnbull & Chantal Bilodeau
Drama

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Brian Henderson
Poetry


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