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October 2016

Friday October 21, 2016
Renee Rodin gives a reading

Saturday October 22, 2016
Oana Avasilichioaei in Chicago

Sunday October 23, 2016
Fred Wah in conversation with Colin Browne – Vancouver Writers Fest

Monday October 24, 2016
The Poetry and Science of Climate Change, with Stephen Collis at SFU Vancouver

Wednesday October 26, 2016
Play: “The Refugee Hotel” in Montreal

Thursday October 27, 2016
Fred Wah reads from Scree at SFU Burnaby

Thursday October 27, 2016
Play: 'The Shape of a Girl' in Vancouver, BC

Friday October 28, 2016
M.A.C. Farrant at the Sidney Literary Festival on Vancouver Island

November 2016

Tuesday November 1, 2016
Play: “Empire of the Son” at the Cultch, Vancouver

Thursday November 3, 2016
Cascadia Poetry Festival in Seattle

Tuesday November 8, 2016
Play: “The Watershed” in Montreal

Tuesday November 8, 2016
Book Launch: False Starts by Louis Patrick Leroux in Montreal

Wednesday November 9, 2016
Play: “Mom’s the Word” in Winnipeg

Saturday November 26, 2016
22nd annual Ottawa Small Press Book Fair

January 2017

Thursday January 5, 2017
Play: “Empire of the Son” at the Centaur in Montreal

Saturday January 7, 2017
Carl Peters at the MLA Convention in Pennsylvania

Wednesday January 11, 2017
Play: “the (Post) Mistress” in Surrey, BC

Monday January 30, 2017
Play: “Crees in the Caribbean” in Thunder Bay, ON

March 2017

Tuesday March 7, 2017
Play: “You Will Remember Me” at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal

May 2017

Thursday May 4, 2017
Play: “Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth” in Kamloops, BC

July 2017

Thursday July 6, 2017
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal
Wednesday October 19, 2016 in News
Tomorrow: Talon’s big fall launch!

Join us tomorrow evening, Thursday, October 20, 2016, for the launch of six books in one night:



Shazia Hafiz Ramji hosts the event, which takes place at Pyatt Hall (Vancouver School of Music) at 843 Seymour Street. Refreshments and drinks will be served between 7:30 and 8 PM, when readings begin. Our friends from The Paper Hound Bookshop will be selling books new and old, and authors will be available for signing.

Also find this event on Facebook, if you wish. All are welcome; no admission fee.

See you tomorrow!

Friday October 14, 2016 in News
Thanks for a great reading, Victoria!

People of Victoria, British Columbia (shall we call you Victorians?), thanks for coming out last evening for the launch of The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice ($14.95) by M.A.C. Farrant at Munro’s! The large turnout was much appreciated, and the evening went very well. Cheers!

Above: Author M.A.C. Farrant at last night’s launch

Wednesday October 12, 2016 in News
Join M.A.C. Farrant at Munro’s in Victoria to launch The Days

[The Days cover]

Munro’s presents a magical evening with M.A.C. Farrant, Bill Stenson, and Patricia Young on Thursday, October 13 (TOMORROW! 7 p.m. PST) at Munro’s Books in downtown Victoria, British Columbia. Farrant will launch her latest collection of miniature fiction, The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice ($14.95); books will be available for sale and signing. Don’t miss this sure-to-be-delightful evening if you’re on the island!

Wednesday October 5, 2016 in News
Phinder Dulai in NYC, Montreal, and Saint Catherines in early/mid-October

Hark, easterners! Talon poet Phinder Dulai travels to the eastern seaboard for readings and literary events from October 6th through 16th:

October 6–9, 2016
Dulai will be a guest author at the Indo-American Arts Council’s 3rd Annual Literary Festival, which will be held at New York University’s Kimmel Center in Washington Square Park, NYC. Find details about this event online.

October 10–13
Dulai will read poems and present visuals from his poetry collection, dream / arteries to students and friends of the written word at Concordia University as part of the WritersRead 2016–2017 series. The lineup this season will feature an exemplary list of writers including poetry icon and American poet Claudine Rankine. This trip to Montreal is especially symbolic to Dulai, as the SS Stubbenhuk and Sicilia (later to be known as the Komagata Maru) brought many new migrants to Canada from the Old World of Europe. Find this event on Facebook.

October 13–6
Dulai attends The Concept of Vancouver conference in Saint Catherines, participating and convening a workshop. In Dulai’s words, “such a conference thematic has potential for a robust conversation on the trajectories of what the concept of Vancouver was as a vision of a New City in the Empire.”

Tuesday October 4, 2016 in News
Prairie Harbour is a finalist for the Governor General’s Awards!

Congratulations to poet Garry Thomas Morse, whose latest collection Prairie Harbour has been short-listed for the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. Winners will be announced on October 25.

Monday October 3, 2016 in News
All the Fall 2016 poetry is in the house!

Daphne Marlatt’s new collection, Reading Sveva ($19.95), was our first Fall 2016 book of poetry to come back from the printer, in time for WORD Vancouver. And does it ever look beautiful! Marlatt’s poems respond to the works of the late painter Sveva Caetani, whose paintings are reproduced in full colour in this book, beautifully illuminating the poetry.

Stephen Collis’s Once in Blockadia ($18.95) came next, also in time for WORD. Collis was recently interviewed about this book and his activist work in Burnaby Now: “When pipeline politics meet poetry,” and he launches the book at a couple of upcoming Vancouver events.

In Slick Reckoning ($16.95), Ken Belford writes through and beyond his experience of cancer, building thoughtful yet playful poems that the curious reader can open anywhere, read, and read on.

We are also pleased to welcome Danielle LaFrance to the Talon poetry list. Her new book, Friendly Fire, interrogates the male subjective experience of war and “brotherhood.” Order your copy of Friendly Fire today for $18.95.

Finally, we welcome Anahita Jamali Rad. Her debut collection, for love and autonomy, explores radical resistance in language. It is now available for $16.95.

Join four out of five of these poets (Belford is not able to attend) on October 20 in Vancouver for our big fall launch!

Friday September 30, 2016 in News
Talonbooks at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association trade show

Are you a bookseller from the Pacific Northwest? If so, come on down and meet us at this year’s Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association trade show! Talon’s co-owners and publishers, Kevin and Vicki Williams, will be at the Talon booth waiting to say hello. They’ll have all our new books – and some classics – in tow, and you are invited to stop by. The show begins today, running Friday through Sunday at Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington.

Wednesday September 28, 2016 in News
Karen X. Tulchinsky is Richmond’s Writer in Residence this fall

Talon author Karen X. Tulchinsky will be the Writer in Residence for the City of Richmond, British Columbia, this fall. She will offer free creative writing workshops throughout October and November at the Richmond Cultural Centre, the Richmond Public Library, and the Minoru Place Activity Centre.

Karen X. Tulchinsky is the award-winning author of The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky. She is a screen and television writer. Her short film, Ms. Thing, has screened in more than 50 film festivals, including internationally in New York, San Francisco, Paris, London, Sicily, and Mumbai.

The residency launches this Friday, September 30, at 7 p.m. at the Richmond Cultural Centre. Tulchinsky will read from The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky and her novel in progress, The Shoemaker’s Daughter. There will be a reception afterward. Admission is free. Please come and spread the word!

Tuesday September 27, 2016 in News
Photos from WORD Vancouver 2016

Vicki and Kevin Williams behind the table at the Talon booth

Vicki and Kevin Williams behind the table at the Talon booth

This past weekend, Talonbooks made its appearance at WORD Vancouver, the annual festival for readers and writers. The independent publishers tent was the place to be, and many a literary-minded festival goer stopped by to say hello or buy a book. The festival was an absolute pleasure; how nice it is to be reminded that this is a city full of readers!

A passerby browses the poetry section

Click on “Go to story” to see more photos from the day.

Monday September 26, 2016 in News
bill bissett wins Pandora Award!

Karl Siegler congratulates bill bissett as the award is given

Congratulations to bill bissett, “godfather of Canadian poetry”! bissett was presented with the Pandora’s Collective Distinctive Body of Work Award, which recognizes an author’s literary achievements and distinguished contribution to the literary community through their work and their example.

The Pandora’s Collective Literary Awards are presented to those who by their example and hard work continue to maintain and foster the Vancouver literary community. This year’s recipients were honoured at a gala on Saturday, September 24, 2016. (See the other award winners of the evening here.) Karl Siegler, bissett’s long-time editor and former publisher of Talonbooks, presented the award to bissett.

Kevin Williams and Karl Siegler, current and former publishers of Talonbooks

Click on “Go to story…” for more photos from the gala.

[U Girl cover] Thursday September 22, 2016 in Meta-Talon

Read: One of our favourite scenes from U Girl

A delight to read, U Girl is the meta-fictional, feminist story of Frances Nelson, a first-year university student who wants to write a novel. This nostalgic novel is set in Vancouver in the early 1970s, but its characters and conflicts ring just as true today.

One of the most memorable – and perhaps character-defining – scenes of the novel takes place in Chapter 6, when Frances attends a poetry reading with her friend Dagmar, who will be reading (for the first time). Read the scene on Meta-Talon today.

Thursday September 8, 2016 in Meta-Talon

School Books: A List

It’s back-to-school time! For some, a happy haze of nostalgia sets in. For others, the supplies are bought and the outfits arranged in honour of that first week: you can be a new you. Maybe this year.

In honour of the back-to-school season, we’ve gathered a list of our favourite school-related Talonbooks. As though your fall reading list isn’t long enough already.

[The Days cover] Monday August 22, 2016 in Meta-Talon

Let the witticisms fly – it’s Dorothy Parker Day!

August 22 is Dorothy Parker Day! Say something witty and corrosive today, and expect no censure.

Let yourself be excited and delighted by the artfully spare stories in M.A.C. Farrant’s new collection, The Days. Averaging a couple of paragraphs each, they offer enough food for thought (and mood) to keep you going for months …

Today on Meta-Talon, we celebrate Farrant’s new holiday – Dorothy Parker Day – with a short story from The Days.

[Running on Fumes cover] Thursday August 11, 2016 in Meta-Talon

Read excerpts from Running on Fumes

In Running on Fumes, the debut novel by Christian Guay-Poliquin (translated into English by Jacob Homel), we follow an increasingly punch-drunk driver on a road trip across an apocalyptic version of Canada. This road novel moves at a gripping pace, and its enigmatic narrator and elements of magic realism will intrigue and provoke discussion. (Trust us; our editors had some lively discussions during the making of this book!) Today on Meta-Talon, read selections from Running on Fumes

Current Catalogues

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Ebooks (Full List)


[Entering Time cover]
Entering Time

Colin Browne

[False Starts cover]
False Starts

Louis Patrick Leroux
Translated by Alexander St-Laurent & Katia Grubisic
Introduction by Jenn Stephenson and Nicole Nolette

[for love and autonomy cover]
for love and autonomy

Anahita Jamali Rad

[Friendly Fire cover]
Friendly + Fire

Danielle LaFrance

[In a Blue Moon cover]
In a Blue Moon

Lucia Frangione

[Once in Blockadia cover]
Once in Blockadia

Stephen Collis

[Price Paid cover]
Price Paid

Bev Sellars

[Reading Sveva cover]
Reading Sveva

Daphne Marlatt

[Running on Fumes cover]
Running on Fumes

Christian Guay-Poliquin
Translated by Jacob Homel

[Scree cover]
Scree [softcover]

Fred Wah

slick reckoning

Ken Belford

[The Days cover]
The Days

M.A.C. Farrant

[The Envelope cover]
The Envelope

Vittorio Rossi

[U Girl cover]
U Girl

Meredith Quartermain

[You Will Remember Me cover]
You Will Remember Me

François Archambault
Translated by Bobby Theodore

[Yours Forever, Marie-Lou cover]
Yours Forever, Marie-Lou

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Linda Gaboriau

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