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January 2017

Saturday January 21, 2017
Poetry Reading: Stephen Collis on Gabriola Island, BC

Wednesday January 25, 2017
Play: “Winners and Losers” in Calgary, AB

Thursday January 26, 2017
Poetry Reading: Stephen Collis at SFU in Burnaby, BC

Friday January 27, 2017
Play: “Halo” by Josh MacDonald in Abbotsford, BC

Monday January 30, 2017
Play: “The (Post) Mistress” in West Vancouver, BC

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

Tuesday January 31, 2017
Presentation: Bev Sellars at the UBC Sauder School of Business (Vancouver)

February 2017

Thursday February 2, 2017
Play: “You Will Remember Me” at the Gateway Theatre in Richmond, BC

Saturday February 18, 2017
Galiano Island Literary Festival (5 Talon authors attending)

March 2017

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

Sunday March 12, 2017
Dead Poets Reading Series: Shazia Hafiz Ramji reads Judith Fitzgerald

Friday March 24, 2017
Play: “Winners and Losers” in Portland, OR

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
Monday January 16, 2017 in News
Cecily Nicholson is the new writer in residence at SFU

From the Poplars cover

The Simon Fraser University English Department presents the 2017 Ellen and Warren Tallman Writer in Residence at Simon Fraser University, Cecily Nicholson. Nicholson is the administrator of the artist-run centre Gallery Gachet and has worked since 2000 in the downtown eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver, on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories. She belongs to the Joint Effort prison abolitionist group and is a member of the Research Ethics Board for Emily Carr University. Cecily is the author of Triage and From the Poplars (both published by Talonbooks); the latter was winner of the 2015 Dorothy Livesay prize for poetry. Join Nicholson for a reading and reception this Thursday, January 19 at SFU Harbour Centre (downtown Vancouver campus), 7:30 PM.

Wednesday January 11, 2017 in News
Danielle LaFrance and Anahita Jamali Rad are in Calgary for the Flywheel Reading Series

Danielle LaFrance and Anahita Jamali Rad will read as part of the Flywheel Reading Series on Thursday, January 12 (tomorrow!), at 7:30 PM. The series is hosted by Pages Books (1135 Kensington Road NW). Don’t miss it.

Friday January 6, 2017 in News
Enter Time with Colin Browne and Charles Edenshaw

[Entering Time cover]

Our newest arrival is Colin Browne’s Entering Time: The Fungus Man Platters of Charles Edenshaw, an extended, often poetic, meditation on the three argillite platters crafted in the late nineteenth century. In this new and truly beautiful book, Browne ranges through the fields of art history, literature, ethnology, and oral history to discover a parallel history of modernism within one of the world’s most subtle and sophisticated artistic and literary cultures. Read selections from Entering Time on Meta-Talon, and order your copy for $19.95.

Wednesday January 4, 2017 in News
This weekend: Carl Peters at the MLA Convention in Pennsylvania

This year’s Modern Languages Association convention will be held in Philadelphia this coming weekend. Carl Peters, lately the author of Studies in Description, will speak in session #615, “Hemingway and Imagism: Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, H.D., and Modernism,” on the afternoon of January 7. Details here.

Tuesday December 20, 2016 in News
Happy holidays from Talonbooks! What a year 2016 has been…

[Mocha the office pup with Santa Claus, 2016]

Well, the end of 2016 is finally in sight. What a year it has been! We can’t help but laugh when our colleagues refer to 2016 as a dumpster fire of a year, for there have been many crises indeed – and yet there have also been victories, though one has to look for them. In the spirit of hope for the future, and in the enjoyment of a jolly period of rest before we jump back in for another round, we wish you a merry season!

Our gift to you: the above snap of Talon office pup, Mocha, looking shell-shocked while having her photograph taken with Santa Claus a week or two ago (taken on Pender Island, British Columbia).

Please also note that the Talonbooks office will be closed from December 24, 2016, through January 2, 2017.

Wednesday December 14, 2016 in News
All Fall 2016 plays are now available!

Itching to read some new, independent, Canadian drama? Whether you’re in the mood for a new translation of a Quebecois classic, a contemporary look at the film and theatre industries, a touching family story, an exploration of grief and mortality, or an avant-garde and multi-layered performance piece, we’ve got you covered.

Plays newly available include False Starts by Louis Patrick Leroux, translated by the playwright, Alexander St-Laurent, and Katia Grubisic; In a Blue Moon by Lucia Frangione; The Envelope by Vittorio Rossi; Yours Forever, Marie-Lou by Michel Tremblay, translated by Sheila Fischman; and You Will Remember Me by François Archambault, translated by Bobby Theodore.

If you order from this website (or by phone) by December 15, and you’re in Canada, you’ll have books in time for Christmas!

Monday November 14, 2016 in News
Watch the trailer for the new movie based on Maylis de Kerangal’s novel, Mend the Living

Réparer les vivants, the film based on Maylis de Kerangal’s riveting novel, Mend the Living, opened in French cinemas last week. Watch the trailer below:

Mend the Living was translated into English by Jessica Moore and was long-listed for the Man Booker International Prize in 2016.

Wednesday November 2, 2016 in News
Save the date! False Starts launches in Montreal on November 8

[False Starts cover]

Join Louis Patrick Leroux next Tuesday evening for the launch of False Starts, a new and unique play just published by Talonbooks, as well as the newly published French edition of his previous book, Ludwig and Mae.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
5 p.m. (NOT 6 p.m. as previously advertised)
Librairie le Port de tête (bookstore)
262 Avenue du Mont-Royal E
Montreal, Quebec

Monday October 31, 2016 in News
Opening tomorrow! Empire of the Son at the Cultch, Vancouver

Returning after an extended and completely sold out run, Empire of the Son, written by and starring Tetsuro Shigematsu (former host of CBC Radio One’s The Roundup), is the story of two generations of CBC broadcasters and the radio silence between them. Shigematsu’s one-man show is this week’s feature story in the Georgia Straight. (Look for Tetsuro on the cover, dapper as ever.)

Photos: Georgia Straight

Mounted by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver), the show runs November 1 through 13, 2016 at the Vancity Culture Lab (The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street) in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tickets and more info available here.

Empire of the Son will be published by Talonbooks in Spring 2017, but early birds who attend this production will have access to books in advance!

Wednesday October 26, 2016 in News
Read Local BC 2016

From October 28 through November 7, 2016, readers across British Columbia can discover locally published books and meet authors resident in their communities through a range of activities in bookstores and libraries throughout the province. Here is a list of Read Local events. You might wish to add these to your calendars!

[cover of Empire of the Son] Thursday January 19, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Read scenes from Empire of the Son

Empire of the Son is the story of two generations of CBC broadcasters and the radio silence between them. It premiered in Vancouver in 2016 and was nominated for six Jessie Richardson Awards, and Tetsuro Shigematsu is currently touring Empire of the Son across Canada. Empire of the Son is also the first Talon book to be published in the Spring 2017 season – it’s now available! – and we invite you to read brief but tantalizing excerpts on Meta-Talon.

[The Days cover] Sunday January 1, 2017 in Meta-Talon

“New Year’s Day”: A Very Short Story

Happy (Gregorian) New Year! On this occasion, while you are perhaps nursing a hangover or traveling or making resolutions, please enjoy a very short story from M.A.C. Farrant’s book The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice.

9780889226159sm Wednesday December 21, 2016 in Meta-Talon

“Kristmas Kraft”: A Very Short Story

Happy Christmas! On Meta-Talon today for your holiday-related cheer (and/or despair), please enjoy a very short story from Down the Road to Eternity by M.A.C. Farrant.

[Entering Time cover] Thursday December 15, 2016 in Meta-Talon

“Below the Canoe”: Selections from Colin Browne’s new book, Entering Time

During the groundbreaking Charles Edenshaw exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2013, poet Colin Browne found himself returning often to study three large argillite (slate) platters carved by the Haida master in the late 1800s. Browne has since authored Entering Time: The Fungus Man Platters of Charles Edenshaw, an exploration of the art, history, and folklore behind Edenshaw’s platters. In this newly published book, Browne ranges through the fields of art history, literature, ethnology, and myth to discover a parallel history of modernism within one of the world’s most subtle and sophisticated artistic and literary cultures. On Meta-Talon today, we share selections from Chapters Five and Six of Entering Time.

Current Catalogues

[image: Fall 2016 catalogue] [image: Spring 2016 catalogue]


[cover of A Taste of Empire]
A Taste of Empire

Jovanni Sy

[cover of An Honest Woman]
An Honest Woman

Jónína Kirton

[cover of Crees in the Caribbean]
Crees in the Caribbean

Drew Hayden Taylor

Ebooks (Full List)


[cover of Empire of the Son]
Empire of the Son

Tetsuro Shigematsu

[Entering Time cover]
Entering Time

Colin Browne

[cover of In Search of New Babylon]
In Search of New Babylon

Dominique Scali
Translated by W. Donald Wilson

[cover of Inspecting Nostalgia]
Inspecting Nostalgia

R. Kolewe

[cover of Legend]

Michael Blouin

[cover of Messenger]

Wendy Lill

[Price Paid cover]
Price Paid

Bev Sellars

[cover of Same Diff]
Same Diff

Donato Mancini

[cover of The Gorge]
The Gorge: Selected Writing

Nancy Shaw
Edited by Catriona Strang

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