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May 2015

Wednesday May 27, 2015
Play: “The Art of Building a Bunker” by Guillermo Verdecchia in Vancouver

Thursday May 28, 2015
Poetry Reading & Book Launch with Oana Avasilichioaei in Montreal

Friday May 29, 2015
Book Launch: Colin Browne Hatches The Hatch in Nelson, BC

Sunday May 31, 2015
Nikki Reimer at the Envoi Poetry Festival in Winnipeg

June 2015

Thursday June 4, 2015
Poetry Reading: Jónína Kirton with Room magazine

Tuesday June 9, 2015
A Gathering of Poets: Readings by BC Book Prize Finalists

July 2015

Tuesday July 7, 2015
Summer Creative Writing Courses at UBC Robson Square

Monday July 20, 2015
M.A.C. Farrant reads at the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Conference in Victoria, BC

October 2015

Thursday October 1, 2015
Play: “The Waiting Room” by Morris Panych & John Mann in Vancouver

February 2016

Thursday February 4, 2016
Play: “The (Post) Mistress” by Tomson Highway, Vancouver

Tuesday February 16, 2016
Play: “Winners and Losers” in Vancouver

April 2016

Thursday April 7, 2016
Play: “The Valley” by Joan MacLeod, Vancouver
Monday May 25, 2015 in News
We are at Book Expo America 2015!

Book Expo America runs from Wednesday, May 27 to Friday, May 29, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. It is the largest annual book trade fair in the United States, combining the largest selection of English language titles and is the largest gathering of booksellers, librarians, retailers, and book industry professionals in North America. Attendees gain access to what’s new, what’s next, and everything exciting in the world of books.

Talon’s father-son dynamic duo, Kevin and Spencer Williams, can be found at booth #652A – and they will be happy to meet you if you are at also at BEA! Drop by to pick up a book or a catalogue.

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Friday May 22, 2015 in News
From St. Leonard, Montreal to Your Eyes

The latest hit play by Montreal’s Steve Galluccio is in the house!

From this award-winning author of stage hits Mambo Italiano and In Piazza San Domenico comes a delicious, saucy new comedy about Terry and Robert, a young couple with roots in the Italian neighbourhood of St. Leonard in Montreal. Eager to break free of family ties that are bound too tight, Terry and Robert confess – over a family dinner one fateful night – that they’re planning to move to the affluent anglophone suburb of Beaconsfield, and the floodgates open to other unspoken desires and revelations, turning conservative St. Leonard values upside down.

The St. Leonard Chronicles opened the 2013–14 season at Montreal’s venerable Centaur Theatre and sold out before its run. The play was extended and went on to sell more than twenty thousand tickets. The French version of the Chronicles, translated by Galluccio himself, premiered at Theâtre Jean Duceppe in Montreal in December 2014 and embarked in 2015 on a twenty-four-city tour.

The play is now available in print for $16.95.

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Wednesday May 20, 2015 in News
Book Review: Quartermain’s blend of poetry and fiction

Meredith Quartermain’s new book I, Bartleby has just been reviewed by Daniel Green for Full Stop, an online publication that focuses on debuts, works in translation, and books published by small presses. Read the full review online, or enjoy extracts here:

…a number of … writers do blur the boundaries between prose and poetry, from both sides of the diminishing line between the two, and among those should be counted the Canadian Meredith Quartermain, whose new book I, Bartleby is labeled ‘short stories’ on its cover but surely does come close to making that line all but imperceptible, if not simply irrelevant. …

[The early sections produce] less than a well-ordered story but more than disconnected utterances. Other sections of the book offer longer pieces, although they too can’t really be called short stories in any conventional sense. …

I, Bartleby is the kind of book some readers undoubtedly could find disorienting in its initial reluctance to provide those markers we most associate with ‘short stories.’ By the end, however, the book has made its own alternative, less commonplace strategies sufficiently recognizable that going back to the beginning and re-reading, especially given the book’s relative brevity (118 pages), can be a highly rewarding experience, as Quartermain’s achievement becomes more distinctly visible.

I, Bartleby is available for $15.

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Tuesday May 19, 2015 in News
This week’s Lunch Poems at SFU Vancouver: Chelene Knight and Dina Del Bucchia

Tomorrow at high noon, come on down to the Teck Gallery in Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver campus (at Harbour Centre) to hear poetry readings by Chelene Knight and Dina Del Bucchia.

Lunch Poems at SFU
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
12:00 PM
Teck Gallery in SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus
515 West Hasting Street
Vancouver, BC

Also see the SFU Lunch Poems website.

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Friday May 15, 2015 in News
Seeds to tour in 2016!

After the success of its 2014 Canadian tour in Calgary, Vancouver, and Ottawa, Annabel Soutar’s Seeds, directed by Chris Abraham, will head back on the road in 2016 to the following theatres in British Columbia, Manitoba and New Brunswick: West Vancouver (Kay Meek Center), Maple Ridge (The ACT Arts Centre), Chilliwack (Chilliwack Cultural Centre), Surrey (Surrey Arts Centre), Cranbrooke (Key City Theatre), Vernon (Vernon & District Performing Arts), Winnipeg (Prairie Theatre Exchange), Saint-John, New Brunswick (Imperial Theatre) and Fredericton (The Playhouse).

Part courtroom drama and part social satire, Seeds presents an intelligent portrait of farming and scientific communities in conflict and at the same time penetrates the complex science of genetically modified crops. The play documents the 2004 Supreme Court of Canada showdown between Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser and biotech multinational Monsanto Inc., a David-and-Goliath struggle that cast Schmeiser as the small-farmer underdog fighting the unscrupulous major corporation.

See the Porte Parole website for more information.

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Wednesday May 13, 2015 in News
Listen to poems from Limbinal by Oana Avasilichioaei this Friday in Toronto

Oana Avasilichioaei performs a poem from Limbinal at Talon’s spring poetry launch in Vancouver

Oana Avasilichioaei will perform “Thresholds” from Limbinal (Talonbooks) and will take part in the launch of The Thought House of Philippa by Suzanne Leblanc (Bookthug, 2015, translated by Oana Avasilichioaei and Ingrid Pam Dick).

Avasilichioaei’s is a poetry reading like no other: she makes serious use of A/V equipment (a loop station, video, a theramin) to produce an atmospheric and mesmerizing rendering of some of the poems in her new collection, Limbinal, as lines moving hauntingly in a variety patterns and oscillations.

Avasilichioaei is also an accomplished translator, having translated, among other things, Wigrum by Daniel Canty, which Talon published in 2013.

Friday, May 15, 2015
7:30–10:00 PM
Videofag (in Kensington Market)
187 Augusta Avenue
Toronto, ON

Find more information or RSVP on the Facebook event page

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Monday May 11, 2015 in News
God and the Indian, now playing in Toronto, “an emotional experience”

Drew Hayden Taylor’s God and the Indian is currently being staged by Toronto’s Native Earth Performing Arts company. In it, a former teacher and a former student, both of whom lived at the same residential school, recognize one another on the street. The play explores what is possible when the abused meets the abuser and is given a free forum for expression.

Jazz.fm called the show “an emotional experience,” but one in which “humour is essential, powerful, and heartbreaking.” Read Lise Hosein’s review of the show, and listen to snippets of her conversations with Drew Hayden Taylor and actress Lisa Ravensbergen (who plays Johnny) here.

God and the Indian will also run in Vancouver this month.

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Friday May 8, 2015 in News
Winners and Losers, hot off the presses!

Two buddies, theatre artists and long-time friends Marcus and James, sit at a table and pass the time together playing a made-up game in which they name people, places, or things – Pamela Anderson, microwave ovens, their fathers, Goldman Sachs – and debate whether they are successful or not; in other words, whether they are winners or losers. In the words of the Globe and Mail, “As the gloves come off, the intensity increases. The guiding theory behind the game is that you can’t have two winners sitting next to each other; for there to be a winner, the men reason, there has to be a loser.”

Winners and Losers showcases the work of two giants of the Vancouver indie theatre scene. Their first collaborative work is a staged conversation that embraces the ruthless logic of capitalism, and tests its impact on our closest personal relationships as well as our most intimate experiences of self.

Winners and Losers is now available from Talonbooks for $16.95.

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Wednesday May 6, 2015 in News
As Always, We’re Thrilled About a New Book

Our new arrival is As Always, the memoir of Madeleine Gagnon, now translated into English by Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott. This is an account of a life well lived, told with candour, wisdom, and an inextinguishable sense of wonder. In the words of Manon Trépanier of Radio-Canada, “It’s been a long time since I’ve read anything as beautiful and luminous as this book.”

There is something for every reader in As Always – but especially for Canadians intrigued by the changed and changing culture in Quebec, and the evolution of feminism in our nations. Through personal stories and vignettes, Gagnon offers windows into the Quiet Revolution, the road to equality of the sexes, the establishment of Canadian and especially Quebecois literary culture, and a direct and nuanced discourse of sexuality and gender. With a wedding in Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral, a seemingly idyllic farm childhood, and travels across the Atlantic by steamer, this is the story of how a brilliant ingenue became one of the most important literary figures in Canada. (Plus: absolutely charming photographs!)

As Always: Memoir of a Life in Writing is now available for $22.95.

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Tuesday May 5, 2015 in News
What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?

With her new collection of poetry, Jónína Kirton adds her voice to the call for the kind of fierce honesty referred to by Muriel Rukeyser when she asked, What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open. Kirton tells her truth with gentleness and patience, splitting the world open one line at a time.

page as bone ~ ink as blood will launch tomorrow evening, Wednesday, May 6, at Banyen Books & Sound in Vancouver, BC. A new collection of poetry by Kirton, it is her first book with Talonbooks. Join Jónína Kirton for a reading, Q&A, and signing at 6:30 p.m. See the Banyen Books event listing for more information.

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Monday May 25, 2015 in Meta-Talon

A Brief Interview with Renae Morriseau, director of God and the Indian

After directing the world premiere of God and The Indian in Vancouver in 2013, Renae Morriseau (Cree) returns to bring audiences the Toronto premiere, currently playing in Native Earth’s Aki Studio. This interview originally appeared on the Native Earth Performing Arts blog and is republished with permission.

Thursday May 21, 2015 in Meta-Talon

Drew Hayden Taylor on Inconvenient “Indians”

Drew Hayden Taylor

Playwright and humourist Drew Hayden Taylor has published, in this week’s issue of NOW magazine, a defense of his new children’s play (“Spirit Horse”) and an exploration of the political and social correctness or incorrectness of using racial epithets. Today on Meta-Talon, a few brief extracts from an article well worth reading.

Tuesday May 12, 2015 in Meta-Talon

A keepsake from The Keeper’s Daughter

The Keeper’s Daughter is a new novel by French-Canadian first-time author Jean-François Caron, now translated into English by W. Donald Wilson for Talonbooks.

Structured as a series of short cinematic “takes,” this novel about recovering both personal and shared histories is told in a polyphony of voices. Châtelaine called it a “sheer joy to read,” and we think you’ll agree – which is why we’ve published an excerpt from the book on Meta-Talon today. Dip into The Keeper’s Daughter: Rose and the Archipelago of Shifting Memories; the water’s warm!

Thursday May 7, 2015 in Meta-Talon

In Conversation with Sandra Huber and Garry Thomas Morse

By Garry Thomas Morse & Sandra Huber

In today’s Meta-Talon installment, Sandra Huber and Garry Thomas Morse discuss their recent works, Assembling the Morrow and Minor Expectations (respectively) – as well as the intertexts and writing processes involved – in a conversation that touches on dreams, metonymy, “sleeping through history,” Ada Lovelace, Guy Maddin, and film, among other delights . . .


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Current Catalogues

[image: Spring 2015 catalogue] [image: Talonbooks 2014 First Nations catalogue]



As Always

Madeleine Gagnon
Translated by Phyllis Aronoff & Howard Scott

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Canada: A New Tax Haven

Alain Deneault
Translated by Catherine Browne

Dead Metaphor

George F. Walker

Ebooks (Full List)


Get Me Out of Here

Sachiko Murakami

I, Bartleby

Meredith Quartermain

Limbinal cover

Oana Avasilichioaei

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Odd Ducks

Bryden MacDonald

page as bone – ink as blood cover
page as bone – ink as blood

Jónína Kirton

Peacock Blue cover
Peacock Blue

Phyllis Webb
Edited by John F. Hulcoop

The Hatch

Colin Browne

The Keeper's Daughter cover
The Keeper’s Daughter

Jean-François Caron
Translated by W. Donald Wilson

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The Shoplifters

Morris Panych

The St. Leonard Chronicles

Steve Galluccio


Jordan Abel

Winners and Losers

Marcus Youssef & James Long

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