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September 2016

Thursday September 1, 2016
The Factory Reading Series, Ottawa, with Meredith Quartermain

Saturday September 3, 2016
Poetry Reading: Stephen Collis on Saltspring Island

Saturday September 3, 2016
lunarian life by bill bissett

Friday September 9, 2016
Reading & Writing through Fred Wah’s Scree: A Poetry Workshop with Hoa Nguyen

Saturday September 10, 2016
LIMBS & THRESHOLDS, a multimedia poetic performance from Limbinal by Oana Avasilichioaei – Parrsboro, NS

Sunday September 11, 2016
James Bacque book presentation & documentary film screening in Mississauga, ON

Sunday September 11, 2016
Illegible Voices Perform Illegitimate Texts: A Poetic Lab, with Oana Avasilichioaei in Parrsboro, NS

Friday September 16, 2016
LIMBS & THRESHOLDS, a multimedia poetic performance from Limbinal by Oana Avasilichioaei – Inverness, NS

Saturday September 17, 2016
Poetry Reading: Stephen Collis in Portland, OR

Sunday September 18, 2016
Illegible Voices Perform Illegitimate Texts: A Poetic Lab, with Oana Avasilichioaei in Inverness, NS

Sunday September 18, 2016
Poetry Reading: Four Poets in Seattle (and one of them is Stephen Collis)

Monday September 19, 2016
bill bissett reading and performance at the China Cloud, Vancouver

Tuesday September 20, 2016
Play: “The Watershed” in Toronto

Tuesday September 20, 2016
Lecture: Colin Browne on Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen at the VAG

Wednesday September 21, 2016
WORD Vancouver

Wednesday September 21, 2016
Poetry in Transit 20th Anniversary Public Celebration (readings by 20 different poets including Fred Wah)

Wednesday September 21, 2016
Readings: Cecily Nicholson and Jacob Mooney at Poetry London (Ontario) Reading Series

Wednesday September 21, 2016
LIMBS & THRESHOLDS, a multimedia poetic performance from Limbinal by Oana Avasilichioaei – Sackville, NS

Thursday September 22, 2016
Book Launch: An Evening with Bev Sellars

Saturday September 24, 2016
bill bissett reading and performance at Pandora’s Collective, Vancouver

Saturday September 24, 2016
THRESHOLDS, a multimedia poetic performance from Limbinal by Oana Avasilichioaei – Sydney, NS

Sunday September 25, 2016
Word Vancouver with Jordan Abel, bill bissett, and Anahita Jamali Rad

Monday September 26, 2016
Thin Air Festival, Winnipeg, with Christian Guay-Poliquin

October 2016

Thursday October 6, 2016
A Conversation with Carl Peters: Close reading Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons

Wednesday October 12, 2016
Play: “The (Post) Mistress” at the Berkeley Street Theatre in Toronto, ON
Monday August 29, 2016 in News
This fall, hear readings from Once in Blockadia along the Cascadia coast

[Once in Blockadia cover]

The “most dangerous poet in Canada” (according to Eden Robinson) is coming to Portland and Seattle! Not to mention Vancouver, Burnaby, and the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. Stephen Collis’s new collection of poetry, Once in Blockadia, comes out in September, and Collis is taking it to the streets. Click on “Go to story” to see tour dates.

Wednesday August 24, 2016 in News
Price Paid has arrived!

Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival is a new book by former chief Bev Sellars that untangles truth from some of the myths about First Nations and addresses misconceptions still widely believed today. Based on a popular presentation Sellars often told to treaty-makers, politicians, policymakers, and educators, Price Paid sheds light on life under the Indian Act.

Order your copy today for $19.95!

Tuesday August 23, 2016 in News
Reviews of The Days are in!

[The Days cover]

The first reviews of M.A.C. Farrant’s new collection of short fictions are in!

The Vancouver Sun was first, last week publishing a review by Candace Fertile calling The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice “great fun, but it also makes you look at the world in a fresh way.” Highlights include:

Once again M.A.C. Farrant has delivered a packet of fictional snippets with heft. … Grounded in the everyday, Farrant’s observations reveal the unusual in the usual, and she does it with her charming and quirky sense of humour. … Farrant has her finger firmly on the pulse of contemporary life and can see both its beauty and its flaws, and they’re often the same thing.

Then, just yesterday, Publishers Weekly called The Days “a beguiling, quirky delight … Ever-whimsical and confidently left-field.” Read the full review online.

Order your copy of The Days for $14.95 today!

Monday August 22, 2016 in News
Another great review of U Girl

[U Girl cover]

The Vancouver Sun and Calgary Herald have published a syndicated review of Meredith Quartermain’s forthcoming novel, U Girl. Read the review online in the Sun or in the Herald, or simply read highlights.

Friday August 12, 2016 in News
The first review is in: Ubyssey loves U Girl

[U Girl cover]

The Ubyssey, the University of British Columbia’s student newspaper, has published a roaring review of Meredith Quartermain’s new novel, U Girl (which is set at UBC). Read the full review by Alyssa Low online here. Here are highlights:

Quartermain has truly outdone herself this time. … This bildungsroman is an extraordinary new addition to Canadian literature … Readers should prepare themselves for a tidal wave of emotion, reflection, and new perceptions when they dive into Quartermain’s latest masterpiece.

U Girl will be available in September. Pre-order your copy of U Girl today!

Wednesday August 10, 2016 in News
Oana Avasilichioaei on the East Coast this September!

Limbinal cover

Poet Oana Avasilichioaei will tour Canada’s East coast in September 2016, reading and performing a number of times in Nova Scotia, adding up to 4 performances and 2 workshops in two weeks.

Avasilichioaei’s presentation, LIMBS & THRESHOLDS, is an immersive multimedia performance of poetic texts, involving layered voices and live vocal play, sampled sounds, effects pedals, a theremin, and textured projections of poems and images (created in collaboration with Jessie Altura). In a world where the political, linguistic, and bodily border is a place of strife and violence, LIMBS & THRESHOLDS explores ways of rethinking the border by breaking down the boundaries between word and sound, sense and resonance, original and translation, image and reflection. Based on Avasilichioaei’s recent book Limbinal (Talonbooks, 2015), the performance presents a series of phonotopes, in-between places of sound and figure, orchestral and in flux, generative and inhabited.

Click on “Go to story” to see tour dates.

Wednesday August 3, 2016 in News
The dog days of summer, and The Days of Fall

Our first book of the Fall 2016 season has arrived! Admittedly it’s a little early – it now being August, we have only just reached the “dog days of summer” – but is it ever too early to add another book to your reading list? We say nay. Add away!

Let yourself be excited and delighted by a new collection of very short stories, The Days ($14.95). Farrant’s artfully spare, absurdist stories – averaging a couple of paragraphs each – offer enough food for thought (and mood) to keep you going for months. Dip in occasionally to be reminded of the strangeness of us, or read from beginning to end and immerse yourself in a slightly skewed version of reality – one in which people are frank and the world is unforgiving as it shimmers like light on water, sometimes blinding, always dazzling. After all, it’s hard to worry about the future when you’re laughing at the hilarious absurdity of daily life.

Friday July 22, 2016 in News
On stage now! “Salt-Water Moon” at the Pacific Theatre in Vancouver

Plan Z Theatre presents David French’s classic Canadian play, Salt-Water Moon, from July 26 to 31, 2016, at the Pacific Theatre (1440 West 12th Avenue) in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information and tickets visit the Plan Z website.

Wednesday July 20, 2016 in News
Tomorrow! Carl Peters talks Gertrude Stein at People’s Co-op Books, Vancouver

In tomorrow’s conversation and reading from his new book Studies in Description, Dr. Carl Peters will give a close reading of Gertrude Stein’s seminal modernist text, Tender Buttons (1914), and will discuss her poetry in the light of painting, theatre, and cinema.

Peters is a scholar, curator, and author of bpNichol Comics (Talon, 2002) and textual vishyuns: image and text in the work of bill bissett (Talon, 2011). His most recent book-length critical work is Studies in Description, an annotated study of Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons (Talon, 2016).

Join Peters for the talk tomorrow: Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 7 PM at the People’s Co-Op Bookstore (1391 Commercial Drive) in Vancouver, BC. All are welcome!

Thursday July 14, 2016 in News
Tonight in New York City, the Poets House Poetry Publication Showcase opens New York City

If you’re in NYC tonight, don’t miss the opening reception for the 24th annual Poetry Publication Showcase at Poets House. Readings, conversation, and celebration will open this year’s Showcase, a free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from more than 650 commercial, university, and independent presses. This diverse and inclusive exhibition will be on view through August 20.

[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

Thursday July 28, 2016 in Meta-Talon

Proud Books: 12 Recommendations for Pride 2016

Canada displays its LGBTQ pride every summer, and Vancouver’s pride parade will be held this very weekend. Get proud with any of the following books – each of which has a unique and genuine perspective to offer on identity and relationships – and each of which Talon is proud to have published.

[The Days cover] Wednesday July 27, 2016 in Meta-Talon

“French Connection”: A story from Farrant’s new collection, The Days

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 commemorate the anniversary of Gertrude Stein’s passing with a short story from The Days.

Current Catalogues

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



Ebooks (Full List)


[Entering Time cover]
Entering Time

Colin Browne

[False Starts cover]
False Starts

Louis Patrick Leroux
Translated by Alexander Rock & 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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