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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
Phinder Dulai on Rim Jhim Radio

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

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

Thursday October 9, 2014
Poetry Reading: Phinder Dulai and Renee Saklikar at SFU Burnaby

Thursday October 9, 2014
Book Launch! Birth of a Bridge (Toronto)

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

Sunday October 12, 2014
Diverse Voices in Canadian Literature: Phinder Dulai at VPL

Sunday October 12, 2014
Adeena Karasick Reads in NYC

Tuesday October 14, 2014
Play: Michel Tremblay’s À Toi, Pour Toujours, Ta Marie-Lou in Vancouver

Wednesday October 15, 2014
Reading: M.A.C. Farrant at the City of Victoria Book Prize Gala

Thursday October 16, 2014
“Technocreep”: Nikki Reimer at Wordfest in Calgary

Friday October 17, 2014
Poetry Cabaret at Wordfest in Calgary with Nikki Reimer and Natalie Simpson

Saturday October 18, 2014
2014 LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium with Robert Lepage

Sunday October 19, 2014
Ralph Maud Gives 5th Annual Charles Olson Lecture in Gloucester, MA

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 October 1, 2014 in News
Sneak a Peek: Un/Inhabited by Jordan Abel at the Vancouver Art Book Fair

Jordan Abel, whose first collection of poetry, The Place of Scraps, won the Dorothy Livesay Prize, will debut his next book this coming weekend at the Vancouver Art Book Fair.

Abel constructed the source text of Un/inhabited by compiling 91 complete western novels found on the website Project Gutenberg, an online archive of public domain works. He then searched the document in its totality for words that relate to the political and social aspects of land, territory, and ownership. Each search query represents a study in context (How was this word deployed? What surrounded it? What is left over once that word is removed?) that accumulates toward a representation of the public domain as a discoverable and inhabitable body of land. Featuring a text by independent curator Kathleen Ritter – the first piece of scholarship on Abel’s work – Un/inhabited reminds us of the power of language as material and invites us to reflect on what is present when we see nothing.

Un/inhabited is a co-publication of Project Space Press and Talonbooks. A limited number of first editions will be available from Abel at his performance, Q&A session, and book signing on Sunday, October 5, 2014 (see the Vancouver Art Book Fair website for event details) and from Project Space Press. The trade paperback edition will be available from Talonbooks in early 2015 as part of Talon’s Spring 2015 season.

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Monday September 29, 2014 in News
Launched! dream / arteries by Phinder Dulai

Phinder Dulai signs a copy of dream / arteries (Photo by Mandeep Wirk)

On Saturday evening, September 27, 2014, Phinder Dulai launched his book, dream / arteries, a collection of poetry that commemorates the Komagata Maru incident. The launch was held at the Surrey Arts Centre in Surrey, BC on Saturday evening, with about 70 people in attendance. Dulai’s reading was noted for its enthusiasm and eloquence. One audience member took and shared a gorgeous set of professional photos on Flickr.

Monday September 29, 2014 in News
Bev Sellars Wins 3rd Place in 2014 Burt Award for Aboriginal Literature

[image: Bev Sellars receives 3rd place at the 2014 Burt Awards]

Photo by Kevin Williams

Congratulations to Chief Bev Sellars, who was awarded third place in the 2014 Burt Awards for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Literature! This year’s winning titles are:

The awards were presented a gala in Winnipeg on Saturday evening, September 27th. Read the full press release online.

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Monday September 29, 2014 in News
100 Ebooks Published!

[image: Kobo e-reader displays A Matter of Gravity]

If you read on a tablet, e-reader, or smartphone, you may have noticed that the number of available Talon titles has grown steadily since we published our first electronic book back in 2011 (all part of Talon’s now completed renewal plan). There are now 100 Talonbooks available as ebooks (depending on which ebook vendor site one peruses; for example, there are currently 98 Talon titles available from Kobo). Here are some fun facts about our ebooks published to date:

Talon’s bestselling ebooks are

The most recent Talonbooks published in electronic formats are

By August 2013 Talon had sold more than 500 ebooks, and the total number sold to date has grown to about 2,975 – and counting! We work hard to publish words that matter and ebooks that are high-calibre, and we are happy to see evidence of our readers enjoying them!

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Thursday September 25, 2014 in News
Seeds Sweeps META Nominations!

The Montreal English Theatre Awards, or METAs, are a set of peer-juried awards that recognize and celebrate the artistic work that is outstanding in Montreal English Theatre.

This year, Seeds seems to have swept the nominations! Seeds was staged in 2013 by Porte Parole and the Centaur Theatre. Written by Annabel Soutar, Seeds offers perhaps the most balanced presentation of the Percy Schmeiser vs. Monsanto court case – a trial that brought to light farming practices and problems related to GMOs. A piece of “documentary theatre,” Seeds uses court transcripts and verbatim interviews as the basis of its thoughtful script.

The venerable Eric Peterson is nominated for Outstanding Lead Performance by an Actor; Tanja Jacobs for Outstanding Supporting Performance by an Actress; Alex Ivanovici for Outstanding Supporting Performance by an Actor; Julie Fox for Outstanding Set Design; Richard Feren for Outstanding Sound Design; and the play as a whole for Outstanding Professional Production.

See the full list of nominees here.

Congratulations to everyone involved with this fantastic, thought-provoking play!

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Friday September 19, 2014 in News
Michel Marc Bouchard Shortlisted for Siminovitch Prize

Two English-language and two French-language playwrights are up for this year’s Siminovitch Prize, and Michel Marc Bouchard is one of them. We heartily congratulate him on this accolade!

Michel Marc Bouchard

The annual Siminovitch Prize, worth $100,000 over three years, celebrates a director, playwright, or designer whose work is transformative and influential. The other shortlisted playwrights are Colleen Murphy, Hannah Moscovitch, and Olivier Choinière. The 2014 prize will be awarded on October 20 at Hart House Theatre in Toronto. Learn more at the Siminovitch Prize website.

Bouchard’s latest play, Christina, the Girl King, is currently on stage at the Stratford Festival, and his previous play, Tom at the Farm, won last year’s Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Drama.

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Wednesday September 17, 2014 in News
City of Victoria Book Prize Shortlist Announced

[image: Victoria Book Prizes logo]

Congratulations to M.A.C. Farrant, author of The World Afloat, which has just been shortlisted for the 2014 City of Victoria Book Prize! Farrant is the author of 14 works of short fiction and non-fiction, five of which are available from Talonbooks.

The shortlist is as follows:

The City of Victoria Butler Book Prize acknowledges and celebrates Victoria’s extraordinarily accomplished writing community and the readers who support them. This prize and the Bolen’s Book Prize for Children’s literature are awarded at an annual Gala in October. See the Victoria Book Prizes website for more detail.

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Tuesday September 16, 2014 in News
Peace in Duress Has Arrived!

The duress of waiting for Peace in Duress is over, and we may have peace at last: it has arrived! This latest collection of poetry by Mohawk spoken-word artist Janet Rogers is now available for $16.95. Take a step into this collection by listening to some of its poems on Meta-Talon.

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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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Tuesday September 30, 2014 in Meta-Talon

Meditations on the Art of Translation

St. Jerome, the patron saint of translators

Every September 30th, readers, writers, and publishers mark International Translation Day by honouring the translators who help bring great literature of all kinds to new audiences. At Talonbooks, we are particularly privileged to work with many of Canada’s most pre-eminent literary translators. On this day, we say thank you and submit a few intriguing passages on the art of translation.

Wednesday September 17, 2014 in Meta-Talon

Lines From London

Daniel Canty in his London studio, September 2014. Photo by Michael Yaroshevsky

Daniel Canty, author of Wigrum (2013) and Les États-unis du vent (to be published in English by Talonbooks in 2015), is currently in London, England at the Studio du Québec, where he is in the midst of a six-month residency. He wrote us a few rather Wigrumian lines from across the pond…

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.

Current Catalogues

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


Assembling the Morrow cover
Assembling the Morrow

Sandra Huber

Birth of a Bridge cover
Birth of a Bridge

Maylis de Kerangal
Translated by Jessica Moore

Christina, The Girl King cover
Christina, The Girl King

Michel Marc Bouchard
Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Crossing the City cover
Crossing the City

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman

dream / arteries cover
dream / arteries

Phinder Dulai

Fortified Castles cover
Fortified Castles

ryan fitzpatrick

Michel and Ti-Jean cover
Michel and Ti-Jean

George Rideout

Minor Expectations cover
Minor Expectations

Garry Thomas Morse

Motherhouse cover

David Fennario

Peace in Duress cover
Peace in Duress

Janet Rogers

Peacock Blue cover
Peacock Blue

Phyllis Webb
Edited by John F. Hulcoop

Tear the Curtain! cover
Tear the Curtain!

Jonathon Young & Kevin Kerr & Kim Collier

The Commons, Second Edition cover
The Commons

Stephen Collis

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

Ludovic Fouquet
Translated by Rhonda Mullins

War Cantata / Child Object cover
War Cantata / Child Object

Larry Tremblay
Translated by Keith Turnbull & Chantal Bilodeau

[OR] cover

Brian Henderson

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