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February 2017

Tuesday February 28, 2017
Play: “Bonjour, là, Bonjour” in Vancouver

March 2017

Thursday March 2, 2017
Writing the Line: A Conference for Writers at UWinnipeg (Garry Thomas Morse reads)

Thursday March 2, 2017
Garry Thomas Morse at Writing the Line: A Conference for Writers at UWinnipeg

Friday March 3, 2017
Play: “7 Stories” at Hart House in Toronto

Friday March 3, 2017
Exhibitions Explore Asian Settlement in the Kootenays (Fred Wah, participating artist)

Saturday March 4, 2017
Mission Writers and Readers Festival (Jordan Abel presents)

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

Wednesday March 8, 2017
Growing Room, a feminist literary festival (Dina Del Bucchia, Jonina Kirton, Meredith Quartermain, Daniel Zomparelli)

Wednesday March 8, 2017
Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival, Vancouver

Thursday March 9, 2017
Making Space for Women, featuring Jónína Kirton and Meredith Quartermain

Friday March 10, 2017
Play: “Espresso” by Lucia Frangione, in Chicago

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

Thursday March 16, 2017
Jordan Abel and Gail Scott read at VIU

Thursday March 16, 2017
Fred Wah, Daphne Marlatt, and Colin Browne at Poets House in NYC

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

Saturday March 25, 2017
TEDxECUAD: Cecily Nicholson

April 2017

Thursday April 27, 2017
Talonbooks Spring Poetry Launch!

May 2017

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

Tuesday May 16, 2017
Reading: Stephen Collis at Cafe Voltaire (Prince George)

July 2017

Thursday July 6, 2017
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal

November 2017

Friday November 3, 2017
Stephen Collis at the Festival of Readers (St. Catharines, ON)
Wednesday February 15, 2017 in News
Once in Blockadia long-listed for the George Ryga Award!

[Once in Blockadia cover]

The 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness has published its long list of nominated titles, and we are so pleased to see Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry is one of ten excellent books on the list! Called by Eden Robinson “the most dangerous poet in Canada,” in Once in Blockadia Collis is in search of how we can continue to resist – as we only begin to understand the extent of our complicity and the depths of the predicament we are in.

For a complete list or recipients, visit bcbookawards.ca. A shortlist will appear in the Spring issue of BC BookWorld.

Friday February 10, 2017 in News
Bev Sellars speaks to UBC’s business students


Above: Bev Sellars and Bill Wilson with indigenous students at Sauder School of Business, UBC. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Bowker

Bev Sellars and Bill Wilson spoke at the Sauder School of Business on January 31 about their new book, Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival.

After Sellars’s talk at UBC, the indigenous studients quietly waited for Bev Sellars and Bill Wilson to come out of the lecture hall after everyone else had left. They then spoke with Bev and Bill and had a group photo taken. Elizabeth Bowker, the Sauder School law and business communications lecturer who arranged for Sellars’s visit, sent us a note of thanks: “I have no words to say how great they were. We are so grateful.”

We are grateful, too, Ms. Bowker, that the business students learned something about the history of Canada and appreciated the aboriginal perspective. Thank you for inviting Bev!

Tuesday February 7, 2017 in News
Join Daphne Marlatt and M.A.C. Farrant in Calgary this Thursday

filling Station presents the flywheel reading series, featuring Daphne Marlatt, Colin Martin, M.A.C. Farrant, and Mallory Smith!

Thursday, February 9
7:30 PM
Pages Books (in Kensington)
Calgary, Alberta


Monday January 30, 2017 in News
Sachiko Murakami is the new writer in residence at U of T

Each year the University of Toronto appoints a Canadian writer to work with students, faculty, and staff interested in creative writing. The appointment process is internal; no external applications are considered or acknowledged. From January to April, the Writer-in-Residence offers a seminar on creative writing and holds office hours for consultations on writing. The Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence Program is housed at Massey College and is jointly sponsored by Massey and the Department of English.

This term, Sachiko Murakami will offer a non-credit creative writing seminar on poetry in the “S” term on Wednesdays, 6–8 p.m., at Massey College. The course is by application and can accommodate no more than 15 participants. The seminar is open to everyone who is currently part of the University of Toronto community – faculty, students, and staff.

Her office hours are 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at House V, Room 6, Massey College, as of the week of January 16.


Tuesday January 24, 2017 in News
“Winners and Losers” opens in Calgary tomorrow!

One Yellow Rabbit’s 31st High Performance Rodeo presents Winners and Losers, written and performed by Marcus Youssef and James Long.

January 25–28, 2017
West Village Theatre
2007 10 Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta

Tickets and info available here.

Friday January 20, 2017 in News
Tomorrow! Stephen Collis on Gabriola Island

[Once in Blockadia cover]

Gulf Islands poetry readers, this is your weekend! Join poet Stephen Collis and scientist Lynne Quarmby for an interactive evening on The Art & Science of Climate Change at The Roxy (at Twin Beaches Mall) on Gabriola Island, British Columbia, tomorrow evening at 7:30 PM. This is the Trans-Mountain Pipeline–resistance dream team, and they bring their diverse perspectives to bear on the problem of climate change and the possibilities for climate justice. RSVP on Facebook, if you like.


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.


Thursday February 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Book List: Migration and Multiculturalism

Migration – the movement of humans from one place to another with the intention of settling – has been top of mind in recent weeks given certain political changes and policy implementations in certain western countries, in recent months in response to the failure of state in Syria and the outflow of refugees from that region, and in recent years characterized by a heightened sensitivity to the possibility of east-west terrorist attacks. Perhaps Canada is a beacon to other states? Or perhaps we still have much learning to do? In the spirit of learning, we recommend twelve Talon books on the topic of migration, refugees, and the immigrant experience.

Thursday February 9, 2017 in Meta-Talon

A new cover for our sweetest play – right on time for Valentine’s Day

From 1988 until the end of 2016, Salt-Water Moon was in print with its original yellow cover, which featured now-outdated type design and a production still from one of the original productions of this sweet play. Now, as the play experiences something of a revival, and as the book goes into its eighth printing, we are pleased to show off the newly redesigned cover of Salt-Water Moon.

Studies in Description cover Thursday February 2, 2017 in Meta-Talon

A Cubist Meditation on the Modern Condition

By Carl Peters

On Meta-Talon today, please enjoy the full text of the presentation given by Carl Peters, recently the author of Studies in Description, to an audience of about 100 attendees at the Modern Languages Association convention in Philadelphia, PA, on January 7, 2017.


Look, I realize that my abstract is more than an abstract but what follows is just a small part of what I could do. I’m going to talk around Hemingway’s greatest achievement, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” presenting my comments as a Cubist meditation on the Modern Condition (with reference to Duchamp and some others)…

[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.

Current Catalogues

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

CURRENT FRONT LIST


 
[cover of A Crossing of Hearts]
A Crossing of Hearts

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Frontlist

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

Jovanni Sy
Drama

[cover of An Honest Woman]
An Honest Woman

Jónína Kirton
Poetry

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

Drew Hayden Taylor
Drama


Ebooks (Full List)

Talonbooks
Backlist

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

Tetsuro Shigematsu
Drama

[Entering Time cover]
Entering Time

Colin Browne
Non-Fiction

[cover of From Oral to Written]
From Oral to Written

Tomson Highway
Frontlist

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

Dominique Scali
Translated by W. Donald Wilson
Frontlist

[cover of Inspecting Nostalgia]
Inspecting Nostalgia

R. Kolewe
Poetry

[cover of Legend]
Legend

Michael Blouin
Frontlist

[cover of Messenger]
Messenger

Wendy Lill
Frontlist

[Price Paid cover]
Price Paid

Bev Sellars
Non-Fiction

[cover of Same Diff]
Same Diff

Donato Mancini
Frontlist

[cover of The Gorge]
The Gorge: Selected Writing

Nancy Shaw
Edited by Catriona Strang
Frontlist


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