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September 2016

Friday September 30, 2016
Richmond, BC launches Fall 2016 Writer in Residence Karen X. Tulchinsky

October 2016

Monday October 3, 2016
Panel discussion featuring Carmen Aguirre and Wanda John-Kehewin, Vancouver

Thursday October 6, 2016
Phinder Dulai at the Indo-American Arts Council’s 3rd Annual Literary Festival, NYC

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

Thursday October 6, 2016
Bev Sellars launches Price Paid in Ottawa

Wednesday October 12, 2016
Play: “The (Post) Mistress” at the Berkeley Street Theatre in Toronto, ON

Thursday October 13, 2016
Conference: The Concept of Vancouver at Brock U, St. Catharines, ON

Thursday October 13, 2016
Phinder Dulai at WritersRead 2016–2017, Concordia University, Montreal

Thursday October 13, 2016
Book Launch: M.A.C. Farrant’s THE DAYS at Munro's Books in Victoria

Friday October 14, 2016
Play: “You Will Remember Me” in Armonk, NY

Saturday October 15, 2016
Book Launch: Reading Sveva at the Caetani Cultural Centre (Vernon, BC)

Thursday October 20, 2016
Talonbooks Fall 2016 Launch!

Monday October 24, 2016
The Poetry and Science of Climate Change, with Stephen Collis at SFU Vancouver

Wednesday October 26, 2016
Play: “The Refugee Hotel” in Montreal

Friday October 28, 2016
M.A.C. Farrant at the Sidney Literary Festival on Vancouver Island

November 2016

Tuesday November 1, 2016
Play: “Empire of the Son” at the Cultch, Vancouver

Tuesday November 8, 2016
Play: “The Watershed” in Montreal

Wednesday November 9, 2016
Play: “Mom’s the Word” in Winnipeg

Saturday November 26, 2016
22nd annual Ottawa Small Press Book Fair

January 2017

Thursday January 5, 2017
Play: “Empire of the Son” at the Centaur in Montreal

Saturday January 7, 2017
Carl Peters at the MLA Convention in Pennsylvania

Wednesday January 11, 2017
Play: “the (Post) Mistress” in Surrey, BC

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

March 2017

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

May 2017

Thursday May 4, 2017
Play: “Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth” in Kamloops, BC
Wednesday September 28, 2016 in News
Karen X. Tulchinsky is Richmond’s Writer in Residence this fall

Talon author Karen X. Tulchinsky will be the Writer in Residence for the City of Richmond, British Columbia, this fall. She will offer free creative writing workshops throughout October and November at the Richmond Cultural Centre, the Richmond Public Library, and the Minoru Place Activity Centre.

Karen X. Tulchinsky is the award-winning author of The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky. She is a screen and television writer. Her short film, Ms. Thing, has screened in more than 50 film festivals, including internationally in New York, San Francisco, Paris, London, Sicily, and Mumbai.

The residency launches this Friday, September 30, at 7 p.m. at the Richmond Cultural Centre. Tulchinsky will read from The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky and her novel in progress, The Shoemaker’s Daughter. There will be a reception afterward. Admission is free. Please come and spread the word!

Tuesday September 27, 2016 in News
Photos from WORD Vancouver 2016

Vicki and Kevin Williams behind the table at the Talon booth

Vicki and Kevin Williams behind the table at the Talon booth

This past weekend, Talonbooks made their appearance at WORD Vancouver, the annual festival for readers and writers. The independent publishers tent was the place to be, and many a literary-minded festival goer stopped by to say hello or buy a book. The festival was an absolute pleasure; how nice it is to be reminded that this is a city full of readers!

A passerby browses the poetry section

Click on “Go to story” to see more photos from the day.

Monday September 26, 2016 in News
bill bissett wins Pandora Award!

Karl Siegler congratulates bill bissett as the award is given

Congratulations to bill bissett, “godfather of Canadian poetry”! bissett was presented with the Pandora’s Collective Distinctive Body of Work Award, which recognizes an author’s literary achievements and distinguished contribution to the literary community through their work and their example.

The Pandora’s Collective Literary Awards are presented to those who by their example and hard work continue to maintain and foster the Vancouver literary community. This year’s recipients were honoured at a gala on Saturday, September 24, 2016. (See the other award winners of the evening here.) Karl Siegler, bissett’s long-time editor and former publisher of Talonbooks, presented the award to bissett.

Kevin Williams and Karl Siegler, current and former publishers of Talonbooks

Click on “Go to story…” for more photos from the gala.

Friday September 23, 2016 in News
This Sunday: WORD Vancouver!

If you’re in Vancouver, British Columbia, this weekend, don’t miss WORD!

WORD Vancouver is Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading. Centered around the Vancouver Public Library and Library Square on Sunday, September 25, WORD promotes books and authors with free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interests.

You’ll find wonderful Talon poets at this year’s WORD Vancouver festival, and Talonbooks will be in attendance in the independent publishers tent! Stop by, say hello to our staff members, and browse our latest books.

More information is available here.

Wednesday September 21, 2016 in News
Bev Sellars in Vancouver this week

Price Paid is newly published, and author Bev Sellars is in town!

Join her tomorrow evening to celebrate the launch of her highly anticipated new book, Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival. Hear how North America’s Indigenous peoples have contributed to the rest of the world; uncover the dark period of regulation by racist laws during the twentieth century; and explore how Indigenous land and resource rights are being re-established today. Following her groundbreaking and award-winning debut, They Called Me Number One, Sellars offers a personal, candid and eye-opening clarification of misconceptions still widely believed about First Nations people. The event takes place on Thursday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Norman Rothstein Theatre (950 West 41st Avenue) in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tickets are still available through Theatre Wire.

Then, tomorrow, join Bev for a discussion about the history of Indigenous activism in Canada and her new book. The event takes place at 3 p.m. on the afternoon of Friday, September 23 at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Find this event on the VPL website.

Monday September 19, 2016 in News
U Girl has arrived!

Meredith Quartermain’s new novel has arrived!

U Girl tells the meta-fictional, feminist story of Frances Nelson, a first-year university student who wants to write a novel. This nostalgic novel is set in Vancouver in the early 1970s, but its characters and conflicts ring just as true today.

Now is a great time to order a copy, because our student special continues! Throughout September, students who order U Girl will get 20% off! (Regular price: $19.95; student price: $15.95) How? Use your student email address (we trust you) to order through info@talonbooks.com, mentioning the student special, and we’ll get your copy of U Girl in the mail the very next day!

Friday September 16, 2016 in News
George F. Walker’s new website is launched

Playwright George F. Walker, famous for his darkly comic plays, has a new website! Visit georgefwalker.ca to find out about his plays, read his bio, or seek out performance rights.

Wednesday September 14, 2016 in News
Talonbooks is British Columbia’s Publisher of the Year!

We are honoured to announce that the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia has awarded Talonbooks the Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award for 2016. The award was presented in Vancouver last evening, Tuesday, September 13, at the annual awards dinner.

The Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award was established in 2001 to recognize the contribution made to the publishing industry in British Columbia by publisher, editor, and consultant James Jardine Douglas. The award is presented to an active BC book publishing company that has earned the respect and applause of the community of publishers for a specific publishing project, an extraordinary contribution to the BC publishing community, and/or its extended commitment to excellence in publishing. Read more about this year’s awards on the BC Books website.

We are very proud to receive this year’s Jim Douglas Award! Many thanks to our readers and supporters from everyone at Talon: publisher and co-owner Kevin Williams, submissions editor and co-owner Vicki Williams, managing editor Ann-Marie, designer and tech guru Les, production co-ordinator Chloë, poetry editor Shazia, Spencer in sales and marketing, and Mocha the office pup. We’ll do our best to keep making great books!

Tuesday September 6, 2016 in News
Price Paid is already a BC bestseller!

Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival, the new book by former Chief Bev Sellars about life under the Indian Act, makes its debut on the British Columbia bestsellers list at #7! We are so pleased to see this book making its way in the world so soon after its publication; what a worthwhile read it is. See the BC bestsellers list for the week of August 28, 2016, online or in the Vancouver Sun.

Sellars’s first book, a memoir called They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School, was the number one book in BC for many weeks, and was on the bestsellers list for a total of forty-four weeks in 2013–2014.

Wednesday August 31, 2016 in News
U Girl on the radio

This week, Meredith Quartermain was interviewed by Minelle Mahtani on Roundhouse Radio in Vancouver, British Columbia, about her new novel U Girl. Set in Vancouver in the early 1970s, U Girl tells the meta-fictional, feminist story of Frances Nelson, a first-year university student who wants to write a novel.

If you missed the radio spot, you can listen online. You’ll hear a reading from U Girl as well as Quartermain’s thoughts on writing, place, sex and sexual mores, and even fashion.

(And stay tuned to Mahtani’s show, Sense of Place, for a chance to win yourself a copy of U Girl! There will be a giveaway in mid-September …)

[U Girl cover] Thursday September 22, 2016 in Meta-Talon

Read: One of our favourite scenes from U Girl

A delight to read, U Girl is the meta-fictional, feminist story of Frances Nelson, a first-year university student who wants to write a novel. This nostalgic novel is set in Vancouver in the early 1970s, but its characters and conflicts ring just as true today.

One of the most memorable – and perhaps character-defining – scenes of the novel takes place in Chapter 6, when Frances attends a poetry reading with her friend Dagmar, who will be reading (for the first time). Read the scene on Meta-Talon today.

Thursday September 8, 2016 in Meta-Talon

School Books: A List

It’s back-to-school time! For some, a happy haze of nostalgia sets in. For others, the supplies are bought and the outfits arranged in honour of that first week: you can be a new you. Maybe this year.

In honour of the back-to-school season, we’ve gathered a list of our favourite school-related Talonbooks. As though your fall reading list isn’t long enough already.

[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

Current Catalogues

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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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