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October 2015

Thursday October 8, 2015
Book Launch! Cosmophilia by Rahat Kurd

Thursday October 8, 2015
Book Launch: Rom Com in Toronto!

Thursday October 8, 2015
Book Launch: As Always, a memoir by Madeleine Gagnon

Friday October 9, 2015
reedings n discussyun with Adeena Karasick n bill bissett at McNally Robinson Winnipeg

Wednesday October 14, 2015
Larry Tremblay and Jane Moss at the ACSUS Conference, Las Vegas

Thursday October 15, 2015
Book Launch: Rom Com in Vancouver!

Saturday October 17, 2015
Judith Fitzgerald at Book Fest in Windsor, ON

Tuesday October 20, 2015
George Bowering in Conversation with Colin Browne at the Vancouver Writers Fest

Friday October 23, 2015
Pure Poetry at the Vancouver Writers Fest

Monday October 26, 2015
George Bowering at the Ottawa Writers Festival

Wednesday October 28, 2015
George Bowering at McNally Robinson in Winnipeg

Thursday October 29, 2015
George Bowering at the University of Manitoba archives

Thursday October 29, 2015
Book Launch: Scree at the Western Front!

November 2015

Tuesday November 3, 2015
Lecture: The LRC presents Alain Deneault

Thursday November 5, 2015
Book Launch! Garry Thomas Morse’s Prairie Harbour in Winnipeg

Saturday November 7, 2015
Celebrate the 80th birthdays of George Bowering and Glen Lewis in Vancouver, BC!

Wednesday November 18, 2015
Lunch Poems at SFU: Clint Burnham and Jónína Kirton

Thursday November 19, 2015
Lecture: Adeena Karasick in Las Vegas

January 2016

Tuesday January 19, 2016
Play: “Seeds” by Annabel Soutar in West Vancouver, BC

February 2016

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

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

March 2016

Wednesday March 2, 2016
Play: Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles-Soeurs in Saskatoon

Thursday March 10, 2016
Play: Chekhov’s “The Seagull”, translated by David French, in Mississauga, ON

April 2016

Friday April 1, 2016
Play: “Dead Metaphor” at the Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver

Thursday April 7, 2016
Play: “The Valley” by Joan MacLeod, Vancouver
Wednesday October 7, 2015 in News
Rom Com is here!

If you haven’t heard about this book of satirical poems, all of which riff on the rom com film genre, now’s your moment. From the origin of the genre to its contemporary expressions, the poems in Rom Com deconstruct as well as engage in dialogue with romantic comedy films and the pop culture, celebrities, and tropes that have come to be associated with them. Its poems are irreverent, playful, and funny. We’ve been looking forward to this book all summer, and now it’s here!

Join Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli for the Toronto launch, tomorrow evening at the Belljar Café! If you’re not in Toronto – and many of us are not – then you can order your copy today ($19.95) and join us for the Vancouver launch of Rom Com on Thursday, October 15th. To get up close and personal with Dina and Daniel, check out the first and second book trailers for Rom Com.

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Monday October 5, 2015 in News
October 8: Talon events across the country!

October 8, 2015, is apparently the day of ALL THE THINGS! Talon authors launch three new books, all across Canada, on October 8. Which city are you in? Pick the Talon event nearest you!

Montreal, QC: Join us at the Atwater Reading Room in Montreal for the launch of As Always, Madeleine Gagnon’s highly readable memoir, and an essential contribution to Quebec culture, newly translated into English by Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott.

Toronto, ON: Join Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli for an eastern launch of their co-authored collection of satirical poetry, Rom Com, at the Belljar Café in Toronto! Find this event on Facebook.

Vancouver, BC: Rahat Kurd launches her debut collection of poetry, Cosmophilia, at the Heartwood Community Café in Vancouver, BC. Doors open at 7:30 PM, readings begin at 8:00 – but you are invited to come early and have a tasty meal at the Heartwood before the launch!

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Friday October 2, 2015 in News
Writing the Okanagan is here!

It’s time to start reading Writing the Okanagan, a new collection of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry by George Bowering, who hails from this famed region of British Columbia.

The book is available now for $24.95, and Bowering is currently touring the Okanagan with it.

Lest you don’t know much about this wonderful BC author, or you would like to know more than you already do, check out the brand-new George Bowering website for information, never-before-seen photos from every inning of Bowering’s life, and ALL THE BOOKS!

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Wednesday September 30, 2015 in News
Book tour! This fall, George Bowering will bring the Okanagan to you

Photo: Oliver Arts Council (Oliver, BC)

Venerable author and noted fun guy George Bowering will travel the nation this fall to read from his new book, Writing the Okanagan – a collection of fiction and non-fiction, written over many years and now collected into one volume, about and set in his home region.

Throughout October 2015, in his 80th year – and with few signs of slowing down – George Bowering will tour libraries, bookstores, and festivals across the country reading from this book as well as three other books he publishes this fall (no kidding!).

Readers residing in the Okanagan region should take special note of his many Okanagan-based stops along the way:

Tour dates in the Okanagan:

Readers elsewhere in the country can look forward to appearances in other provinces as well, and in George’s current city, Vancouver.

Other events in Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Vancouver:

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Tuesday September 29, 2015 in News
Book Trailer #2: Dina and Daniel on “love” and Rom Com

Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli are the dynamic duo behind Rom Com ($19.95), a new collection of irreverent, quirky poetry that celebrates and upsets romantic comedy films.

The second book trailer is out now! In it, Dina and Daniel respond to romantically challenging questions that will amuse and confuse you – just like rom coms do?

Rom Com is available now. Get pumped about this new book by ordering yourself a copy for $19.95, watching the first book trailer, or reading more on the Ask Dina and Daniel tumblr.

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Monday September 28, 2015 in News
Congratulations to Stephen Collis, winner of the 2015 Sterling Prize for Controversy!

Above: Quarmby and Collis lead protesters

Congratulations to Talon poet Stephen Collis! On Friday, September 25, Collis was awarded by Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, the Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy.

The Sterling Prize was established at Simon Fraser University in 1993 to honour and encourage work that provokes and/or contributes to the understanding of controversy. It may be awarded for work in any field, including – but not limited to – the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and education. The selection of the annual prize winner is the responsibility of the Sterling Prize Committee.

Collis’s co-recipient this year is Lynne Quarmby, an SFU professor of biology. Together Collis and Quarmby faced litigation by Kinder Morgan earlier in the year as representatives of civil disobedients against the building of the Kinder Morgan pipeline on Burnaby Mountain. Read more about the award and its receipients on SFU’s website.

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Friday September 25, 2015 in News
Jabber is here!

Like many outgoing young women, Fatima feels rebellious against parents she sees as strict. It just so happens that she is Egyptian-born and wears a hijab. When anti-Muslim graffiti appears on the walls of her school, Fatima transfers to a new school. The guidance counsellor there, Mr. E., does his best to help Fatima fit in, but despite his advice she starts an unlikely friendship with Jorah, who has a reputation for anger issues. Maybe, just maybe, Fatima and Jorah start to, like, like each other …

High school, like no other social space, throws together people of all histories and backgrounds, and young people must decide what they believe in and how far they are willing to go to defend their beliefs. Inside a veritable pressure cooker, they negotiate cross-cultural respect and mutual understanding.

Marcus Youssef’s new play, Jabber, does its part to challenge appearances – and the judgments people make based on those appearances. Jabber is now available for $16.95. Order your copy today!

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Thursday September 24, 2015 in News
Garry Thomas Morse harbours Prairie Harbour on the prairie

Poet Garry Thomas Morse takes part in a number of events during this year’s THIN AIR writers festival in Winnipeg, which is on now! Already he has taken part in the Afternoon Book Chat and the mainstage Poetry Bash. Morse will be reading from his new book, Prairie Harbour, and copies will be available for purchase and signing.

Today, September 24, he gives a reading at 1 PM in the Cross Common Room of St John’s College, University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus to which all are welcome. Tomorrow, September 25, he gives another reading as part of A Putting Down of Roots: CV2 40th Anniversary. Help celebrate 40 years of poetry in Winnipeg! CV2 – formally Contemporary Verse 2: The Canadian Journal of Poetry and Critical Writing – continues to embody the vision of its founder, the intrepid poet Dorothy Livesay: to present wide-ranging poetry and thoughtful essays about it. To help celebrate this milestone, CV2 teams up with UW’s Gallery 1C03 for “A Putting Down of Roots” – 1 PM at Gallery 1C03 at the University of Winnipeg.

For more information, see the THIN AIR event listing for tickets and more information. Also see the University of Winnipeg website.

Prairie Harbour is now available from Talonbooks, having arrived from the press earlier this week!

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Wednesday September 23, 2015 in News
Rom Com is coming to a city near you!

At precisely the cultural moment you were hoping for, a dream team of smart, sexy, brunette poets has passionately co-authored an intelligent collection of satirical poetry that both celebrates and capsizes the romantic comedy. This is Rom Com by Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli. Get ready to fall in love.

From the origin of the genre to its contemporary expressions, the poems in Rom Com deconstruct as well as engage in dialogue with romantic comedy films and the pop culture, celebrities, and tropes that have come to be associated with them. These irreverent, playful, weird, and comedic poems come in a variety of forms, fully engaging in pop culture, without a judgmental tone.

Join Dina and Daniel as they launch Rom Com!

The dynamic duo will also read from Rom Com in the poetry bus at WORD Vancouver on September 27.

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Tuesday September 22, 2015 in News
Fred Wah sure is busy these days

As we anticipate the arrival of Fred Wah’s Collected Earlier Works (1961–1992), we invite you to join him at any of a number of readings an events in and around Vancouver, taking place this week and next!

Then, on October 29, join Talonbooks at 8 PM the Western Front in Vancouver for the launch of Scree, Wah’s collected earlier poems (1961–1992)!

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Tuesday September 29, 2015 in Meta-Talon

Interview: Oana Avasilichioaei in The Puritan

The Puritan magazine has published an intriguing interview by Erín Moure with Talon poet Oana Avasilichioaei, author of Limbinal, which was published this past spring. Read the full interview online in Issue 30 of The Puritan.

Thursday September 24, 2015 in Meta-Talon

Ask Dina and Daniel: Satiric and poetic advice for your love life

In advance of the publication of their co-authored collection of poetry, Rom Com, Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli provide lexy, sexy responses to a variety of questions related to life and love on their tumblr, Ask Dina and Daniel. On Meta-Talon, read just one tantalizing sample.

Thursday September 17, 2015 in Meta-Talon

The meaning of “sila”

In a series of eight plays that have together come to be called The Arctic Cycle, playwright Chantal Bilodeau explores the effects of climate change on the eight countries in the Arctic Circle. The cycle of plays begins in northern Canada with Sila, which will be published this fall.

In anticipation of the publication of Sila, we asked: what does “sila” mean? And why is it the right title for this play?

English-Inuktitut translator Janet Tamalik McGrath has provided the answers. She shared with us an article she co-wrote recently with other Canadian scholars which explains the significance of the term and poses questions about the nature of climate change discourse in Canada – a purpose shared by the play Sila.

Thursday September 3, 2015 in Meta-Talon

The Kropotkin Poems by Phyllis Webb

“The Kropotkin Poems” is a book or sequence of poems about the Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin that the Canadian poet Phyllis Webb did not write; they exist only as a 1967 grant proposal and several fragmentary poems (some titled “Poems of Failure”) that lie in the long gap between Webb’s 1965 Naked Poems and 1980’s Wilson’s Bowl.

In this blog by poet and professor Stephen Collis, read about a recent meeting of the minds: himself and Webb, discussing Kropotkin and poetry.


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Current Catalogues

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


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Canada: A New Tax Haven

Alain Deneault
Translated by Catherine Browne

Cerulean Blue

Drew Hayden Taylor


Rahat Kurd

Ebooks (Full List)


Impeccable Regret

Judith Fitzgerald
Introduction by Thomas Dilworth


Marcus Youssef

Moss Park and Tough!

George F. Walker

Peacock Blue [softcover]

Phyllis Webb
Edited by John F. Hulcoop

Prairie Harbour

Garry Thomas Morse

Rom Com

Dina Del Bucchia & Daniel Zomparelli


Fred Wah
Edited by Jeff Derksen
Introduction by Jeff Derksen


Chantal Bilodeau

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Studies in Description

Carl Peters

Tales of the Emperor

Jack Winter

The Divine

Michel Marc Bouchard
Translated by Linda Gaboriau

The United States of Wind

Daniel Canty
Translated by Oana Avasilichioaei

Writing the Okanagan

George Bowering

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