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August 2017

Wednesday August 30, 2017
Oana Avasilichioaei reads/performs at DHC/ART / Phi Centre, Montreal

September 2017

Wednesday September 6, 2017
Maylis de Kerangal at the Open Book Festival in Cape Town, South Africa

Thursday September 7, 2017
Coast to Coast: Canada’s Literary Women featuring Meredith Quartermain in Niagara Falls, Ontario

Friday September 22, 2017
Sidney Literary Festival, featuring M.A.C. Farrant

October 2017

Tuesday October 3, 2017
Play: “1 Hour Photo” by Tetsuro Shigematsu at the Cultch in Vancouver

Friday October 20, 2017
Honouring Reconciliation Reading Circle: Bev Sellars' They Call Me Number One

Thursday October 26, 2017
Play: "Only Drunks and Children" at the Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay, ON

November 2017

Friday November 3, 2017
Stephen Collis at the Festival of Readers (St. Catharines, ON)

Saturday November 11, 2017
Play: “Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth” in Vancouver, BC

January 2018

Tuesday January 16, 2018
Play: Empire of the Son at Alberta Theatre (Alberta, AB

Thursday January 25, 2018
Play: “Jitters” by David French in Vancouver

June 2018

Friday June 15, 2018
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal
Posted: Tuesday August 1, 2017
From Oral to Written is launched!


Ian Ross, Josephine Bacon, Tomson Highway, Richard Van Camp, Michael Kusugak, and Marilyn Dumont

Many thanks to the approximately 400 guests who joined us and the Vancouver Writers Fest at the Drum Is Calling Festival on Friday evening, July 28, to launch Tomson Highway’s new book! We so enjoyed celebrating with you the rich Indigenous literary landscape in Canada. The evening was a complete smash!

To see photos from the event, click “Go to story…”



Posted: Friday July 28, 2017
Tonight! Tomson Highway launches From Oral to Written

Join Talonbooks and the Vancouver Writers Fest for the launch of From Oral to Written, part of the Drum is Calling Festival!



Posted: Friday July 21, 2017
Cross your heart and hope to read
[A Crossing of Hearts display]

Michel Tremblay’s new-to-English novel has arrived!

A Crossing of Hearts ($16.95) continues Michel Tremblay’s Desrosiers Diaspora series of novels, a family saga set in Montreal during World War I. This third novel bursts with life as Rhéauna (Nana) and her baby brother travel to the countryside for their first-ever family vacation. The young city girl explores the natural world – and the enchanted forest of her inner, maturing self. The novel also further develops the character of Nana’s mother Maria so that we understand her motivations more fully, and at the same time recognize nods to the history of Quebec and the dynamics of the family under the strictures of the Catholic church.

Each novel in the series can be read on its own, but if you have enjoyed one, you are sure to enjoy them all! Pick up the first in the series, Crossing the Continent, and the second as well: Crossing the City.



Posted: Monday July 17, 2017
From Oral to Written has gone from written to published!
[From Oral to Written display photo]

Tomson Highway’s new book is here! A survey of Indigenous literature published in Canada between 1980 and 2010, From Oral to Written is now available!

From Oral to Written is the story of the Indigenous literary tradition, written – in multiple Indigenous languages, in French, and in English – by a brave, committed, hard-working, and inspired community of exceptional individuals – from the Haida Nation of Haida Gwaii to the Inuit of Baffin Island to the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island. Leading Indigenous author Tomson Highway surveys what he sees as the first wave of Indigenous writers published in Canada, highlighting the most gifted authors and the best stories they have told, offering non-Indigenous readers access to reconciliation and understanding, and at the same time engendering among Indigenous readers pride in a stellar body of work.

Order your copy today for $29.95, and join us for the book launch in Vancouver on Friday, July 28!



Posted: Friday June 9, 2017
Abel proves able: Jordan Abel wins the Griffin!
[Kevin Williams, Jordan Abel, and Chelsea Novak at the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize dinner]

Above (L–R): At the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize dinner, Kevin Williams, Talonbooks publisher; Jordan Abel, winner of the Griffin; Chelsea Novak, reporter and wife of Abel

Well, this is just the greatest day. Injun by Jordan Abel is the Canadian winner of the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize! Abel and Alice Oswald – winner in the International category, for her collection Falling Awake – each received $65,000 in prize money.

Read the official Griffin announcement, and see coverage of Abel’s win by the Globe & Mail, CBC Books, CBC Radio q, the Ottawa Citizen (also syndicated in the Montreal Gazette, the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, and others), Global News, BC BookLook, and Castlegar News (a nice hometown shout-out; Abel currently resides in Castlegar, BC).

And get your hands on a copy of Injun for $16.95.



Posted: Wednesday June 7, 2017
Home again, home again after the convention circuit

Talonbooks publisher Kevin Williams and sales pro Spencer Williams were very pleased to attend a number of conventions over the last few weeks on behalf of the press. We so appreciate these opportunities to meet face-to-face and one-on-one with our readers, who include scholars, thespians, playwrights, poets, booksellers, librarians, and the reading public. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booths and said hello!

First up were the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences and the convention of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research, both held at the same time this year in Toronto, Ontario.


Above: the Talon booth at Congress 2017 (shared with our friends at Playwrights Canada Press)


Above: Tetsuro Shigematsu performs from Empire of the Son for the CATR crowd


Above: Jovanni Sy gives a raucous performance of his new play, A Taste of Empire

Next, the Williams men flew to the Big Apple for Book Expo America and Book Con, which together make up the largest book trade show and public convention in North America.


Above: outside the Javits Center, a long line-up forms on the first morning of Book Con


Above: the Talon booth at Book Expo America

Kevin and Vicki Williams, Talonbooks owners, will also be at the annual American Library Association (ALA) convention in Chicago, June 22 through 27. If you’re at ALA, please come visit us at booth #3223 and pick up advance copies of Fall books, including Anima by Wajdi Mouawad (translated by Linda Gaboriau) and Zora, A Cruel Tale by Philippe Arseneault (translated by Fred A. Reed and David Homel). Talon’s latest novel, In Search of New Babylon by Dominique Scali (translated by W. Donald Wilson), will also be available.



Posted: Monday June 5, 2017
Donato Mancini will be writer in residence at the University of Windsor this fall

Donato Mancini has been named by the University of Windsor’s Department of English as their Writer in Residence for Fall 2017.



Posted: Wednesday May 31, 2017
50 years of Talonbooks, and a new catalogue that includes every title in print!
[cover of Talonbooks 2017 catalogue]

The Talonbooks 2017 catalogue is now available! This 100-page document includes every title currently in print: more than 500 plays; novels; collections of poetry, short stories, essays; ethnography and Indigenous studies; biographies; and literary criticism. Inside you’ll find our Spring 2017 titles, Fall 2017 titles, and all backlist titles available for purchase.

If you are on our print catalogue mailing list, you’ll receive your copy soon. You can also browse the catalogue online.



Posted: Friday May 5, 2017
50 years since Expo 67, and a book bundle to celebrate!

Being the 50th anniversary of both Expo 67 and Talonbooks, 2017 is the perfect year to read this delightful series! In honour of the anniversary, Tremblay’s Notebook series is on sale until October. Get all three novels for just $25!



Posted: Wednesday May 3, 2017
Bev Sellars books shortlisted for First Nation Communities READ 2017–2018 award

We are pleased to announce that both books by Bev Sellars – Price Paid and They Called Me Number One – are on the shortlist for this year’s First Nation Communities READ 2017–2018 award, the Periodical Marketers of Canada Aboriginal Literature award! More than 50 books were nominated in this year’s Young Adult/Adult category, and the prize is worth $5,000. The winner will be announced in late May.



Posted: Friday April 28, 2017
Mend the Living wins Wellcome Book Prize!
[Mend the Living cover image]

Congratulations to author Maylis de Kerangal and translator Jessica Moore! Their 2016 novel, Mend the Living, has won the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize!



Posted: Wednesday April 12, 2017
Save the date! Our Spring 2017 Poetry Launch is on April 27 in Vancouver
[poster for 2017 spring launch]

On Thursday, April 27, Talonbooks launches four poetry titles all in one night! Come out to the Western Front for readings by Jónína Kirton, R. Kolewe, Donato Mancini, and Catriona Strang (reading Nancy Shaw), hosted by Jeff Derksen. There will be new books, drinks, and so much cheese! RSVP on Facebook, if you wish.



Posted: Tuesday April 11, 2017
Jordan Abel’s Injun short-listed for the Griffin!
[Injun cover]

Congratulations, Jordan Abel!

Abel’s latest collection of poetry, Injun, is one of three Canadian books of poetry short-listed for this year’s Griffin Poetry Prize!



Posted: Thursday April 6, 2017
New poetry in house, right on time for National Poetry Month!

It’s that season again, and we couldn’t be happier to have new poetry ready for you!



Posted: Friday March 31, 2017
Thank you, poetry lovers of the eastern US!
[Colin Browne, Daphne Marlatt, and Fred Wah – March 2017 eastern US tour]

Above: Browne, Marlatt, and Wah at the airport (Photo: Marian Penner Bancroft)

We would like to thank everyone who came out to hear and talk with Fred Wah, Daphne Marlatt, and Colin Browne on their Eastern US tour. They appreciated your close listening and the extra effort taken by those who braved the winter storms!



Posted: Monday March 27, 2017
New books for spring! Poetry, fiction, and drama

Three new books have arrived, hot off the press! R. Kolewe’s collection of poetry, Inspecting Nostalgia; Dominique Scali’s debut novel, In Search of New Babylon (translated by W. Donald Wilson); and our new-format reprint of playwright John Murrell’s adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac are available now.



Posted: Wednesday March 22, 2017
March 25–31: Anahita Jamali Rad, Danielle LaFrance, and Donato Mancini on tour in California

Danielle LaFrance, Donato Mancini, and Anahita Jamali Rad tour the west coast!



Posted: Monday March 20, 2017
Adeena Karasick archive donated to Simon Fraser University
[image: Adeena Karasick, 2013]

Last month, British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University announced the life work of Canadian writer and poet Adeena Karasick would be added to its Bennett Library Contemporary Literature Collection.



Posted: Friday March 17, 2017
Once in Blockadia is short-listed for the George Ryga Award!
[Once in Blockadia cover]

We are very pleased that Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry has made it onto the short list for the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature!



Posted: Thursday March 16, 2017
Mend the Living is short-listed for the Wellcome Book Prize!
[Mend the Living cover image]

Jessica Moore’s beautiful translation of Maylis de Kerangal’s 2016 novel, Mend the Living, has been short-listed for the Wellcome Book Prize! Worth £30,000, the prize celebrates exceptional works of fiction and non-fiction that engage with the topics of health and medicine and the many ways they touch our lives. The winner will be announced on April 24.

Read more in the Irish Times.



Posted: Friday March 10, 2017
BC book publishers and members of parliament celebrate BC Book Day


Video: Proclamation of BC Book Day 2017

Talonbooks celebrated International Women’s Day this week with a visit to the British Columbia Legislature on Wednesday, where members of parliament proclaimed BC Book Day and met with publishers, authors, booksellers, festival directors, and representatives from other publishing-related organizations from around the province.

Kevin, Vicki, and Spencer Williams of Talonbooks were in attendance, and Kevin in his role as president of the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia gave welcoming remarks on the role book publishers play in the province’s economy and culture.



Posted: Wednesday March 8, 2017
All-Star Talon poets on tour in the eastern U.S.

Fred Wah, Daphne Marlatt, and Colin Browne are on tour in the eastern United States! With their latest collections of poetry – Scree, Reading Sveva, and The Hatch – these three all-stars will read in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, over the next two weeks. For tour dates, click on “Go to story…”



Posted: Monday March 6, 2017
Same Diff has arrived!
[cover of Same Diff]

Our first poetry collection of Spring 2017 is now available!

Same Diff ($16.95) by Donato Mancini meets at the intersection of contemporary poetry, art, and current politics. Influenced by documentary cinema such as the films of Frederic Wiseman, Dada poets, montage techniques, and a range of modern poets, Same Diff explores the way social and economic histories become imprinted within language itself. Each poem introduces a dominant motif that develops through repetition and incremental variations, sourcing language from newspapers, online sources, and overheard conversations to create an emotive effect, as felt in music.

Order your copy today! If you’re in California, catch a reading near you; Mancini will be going on tour in late March. If you’re in Vancouver, BC, come out to the Talonbooks Spring Poetry Launch in late April to hear Mancini read from Same Diff.



Posted: Thursday March 2, 2017
Talon book design in the press
[Scree cover]

We are pleased to see Talonbooks publicized in a variety of contexts, and there has been some nice press for Talon’s book design in the last few weeks!

Early in February, the All Lit Up blog featured Fred Wah’s collected earlier poems, Scree (designed by Leslie Smith), in its Beautiful Books column.

Now, Quill and Quire has featured our new covers for Michel Tremblay’s Notebook series (designed by Chloë Filson). Find them on the last page of Q&Q’s March 2017 issue!



Posted: Wednesday February 15, 2017
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.



Thursday August 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Buy a Quebec Book Day! August 12

August 12 is Buy a Quebec Book Day – and have we got books for you! Browse our list of 12 august and recently published Quebec books – any of which we would, of course, recommend. Read the list, and then get out to your local bookstore this Saturday and show la belle province some literary love!

[cover of The Gorge] Friday June 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Listen: Nancy Shaw reads her poems

The Gorge: Selected Writing by Nancy Shaw launched in April, 2017 at the Western Front in Vancouver. To launch Shaw’s book, published posthumously, editor Catriona Strang read from The Gorge, and then this video was played to a rapt audience. In the video, you’ll hear the voice of Nancy Shaw, reading poems from her book Cold Trip (2006; co-authored with Catriona Strang).

[cover of Inspecting Nostalgia] Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon

“The result is not simple”: Two Poems from Inspecting Nostalgia

By R. Kolewe

Inspecting Nostalgia is a new collection of poetry by R. Kolewe. This, his second collection, brings together found text and fragments of various writers’ work with scraps from his own journals.

In this third week of National Poetry Month 2017, and in advance of Kolewe’s Toronto launch on May 8, please enjoy two poems from the collection on Meta-Talon.

[Once in Blockadia cover] Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon

An excerpt from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands” by Stephen Collis

By Stephen Collis

Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry is nominated for the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. It rethinks the relationship between human beings and the natural world and searches for ways we can continue to resist. Today on Meta-Talon, we offer a section from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands,” the second long poem in Once in Blockadia.

Current Catalogue

[image: Talonbooks 2017 catalogue]

CURRENT FRONT LIST


 

After Class

George F. Walker
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Anima

Wajdi Mouawad
Translated by Linda Gaboriau
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Art of Building a Bunker, The

Adam Lazarus & Guillermo Verdecchia
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Daisy

Sean Devine
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Flat Willow Creek

Michael Barnholden
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Forward

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

Tomson Highway
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full-metal indigiqueer

Joshua Whitehead
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Intertidal

Daphne Marlatt
Edited by Susan Holbrook
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Just, The

Albert Camus
Translated by Bobby Theodore
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[cover of Legend]
Legend

Michael Blouin
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Prison Industrial Complex Explodes

Mercedes Eng
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Reveries of a Solitary Biker

Catriona Strang
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Wayside Sang

Cecily Nicholson
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Zora

Philippe Arseneault
Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel
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