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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.
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!
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
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.
Donato Mancini has been named by the University of Windsor’s Department of English as their Writer in Residence for Fall 2017.
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.
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!
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.
Congratulations to author Maylis de Kerangal and translator Jessica Moore! Their 2016 novel, Mend the Living, has won the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize!
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.
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!
It’s that season again, and we couldn’t be happier to have new poetry ready for you!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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…”
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 waited for Bev Sellars and Bill Wilson to emerge from 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, Professor Bowker, that the business students learned something about the history of Canada and appreciated the aboriginal perspective. Thank you for inviting Bev!
filling Station presents the flywheel reading series, featuring Daphne Marlatt, Colin Martin, M.A.C. Farrant, and Mallory Smith!
Thursday, February 9
Pages Books (in Kensington)
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.
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
Tickets and info available here.
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).Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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.Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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.Monday April 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon
For you, in solidarity, during this National Poetry Month, a poem from Jónína Kirton’s new collection.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.