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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Well, the end of 2016 is finally in sight. What a year it has been! We can’t help but laugh when our colleagues refer to 2016 as a dumpster fire of a year, for there have been many crises indeed – and yet there have also been victories, though one has to look for them. In the spirit of hope for the future, and in the enjoyment of a jolly period of rest before we jump back in for another round, we wish you a merry season!
Our gift to you: the above snap of Talon office pup, Mocha, looking shell-shocked while having her photograph taken with Santa Claus a week or two ago (taken on Pender Island, British Columbia).
Please also note that the Talonbooks office will be closed from December 24, 2016, through January 2, 2017.
Itching to read some new, independent, Canadian drama? Whether you’re in the mood for a new translation of a Quebecois classic, a contemporary look at the film and theatre industries, a touching family story, an exploration of grief and mortality, or an avant-garde and multi-layered performance piece, we’ve got you covered.
Plays newly available include False Starts by Louis Patrick Leroux, translated by the playwright, Alexander St-Laurent, and Katia Grubisic; In a Blue Moon by Lucia Frangione; The Envelope by Vittorio Rossi; Yours Forever, Marie-Lou by Michel Tremblay, translated by Sheila Fischman; and You Will Remember Me by François Archambault, translated by Bobby Theodore.
If you order from this website (or by phone) by December 15, and you’re in Canada, you’ll have books in time for Christmas!
Réparer les vivants, the film based on Maylis de Kerangal’s riveting novel, Mend the Living, opened in French cinemas last week. Watch the trailer below:
Mend the Living was translated into English by Jessica Moore and was long-listed for the Man Booker International Prize in 2016.
Join Louis Patrick Leroux next Tuesday evening for the launch of False Starts, a new and unique play just published by Talonbooks, as well as the newly published French edition of his previous book, Ludwig and Mae.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
5 p.m. (NOT 6 p.m. as previously advertised)
Librairie le Port de tête (bookstore)
262 Avenue du Mont-Royal E
Returning after an extended and completely sold out run, Empire of the Son, written by and starring Tetsuro Shigematsu (former host of CBC Radio One’s The Roundup), is the story of two generations of CBC broadcasters and the radio silence between them. Shigematsu’s one-man show is this week’s feature story in the Georgia Straight. (Look for Tetsuro on the cover, dapper as ever.)
Photos: Georgia Straight
Mounted by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver), the show runs November 1 through 13, 2016 at the Vancity Culture Lab (The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street) in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tickets and more info available here.
Empire of the Son will be published by Talonbooks in Spring 2017, but early birds who attend this production will have access to books in advance!
From October 28 through November 7, 2016, readers across British Columbia can discover locally published books and meet authors resident in their communities through a range of activities in bookstores and libraries throughout the province. Here is a list of Read Local events. You might wish to add these to your calendars!
This past Sunday, poetry lovers spent an intimate and interactive afternoon with poets Fred Wah and Colin Browne at the Vancouver Writers’ Festival. The house was nearly full, and Wah read a number of poems from his collected earlier poems, Scree, before diving into conversation with Browne. Composition was the thread of the conversation, and the audience gained insight into Wah’s poetic practises and approaches to poetry.
Critically acclaimed poet and Vancouver native Adeena Karasick was in her hometown last month to celebrate the donation of her archive to Simon Fraser University. The Collection of Contemporary Literature at SFU’s Bennett Library contains one of the biggest selections of avant-garde poetry in North America.Friday March 17, 2017 in Meta-Talon
All the main characters in this novel are invented, except one. All the towns are real, except for New Babylon. But if such a place were to be imagined, it would be a Wild West town where gunfights are fair play and the law bans only the lawman. It is a perilous place, where the beauty of the desert landscape takes your breath away with the same power as an open blade and a gash to the throat.
On that gruesome note, we hope you enjoy this teaser, lifted from pages 36–38 of In Search of New Babylon.Thursday March 2, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Today on Meta-Talon, please enjoy a very short story from M.A.C. Farrant’s book The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice.
Annual Day happens once a year and it is never good. This year the date is March 2.Thursday February 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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.
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.