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news | Tuesday January 31, 2023

Conversations with Khahtsahlano: As We Knew Him Footage

Following the release of Conversations with Khahtsahlano 1932–1954, Massy Books and Vancouver Public Library hosted an evening of stories from relatives of Sḵwx̱uwú7mesh Chief August Jack Khahtsahlano. Conversations with Khahtsahlano 1932–1954 is a rare first-hand account of traditional life with memories spanning back to 1881. The publishers and those connected to Khahtsahlano spoke about both Chief Khahtsahlano himself and importance of bringing these stories of our local history into the present.

If you were unable to attend the event on January 26, you can watch footage from the event here.

news | Wednesday January 18, 2023

Elaine Ávila Interviewed on Global News

Playwright Elaine Ávila gives a great interview on Global News about the current run of Fado: The Saddest Music in the World at the Firehall Arts Centre! Ávila discusses the inspiration for her play and the origins of Fado as a genre. Watch the full interview here!

news | Tuesday January 17, 2023

Standing in a River of Time Reviewed in Prairie Fire!

Standing in a River of Time, the lyric memoir by Jónína Kirton was reviewed by Mary Barnes in Prairie Fire magazine!

From the review: “The author writes in short paragraphs and the sentences flow like the symbolic river she is standing in, the waters bringing forth the wreckage of her past. The author pulls the debris out, one item at a time, to show us that revealed, they represent the events she is trying to understand. Kirton complements her prose by adding poems to each section.”

Read the complete review in Prairie Fire here!

news | Tuesday January 17, 2023

Four Talonbooks Titles Named in 'Best Of' List on DUSIE

Poet and publisher rob mclennan names Unfuckable Lardass by Catriona Strang, Un by Ivan Drury, HARROWINGS by Cecily Nicholson, Tracery by Edward Byrne among his favourite poetry titles of 2022 on DUSIE. Read the complete list full of amazing books of poetry here!

news | Monday January 16, 2023

“Standing in a River of Time” on Winnipeg Free Press’ Annual Book Round Up

Standing in a River of Time by Jónína Kirton was named on Winnipeg Free Press’ list of their top titles of 2022!

Check out the full list of amazing books here.

news | Thursday January 12, 2023

Interview with Elaine Ávila in Stir

Fado: The Saddest Music in the World, the musical play written by Elaine Ávila, is being remounted as a co-production between Firehall Arts Centre and Peunte Theatre from January 14 to February 5. In Stir, Gail Johnson interviews Ávila and writes about why this is the perfect time for a new run of Fado: The Saddest Music in the World.

From the article: “‘…people, particularly right now, might want to come together and cry; we haven’t really done that [post-pandemic]. We kind of pretended we got over it and just got on with things. I’ve noticed that I am so excited—maybe even more excited about any production, ever, because I’m so excited to be going out and meeting people because of the play. It feels really special.’”

Read the full piece here.

news | Tuesday January 10, 2023

"Standing in a River of Time" Reviewed in Canthius

Standing in a River of Time by Jónína Kirton was reviewed by Jasmine Gui in Canthius!

From the review: “Standing in a River of Time is not interested in standing alone — it is Kirton’s recognition of her abundant relations, and an invitation to the reader to engage with her. The events, emotions, and stories of these pages make up the messy landscape of what it looks like to hold and heal.”

Read the complete review here.

news | Friday December 23, 2022

Happy Holidays from the Talonbooks Team

The Talonbooks team wishes you and your loved ones health and cheer in the coming year. Please be advised that our office will be closed from December 23 to January 2. We will resume our regular office hours (9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST) on Wednesday January 4, 2023, as we will be doing inventory January 3. Happy Holidays!

news | Tuesday December 20, 2022

A Christmassy Snippet from M.A.C. Farrant

We’re happy to be sharing our traditional tale from M.A.C. Farrant this almost-Christmas! Talonbooks’ offices will be closed from December 23rd until the morning of January 4th. Happy Holidays, everyone! This piece is a sneak peek from Farrant’s next book, forthcoming fall 2023:



This is a picture of a puzzle piece looking wan and harshly alone amid a quantity of dust and broken cardboard. It is a dark brown piece and was recently rescued by my cousin Sue from a slashed-open vacuum bag. Besides the puzzle piece, she also removed cat hair, dirt, and needles from last year’s Christmas tree. The scene presents as one of devastation, and the aftermath of rescue—relief and solace. She had moved her dining room table to vacuum the rug beneath it when the “mishap” occurred. Her husband Dave’s current jigsaw— “Iris” by van Gogh—lay across the table in pieces and when Sue heard a “clunk” while she vacuumed, she sucked in her breath.

Sue is another jigsaw drop-out. “I enjoyed the Christmas puzzle in 2020 (1 piece missing). I was over it in 2021 (2 pieces missing)”.

Annoyed by this pair of imperfect puzzles, she looked at the puzzle maker’s website to contact them about her “industrial sabotage suspicions”. It came to nothing. She said, “Their contact page said do not ‘contact them about missing pieces. . . nothing they can do about it’.”

The rescued piece, it turns out, was from her 2021 Christmas jigsaw of a train, and not the current puzzle on the dining room table. Sue now blames the cat for hiding the piece.

The question remains, what will she do with the rescued piece? Return it to its box and its fellow pieces so that there will now be only one piece missing instead of two?

Sue always ends her emails to me with “Peace out”, so I’m guessing it will be “piece out” from the vacuum bag and into the garbage.

news | Tuesday December 20, 2022

Cecily Nicholson Interview

Looking for something to listen to on this snowy day? Andrew French interviews Cecily Nicholson on the podcast Page Fright: A Literary Podcast. Tune in to the episode here!

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