A Celebration of Talonbooks

Jonina Kirton, Cecily Nicholson, Testsuro Shigematsu

A Celebration of Talonbooks

Host: Stephen Collis

Event Number: 76
Tickets: $20.00

A Celebration of Talonbooks

Jonina Kirton, Cecily Nicholson, Testsuro Shigematsu

Saturday, October 21
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright St.

Vancouver publisher Talonbooks turns 50 this year! From humble beginnings as a poetry magazine with an editorial collective based at Magee High School in 1963, Talon magazine moved to UBC in 1965. By 1967, it had published so many young writers, Talon decided to become a book publisher for its authors. Now, with more than 500 titles in print, which have received more than 300 awards, Talonbooks can also boast that it is Canada’s largest independent publisher of drama, that it does more translations from Québec than anyone else and that it has introduced readers to many Indigenous writers. This afternoon, join us for readings by Jónína Kirton, Cecily Nicholson and Tetsuro Shigematsu, shining examples of Talonbooks’ esteemed roster.

Event Authors:

Jónína Kirton

British Columbia

Jónína Kirton is a Métis/Icelandic poet, author and facilitator. She is involved with the Aboriginal Writers Collective – West Coast and coordinated the first National Indigenous Writers Conference in Vancouver. Her work has been featured in anthologies and literary journals, including Ricepaper’s Asian & Aboriginal issue and Toronto Quarterly. She is a member of the Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio Advisory Board and is a liaison for its Indigenous Advisory Board. Kirton is also a member of Room magazine’s editorial board. Her second poetry collection, An Honest Woman, challenges the norms of femininity and sexuality as a mixed-race woman.

@joninakirton
joninakirton.wixsite.com

Cecily Nicholson

British Columbia

Cecily Nicholson is the administrator of the artist-run centre Gallery Gachet, an exhibition and studio space for artists. She has worked since 2000 in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood and belongs to the Joint Effort prison abolitionist group. She is a member of the Research Ethics Board for Emily Carr University and is currently a writer-in-residence for Simon Fraser University. In 2015, she won the Dorothy Livesay prize for poetry. Nicholson has written two poetry collections, Triage and From the Poplars, with her third, Wayside Sang, about movement and trauma in the heavily industrialized world, arriving this year.

Tetsuro Shigematsu

British Columbia

At nineteen, Tetsuro Shigematsu became the youngest playwright in history to compete in the Quebec Drama Festival. This launched his career as a playwright, but he is also a well-known actor, comedian, filmmaker and radio broadcaster. He was the host of The Roundup and was a writer for the comedy show This Hour has 22 Minutes and a number of CBC shows. He currently writes for the Huffington Post and serves as president of Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre. Empire of the Son is his funny, one-man show about two generations of CBC broadcasters and their intergenerational conflicts.

@tweetsuro
shiggy.com