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David Robinson is the son of J. Lewis Robinson, who served as the first head of the Geography Department at UBC from 1953 to 1968. When David Robinson started a poetry magazine at Magee High School in Vancouver in 1963, his English teacher was Harry Locke, who also played a formative role in the literary careers of Linda Rogers, a poet laureate of Victoria, and Alan Twigg, founder of BC BookWorld and abcbookworld.

Robinson, a gifted book designer, and Gordon Fidler were instrumental in developing the press into Talonbooks, developing the poetry imprint into the main publisher for Canadian playwrights in English, including George Ryga and Michel Tremblay. Karl Siegler first worked at the press in 1974, at age 26. When his business partnership with Robinson was severed, Siegler and his wife Christy steered Talonbooks until the end of 2011. The majority owner became Kevin Williams, formally of Raincoast Books.