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By Tightrope Books | May 21st, 2012 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Firstly the Spring books are coming! Follow @Tightropespring on twitter for constant updates on the new titles. Visit this tumblr page for all the news on Samantha’s upcoming book and check back here for new exciting information about all our Spring titles.





In other news, the signing of Julie Hart to Tightrope Books for her biography Hart Strings has become big news in the online world of wrestling “dirt sheets”. Just google some keywords and you’ll see what we mean. Exciting stuff and congratulations Julie on your upcoming release.

We’re working on a short interview film with Royston Tester for his book of stories Fatty Goes To China.

We have a lot of great book events happening in early and late June in both Toronto and Montreal. Remember to follow us on @TightropeSpring for constant updates!

Ursula Pflug readings on April 4th and 11th

By Tightrope Books | March 28th, 2012 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Ursula Pflug will be reading on April 11th at the Augusta House as part of the Chiseries with Rio Youers and James Alan Gardner.

“The Water Man,” which has seen print in anthologies in Canada, the US, and the UK, is now available for your listening pleasure at the awesome Escape Pod. The talented Christiana Ellis has done a wonderful job reading the story.

Additionally, from 7-9 on Wednesday April 4th, Pflug will be MCing at Cat Sass Coffeehouse in Norwood. The night’s featured readers are Leanne Simpson, Kate Story and Ruth Clarke. The reading series is sponsored by The National Public Readings Program of TWUC. If anyone is driving the Trans Canada east of Peterborough that night, be sure to stop in. The atmosphere and fair trade lattes are both exceptional.

Celebrating National Poetry Month, and Penn Kemp

By Tightrope Books | March 28th, 2012 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Tightrope author Kathryn Mockler will be reading at the event ‘Poet Laureate and Friends,’ presented by the London Arts Council. Come out to the  PL Farewell: celebrate National Poetry Month and London’s First Poet Laureate, Penn Kemp.

Poets Kathryn MocklerDavid HickeyCornelia Hoogland and Karen Schindler will be reading on this year’s National Poetry Month theme of “Balance.” These poets have written extensively about balance between personal and professional lives, between political and ecological values, as well as sustainability, not only of our environment but of also Canadian culture.Penn Kemp will also perform a special tribute and thank you to the late Colleen Thibaudeau Reaney honouring her significant contribution to the Literary Arts and London, Ontario.


Thursday, April 26, 2012 – 7:00pm


London Public Library
251 Dundas Street
London, ON
N6A 1G4



Free Your Erotic Self

By Tightrope Books | March 27th, 2012 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Freeing Your Erotic Self in Poetry or Prose‘ is a new course at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, taught by Tightrope’s own Myna Wallin. Find an authentic vocabulary for your erotic self with this playful and exploratory workshop. In a relaxed environment, take part in writing exercises designed to loosen inhibitions on paper. Analyze what works and why in your own writing and in famous rule-breakers like Anais Nin, Anne Sexton, and Barbara Gowdy.

The course takes place from May 3rd to June 21st 2012, and runs on Thursdays from 6:30-9:00 pm. The flat fee is $599.00 and takes place on the St. George Campus.

New workshop: Writing Creatively about Grief

By Tightrope Books | March 27th, 2012 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Writing Creatively about Grief is a creative writing workshop through Ryerson University’s Continuing Education Program, taught by award winning poet and journalist, Jacob Scheier. 

Students will learn techniques, methods, and devices for writing evocative creative non-fiction (e.g., memoir, personal essay) and poetry on loss and grief. Through the reading and writing of non-fiction and poetry, we will work towards making our experiences of grief speak to others. Subject matter is not limited to the death of a loved one, but can include, for example, a divorce/break up or losing a part of a person through injury or illness.

Jacob Scheier’s writing will be featured in “Mess,” Tightrope’s upcoming hospital anthology.

Scheier is the winner of the 2008 Governor General’s Award for poetry and co-winner of a 2009 New York Independent Media Alliance award for best feature article. His poems have been published in periodicals across North America and been aired on CBC radio. He is a regular contributor of articles to Toronto’s NOW Magazine. He is also a volunteer facilitator with Bereaved Families of Ontario.

“Jacob creates a class atmosphere that is safe, supportive, and truly creative, and this has given all of us the freedom to write very moving and powerful pieces around the subjects of grief and loss.”
- Dianne Moore Learner, “Writing Creatively About Grief”
Winter 2011


The course runs Wednesday evenings, 6:30-9 pm, May 2-July 4, 2012.
The cost is $371 (HST included).

Enrollment for the Spring term opens on
March 19, 2012. For further details, please visit
www.ryerson.ca/ce/enrollment. New students
can enroll in person (350 Victoria Street) or by
mail, while returning students can enroll in
person, by mail, or online.
or call 416.979.5035
or email: ce@ryerson.ca