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By Tightrope Books | May 14th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

The Launch of Tara-Michelle Ziniuk’s New Book of Poetry Somewhere to Run From with special guests The Pining

Join us for a night of great poetry and music! Tightrope Books presents the launch of Tara Michelle Ziniuk’s newest book of poetry: Somewhere to Run From. Tara Michelle will be reading from her new collection, followed by music from The Pining. It’s sure to be a great evening!

About the Author:
Tara-Michelle Ziniuk is a Montreal-born, Toronto-based author, performer and activist with an extensive background in community radio. She has been published in magazines and anthologies across North America and is a regular contributor to NOW, Broken Pencil Magazine, and Herizons as well as writing for This,$pread, HOUR and others. Her first book, Emergency Contact, was released with McGilligan Books in 2006 to wide critical acclaim and was taught through the English Department at York University.

About Somewhere to Run From:
Tara-Michelle Ziniuk’s second collection of poetry is dangerously sarcastic, Toronto-local, bitter, sweet, and bruising in its honesty. Challenging the notions of what a girl runs from, both literally and figuratively, Somewhere to Run From takes on complex settings from which to depart: poverty, pop and sub-culture, madness and normative sexuality among these locations.

Tightrope Books Presents: Spring 2009 Titles
Bone Dream by Moira MacDougall and Fortune Cookie by Heather J. Wood

Join Tightrope Books and host Myna Wallin for an evening of readings by Moira MacDougall and Heather J. Wood, followed by Classical cabaret entertainment provided by poet/violinist Phoebe Tsang and the Devah Quartet!

About the Authors:
Heather J Wood was born and raised in Montreal. She also lived in Vancouver prior to settling in Toronto with her husband, Kurt, and various feline pets. Her short fiction has appeared in several journals and chapbooks, as well as in two Tightrope Books anthologies, In the Dark: Stories from the Supernatural and IV Lounge Nights. Heather often uses her middle initial “J” for improved Googleability.

Moira MacDougall is the Associate Poetry Editor of The Literary Review of Canada. She has had poems published in literary magazines and journals in Canada and the USA. This is her first book length collection.

About Bone Dream:
This is poetry that maps a woman’s body as a partner to her life experience.

The poems in Bone Dream are darkly sensuous, capturing the unspoken moments of life through images firmly grounded in the body and the material world. Relationships, family and death are explored at times through the medium of a dancer’s body, and at other times through the everyday artefacts we find around us. These poems move, disturb and bring us to realization.

About Fortune Cookie:
A refreshing take on a young woman’s journey, one that does not rely on sexual escapades to catalyze its heroine’s coming of age.

Fortune Cookie is a diary-style novella set in Montreal during the turbulent year of 1989. The book follows Robin through her growing disenchantment with the aimless life of a twenty-something who hasn’t yet found herself in a world that is changing as fast as she is. This subversively feminist work, aimed at young women, is told in first-person vignettes – written in the informal and often humourous voice of 24-year-old Robin. Robin’s vignettes are at times intercut with news headlines, highlighting the political and social events of the year – including Tiananmen Square, the fall of the Berlin Wall and Montreal Massacre.

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