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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



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ChiSeries Presents: Andrew Pyper, Alyxandra Harvey & David Clink!

By Tightrope Books | March 13th, 2012 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Come check out the Chiaroscuro Reading Series, featuring: Andrew Pyper, Alyxandra Harvey, David Clink!

The event is happening on Wednesday, March 14th at Augusta House -152A Augusta Avenue, 2nd Floor, Toronto (Kensington Market area)

Andrew Pyper is the author of Kiss Me, a collection of short stories, as well as five bestselling novels to date: Lost Girls (New York Times Notable Book) , The Trade Mission, The Wildfire Season, The Killing Circle (New York Times Crime Novel of the Year), and most recently, The Guardians (a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year). Lost Girls is currently in development for a feature film adaptation. His new novel, The Demonologist, will be published internationally in late 2012 and early 2013.

Alyxandra Harvey lives in Ontario, Canada. She studied Creative Writing and Literature at York University and has had her poetry published in magazines like The Antigonish Review, Room of One’s Own, OnSpec and CV2. When not writing, she is a bellydancer and jewellery maker. She has published a number of vampire novels including My Love Lies Bleeding, Blood Feud, Out for Blood, and Haunting Violent. In Stolen Away, published by Bloomsbury in March 2012, Alyxandra Harvey enters the world of faery in another irresistible dark romance.

David Clink is the Board President of the Rowers Pub Reading Series. David’s poetry has appeared in The Antigonish Review, The Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead, Grain Magazine, The Literary Review of Canada, and in over ten anthologies. He is a member of three writing groups. He was co-publisher, along with Myna Wallin, of Believe Your Own Press, which published twenty quality chapbooks in its five year history. His poem, “Falling” was nominated for two awards: the Rhysling Award and the Aurora Award. His poem, “Copyright Notice 2525” placed second in the 2007 Asimov’s Reader’s Poll. His first book of poetry, Eating Fruit Out of Season was published by Tightrope Books in 2008. He edited the poetry anthology A Verdant Green (Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, 2010). His second book, Monster, from Tightrope Books, was released in Fall 2010. His third collection of poetry, Crouching Yak, Hidden Emu will be published this Fall from the Battered Silicon Dispatch Box.

More details on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/events/151092825009335/


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A June Poetry Read-a-Thon

By Tightrope Books | May 24th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

We invite you to come and enjoy readings from seven recently published books of poetry.

Sunday, June 26, 2011
3-6 pm with readings beginning at 4 pm

The Boyd/Pierson back garden
258 Indian Road, Toronto, ON
(south of Bloor, just north of Howard Park)

featured poets and their books
Leanne Averbach, Come Closer (Tightrope Books, 2010)
Jim Johnstone, Sunday, the locusts (Tightrope Books, 2011) with art by Julienne Lottering
Jim Nason, Narcissus Unfolding (Frontenac, 2011)
Ruth Roach Pierson, Contrary (Tightrope Books, 2011)
Patria Rivera, Be (Signature Editions, 2011)
Nick Thran, Earworm (Nightwood Editions, 2011)
Daniel Scott Tysdal, The Mourner’s Book of Albums (Tightrope Books, 2011)

You can RSVP on our Facebook event page.

Anna Swanson reading in Seattle on Sunday

By Nico | May 8th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

The Nights Also, by Anna SwansonFor those of you in Seattle, Anna Swanson will be reading from The Nights Also, as a part of the Northwest reading of 2011 Lambda Literary Award nominees.

The reading will take place on Sunday, May 8th, 2011 at The Elliott Bay Book Company, located at 1521 Tenth Avenue, in Seattle, Washington, beginning at 5 pm.

The Nights Also made the shortlist for the Gerald Lampert Award as well.

Tonight at the Art Bar, readings by Ruth Roach Pierson and Jim Johnstone

By Nico | April 12th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Contrary, by Ruth Roach PiersonTonight at the Art Bar, readings by Ruth Roach Pierson and Jim Johnstone.

Jim Johnstone is the author of three collections of poetry: Patternicity (Nightwood Editions, 2010), The Velocity of Escape (Guernica Editions, 2008), and Sunday, the locusts (Tightrope Books, 2011)

Ruth Roach Pierson has published three books of poems: Where No Window Was (BuschekBooks, 2002); Aide-Mémoire (BuschekBooks, 2007), named a finalist for the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award in Poetry; and Contrary (Tightrope Books, 2011).

The Art Bar Poetry Series takes place at Clinton’s, located at 693 Bloor Street West in Toronto, and begins at 8 pm.

Hope to see you there!