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Tomorrow is the launch for Jim Johnstone’s Sunday, the locusts

By Nico | March 23rd, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Sunday, the locusts, by Jim JohnstoneOn Monday, March 24th at 6:30 pm at The Ossington (61 Ossington Ave, Toronto) join Tightrope Books for the launch of Jim Johnstone‘s new poetry collection: Sunday, the locusts, with illustrations by Julienne Lottering.

There’s more! Readings from Daniel Scott Tysdal (The Mourner’s Book of Albums, 2010) and Kathryn Mockler (Onion Man, forthcoming fall 2011).

About Sunday, the locusts

A long poem that probes love and loss in fragments of verse and hybrid-media collage, Sunday, the locusts is a post-apocalyptic tour-de-force. Drawing ……on a variety of disciplines including developmental biology, geology and philosophy, Jim Johnstone and Julienne Lottering blur linguistic boundaries to create a unique collaborative text. Hymn, map, portent—Sunday, the locusts warns against inevitable extinction while also revelling in the vivacity of personhood.

Jim Johnstone (b. 1978) is a writer and physiologist in Toronto. He is the author of two previous collections of poetry: Patternicity (Nightwood Editions, 2010) and The Velocity of Escape (Guernica Editions, 2008). His poems have been published in several Canadian magazines, including Descant, enRoute, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Maisonneuve, The Malahat Review, and PRISM International and anthologized in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010. He is the founder and editor of Misunderstandings Magazine and poetry editor of Cactus Press. See: http://jimjohnstone.wordpress.com.

We hope to see you there!

Best Canadian Poetry Reading in Barrie on Monday, March 21st

By Nico | March 17th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

The Best Canadian Poetry in EnglishJoin us at Robert Simpson Brewing Co, located at 107 Dunlop Street East in Barrie this Monday, March 21st at 9 pm for a reading from some of the poets featured in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010.

Featuring readings from Adrienne Gruber, Maureen Hynes, Jim Johnstone plus Best Canadian Poetry in English Series Editor Molly Peacock and Barrie poet Bruce Meyer.

Presented by the Society of the Spoken Word and Tightrope Books.

Click here to RSVP on Facebook or click here to learn more about The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010.

We hope to see you there!

Book launch this Sunday, March 13th at 3 pm

By Nico | March 9th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Tightrope GuyJoin Tightrope Books at Proof, the Vodka Bar in the Intercontinental Hotel from 3 – 6 pm to launch new books by Jim Nason and Ruth Roach Pierson.

Jim Nason’s collection of shorts stories is entitled The Girl on the Escalator. The characters in theses eleven stories live in a world upside down. From the young professional who leaves her high-powered job to explore street life as a graffiti artist, to the gay man who falls in love ……with a woman. Jim Nason has crafted a collection of gender- and expectation-bending stories that reveal the extraordinary and often heartbreaking truths of ordinary life.

Also being launched will be Ruth Roach Pierson’s third poetry collection, Contrary. While humour, fond remembrance, and wry awareness break through, contrariness tinges many of the poems in this collection, a contrariness rooted in rueful self-examination. These are poems that mount an opposition, poems that contradict and argue, sometimes in jest, sometimes in deadly seriousness, poems that read unexpected messages into painting and photographs.

Event Details

Sunday, March 13th, 2011 starting at 7 pm

Proof, the Vodka Bar in the Intercontinental Hotel
220 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON

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The Scream Literary Festival 2010

By Tightrope Books | June 28th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Tightrope’s Nathaniel G. Moore, and Daniel Scott Tysdal will be reading as part of the Scream Literary Festival, 2010. Both authors will be reading as part of the Choose Your Own Poetic Adventure: A Scream Pub Crawl event, Wednesday July 7th, at various locations along Ossington Avenue. The event is pay what you can and starts at 7. Nathaniel G. Moore will be reading at Reposado (136 Ossington from 8:00-8:45.) Daniel Scott Tysdale will be reading at Baby Huey (72 Ossington at from 9:00-9:45,) but there are many more talented writers at many more locations along Ossington throughout the night.

For more details, check out the Scream Festival website and be sure not to miss out on the festival’s other great readings and events, including (but, of course, not limited to) the Wax and Comb: Scream Moustache Gala, a beard and moustache competition for the hairy and hairless alike. Also, be sure to check out the mainstage readings at High Park:
“Regardless of how the Scream grows, we will never mess with the magic of the High Park reading itself: the casual atmosphere and outdoor setting; the extraordinary writers; the humour and poignancy of the readings; the voices; the celebration; the summer night air”

Check out the Festival’s listing of events, and you’re guaranteed to find something that interests you going on in Toronto from July 6th-12th!


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