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I.V. Lounge Nights, edited by Myna Wallin and Alex Boyd

By Tightrope Books | February 8th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

I.V. Lounge Nights, edited by Myna Wallin and Alex BoydFor the last ten years, every other Friday night Toronto’s comfiest place to kick back and listen to poetry and fiction was the I.V. Lounge.

Myna Wallin and Alex Boyd along with Tightrope books gathered the best pieces from the last five years of I.V. Lounge’s fiction writers, poets and promising talent.

With many pieces like “The End of The WorldI.V. Lounge Nights will delight your inner poet and intrigue your inner writer.

For more information about I.V. Lounge Nights or the authors please visit our catalogue.

Best Canadian Essays Review in Q&Q

By Tightrope Books | March 9th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

The word “essay” comes from the French verbessayer, which means “to try.” Essays, therefore, should always be considered works in progress. But the 14 pieces in Best Canadian Essays 2009, culled from literary and general-interest magazines as well as online journals, make such equivocation unnecessary. Each essay features highly polished prose that holds the reader’s attention. And though they vary considerably in subject matter and approach, one thing they share is candidness. (Full disclosure: one of the essays is by Q&Q; Books for Young People editor Nathan Whitlock.)

Read the full review here.

Best Canadian Poetry and Best Canadian Essays reviewed in Ottawa XPress

By Tightrope Books | February 4th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

“Independent publisher Tightrope Books has illuminated Canada’s literary hopes with compelling and timely anthologies; the publisher now adds two more gems to its list.”

- Cormac Rea for Ottawa Xpress.

Both of Tightrope’s Best Canadian installments from 2009 receive great reviews from Ottawa Xpress. Read the article here.

Alex Boyd answers Rob Mclennan’s questions

By Tightrope Books | December 17th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Curious to find out more about Best Canadian Essays editor Alex Boyd? Check out Open Book Toronto for his Q&A; with Rob Mclennan.


1 – How did your first book change your life? How does your most recent work compare to your previous? How does it feel different?


After writing poems for over ten years, it was tremendous relief to get a chunk of it off my computer, and into people’s hands, with Making Bones Walk. The new stuff compares to the old stuff in that I still favour purpose and clarity, and differs in that it’s getting a little nuttier. There was a little of that in the first book, in poems like “Bride of Frankenstein”, but there will be more in the second – expect poems about George Orwell robots.


Launch for The Best Canadian Essays this Thursday

By Tightrope Books | November 24th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Don’t miss the launch for the first edition of this exciting and groundbreaking book.

If you were at the launch for The Best Canadian Poetry you know what an awesome venue Revival is (and there will be nibblies!).

Thursday, November 25, 8 pm
Revival (783 College St.)

Carefully selected by editors Carmine Starnino and Alex Boyd, The Best Canadian Essays 2009 showcases fourteen exceptional essays published in Canadian magazines in 2008. These fourteen distinctive voices unite to represent the diversity and breadth of Canadian nonfiction writing today.

With readings from Nathan Whitlock, Alison Lee, and Kamal Al-Solaylee.

Hosted by Alex Boyd.

Door prizes from Good For Her.

With musical guest: Darin Yorston.

Carmine Starnino has published four books of poetry, the most recent of which is This Way Out (Gaspereau Press) nominated for the 2009 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. His poems have won the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize, the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry and the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award. He the author of A Lover’s Quarrel, a collection of essays on Canadian poetry, and the editor of The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry. A new collection of his poetry criticism is forthcoming from Biblioasis in 2011. He lives in Montreal, where he edits Maisonneuve magazine

Alex Boyd is the author of poems, fiction, reviews and essays and has work published in magazines and newspapers such as Taddle Creek, dig, Books in Canada, The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire and on various sites such as the late Danforth Review. He was the host of the IV Lounge Reading Series from 2003 to 2008 when the series closed its doors. He’s co-editor of the online jouirnal Northern Poetry Review, and his first book of poems Making Bones Walk was published in 2007 by Luna press, winning the Gerald Lampert Award.