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Coming Out This Fall

By Tightrope Books | September 13th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Fall is always an exciting time of the year. The seasons are changing but most importantly you get to see our new books!

We have exciting new books coming out!

The Best Canadian Poetry 2011 guest edited by Priscila Uppal and The Best Canadian Essays 2011 guest edited by Ibi Kaslik series are coming in with new collections to get you thinking. Forthcoming October 2011.








How to Get a Girl Pregnant: a memoir by Karleen Pendleton Jimenez is a frank and funny memoir about a dyke trying to get pregnant. Jimenez has known that she was gay since she was three years old and the dream of wanting a baby only  complicates matters. How are you supposed to get pregnant if you are gay? Go to a sperm bank? Ask your friends to donate sperm? Picking up random men at restaurants or nightclubs? This memoir depicts the hardships of being gay and trying to get pregnant, the challenges, the joys and adventures. It is coming out November 2011.




Onion Man by Kathryn Mockler

This sparse and powerful poetic debut, weaves a tale of heartache, dissolution, and coming of age. Onion Man is a series of linked poems that are set in the  1980s in London, Ontario. The poems are told through the point of view of an eighteen-year-old girl and the tribulations of her life in a corn canning factory over the summer. There’s her terminally ill grandfather, her boyfriend, her alcoholic mother and the Onion Man, he likes to eat onions like apples. When tragedy strikes the Onion Man, the eighteen-year-old girl realizes that she needs to change her path in life.  Coming out November 2011.

The Best Canadian Essays 2010 on rabble.ca’s “Books you must read”

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

June Chua recommends The Best Canadian Essays 2010 and likens the anthology to a buffet by calling it “a smorgasbord of topics and exceptional writing.” She asks, “Who doesn’t like a buffet?”

Read the full article on rabble.ca.

Great reads for International Women’s Day

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

The Best Canadian Essays 2009This Magazine highlights some worthwhile reads to mark International Women’s Day, including “The new face of porn“, by Alison Lee.

From “The new face of porn“:

The first time I remember thinking critically about pornography, I was 15. It was the early 1990s, and my friend and I were going through a stack of discarded magazines, undertaking the well-loved teenage art of collage. Between the Cosmos and National Geographics was this out-of-place porno, just stuck in there. We made awkward jokes while flipping through it, and found a fake advertisement for “Gash Jeans,” which depicted a naked woman bent over with her pants around her ankles. We added it to our collage, and next to it scrawled our own teenage thoughts about porn and sexism.

This essay also appeared in The Best Canadian Essays 2009.

By Tightrope Books | December 16th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

The National Post has our Best Canadian Essays 2010 anthology up on The Afterword! 

 Check it out for a sample of Jason McBride’s essay “Preparations for the End of the World as we Know It” and Abou Farman’s essay “Revolution of the Two Ahmads”: http://arts.nationalpost.com/tag/best-canadian-essays-2010/

Purchase the anthology here for the non-fiction lover in your life: http://tightropebooks.com/the-best-canadian-essays-2010/

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.