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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.

Quill and Quire review of The Best Canadian Essays

By Tightrope Books | January 15th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Jennifer Curtis reviewed The Best Canadian Essays 2009 edited by Alex Boyd and Carmine Starnino in the January/February 2010 issue of Quill & Quire.

“The individual contributions in Best Canadian Essays 2009 transcend simple reportage and reach the level of art. Each one has something distinctive and informative to say. Take heed.”

Grab a copy for the full review!

BCE on Bibiloasis

By Tightrope Books | December 2nd, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment


Biblioasis recently reviewed Tightrope’s Best Of Canadian Essays 2009, here is a little something they had to say about it:

“I should say, I am quite excited by, and envious of, Tightrope’s vision in putting together this and other ‘Best Of’ anthologies. I’d thought of doing something similar, and never got around to it, daunted by the task. I think they should be congratulated, as these volumes fill much needed voids, and have been handled in a very prefessional and engaging fashion. I’ll be picking up a copy and urge you handful of Thirsty readers to do the same. These are publications we should support in any way possible.”

Check out the full blog here: http://biblioasis.blogspot.com/2009/11/best-canadian-essays.html

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.
http://www.goodforher.com/

With musical guest: Darin Yorston.
http://www.myspace.com/darinyorston


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.

Alex Boyd writes about Best Canadian Essays 2009

By Tightrope Books | November 20th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment


Alex Boyd writes about Best Canadian Essays 2009 on Open Book Toronto:

In this deluge of information, both personal and professional, a great deal can be lost in the shuffle – it becomes critical to take a look at some of the most articulate statements of the year, not to mention writing that’s a joy to read. It took two editors to handle the task of putting together the first Best Canadian Essays in nearly twenty years – I co-edited the book with Montreal writer Carmine Starnino – but we found Canadian articles we’re proud to be able to present. Some are important enough to make me hope every politician buys the book – there are some great pieces on energy needs and the environment – and others take a look at topics as diverse as new attitudes to funerals, the changing world of porn or an analysis of a remarkable woman’s life.

Best Canadian Essays launches next week on Thursday, November 26th at the Revival (downstairs) 783 College Street Toronto. 7-11 PM. And is available for purchase now through Tightrope Books or your local bookstore.