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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.

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.

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