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Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar Martinis and Reading

By Tightrope Books | January 26th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar, by Myna WallinCome meet the author of Confessions of Reluctant Cougar. Not only do you get to meet Myna Wallin, but you will also receive a signed book with admission.

Starts: Thursday, March 24 2011 @ 7:00 PM
Ends: Thursday, March 24 2011 @ 10:00 PM
Cost: $29.99 CAD + HST
Location: Charlie’s Gallery, 112 Harbord Street, Toronto

Calling all cougars! Come join the Meet Market Adventure singles for a fun and flirty night of martinis and an appearance by the cougar herself Myna Wallin!

Price includes private reading exclusive to MMA members and an opportunity to have your book signed by the author.

For more details on Myna Wallin please visit her website.

Click for more info on Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar.

What Could Be More Raw Than a Jewish Cougar?

By Tightrope Books | October 14th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

When was the last time you spoke with a Jewish woman over 45?  Was it in temple?  Was it over bagels with cream cheese and locks?  Or was it in bed with the sheets tangled around your ankles as she exceeds all expectations of a loving lover, your spoken words really gutteral moans that belie untapped depths of sexual pleasure?  My Bubbie would be so embarrassed by my imagination right now.

But you know who wouldn’t be?  Rita Poliakov, of the Canadian Jewish News; she interviewed Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar author, Myna Wallin, about men who are attracted to cougars, the sexual dynamics between an oldie and a youngin, and the protagonist’s sense of life and spirituality.  While many media outlets focus on the campy-ness of cougarhood, Poliakov’s interest in the layers of life experiences that make up Wallin’s and her protagonist’s distinct worldviews is refreshing.

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Literary Marathon

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

I want to thank everyone who came out to our “Get Cultur’d” event and to Word on the Street Toronto!  I met a lot of readers who are passionate about Canadian authors and publishing, and I hope that they all know a little more about Tightrope Books.

Highlights of “Get Cultur’d” were the amazing volunteers who bravely read with our authors, despite casting impossibilities, and our prize giveaways!  One man played the role of a young, lesbian punk from Heather Wood’s Fortune Cookie, and the two interns played a cougar and her cub from Myna Wallin’s Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar (all in good fun).  Our prizes spanned the gamut of literature, clothing and accessories apparel, vino, and bedroom toys.  Thank you to Nathaniel G. Moore, David Clink, Heather Wood, Myna Wallin, Jim Nason, Sandra Kasturi, and our audience members for a great performance and the lively discussion!


While “Get Cultur’d” was fun, WOTS was even more fun.  There was so many literary groups that came to the festival, and so many activities to participate in, but we were hunkered down at our booth (shared with ChiZine Publications).  The atmosphere of cultural support and deal-making that pervaded the air was intoxicating, I think on both ends of the table.


There are pictures and videos to come, so keep checking for some amazing laughs.

Myna Wallin Honourable Mention in 2010 Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem

By Tightrope Books | February 22nd, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | 1 Comment


The judges called Wallin’s work “A poignant incantatory poem that draws together the speaker’s worries, weaving a spell around her fears.” In “Death, Wildlife and Taxes,” Wallin allows poverty and illness to “hover like evil spirits who must be placated by spiritual offerings.”


Wallin’s poetry and prose has appeared in numerous literary journals. Her first book of fiction, Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar, is set for publication in spring 2010 with Tightrope Books.

In Myna Wallin’s second book, a reluctant cougar tells all. She feasts on young men of all kinds, in a world where sex isn’t dirty but love is coated in grime. In these raucous short stories, she runs the gauntlet of men, including a Harley-riding bikini salesman, a semiotics professor, a foot fetishist, a jaded brand consultant, a homeless man, and a bisexual mime. Written with Wallin’s signature wit, this semiotics of dating is given a postmodern twist.