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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.

Globe and Mail Delivers a Mad Review

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

It has been my pleasure to blog about so many great book reviews today, and G and M book reviewer, Edward Brown, was one person who made that happiness possible. Nathaniel G. Moore was clearly the other, since he wrote the darned thing.

Amongst the outrageous-yet-deserved claims that Moore and his novel, Wrong Bar, are the next comings of gonzo journalism, stream-of-conscious irony, and are unprecedented “works” in contemporary Canadian literature, he also claims that:

“Wrong Bar defies categorization. Part first-person narration, part hallucinatory observation, the story progresses through several devices, including the use of text messages, a film script, news clippings, transcripts from police reports and a couple of (simplistic) illustrations.”

This collage of writing styles and information have proven successful for Moore, as his book was recently shortlisted for the ReLit Award for Best Novel.

Here is the article, which I hope you’ll find as enjoyable as I did:

If you order a copy of Wrong Bar during the month of September via Tightropebooks.com, you can recieve a year’s subscription to Broken Pencil Magazine and a Broken Pencil Tshirt! The link takes to the title’s catalogue page:


Moore will be touring at the (im)possible pace of 3 readings in 4 nights, the information for which is below:

Thursday, September 23rd at time TBA
LiveWords Reading Series
Black Swan Restaurant, 154 Danforth Ave.

Fellow readers are:
Elisabeth De Mariaffi
Jacob Scheier

Saturday, September 25th at 1PM
Culture Day Tightrope Bonanza
Tightrope Books office, 602 Markham St.

Fellow readers are:
Ian Burgham, The Grammar of Distance
David Livingstone Clink, Monster
Sandra Kasturi, The Animal Bridegroom
Jim Nason, The Girl on the Escalator
Myna Wallin, Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar
Heather Wood, Fortune Cookie

Sunday, September 26th at time TBA
Pilot Reading Series
The Sparrow, 5322 St. Laurent Blvd (subject to change*)
*Nathaniel believes this series is put on by the children of Matrix Magazine but is never really sure. “If you Google Montreal Pilot Nathaniel G. Moore September 26 that weekend you might be in luck,” says Nathaniel.