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Book launch this Sunday, March 13th at 3 pm

By Nico | March 9th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Tightrope GuyJoin Tightrope Books at Proof, the Vodka Bar in the Intercontinental Hotel from 3 – 6 pm to launch new books by Jim Nason and Ruth Roach Pierson.

Jim Nason’s collection of shorts stories is entitled The Girl on the Escalator. The characters in theses eleven stories live in a world upside down. From the young professional who leaves her high-powered job to explore street life as a graffiti artist, to the gay man who falls in love ……with a woman. Jim Nason has crafted a collection of gender- and expectation-bending stories that reveal the extraordinary and often heartbreaking truths of ordinary life.

Also being launched will be Ruth Roach Pierson’s third poetry collection, Contrary. While humour, fond remembrance, and wry awareness break through, contrariness tinges many of the poems in this collection, a contrariness rooted in rueful self-examination. These are poems that mount an opposition, poems that contradict and argue, sometimes in jest, sometimes in deadly seriousness, poems that read unexpected messages into painting and photographs.

Event Details

Sunday, March 13th, 2011 starting at 7 pm

Proof, the Vodka Bar in the Intercontinental Hotel
220 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON

RSVP on Facebook!

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.

Interview with Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

By Tightrope Books | April 6th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Emotion, obsession & Tara-Michelle Ziniuk
LITERATURE / Performer & activist lands in Ottawa April 8
Luna Allison / Ottawa / Tuesday, April 06, 2010I first met Montreal-born poet, performer and activist Tara-Michelle Ziniuk in a van on the way back from the Trans Health Conference in Philly in the spring of 2004. As a group, we talked gender, social change, relationships and what our experiences of the gathering had been like.

Thinking back on that day, I remember her extra-strength sarcasm, her passion and her keen insights into identity politics. We didn’t keep in touch after that trip and almost six years went by before our paths crossed again. This time, it was to discuss Ziniuk’s newest collection of poetry, Somewhere to Run From (Tightrope Books, 2009) and her upcoming reading here in Ottawa — the first in about four years. I reached her at her home in Guelph, Ontario.

Read the interview here.

Tara-Michelle Ziniuk and Megan Butcher
Venus Envy, 320 Lisgar (near Bank)
Thurs April 8 at 8pm

Spring Launches

By Tightrope Books | April 6th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Hello Tightrope fans & friends,

You know we’re known for putting on the best events. We have some spring launches coming up that you won’t want to miss:

The Grammar of Distance by Ian Burgham
Thursday, April 22
Dora Keogh (14 Danforth Ave.)
6:30 – 11 p.m.
Reading at 7, followed by Celtic music at 9
Appies will be served
RSVP to the Facebook event here.

The Nights Also by Anna Swanson
Got No Secrets by Danila Botha
The Days You’ve Spent by Sue Bowness
Thursday, May 20
T Cafe (511 Bloor St.)
7 – 11 p.m.
Readings start at 8, followed by a surprise musical guest
Appies will be served
RSVP to the Facebook event here.

See you there!!

Tightrope Books May Launch

By Tightrope Books | March 29th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Come celebrate the launch of 3 of our fabulous spring titles:

The Nights Also by Anna Swanson
Got No Secrets by Danila Botha
The Days You’ve Spent by Sue Bowness

There will be readings, bevvies, and nibbles.

Thursday, May 20
T Cafe (511 Bloor St W)
7 – 11 p.m.

The Nights Also is filled with fearless and insightful poems that explore one woman’s experience of chronic illness, shifting sexual identity, and long periods of solitude. They chronicle a building and stripping away of identity, asking who we are when we can no longer define ourselves in habitual ways. Her writing is as honest as it is complex, at once deep and pithy.

“This is a strong new voice that reaffirms my faith in the heartbeat and vision that poetry can give us.”
—Lorna Crozier

Anna Swanson studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her poetry has appeared in PRISM International, The Antigonish Review, and The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008. She lives in Vancouver, BC, and works as a children’s librarian.

In Got No Secrets, Danila Botha takes us into the private lives of twelve different women, with only one question in mind: What if these women were you? A South African copywriter is transplanted to the urban jungle of Manhattan. A recovering rape victim tries to resume a normal life. A Toronto nurse cuts herself to fill her emptiness. From addiction to abuse, from childhood to suicide, from Hillbrow, Johannesburg, to downtown Toronto, Botha’s prose is compassionate, provocative, often funny, and always fearless. This debut collection of stories introduces a startling and original new voice that owes as much to Black Flag and Bikini Kill as it does to J.D. Salinger and Heather O’Neill.

“These stories grab you by the throat and don’t let you go, bearing witness to lives in which self-destruction and hope are like symbionts, each feeding the other.” —Nino Ricci

Danila Botha was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She volunteered with Na-me-res, an organization benefiting the homeless, which inspired many of the stories in Got No Secrets. Her writing has appeared in 24 Hours, Yoink! Magazine, and NOW. She lives in Halifax.

The city, at once benevolent and indifferent to its residents, is the inspiration for this debut collection of poetry by Suzanne Bowness. In the first poem, a young woman arrives in the big city, where “in the beginning, anonymity is everywhere,” and wonders what her life there will bring. Using this new arrival as her starting point, Bowness moves on to develop urban themes of anonymity and collectivity alongside individualist themes of freedom, loneliness, and growing self identity. Part private reflection, part love letter to the metropolis, The Days You’ve Spent pulls back the curtain on city life, finding beauty in neon signs and profundity in laundromats. In these poems, the individual and the city interweave, and urban immersion becomes an essential element in personal growth.

“Here are poems that intrigue, provoke, entwine, and always shine.”
—Molly Peacock

Suzanne (Sue) Bowness is a writer and editor whose poems have appeared in the Literary Review of Canada and Pagitica. Her play The Reading Circle won first place in the 2006 Ottawa Little-Theatre One-Act Playwriting Competition. She is pursuing a PhD in English at the University of Ottawa with a focus on nineteenth-century Canadian magazines.