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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.

Heather J. Wood to read at Hot-Sauced Words with her husband Kurt

By Tightrope Books | February 2nd, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

February is the month of love, so it’s more than fitting that Fortune Cookie author, Heather J. Wood, and her poet husband Kurt Zubatiuk (Ektasis, LyricalMyrical) will be reading together for the first time at James Dewar’s Hot-Sauced Words series. Don’t miss Heather and Kurt’s “Glow Show” at the Black Swan Tavern on February 18th!

Where: Black Swan Tavern
154 Danforth Ave. (2nd floor), east of Broadview
When: Thursday, February 18, 8:00 pm
Sign-up for open mic portion @7:45 pm
http://hotsaucedwords.ca


Fortune Cookie Review from The Link Newspaper

By Tightrope Books | November 24th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment


Not surprisingly, Heather J Wood’s Fortune Cookie, a diary-style novella set in Montreal during the turbulent year of 1989, is getting a lot of buzz. Here is another new review on this refreshing take on a young woman’s journey, one that does not rely on sexual escapades to catalyze its heroine’s coming of age.

“Emotionally profound and politically charged, Fortune Cookie is an uplifting treat.”- The Link Newspaper

Fortune Cookie Review

By Tightrope Books | November 12th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

LaToya Rogers reviews Fortune Cookie in the Feminist Review:

“This book reminded me of the feeling I got when I decided to take action and become involved in my community around the issues that mattered to me. Robin experienced this same feeling while watching the Tienanmen Square protest and the abuse taken by police on television. Fortune Cookie is a novel that brought back memories of the No. 1 song of the week, like Milli Vanilli’s “Blame it on the Rain” and the Berlin Wall coming down. Towards the end of the year you get to find out what Robin decides to do at the start of the twentieth century, which is an amazing journey of self-discovery.”

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Win a Free Copy of Fortune Cookie

By Tightrope Books | October 13th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment



Heather Wood will be interviewed today on In Other Words @ 2pm. Tune into CKLN 88.1 FM or listen online ckln.fm. You could win a free copy of Fortune Cookie!

A refreshing take on a young woman’s journey, one that does not rely on sexual escapades to catalyze its heroine’s coming of age.

Fortune Cookie is a diary-style novella set in Montreal during the turbulent year of 1989. The book follows Robin through her growing disenchantment with the aimless life of a twenty-something who hasn’t yet found herself in a world that is changing as fast as she is. This subversively feminist work, aimed at young women, is told in first-person vignettes – written in the informal and often humourous voice of 24-year-old Robin. Robin’s vignettes are at times intercut with news headlines, highlighting the political and social events of the year – including Tiananmen Square, the fall of the Berlin Wall and Montreal Massacre.

About the Author: Montreal-born Heather J. Wood is a freelance copywriter and creative prose writer. Her work has appeared in Kiss Machine, Artistry of Life, and Litbits, as well as in two Tightrope Books anthologies:In the Dark: Stories from the Supernatural, and IV Lounge Nights. Heather’s chapbook, Barbies, Breasts and Bathing Suits, was published by Press On! in 2007. She lives in Toronto with her husband Kurt and two cats.

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