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Got No Secrets reviewed in The Coast and Broken Pencil

By Tightrope Books | May 24th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

In her review of Danila Botha’s Got No Secrets, Shannon Webb-Campbell calls Botha’s writing fearless, saying that her “prose packs a punch.” Meanwhile, in another review, Richard Rosenbaum calls Botha’s prose visceral and her writing “stark, honest and stripped-down.”

Click here to read Shannon Webb-Campbell’s review on thecoast.ca, and click here to read Richard Rosenbaum’s review on brokenpencil.com.

2011 is the Year of the Short Story

By Nico | April 14th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Year of the Short Story Yosstini2011 is YOSS, hoss. That’s right, 2011 has been declared the Year of the Short Story. From the manifesto:

We believe in putting an end, once and for all and upon a time, to the publishing industry’s dour and potentially self-fulfilling prophecy that “Short story collections don’t sell.” We feel that when people stop perpetuating this gloomy statement, it will cease to be true.

Hear, hear!

For more information, and to see how you can help, check out 2011yoss.com.

For the record, Tightrope has published a number of short story collections – most recently, The Girl on the Escalator, by Jim Nason – as well as Got No Secrets, by the fabulous Danila Botha, Your Love is Murder or the Case of the Mangled Pie, by Paul Hoang,  After the Fires, by Ursula Pflug, among others. Check ‘em out, and let us know what you think!

Danila Botha Published in Trailer Park Quarterly

By Tightrope Books | November 9th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Danila Botha’s story, “Lucky,” from Got No Secrets, was published in Trailer Park Quarterly!

I love y/a crossover fiction that make my eyes boggle from fear that my niece is just one of many kids who could feel vindicated in any situation!  Hooray for Danila, she’s done it again!

To read the whole story (this is almost flash fiction, people, it’s doable on any wireless device), 
click here

For those of you who have the book, follow along from pages 117-123.

For those of you who want the book, you can buy it here.

Living in the Underbelly World

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

Stephen Clare of CKDU’s “The Book Club,” has continued to crow about Danila Botha’s Got No Secrets. In his interview for the Chronicle Herald e-paper, he asks Botha about how much of her own experiences influenced her short stories. Her response provides more insight into her creative process than previously discussed in reviews; for her research on sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, rape, abuse, divorce, disease, depression, wrist slashing and suicide, she found her time spent with those people affected by drug addiction to be the most rewarding:

“I wanted to better appreciate why, given some of the things that I went through as a young person, I managed to bypass some of these horrific experiences while others did not. What was it about my set of circumstances that was so different from other people? Why do some people merely dabble in these things, while others feel the need to go all the way? And why are some never tempted at all?”
The answers, she acknowledges, came over time.
“I learned how important external factors such as family, friends and lovers can be to a person’s self-esteem, and how these things can affect the choices that they make.”

What I love most about this interview and the answer featured above is that even though Botha never went to an edge, so to speak, her past raised questions that prompted her to find out why other people had. In her collection of short stories, one gets this overwhelming sense that we’re all just slices of someone else.

For the CKDU radio show, click the link: http://ckdu.dal.ca/~radiologger/show_new.php?id=1254255337http://ckdu.dal.ca/~radiologger/show_new.php?id=1254255337
For the full article, click the link: http://thechronicleherald.ca/Books/1201316.html

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!!