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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.

Published Poems!

By Tightrope Books | September 21st, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Sue Bowness has published two poems, “Plant Death” and “Mannequin” with the Ottawa-based literary series, Tree Reading Series. A vid is also included of her performance, which I think might tickle your chlorophyllic skeleton.

You know what to do:
http://www.treereadingseries.ca/24augsuzannebowness.html
If you like her stuff, try buying her book, The Days You’ve Spent from our website:
http://tightropebooks.com/the-days-youve-spent-suzanne-bowness/

Wrong Bar author Nathaniel G. Moore also has a new poem titled, “Thieves Like Us,”
in the Prison issue of Descant magazine (which also features work by
Rubin “The Hurricaine” Carter this month), and a short story called
“Welcome To Balm Beach” in subTerrain magazine (also hot off the press).
There are references to recently jailed pop star George Michael in the
story, and a pelet gun. The magazines are available at fine stores
nation wide, like Type on Queen West for example which is a
lovely store.

Wrong Bar can be had at our website:
http://tightropebooks.com/wrong-bar-nathaniel-g-moore/

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:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/review-wrong-bar-by-nathaniel-g-moore/article1497292/

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:

http://tightropebooks.com/wrong-bar-nathaniel-g-moore/

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

Toronto
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

Montreal
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.

By Tightrope Books | October 22nd, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment


Nathaniel G. Moore’s new novel, Wrong Bar, launches Wednesday, November 25 at—where else?—Wrong Bar. Be there.

Wrong Bar
1279 Queen Street West
Doors at 8, readings at 8:30
DJ at 10
Free!!

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=312720465703&ref;=nf

Nathaniel G. Moore describes his third book as what would happen if he had written Brighton Rock now, in the age of twitter.

When Maudlin City writer Charles Haas wakes up in a make-shift grave complete with windowpane roof, he realized two things: firstly, it’s a scene from one of his abandoned manuscripts, and secondly, he must stop showing his writing to strangers.

While still fresh in the dirt, Charles becomes obsessed with the city’s enfants terrible who are in the midst of plotting a demonic dance party hoax, led by the evil eighteen-year-old Shawn Michaels. Consumed by the throngs of hate-toting teens, Charles is convinced that they are hacking themselves into a post-avatar oblivion, and that they will definitely leave him for dead. Wrong Bar is a novel that refuses to celebrate the wild child within, instead seeking the greater emotional truth behind the teen-aged psychodramatic passions of a deranged generation thriving in the post-sacred era.

Nathaniel G. Moore is the author of Bowlbrawl, Let’s Pretend We Never Met, Pastels Are Pretty Much The Polar Opposite of Chalk, and co-editor of Toronto Noir.

http://www.nathanielgmoore.net

Wrong Bar #3 on National Post Hot Pick List

By Tightrope Books | September 8th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Nathaniel G. Moore’s novel, Wrong Bar (forthcoming this fall), is #3 on the National Post‘s Hot Pick list. http://www.nationalpost.com/related/topics/story.html?id=1964926

“Few writers can take their own finger poppin’ rhythm and make it sound exactly like life. Nathaniel G. Moore’s filthy and pretty little dust devil made me feel slutty and happy and free. Terrific book.”
-
Tony Burgess, author of Pontypool Changes Everything

Nathaniel G. Moore describes his third book as what would happen if he had written Brighton Rock now, in the age of twitter.

When Maudlin City writer Charles Haas wakes up in a make-shift grave complete with windowpane roof, he realized two things: firstly, it’s a scene from one of his abandoned manuscripts, and secondly, he must stop showing his writing to strangers.

While still fresh in the dirt, Charles becomes obsessed with the city’s enfants terrible who are in the midst of plotting a demonic dance party hoax, led by the evil eighteen-year-old Shawn Michaels. Consumed by the throngs of hate-toting teens, Charles is convinced that they are hacking themselves into a post-avatar oblivion, and that they will definitely leave him for dead. Wrong Bar is a novel that refuses to celebrate the wild child within, instead seeking the greater emotional truth behind the teen-aged psychodramatic passions of a deranged generation thriving in the post-sacred era.

Nathaniel G. Moore is the author of Bowlbrawl, Let’s Pretend We Never Met, Pastels Are Pretty Much The Polar Opposite of Chalk, and co-editor of Toronto Noir.

http://www.nathanielgmoore.net