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Basil Papademos is blogging with Open Book Toronto

By Nico | April 15th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Basil PapademosBasil Papademos has started a blog over at Open Book Toronto where he’s sharing excerpts and news about upcoming readings.

Not to mention this excellent interview, “On Writing, with Basil Papademos“.

The blog’s new, so check it out and add it to your RSS readers.

Basil’s book, Mount Royal, will be published by Tightrope Books in Spring 2012.

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!

Myna Wallin reading at the Plasticine Poetry Series this Sunday

By Tightrope Books | April 13th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Myna WallinMyna Wallin will be reading at the Plasticine Poetry Series this Sunday, April 17th, 2011.

The event begins at 6 pm at The Central, located at 603 Markham Street in Toronto.

Myna Wallin is a poet, prose writer & editor living in Toronto. She has published A Thousand Profane Pieces and Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar, both with Tightrope Books. Her career is taking a sexy turn with a presenter’s gig at The Sixth Annual Feminist Porn Awards this month, and a position teaching erotic writing at U of T’s School of Continuing Studies next fall. Myna’s novel was reviewed recently in the Globe as a “an admirable act of bravery.”

Great reads for International Women’s Day

By Nico | March 8th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

The Best Canadian Essays 2009This Magazine highlights some worthwhile reads to mark International Women’s Day, including “The new face of porn“, by Alison Lee.

From “The new face of porn“:

The first time I remember thinking critically about pornography, I was 15. It was the early 1990s, and my friend and I were going through a stack of discarded magazines, undertaking the well-loved teenage art of collage. Between the Cosmos and National Geographics was this out-of-place porno, just stuck in there. We made awkward jokes while flipping through it, and found a fake advertisement for “Gash Jeans,” which depicted a naked woman bent over with her pants around her ankles. We added it to our collage, and next to it scrawled our own teenage thoughts about porn and sexism.

This essay also appeared in The Best Canadian Essays 2009.

Fiona Tinwei Lam on love poems

By Nico | February 22nd, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

In The Tyee, Fiona Tinwei Lam encourages you to “Go Ahead, Write a Love Poem “, though much of the advice offered can apply to any poetic effort:

The words and descriptions in a poem don’t have to be grand or philosophical. In fact, the use of specific and concrete images or events as opposed to the exclusive reliance on generalized abstract sentiments usually results in a more effective, vivid and intimate poem.

For more, check out her essay here.

Fiona Tinwei Lam’s “Aquarium” appeared in The Best Canadian Poetry 2010.