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Reading Series Spotlight: Words at Rowers Pub

By Tightrope Books | March 1st, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Check out this interesting profile of one of Toronot’s reading series: the Rowers Pub. The series is co-organized by Ian Burgham, Ned Hagerman, Catherine Graham, and our very own Halli Villegas and Heather Wood. Rowers Pub features an annual Best Canadian Poetry night.

The Rowers Pub Reading Series meets tonight at 7:30 at Harbord House. The featured readers are Sonja Greckol, Jacob Scheier, and Michael Winter.

Books@Torontoist continues its ongoing investigation of the local live lit scene with a profile of the Rowers Pub Reading Series, a monthly event hosted by the Harbord House Gastro Pub (150 Harbord Street), formerly the Rowers Pub & Grill. Editor James Grainger spoke with co-organizer Catherine Graham about the history and the future of the popular reading series.

To read the full article, go here: http://books.torontoist.com/2010/03/reading-series-spotlight-words-at-rowers-pub/

Best Canadian Poets at the Rowers Pub

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

Here’s another chance to catch readings by the phenomenal poets anthologized in this year’s The Best Canadian Poetry.

The Rowers Pub Reading Series celebrates the recent release of The Best Canadian Poetry in English [Tightrope Books], and has as its December features four poets from the anthology:

John Reibetanz; Karen Solie; Ricardo Sternberg; and, John Terpstra

Monday, December 7
7:30-10 p.m.
Harbord House
150 Harbord Street

For more information please visit rowerspubreadingseries.com

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


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.


Leanne Averbach at the Art Bar Tonight

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

Tightrope poet, Leanne Averbach (The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008, Darwin is Despondent—forthcoming fall 2010) will be reading tonight at the Art Bar.

Art Bar Reading series
693 Bloor Street West
October 13th
Tuesday 8 p.m.
Free admission.

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Tightrope Authors Read at Strong Words

By Tightrope Books | August 21st, 2008 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Mark your calendars! Two recently launched Tightrope Authors will be featured at the next installment of Toronto’s Strong Words reading series.


Featuring Tightrope Authors Ursula Pflug (After the Fires) and Dayle Furlong (Open Slowly).
(Also featuring Michael Fraser)
Monday, 1 September 2008 @ The Gladstone Art Bar (1214 Queen St W)
7:30 PM – PWYC
Donations of new/used books in resale condition to be collected on behalf of the Toronto Public Library’s Book Ends program.

Strong Words was launched in Toronto in 2005. It was the first event developed by Indiepolitik, a community organization dedicated to bridging the gap between artists and activists in Toronto.

Dayle Furlong studied English Literature & Fine Arts at York University. Her poetry & fiction has appeared in Taddle Creek, Kiss Machine, The Puritan, Word & The Voice. She works as a literary publicist and has worked as a screenwriter’s assistant for the television series Slings & Arrows. She has lived in all regions of Canada and has travelled throughout Central America, Asia & the US. She writes and lives in Toronto. Open Slowly is her first collection of poetry. To buy a copy of Open Slowly click here.

Ursula Pflug
is an award winning writer of literary and genre short fiction, publishing frequently in Canada, the US and the UK. Born in Tunisia in 1958, she grew up in Toronto and travelled widely, to Germany, France, Italy, Tunisia, and throughout Canada and the United States. She has lived in New York City and in Hawaii. She was a contributing editor at “The Peterborough Review” for three years and continues to write art and book reviews and criticism for diverse markets. She has had four plays professionally produced for stage, either as a solo author or as co-writer. She has also written for independent film. Recently, she has been working as a writer/actor with SEASKUM, a Peterborough based women’s theatre group. Her magic realist novel, Green Music, was published in 2002 by Tesseract Books. Formerly a graphic designer in Toronto, she has been living in the rural Kawarthas with her husband Doug Back and their two children for sixteen years. To buy a copy of After the Fires click here.

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