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A Very Special ChiZine Holiday Special Special

By Tightrope Books | December 7th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Can you say that you know Tightrope Books publisher, Halli Villegas, personally?  Have you met ChiZine Publications founders and editors, Brett Savory and Sandra Kasturi?  If you haven’t, now’s your chance! (If you have, wouldn’t you like the pleasure again?).
Hosted by Liana K, guests include Jason Taniguchi, Gord Zajac, Karl Schroeder, David Nickle, Rio Youers, Halli Villegas, Don Bassingthwaite and more. 
For more information, check out the Facebook event.
Wednesday, 8 December, 2010 | 8PM-11PM
Augusta House
152 Augusta Ave., TO

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.

“Tuesday Teaser” The Animal Bridegroom by Sandra Kasturi

By Tightrope Books | February 12th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Here is another teaser for your reading pleasure, this week we present:

The Animal Bridegroom poems by Sandra Kasturi

In the fantastical world of Sandra Kasturi’s poetry, myth intersects with reality resulting in a unique dream world that even those who generally shy away from poetry find irresistible. Filled with instances of role reversal, shapeshifting and gender bending, the feminist streak running through these poems becomes a bedtime story whose ending is suspect, unexpected and filled with dark humour. Whether running with the wolves, or sleeping with them, Kasturi uses her sly words to turn everyday conventions inside out.

Sandra Kasturi is a poet, writer and editor. She is currently working on an animated children’s TV series, a novel and another poetry collection. In 2005 she won ARC magazine’s coveted annual Poem of the Year award for her poem “Old Men, Smoking.” She has also received several Toronto Arts Council grants, and a Bram Stoker Award for her editorial work at the on-line magazine, ChiZine. Sandra has three poetry chapbooks published, as well as the well-received SF poetry anthology, The Stars As Seen from this Particular Angle of Night, which she edited. Her poetry has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including Prairie Fire, On Spec, several of the Tesseracts series, 2001: A Science Fiction Poetry Anthology, and Northern Frights 4. Her cultural essay, “Divine Secrets of the Yaga Sisterhood” appeared in the anthology Girls Who Bite Back: Witches, Slayers, Mutants and Freaks. Sandra is a founding member of the Algonquin Square Table poetry workshop and runs her own imprint, Kelp Queen Press. The Animal Bridegroom is her first full-length poetry collection.



I have often wondered:

the scales on my bed
butterly tri-coloured
better ice cream
than I’ve eaten in years
coral reefs
of epic proportions
and salt residue
in the bathtub
the mussel shells
on the floor
my hair full of sand
from the pillowcases
webbed fingerprints
waterlogged on the door-latch
and my copies
of Moby Dick and Captains Courageous
left slightly damp and half read

But I never knew love to make much sense

Sandra Kasturi at Fascination Street, April 29

By Tightrope Books | April 23rd, 2008 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Fascination Street is a new spoken word night that’s operating with the intent to push boundaries by seeking out the best alternative, experimental, and fringe writers in the city. Inspired by the likes of Bukowski, Blake, Ginsberg, Patti Smith, Antonin Artaud, and Lydia Lunch, this night is looking to establish a platform for spoken word that operates outside of the average literary reading.

It’s happening:
Tuesday, April 29
Time: 7:30pm – 11:00pm
Location: Augusta House
Street: 152 Augusta Avenue, Kensington Market
City/Town: Toronto, ON
Featuring: Sandra Kasturi, Author of The Animal Bridegoom

Tightrope Books Writers at Toronto Public Library Events

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

Emily Pohl-Weary (Iron-on Constellations), Paul Hong (Your Love is Murder or The Case of the Mangled Pie) and Sandra Kasturi (The Animal Bridegroom) will all be appearing as part of Toronto Public Library’s series Foresight: Speculative Fiction in Canada.

Tuesday, April 29, 7 p.m.

HOWTO write and publish genre fiction
A panel discussion with local authors Jim Munroe, Emily Pohl-Weary, Kristyn Dunnion and Paul Hong
Location: Eatonville Library, 430 Burnhamthorpe Rd.

Thursday, May 8, 5 p.m.
Learn about making a graphic novel with Emily Pohl-Weary and Willow Dawson, creators of Violet Miranda: Girl Pirate
Location: Centennial Library, 578 Finch Ave. W.

Monday, May 26, 7 p.m.
Noted feminists, poets and SF authors Candas Jane Dorsey, Paula Johanson, Sandra Kasturi and Phyllis Gotlieb read from and discuss their poetry. Q&A; and book-signing to follow.
Location: Oakwood Village Library, 341 Oakwood Ave.