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Anna Swanson’s Exclamation Marks

By Tightrope Books | June 21st, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

As you must already know, last month Anna Swanson won a Lammy for Lesbian Poetry. This month, Anna also won the Gerald Lampert Award!! (Two exclamations for two awards!) This is what she had to say about winning both awards:

To be honest, I’m still kind of gobsmacked about the whole thing! I never really thought beyond getting the book published, which was thrilling in and of itself. Winning the Gerald Lampert and a Lambda in such a short span of time is wreaking havoc on my punctuation – I have far far exceeded my quota of exclamation marks in the past few weeks.

It’s okay, Anna! You have good reason for the overuse of exclamation marks! Here at Tightrope Books, we’re so ecstatic about the news that we can’t help it either!

Here is what Anna had to say about the LCP ceremony:

The whole night was fantastic. I got to hear some great readings, and meet some poets I admire. And what a fabulous room of people – it was deeply satisfying to stand at a podium and say “Fuck you, Al Purdy” to a crowd who loves him as much as I do. It was one of those moments that made me feel like I was a part of something. And that felt good.

Head over to Anna’s website to read about her whole experience.

Todd Swift, who was the chair of the judging panel this year, also posted about Anna’s win, “If there’s one Canadian poetry book you read this year, why not start with Swanson’s?” Visit his blog to read a poem from the now two-award-winning poetry collection, The Nights Also.

Anna Swanson reading in Seattle on Sunday

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

The Nights Also, by Anna SwansonFor those of you in Seattle, Anna Swanson will be reading from The Nights Also, as a part of the Northwest reading of 2011 Lambda Literary Award nominees.

The reading will take place on Sunday, May 8th, 2011 at The Elliott Bay Book Company, located at 1521 Tenth Avenue, in Seattle, Washington, beginning at 5 pm.

The Nights Also made the shortlist for the Gerald Lampert Award as well.

Anna Swanson is a finalist for two awards for The Nights Also

By Nico | April 6th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | 1 Comment

The Nights Also, by Anna SwansonTightrope’s Anna Swanson is a finalist for the 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry for her most recent collection, The Nights Also.

The Nights Also has also made the shortlist for the Gerald Lampert Award.

Click for more information about The Nights Also or to purchase a copy of the book.

Congratulations Anna, and best of luck!


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!!

Tightrope Books May Launch

By Tightrope Books | March 29th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Come celebrate the launch of 3 of our fabulous spring titles:

The Nights Also by Anna Swanson
Got No Secrets by Danila Botha
The Days You’ve Spent by Sue Bowness

There will be readings, bevvies, and nibbles.

Thursday, May 20
T Cafe (511 Bloor St W)
7 – 11 p.m.

The Nights Also is filled with fearless and insightful poems that explore one woman’s experience of chronic illness, shifting sexual identity, and long periods of solitude. They chronicle a building and stripping away of identity, asking who we are when we can no longer define ourselves in habitual ways. Her writing is as honest as it is complex, at once deep and pithy.

“This is a strong new voice that reaffirms my faith in the heartbeat and vision that poetry can give us.”
—Lorna Crozier

Anna Swanson studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her poetry has appeared in PRISM International, The Antigonish Review, and The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008. She lives in Vancouver, BC, and works as a children’s librarian.

In Got No Secrets, Danila Botha takes us into the private lives of twelve different women, with only one question in mind: What if these women were you? A South African copywriter is transplanted to the urban jungle of Manhattan. A recovering rape victim tries to resume a normal life. A Toronto nurse cuts herself to fill her emptiness. From addiction to abuse, from childhood to suicide, from Hillbrow, Johannesburg, to downtown Toronto, Botha’s prose is compassionate, provocative, often funny, and always fearless. This debut collection of stories introduces a startling and original new voice that owes as much to Black Flag and Bikini Kill as it does to J.D. Salinger and Heather O’Neill.

“These stories grab you by the throat and don’t let you go, bearing witness to lives in which self-destruction and hope are like symbionts, each feeding the other.” —Nino Ricci

Danila Botha was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She volunteered with Na-me-res, an organization benefiting the homeless, which inspired many of the stories in Got No Secrets. Her writing has appeared in 24 Hours, Yoink! Magazine, and NOW. She lives in Halifax.

The city, at once benevolent and indifferent to its residents, is the inspiration for this debut collection of poetry by Suzanne Bowness. In the first poem, a young woman arrives in the big city, where “in the beginning, anonymity is everywhere,” and wonders what her life there will bring. Using this new arrival as her starting point, Bowness moves on to develop urban themes of anonymity and collectivity alongside individualist themes of freedom, loneliness, and growing self identity. Part private reflection, part love letter to the metropolis, The Days You’ve Spent pulls back the curtain on city life, finding beauty in neon signs and profundity in laundromats. In these poems, the individual and the city interweave, and urban immersion becomes an essential element in personal growth.

“Here are poems that intrigue, provoke, entwine, and always shine.”
—Molly Peacock

Suzanne (Sue) Bowness is a writer and editor whose poems have appeared in the Literary Review of Canada and Pagitica. Her play The Reading Circle won first place in the 2006 Ottawa Little-Theatre One-Act Playwriting Competition. She is pursuing a PhD in English at the University of Ottawa with a focus on nineteenth-century Canadian magazines.