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Tweet out for Tightrope from Atwood

By Tightrope Books | February 16th, 2012 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

We were thrilled to be mentioned recently on Maragret Atwood’s (@MargaretAtwood) twitter feed. In particular, we loved the new word she invented for us! Tweeted Atwood Tightrope “offers the urban and the subvervan –oops, subversive”.

We might just have to do something with “subvervan” one of these days!

The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011 reviewed on Toronto Quarterly

By Tightrope Books | February 1st, 2012 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Toronto Quarterly calls The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011 “impressive” and an “eclectic and diverse collection of Canadian poetry.”


Read the full article on the Toronto Quarterly blog.


Behind the scenes of PRICK: confessions of a tattoo artist

By Tightrope Books | October 12th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment



Ashley Little, author of PRICK:Confessions of a Tattoo Artist, discusses how she came to write her first novel:




I was staying with a friend in Calgary in 2006, and her boyfriend was a tattoo artist, I got the idea that night for a short story about a tattoo artist and it would be divided into sections, with the headings of

the tattoo design:

colours used:



and each section would be the experience the artist had with the person he was giving that specific tattoo to. So then I started researching tattoos & tattooing and the more I learned about the history, sub-culture, symbolism, and psychology of tattoo, I realized that I had developed a total fascination(borderline obsession) with the  world of tattoo. As I continued my research, and developing this tattoo artist character, I realized at some point that I didn’t just have a short story any more, I had a novel.

What did you do for research?

I read and watched everything I could get my hands on about tattooing. During my 3 years of research, I accompanied friends when they were getting tattooed and sometimes took notes right in the shop. Sometimes I would go into tattoo shops and just pretend to browse, look at flash, and just listen to the artists and clients and watch what was going on.  I was fortunate to have a good friend just starting his career as a tattoo artist at the time I started writing my book, so I would call him up with technical questions a lot, he was really helpful. He came out to the island to visit me one summer and brought his whole kit with him and laid out everything for me, the tattoo machine, the needles and their sizes, the inks, the gloves, all the tools my character would have. That was incredibly valuable.

What do you think the tattoo community will think of PRICK?

I think tattoo artists and enthusiasts will enjoy reading about the world they’re a part of. There are very few novels         about the industry and I think PRICK will be well received by the tattoo community. A signed copy in every shop!

Prick By Ashley Little

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


WATCH OUT for Tightrope Book’s newest release Prick by Ashley Little. It is coming out early October.

This riveting read will grab a hold of you and won’t let you go until the very end. Ant’s character is someone  that you want to like but hate as well through the many events that he goes through. Hank, Kate, and Sonya are all compelling characters that influence Ant and his decisions.

Keep coming back to the blog for updates on Ashley Little’s tour schedule and readings happening in the upcoming weeks.

You can also go and visit AshleyLittle’s page: www.ashleylittle.com

A June Poetry Read-a-Thon

By Tightrope Books | May 24th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

We invite you to come and enjoy readings from seven recently published books of poetry.

Sunday, June 26, 2011
3-6 pm with readings beginning at 4 pm

The Boyd/Pierson back garden
258 Indian Road, Toronto, ON
(south of Bloor, just north of Howard Park)

featured poets and their books
Leanne Averbach, Come Closer (Tightrope Books, 2010)
Jim Johnstone, Sunday, the locusts (Tightrope Books, 2011) with art by Julienne Lottering
Jim Nason, Narcissus Unfolding (Frontenac, 2011)
Ruth Roach Pierson, Contrary (Tightrope Books, 2011)
Patria Rivera, Be (Signature Editions, 2011)
Nick Thran, Earworm (Nightwood Editions, 2011)
Daniel Scott Tysdal, The Mourner’s Book of Albums (Tightrope Books, 2011)

You can RSVP on our Facebook event page.