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Tightrope’s Alter Egos

By Tightrope Books | March 26th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

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The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction – Joint Venture by ChiZine Publications and Tightrope Books

By Tightrope Books | March 24th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

For Immediate Release

The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction – Joint Venture by ChiZine Publications and Tightrope Books

TORONTO, ON (March 22, 2010) – ChiZine Publications and Tightrope Books announce a joint venture to produce a reprint anthology collecting speculative short fiction and poetry (science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, etc.) that represents the best work produced by Canadian writers.

Canadian speculative fiction has been increasingly recognized internationally for the calibre of its authors and their insight into the nature of social and religious identities, the implications of new technologies, and the relationship between humankind and its environments. At their best, these stories disrupt habits, overcome barriers of cultural perception to make the familiar strange through the use of speculative elements such as magic and technology. They provide glimpses of alternate realities and possible futures and pasts that provoke an ethical, social, political, environmental, and biological inquiry into what it means to be human.

Co-edited by Sandra Kasturi (ChiZine Publications) and Halli Villegas (Tightrope Books), The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction will be published annually. The first volume is scheduled for release in May 2011.

For further information contact Sandra Kasturi, Co-Publisher, ChiZine Publications at sandra@chizinepub.com or Halli Villegas, Publisher, Tightrope Books at halli@tightropebooks.com; or visit the website at http://specfic.webs.com/

About ChiZine Publications

ChiZine Publications (CZP) is an independent publisher of weird, subtle, surreal, and disturbing dark fiction. It is t
he book-length, print version outgrowth of ChiZine, an online professional market in operation since 1997 focused on the same type of story material. All of CZP’s publications are hand-picked by Co-Publishers and Bram Stoker Award-winners Brett Alexander Savory and Sandra Kasturi. Other staff members include Artist Director Erik Mohr, Marketing Director Matt Moore, Editor Helen Marshall, and Marketing Assistant Laura Marshall. Visit CZP online at http://chizinepub.com.

About Tightrope Books

Tightrope Books was established in January 2005 to bring a fresh take to Canadian literature by juxtaposing new and established writers, genres, and cultures to build an inclusive list that represents the vitality of current Canadian literature. It is dedicated to finding fresh voices to bring the word off the street, encouraging established writers to experiment with other genres or different ways of looking at their art, and using innovative marketing techniques and striking cover designs to make our books stand out from the crowd, and supporting Canadian arts and artists in every way we can. Visit Tightrope Books at http://tightropebooks.com/.

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/

Third E-newsletter Goes Out Tomorrow

By Tightrope Books | October 26th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

The third edition of our e-newsletter goes out tomorrow. Don’t miss out on all the exciting Tightrope events and tidbits. Send your email address to shirarose@tightropebooks.com.

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Tightrope’s New Zurita Imprint Featured in Quill

By Tightrope Books | October 14th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Tightrope to debut Latino-Canadian imprint

In the hopes of catering to what has been an almost completely ignored market, the Toronto-based Tightrope Books is launching a new Latino-Canadian imprint next spring.

Publisher Halli Villegas came up with the idea for the new imprint, Zurita, about three years ago, when she became aware of a boom in Latino culture in Toronto and in Vancouver. Villegas, who is half Mexican, began looking for an editor for the imprint at the time, but the plans kicked into gear just last year when she hosted a launch party for a title she’d acquired from Simon & Schuster U.S. – a new anthology (featuring a piece by her own father) geared to Latino youth.

According to Villegas , she was disappointed by the absence of members of the CanLit community at the launch. “I realized once again how non-inclusive CanLit truly is, and what a long time it takes for [the publishing community] to embrace other cultures that are working side by side with it,” she says.

Zurita, which means “dove” in Spanish, is Villegas’s grandmother’s maiden name. “I chose the name because it is about discovery, discovering the Latino artists who live and create in Canada, and discovering something about my own past,” she says. The imprint will launch in the spring with a collection of short stories on self-discovery,Salt Water & Cinnamon Skin, by Toronto author monica rosas. It will continue in the fall with an anthology of Latino-Canadian writers, to be edited by Lorena Gajardo, a professor of Latino studies at the University of Toronto.

Zurita will be the only Latino-Canadian imprint in existence, and according to Villegas it will publish about one or two titles per year, depending on the level of funding it receives through government grants. All books will be printed in English to appeal to the widest market possible.

When asked if there is a large enough market to keep a Latino-Canadian imprint afloat, Villegas points to “the growing number of Latino immigrants” that are moving to Canada on a yearly basis. “There is a scholarly audience in Latino … writing classes in universities across Canada, as well as the need to have materials in high schools that speak to this growing population,” she says.

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