Since its inception in 2005, Tightrope Books has published a wide range of cutting-edge books, including Elizabeth Ukrainetz’ ReLit Award-nominated novel The Theory of Light at Midnight, Karleen Pendleton Jimenez’s Lambda Award- nominated memoir How to Get a Girl Pregnant, and our Best Canadian Poetry and Essays series.
Tightrope’s unique vision includes a commitment to publishing exquisite books that mirror and explore cross-cultural conflict and relations. Recent examples include Michael Fraser’s poetry collection To Greet Yourself Arriving, Locating Home: The First African-Canadian Novel and Verse Collections, selected and introduced by George Elliott Clarke, Megan Fernandes’ poetry collection The Kingdom and After and Rosario Lloret’s 2014 novel Wolf in a Beaver Coat. We have further strengthened our strong voice in the LGBTQ community with the publication of Lambda Award-winning Jeffrey Round’s 2014 poetry collection In the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci, Royston Tester’s You Turn Your Back and Marnie Woodrow’s Goldie Award-winning novel Heyday.
Tightrope has established an important cross-country initiative to engage authors writing from specific socio-cultural backgrounds. Our “Writers on Rights” event brings poets and presses together in a different Canadian city each year to read and discuss poetry on human rights issues. In 2017, this was held at Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum. The 2018 event is slated for Calgary.
Best Canadian Essays and Best Canadian Poetry help to develop community, create dialogue, and increase the number of individuals—including many emerging authors, sometimes from marginalized communities—published each year. Tightrope walks the line between the existing canon and the next wave of talented writers, while pushing CanLit to be more inclusive.