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Best Canadian Poetry May Morning Glory

TR_BCP2016_MorningGlory_detailsYou are cordially invited to join Molly Peacock, Best Canadian Poetry Series Editor, publisher Jim Nason, Lois Lorimer and all of the Friends of The Best Canadian Poetry series at our special May Morning Glory event.

Date: Sunday, May 15, 2016, 11-1pm
Location: The Wickson Social, 5 St. Joseph Street, Toronto.

*Best Friends Contribution $50





*Your contribution includes coffee, tea and brunch hors d’ oeuvres, a copy of The Best Canadian Poetry 2015 9781926639932 new copy (guest edited by Jacob McArthur Mooney), the witty company of poets and the grateful company of the editors and publisher of this anthology, now in its ninth year. Your contribution will help to ensure the long and happy life of this cherished Canadian poetry annual.

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Canadian Shield—Kelley Aitken

9781988040097ISBN: 9781988040097
Pub date: Summer 2017

Winner of a 2017 Ippy Awards Regional Bronze Medal for Fiction!
Shortlisted for the 2017 ReLit Award!


Kelley Aitken’s compelling short fiction collection is united by a sense of place, the Canadian Shield. Her nine short stories traverse an area between land and water; near and far, between the uncontrollable and the veneer of civility. They reflect, Janus-headed, on Nature and human nature. Canadian Shield addresses that anxious paradox between our yearning for the wild and our need for security—a profound dilemma of our time.

“Loss and longing, love, betrayal, and hard-won heart, the souls in these stories are mirrored in the Canadian wild. This is travel over tough terrain—river, rock, and the inner landscapes of people who search—these stories will stay with you for a long time.”—Kim Echlin, author of Under the Visible Life and The Disappeared

“Aitken writes dense, layered stories that play with temporality and use the natural world as a mirror for the psyches of her characters… Aitken’s stories are dark, but tremendously insightful and empathetic. This is a smart, haunting collection.”—Alexander De Pompa, Broken Pencil

“Aitken’s exquisite prose takes us on a profound journey from camp to bush to canoe in a deeply moving reflection on our relationships with ourselves and our surroundings.”—Goodreads

Photo by Zenia Buzanko

Kelley Aitken is a writer, artist, and teacher. Her book Love in a Warm Climate (The Porcupine’s Quill, 1998) was nominated for the Commonwealth Prize, Best First Book. Kelley has lived in the Philippines, Ecuador, and various parts of Canada. Born in British Columbia, Kelley makes her home in Toronto where she teaches drawing at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Dopamine Blunder-Lori Cayer

Dopamine Cover

ISBN: 9781988040059

Pub date: Spring 2016


Dopamine Blunder is a gutsy examination of happiness and what it means to be happy. In her astounding third poetry collection, Lori Cayer takes on the juggernaut role of steward of human nature and subsequently explodes the myth of happiness through a multi-faceted lens of anthropology, socio-biology, sociology, psychology, archaeology, medicine and philosophy. Hinging on erasure and found material, Dopamine Blunder investigates these fundamental questions as our millennium unfolds with equal uncertainty and trepidation.

“Lori Cayer’s Dopamine Blunder peels back one layer of happiness after another, right down to the neuro-transmitters. Not far from the circuitry of addiction, and twitchy with the irradiated secrets of love, these poems move through their own hierarchy of needs to an acceptance that is far from transcendent but very much of this world. Full of spiny regrets and forest balms, they are also full of laundry. After all, ‘it looks like someone lives here’. And for this, as for so much else in this fine new book, we should count our ragged blessings.”—Monty Reid, author of Meditatio Placentae and The Luskville Reductions

Dopamine Blunder? Here is a poetry in which algorithms inform rhythms and sense trades bons mots with nonsense. Lori Cayer knows that ‘happiness’ is an equation that spells out a comfy reality.  The poet articulates the antics of language, so that abstractions seem as sensual as the physical–and vice versa. The poet appreciates that words tend away ‘from our singular hands / our rhetorical happenings sent / from the gift economy, received at the door like / on-line orders.’ In Cayer’s vision, a diamond is ‘a light scissor, bright fossil, a hole of gravity.’ Her poems are odes to metaphysical perception.”—George Elliott Clarke, 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate

“Cayer looks at what it means to emote, to feel, and to strive to recreate those moments of happiness… a complex collection that requires rumination and exploration beyond the page into the self and the world around us.” Serena Augosto-Cox, Savvy Verse and Wit

“One of the tropes of this collection is ‘If you want to be happy, be’… Compositions move from last line to first… The poet is subversive throughout.”—Anne Burke, poets.ca

“There is much to love in Dopamine Blunder… Readers that lean toward the lyrical will find enough to feed on, and those that prefer the conceptual will be just as pleased, as Cayer’s poems manage to bridge the neural gap between the two forms effortlessly.”—Al Rempel, Arc Poetry Magazine

Photo by Jody Hudey

Photo by Jody Hudey

Lori Cayer is the author of two volumes of poetry: Stealing Mercury and Attenuations of Force. She is a former co-editor for Contemporary Verse 2 and is co-founder of the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie. She has previously served as the Manitoba rep for the League of Canadian Poets and currently sits as secretary on the League’s National Council.

 

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Tomorrow’s Bright White Light-Jan Conn

TWBL coverISBN: 9781988040141
Pub date: Spring 2016

Acclaimed poet Jan Conn’s latest book, Tomorrow’s Bright White Light, offers poems as phenomenological guides to an approximation of a future “truth.” The collection includes poems about odd, secretive childhood events and poems that visit the badlands of adolescence from both male and female viewpoints. Some poems deal with the struggles of contemporary life in its many guises, while others derive from Conn’s time in Latin America. Obvious or not, all of the poems in this stunning collection are linked, creating a personal mosaic of the poet’s many lives and experiences.

‘“I want to be both noun and verb.’ By the time that desire gets expressed, by one speaker in one poem near the end of Jan Conn’s new book, Tomorrow’s Bright White Light, the reader has seen it fulfilled by the collection as a whole. Conn’s poetry is fully noun and fully verb, picking out very particular things doing very particular things: varnished cotton bags carrying water, termites crawling upward into clothes, screen doors collecting an eclipse of moths, polar bears crunching over crackled ice. In this extraordinary work, being and doing merge.”—H. L. Hix, author of Incident Light and Legible Heavens

“Any reader of Jan Conn will be made aware of her philosophical voice which she seamlessly blends with her poetry, dexterously heightened by scientific language or heightened diction… As poet, she experiences altered states, the internal floats, a dislocation of time and space, multiple places, shifting shapes and mixing metaphors… the qualities of a dream.”—Anne Burke, poets.ca

“The humanity and vulnerability of Conn’s voice, which shows itself in controlled glimpses, is one that measures its surroundings, and finds hope in that place where two modes of attention, objectivity and sensitivity to beauty, meet each other with profound respect.”—Sonnet L’Abbé, Malahat Review

“Future-oriented, even hopeful poetics… Conn’s work is timely in its depictions of political precarity as well as environmental collapse… poems muster their details to paint almost ekphrastic scenes through Conn’s always masterful diction.”—Lise Gaston, Arc Poetry

Photo by Carl Schlichting

Photo by Carl Schlichting

Canadian poet Jan Conn was brought up in southeastern Quebec. She now lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and is a professor of Biomedical Sciences whose research is focused on the genetics and ecology of mosquitoes. She has published eight previous books of poetry, most recently Botero’s Beautiful Horses and Edge Effects.

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Tourist-Lara Bozabalian

Tourist CoverISBN: 9781988040066
Pub date: Spring 2016


Opening with an aubade for the labyrinthian corners of Bombay’s largest slum, Tourist is a collection that is unafraid of shadows, and aims to unearth the unseen. Set across time and landscape—modern day Michigan, 1970’s Cambodia, WWI England, the kaleidoscopic mindscape of an Alzheimer patient—these poems draw us into lives that, initially, seem foreign, yet provoke our solidarity in the face of disorientation—a boy facing his first bankruptcy, an elephant facing destruction at the hands of poachers. The book culminates in ‘Beethoven Walks’, an elegiac war cry from a man who wades in and out of darkness like a modern day Odysseus, and the churning resilience that sets him free.

“Wakefulness is poet Lara Bozabalian’s traveling companion in her new collection, Tourist. Her lines are long with an inviting tendency to wander. Her similes are startling, her descriptions dressed to kill.”—Barry Dempster, author of The Burning Alphabet and Disturbing the Buddha

“With its lush imagery and eye for resonant detail, its rhythm born from Lara’s rich history in spoken word and performance, Tourist will more than satisfy your literary wanderlust.”—Carolyn Smart, author of Hooked and Careen

“Bozabalian’s travels, both geographical and imaginative, make for compelling reading. A refreshingly assured and original book.”—Alexandra Oliver, author of Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway and Let the Empire Down

“Lara Bozabalian is a poet with a deft understanding of emotional and physical distance. Wherever she places her readers in time or place, she is reliably available as an earnest, expansive guide. Tourist is full of curious, public-hearted poems.”—Jacob McArthur Mooney, author of Folk and Don’t Be Interesting

“Channelling Escher the artist/architect and his intricate alleyway… expresses hidden emotions… by means of a kaleidoscope.” Anne Burke, poets.ca

“There is something about Lara’s writing that is magical to me.”—goodreads.com

Lara Bozabalian author photo

Photo by Alysia Dobie

Lara Bozabalian is an award-winning writer, and author of the bestselling collection of poetry, The Cartographer’s Skin. In both 2014 and 2015, Lara was named Toronto’s Best Poet in the Now Magazine Best of Toronto Poll. She has featured at TEDxIB and lectured, workshopped, and performed her work at several Canadian universities.

 

 

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The Animal Game—Kirsteen MacLeod

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ISBN: 9781988040073
Pub date: Summer 2017


In The Animal Game’s nine short stories, Kirsteen MacLeod takes us on a zigzag global journey in search of meaning. Haunting and frequently hilarious, this is a wayward meditation on travel and home, reality and illusion, and seeking one’s place in the world. Written with compassion and insight, the collection’s intersecting stories explore inner landscapes and countries of the heart – Brazil, Toronto, Bahamas, IndiaReaders are transported and return transformed, joining the book’s characters as they walk, and often stumble, down the uncertain path we all travel to find our true, essential selves.

“Kirsteen MacLeod’s stories about belonging and the search for a spiritual home are poignant reminders of what it is to be human. Beautifully written. The Animal Game is a fantastic debut.”—Helen Humphreys, author of The Evening Chorus

Kirsteen MacLeod’s linked stories are compelling geographies of the spirit, both global and interior, drawing us ever closer to the transformative power that breathes beneath the surface of all things, especially ourselves. The Animal Game is a captivating debut.—Diane Schoemperlen, author of Our Lady of the Lost and Found and This Is Not My Life

“MacLeod’s writing is vivid and deft. Darkly humorous and then suddenly touching—characters caught out in a slant of glancing sunlight.”—Tim Wynne-Jones, author of The Emperor of Any Place

“MacLeod has a gift for writing realistic depictions of mental and emotional states… The Animal Game is a fine debut with clear, vivid writing and intensely realized characters.”—Alexander De Pompa, Broken Pencil

“Engaging debut collection… MacLeod, a Kingston writer, writes with insight and affection for her characters.”—Sarah Murdoch, Toronto Star

“Enlightening and beautifully written”—goodreads.com

Kirsteen MacLeod photo

Photo by Marco Reiter

Kirsteen MacLeod is a writer and yoga teacher who lives in Kingston, Ontario. The Animal Game is her debut collection of short fiction. Kirsteen was born in Glasgow, Scotland, lived in Toronto and Brazil, and has worked as a magazine writer, communicator, and editor for 30 years.

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Tightrope Spring 2016 Poetry Launch

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Tightrope launches 4 new poetry books in Toronto on National Poetry Month Eve!

Join us in celebrating Lara Bozabalian‘s Tourist, Lori Cayer’s Dopamine Blunder, Jan Conn’s Tomorrow’s Bright White Light and Michael Fraser’s To Greet Yourself Arriving.

Thursday, March 31, 7pm, Supermarket, 268 Augusta in Kensington Market.

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To Greet Yourself Arriving-Michael Fraser

To Greet Yourself WebISBN: 9781988040042
Pub date: Spring 2016

To Greet Yourself Arriving pays tribute to inspirational and illustrious figures throughout black history. A wide range of individuals such as activists, artists, and athletes are showcased in Michael Fraser’s powerful poetic portraits—Rosa Parks, Barack Obama, Harriet Tubman, Oscar Peterson, Oprah Winfrey, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and P.K. Subban. In his foreword to this groundbreaking collection, Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke writes, “Fraser gives us characters who, even if tortured by their experiences of “race” and/or racism, win through to a stardom that edges into heroism…”

 Praise for Michael Fraser’s work

“A new, exciting voice has emerged in Canada’s poetry scene. The poet blends his unique heritage—birth in Grenada, boyhood in Edmonton and teaching high school in Toronto—with an unerring eye and ear for contrast and detail. All of Fraser’s lines crackle with an energy fuelled by deep empathy and the ability to take language to the edge.”—Canadian Bookseller Magazine

 Praise for To Greet Yourself Arriving

“Fraser doesn’t just show his subjects with scars and flaws, gold stars and halos, but almost always with a generous, cinematic light.”–George Elliott Clarke, Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate and author of Whylah Falls

“The poems are revelatory, educative, and inspirational. They tell (or retell differently) stories of heroes—some admired, loved; but many unsung, forgotten… That this is a historically significant book is evident on every page.”—Mayank Bhatt, Generally About Books

“Fraser’s poetry provides rich pieces to share and consider. This is a collection that teachers should be teaching across the country.” —Jael Richardson, Toronto Star

“The poems in Fraser’s To Greet Yourself Arriving stand fiercely on their own as poems, tight and clear and clean, but as a chorus this book raises itself to a beautiful black sound.”—Michael Dennis, Today’s Book of Poetry

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Photo by Krystyna Wesolowska

Michael Fraser is a Toronto high school teacher, poet, and writer. He has been published in various national and international journals and anthologies, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2013. His manuscript, The Serenity of Stone, won the 2007 Canadian Aid Literary Award Contest and was published in 2008 by Bookland Press. He won the 2016 CBC Poetry Prize and was also the winner of  FreeFall‘s 2014 and 2015 poetry contests, Michael is the creator and former director of the Plasticine Poetry Series.

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Best Canadian Poetry 2016 Special Holiday Price for BCP Poets

BCP2016 coverThe Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2016 for “Best Canadian Poetry” contributors only: $10.50 per copy (more than 50% off the retail price of $21.95 – plus shipping and tax). Please order by December 10.




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Author payment

Jeffrey Round author discount rate for 10 copies of Museum and 1 copy of Democratic Beauties (5% GST included): $125.




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Best Canadian Essays 2015 Launch/Tightrope Nonfiction Night

bce 2015Join Tightrope Books for a special evening celebrating stellar nonfiction writing featuring the launch of Best Canadian Essays 2015 (edited by Christopher Doda & David Layton). Readings by BCE 2015 contributors and Tightrope nonfiction authors. Lineup includes Tanya Bellehumeur-Allatt, Jessamyn Hope, Greg Hudson, John Lorinc, Sinead Mulhern, Samantha Bernstein, Julie Devaney, Karleen Pendleton Jimenez.

Tuesday, November 24, at 7:00pm, The Victory Cafe, 581 Markham St, Toronto.

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Launch of Glen Downie’s Democratic Beauties

PrintJoin Tightrope Books for the launch of Glen Downie’s new poetry collection Democratic Beauties. With readings by the author plus guests Michael Fraser and Elizabeth Ukrainetz. Door prizes, snacks & more!

Tuesday, November 17, 7pm, Victory Cafe, 581 Markham Street, Toronto.

Glen Downie was born in Winnipeg, worked in cancer care for many years in Vancouver, and now lives in Toronto. In 1999, he served as Writer-in-Residence at Dalhousie University’s Medical Humanities Program. He has published several collections of poetry including Loyalty Management, which won the 2008 Toronto Book Award. His most recent books are Monkey Soap and Left for Right.

Michael Fraser is a high school teacher, poet, and writer. He lives in Toronto, ON. He has been published in various national and international anthologies and journals. He won the 2005 Toronto Star Poem About Toronto contest. His manuscript, The Serenity of Stone, won the 2007 Canadian Aid Literary Award Contest and was published in 2008 by Bookland Press. His poem, “For Blanche,” won the 2009 Poemata “poem of the year” contest. He is the creator and former director of the Plasticine Poetry Series. His second poetry collection, To Greet Yourself Arriving, will be published in spring 2016.

Jeffrey Round is an award-winning writer, director, and playwright. He is the author of A Cage of Bones, The Honey Locust,  The P-town Murders and the Lambda Award-winning Lake on the Mountain. Tightrope Books published his first collection of poetry, In the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in 2014. He founded a multimedia theater company, Best Boys Productions, and his full-length stage play, Zebra, won the Gay and Lesbian Appeal’s “Right to Privacy Award” and was nominated for a Pink Trillium for Best Play. He founded the Church-Wellesley Review, Canada’s first print journal for LGBT creative writing. He lives in Toronto.

Elizabeth Ukrainetz writes prose and poetry. Her work has appeared in several anthologies and journals over the years, including The Malahat Review, Fiddlehead, and Grain. She’s published two books with Exile Editions, Baby, I Love You: Stories and Minor Assumptions. Tightrope Books released her second novel, The Theory of Light at Midnight, in 2015. Visit her website at eeukra.net

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Tightrope/Ronsdale Press Ben McNally’s Reading

ben mcnallyTightrope Books and Ronsdale Press present a special evening of poetry and fiction readings with Bruce Meyer (The Arrow of Time & A Chronicle of Magpies, Janette Platana (A Token of my Affliction), Elizabeth Ukrainetz (The Theory of Light at Midnight) and Ken Murray (Eulogy).

Wednesday, September 2, 6pm, Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay St, Toronto.

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Launch of Marnie Woodrow’s Heyday

MARNIE6Join Tightrope Books at the Gladstone Hotel to celebrate the long-awaited publication of Marnie Woodrow’s second novel, Heyday, with readings by the author and guest reader Ron Schafrick, book signings, great music, door prizes and Tarot readings with the Tarot de Marseille from Tarot by Phoebe. Admission free.

Tuesday, September 15, 7pm, The Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto.

Marnie Woodrow by Janette Piquette

(Photo by Janette Piquette)

Marnie Woodrow is the acclaimed author of two short fiction collections, Why We Close Our Eyes When We Kiss, and In The Spice House, and a novel, Spelling Mississippi, a love story set in pre-Katrina New Orleans. Spelling Mississippi was short-listed for the amazon.ca First Novel Prize.

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(Photo by Kurt Zubatiuk)

Phoebe Tsang is a violinist, wordsmith, yogi and cartomancer in love with the Tarot de Marseille. She grew up in England, in a household steeped in the Chinese divinatory arts. The author of a poetry collection Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse (Tightrope Books), she’s currently at work on a book of short fiction with assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts. Contact her for a Tarot reading at TarotbyPhoebe.com

Ron Schafrick was born and grew up in Welland, Ontario, and studied ronEnglish and history at Carleton and Concordia before travelling to Korea where he taught English for nine years. Since returning to Canada his stories have appeared in a number of journals, both in Canada and abroad. His first collection of stories, Interpreters (Oberon Press, 2014) was generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. His story, “Lovely Company,” is included in Best Gay Stories 2015.

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Democratic Beauties—Glen Downie

 

PrintISBN: 9781926639918

PUB DATE: Fall 2015


How do we find our way back through the labyrinth, through the dark forest? With a thread, with a trail of breadcrumbs? Glen Downie traces a path back to the now dimly remembered pre-digital age using a ribbon—a typewriter ribbon. What was once a fishing line to the future now sits nestled in its decorated tin among other flea market finds, a remnant of an obsolete technology. In Democratic Beauties, a book of poetic and imaginative criticism with colour images, Downie sifts through the detritus of our rapidly changing consumer culture and decodes, for its surprisingly contemporary relevance, much that has already become perplexing and mysterious. In an uncommon blend of the lyric, the narrative and the visual, Downie invites consideration of what old tins, labels, and bits of found text tell us about women in the workforce, our relationship to technology, the values of Business Mind, and that which utility cannot long ignore—beauty.

Praise for Glen Downie’s Poetry

LOCAL NEWS (2011): Jangling with surreal vibrancy and suffused with a sinister edginess, many of these poems have a sting in the tail. … an insightful psychological intelligence runs through the book. … a fascinating collection—funny, dark, conflicted. —Miranda Pearson, Event

LEFT FOR RIGHT (2012): A “cabinet of mysteries” is … on display in Glen Downie’s Left for Right… Some of those mysteries are bizarre and surrealistic, while others are grounded in the familiar, seen in a fanciful light. … Downie’s lyric voice hits all the right notes in this accomplished, wide-ranging collection.—Barb Carey, Toronto Star

glen_downieGlen Downie was born in Winnipeg, worked in cancer care for many years in Vancouver, and now lives in Toronto. In 1999, he served as Writer-in-Residence at Dalhousie University’s Medical Humanities Program. He has published several collections of poetry including Loyalty Management, which won the 2008 Toronto Book Award. His most recent books are Monkey Soap and Left for Right. glendownie.com

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Best Canadian Essays 2015

bce 2015ISBN: 9781926639949

Pub date: Fall 2015


Featuring trusted series editor Christopher Doda and acclaimed guest editor David Layton, this seventh installment of Canada’s annual volume of essays showcases diverse nonfiction writing from across the country. Culled from leading Canadian magazines and journals, The Best Canadian Essays 2015 contains award-winning and award-nominated nonfiction articles that are topical and engaging and have their finger on the pulse of our contemporary psyches.

Contributors: Nadine Bachan, Tanya Bellehumeur-Allatt, Eve Corbel, Adam Gopnik, Paul Haavardsrud, Jessamyn Hope, Greg Hudson, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lorinc, Sinéad Mulhern, Naheed Mustafa, Jason O’Hara, Mary Rogan, Timothy Taylor, Darryl Whetter.

“A strong case can be made that reading Best Canadian Essays 2015 echoes the experience of arriving at a house party brimming with enthused, interesting and impressively articulate guests.”—Brett Josef Grubisic, Toronto Star

“The writing in this collection strongly showcases the intellect and insight from fifteen contributors. Best Canadian Essays 2015 is an engaging survey of creative nonfiction in Canada, highlighting the publication excellence of literary journals. Tightrope Books has again presented a stunning collection of Canadian voices with both national and global views.”—Lori A. May, examiner.com

“The standard for the writing is high and the voices are varied… every piece got me thinking.” Jay Ruzesky, EVENT

Christopher Doda is a poet, editor and critic living in Toronto. He is the author of two books of poetry, Among Ruins and Aesthetics Lesson. His award-winning nonfiction has appeared in journals across Canada and he was on the editorial board of Exile Editions for over ten years.

Award-winning writer David Layton has had short fiction and articles published and anthologized in various literary journals, newspapers and magazines including Penguin, Exile, The Daily Telegraph, Condé Nast Traveller, and The Globe and Mail. He is the author of Motion Sickness, a memoir, which was shortlisted for the Trillium Award. His bestselling novel, The Bird Factory was published by McClelland & Stewart. His third book, Kaufmann & Sons, will be published by HarperCollins in May of 2016. David Layton is the course director for Backstage IFOA at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.

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The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2015

9781926639932 new copyISBN: 9781926639932

Pub date: Fall 2015

Jacob McArthur Mooney, this eighth edition of Canada’s vibrant yearly anthology features the fifty finest Canadian poems published during 2014. The Best Canadian Poetry series, which thrives under the stewardship of acclaimed series editor Molly Peacock and assistant editor Anita Lahey, ushers readers into the heart of the diverse Canadian poetry scene. A must-read for anyone with a stake or interest in contemporary Canadian literature.

“No matter what your tastes, there are some poems here you’ll really like… The wide range of writers, forms and themes represented here make it a great jumping-off point for readers who might be interested in Canadian poetry but are unsure about where to start.”—Emma Healey, Globe and Mail

“The Best Canadian Poetry series offers an annual glimpse of poetry published across Canada, complete with a diverse sampling of voices and experiences that may be appreciated beyond borders.”—Lori A. May, examiner.com

“Readers will find this edition replete with new and memorable verses that will welcome them into the wilds of poetry.”—Publishers Weekly

Jacob McArthur Mooney’s second collection, Folk (McClelland & Stewart, 2011), was nominated for the Trillium Book Award in Poetry and the Dylan Thomas Prize. Work from his forthcoming third collection (M&S, 2016) has been shortlisted for a National Magazine Award, won the Arc Magazine Poem of the Year and Prairie Fire Bliss Carman Awards, and been included in the 2012 and 2013 editions of Best Canadian Poetry in English. He lives with his wife and son in Toronto where he hosts and co-directs the Pivot Reading Series.

Anita Lahey is a poet, journalist, reviewer and essayist. She is the author of The Mystery Shopping Cart: Essays on Poetry and Culture (Palimpsest Press, 2013) and of two Véhicule Press poetry collections: Out to Dry in Cape Breton (2006) and Spinning Side Kick (2011). The former was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the Ottawa Book Award. Anita is a former editor of Arc Poetry Magazine, and posts occasionally on her blog, Henrietta & Me: People and other wonders found in books.

Molly Peacock is a widely anthologized poet who writes biography, memoir, and fiction. Her newest work is Alphabetique: 26 Characteristic Fictions, with illustrations by Kara Kosaka. She is also the author of The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72. Her latest book of poetry is The Second Blush (all from McClelland and Stewart). Her poetry is the subject of Jason Guriel’s monograph, Molly Peacock: A Critical Introduction (Story Line Press, 2014).

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Heyday–Marnie Woodrow

Heyday Cover Web copyISBN: 9781926639901
Pub date: Fall 2015


2016 Toronto Book Award Finalist!
2016 Hamilton Literary Award for Fiction Winner!
Winner of the 2016 Goldie Award for Dramatic/General Fiction!

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In Marnie Woodrow’s second novel,  two lively girls meet aboard a roller coaster in 1909 and a modern-day woman grieves the loss of a partner with whom she was not in love. Heyday is a double-barreled story about nostalgia, the soul’s quest for pleasure, and the power of love to endure through lifetimes.

Heyday is both a fun, parallel romantic romp through time, and a heart-wrenching epic about timeless truths of the heart and the importance of seeking out what thrills us while we can. A stunning book.”—Zoe Whittall, author of Holding Still For as Long as Possible

Heyday set across two centuries, tells an atmospheric story of carnival life and the human heart. Bette, Freddie and Joss soar and tumble like the roller coasters that enchant them, taking readers on a gripping and heartfelt ride.”—Nancy Jo Cullen, author of Canary

“Woodrow is a terrific writer. . . this is an entertaining page-turner.” —Susan G. Cole, NOW magazine

“The novel’s historical detail is evocatively realized, and uncompromising in its sense of immediacy and richness of atmosphere . . . the past and present timeline subtly connecting with small details.” —Kerry Clare, picklemethis.com

“Engrossing tale of love’s complexity . . . Woodrow (Spelling Mississippi) captures bygone and recent Toronto with graceful prose.” —Publishers Weekly

Heyday is a thoughtful examination of what it means to love and be loved, and to maintain a fundamental sense of self in the process.”—Quill and Quire

“Marnie Woodrow’s latest novel since 2002’s Spelling Mississippi follows three women through parallel love stories. Propelling the book is the question of how these stories converge. They do, and it’s a twist.”—Globe and Mail

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Photo: Janette Piquette

Marnie Woodrow is the acclaimed author of two short fiction collections, Why We Close Our Eyes When We Kiss, and In The Spice House, and a novel, Spelling Mississippi, a love story set in pre-Katrina New Orleans. Spelling Mississippi was short-listed for the amazon.ca First Novel Prize.

 

 

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A Chronicle of Magpies Launch

A Chronicle of Magpies WEBJoin Tightrope Books and City Park Library for the launch of Bruce Meyer’s short fiction collection, A Chronicle of Magpies. Readings by the author and guests Jeffrey Round & Charlene Challenger. Evening includes special celebrations for the City Park Library’s 1-year anniversary.

Wednesday, July 15, doors open 6:30. Bruce reads at 7:15pm.
City Park Library, PMG Hall (between 31 & 51 Alexander St, Toronto).

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Spring 2015 Fiction Launch

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Launching Ken Murray’s Eulogy and Elizabeth Ukrainetz’s The Theory of Light at Midnight. Readings by the authors plus guest reader Janette Platana, door prizes and more!

Tuesday, June 16, 7:00 pm

Victory Cafe, 581 Markham St., Toronto.

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Proud Words

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$40 Saturday, June 27, 10am-2pm, #207-2 College St, Toronto ON M5G 1K3.

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The Theory of Light at Midnight-Elizabeth Ukrainetz

FINAL Theory of Light WebISBN: 9781926639864
Pub date: Summer 2015

Shortlisted for the 2016 ReLit Award!

Twenty years after a horrific captivity, Magda’s perfect life begins to crumble. Helpless to the resurgence of memory, she collapses inward. Through a haze of desire frighteningly evocative of the attack, she desperately attempts to fit together the bits and pieces of self, which existed before and after. The Theory of Light at Midnight is the story of the disintegration of personality, and one woman’s attempt to reconstruct integrity with the truth of brutality intact.

“In this series of ‘broken cantos,’ language buckles under the weight of a body’s knowing, giving voice to a novel which sings its gorgeous dissonance.  Like a rare piece of music, this writing moved me to tears.  It is an astonishing work. Magda’s experience of childhood violence reverberates throughout her life and words—and into the bodies of readers who hold this book in their hands. The Theory of Light at Midnight not only describes trauma, it renders it actual through Ukrainetz’ extraordinary prose.—Marianne Apostolides, author of Sophrosyne

“Surreal. Dreamlike. Childhood trauma and adult aftershock transformed into art.” —Mary Lou Dickinson, author of Would I Lie to You? and Ile D’Or

“A poet as well as a prose writer, Ukrainetz has a handle on language”—Quill & Quire

“A  deftly crafted and compelling read from beginning to end… destined to become a literary classic.”—Midwest Book Review

The Theory of Light at Midnight brings Ukrainetz back into the world of Canadian fiction. The novel is a temporally and structurally fragmented look at the inner life of a woman… Ukrainetz deftly steps outside of time and linear structure… conveying a strong sense of Magda’s central struggle.”— David Burgess McGregor, Winnipeg Review

“Elizabeth Ukrainetz’s writing shows brief glimpses of life on the other side of a window painted with vivid colours and designs. Language in her work is at the forefront.”—Room

“Language, for Elizabeth Ukrainetz, is a goal in itself. In The Theory of Light at Midnight, it is the poetic prose that draws the reader’s attention.”—Herizons

“The most impeccable writing I’ve come across in a very long time.”—Goodreads

Photo by Kye Marshall

Photo by Kye Marshall

Elizabeth Ukrainetz writes prose and poetry. Her work has appeared in several anthologies and journals over the years, including The Malahat Review,  Fiddlehead, and Grain. She’s published two books with Exile Editions, Baby, I Love You: Stories and Minor Assumptions. Visit her website at eeukra.net

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Eulogy—Ken Murray

Eulogy Cover FinalISBN: 9781926639857
Pub date: Summer 2015

Eulogy is a hit: now in its second print run!


The controlled and calm life of William Oaks is shattered when his parents die suddenly in a car accident. A reclusive paper conservator at a renowned Toronto museum, William must face the obsessions and denials that have formed him: delusional family history, religious fundamentalism, and get-rich-quick schemes. Memory and facts collide, threatening to derail his life and career as William feverishly prepares for an important exhibition on the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

“Eulogy is a powerful and riveting exploration of the family: the tensions between father and son, mother and son, and mother and father through the sharp-eyed, sensitive voice of William Oaks. Masterfully mesmerizing.”—Catherine Graham, author of Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects

“In his debut novel, Ken Murray tells the kind of secrets that simultaneously bind and tear a family apart. With a quick turn of a head or a phrase, the normal becomes freakish, and cruelty mundane. This is a story about diet drinks and religion, death and video games. Eulogy is an obituary to modern innocence.” —Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, author of Down to This and Ghosted

“Too often, first-time novelists show up with baby fat or affectation or slavish devotion to some novelistic ideology. But Murray begins as a mature writer: muscular, plain spoken, himself alone. The story he tells here makes for compulsive reading.”—Benjamin Taylor, author of Naples Declared and The Book of Getting Even

“Absorbing novel . . . A cautious optimist, Murray grants this wounded soul a chance for happiness while acknowledging the work required to clasp it fully.” —Brett Josef Grubisic, The Georgia Straight

“Ken Murray’s powerful, poignant debut… According to convention, a book about grief has no right to be a page-turner, but this one is.” —Jade Colbert, Globe and Mail

“Ken Murray’s solemn and entrancing debut . . . Eulogy is a serious, graceful novel that interrogates the roots of a particular strain of family unhappiness.” —Ryan D. Matthews, Brooklyn Rail

“Well written and very thought provoking . . . The ending truly caught me by surprise and I do love that in a book.” —Patty Woodland, brokenteepee.com

“I enjoyed Eulogy immensely. It’s smart, occasionally funny, and very human. There are so many reasons to read this book: pick one and take the plunge.” —Andrew Fookes, Literary Fiction Review

Fiction_Murray_KenKen Murray lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario. He teaches creative writing at Haliburton School of the Arts and at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto. He is a volunteer broadcaster in community radio and dabbles in several sports. Eulogy is his first novel. For more information visit kenmurray.ca.

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Best Canadian Poetry Spring Tea

You’re invited to join Molly Peacock, Best Canadian Poetry Series Editor, plus Anita Lahey, Lois Lorimer, Jim Nason and all of the Friends of The Best Canadian Poetry series at our annual Spring Tea with special guest, 2013 BCP editor Sue Goyette. There will be tea, sherry &  goodies!

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2-4pm, brief presentation at 3pm

Location: Joy Bistro, 884 Queen Street East,Toronto, ON  647.748.1755 (Joy is located at the corner of Booth Avenue, one block west of Logan Avenue in Leslieville.)

Contribution: $50.00

*Your contribution includes tea, sherry, goodies, a copy of The Best Canadian Poetry 2014 edited by Sonnet L’Abbe, the witty company of  poets and the grateful company of the editors and publisher of this anthology, now in its eighth year. Your contribution will help to ensure the long and happy life of this cherished Canadian poetry annual.

Best Friends Contribution $50

 

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Winnipeg: Meet Me In The Middle

meetJoin Tightrope Books and some of Canada’s top independent publishers in Winnipeg for a special poetry event during National Poetry Month: “Meet Me In The Middle/Write on Rights.” Canadian poets will read poems on human rights at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Hosted by Charlene Diehl, Director, Thin Air Festival and Tightrope Publisher Jim Nason, the opening ceremony will be led by Connie Merasty of the Two-Spirited People of Manitoba. The featured participants will read work on human rights. Poets include Katherine Bitney, Kerry Ryan, Karen Press, Meira Cook, Clarise Foster, Lori Cayer, Marilyn Dumont, Catherine Hunter, Garry Thomas Morse and more.

Date: April 4, 2015, 1pm

Location: “The Classroom”, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, 85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg MB. Admission to the event is free

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