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MUSE-DAWN KRESAN

ISBN: 9781926639642
Price: $16.95




Beginning with an epigraph by Robert Graves, which asserts that “woman is muse or she is nothing,” the poems in Muse explore the concepts of influence, creativity, and gender by evoking the tragic figure of Elizabeth Siddal. As a model, then pupil, she married the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and although an artist and poet in her own right, Siddal is best known as a Victorian muse and the inspiration for her husband’s paintings. In sensual and evocative language, Dawn Marie Kresan shifts voices and perspectives, from Siddal’s loss and heartbreak over her stillborn daughter to the poet’s lighthearted reproach of artist William Holman Hunt’s depiction of the Lady of Shalott.

“This is tremendously moving poetry, and Muse is an impressive debut.”–Angie Abdou, author of The Bone Cage

“I adored this inventive collection of poems, with its shifting perspectives and use of multiple voices. I urge you to snap up a copy”—Stephanie Pina, preraphaelitesisterhood.com

“A powerful poetry collection in which inspiration takes center stage as the narrator examines the relationship between the muse and an artist.”—Serena Agusto-Cox, savvyverseandwit.com

“Amusing as it is intelligent”—Michael Dennis, michaeldennispoet.blogspot.ca

“Explores a variety of themes around the concept of being female… written with great skill and sensitivity, exposing the plight of the female in a world run by men.”—Rachel Carney, createdtoread.com

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Best Canadian Poetry Seminars – March 29 session only

$37.50

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Megan Fernandes Montreal Launch

Join Tightrope Books in Montreal to celebrate the launch of Megan Fernandes’ debut poetry collection, The Kingdom and After.

Mike Spry will host the evening, which will feature readings by Megan Fernandes and Lisa Hiton. There will be door prizes, refreshments, mingling, and books for sale!
Date: Thursday, March 19, 7:00pm
Location: Drawn & Quarterly, 211 Bernard Ouest, Montreal

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The Kingdom and After—Megan Fernandes

ISBN: 9781926639802

Price: $15.95—special sale price!




The Kingdom and After charts the twenty-first century imaginative echo of empire and displacement in our current moment of terror and globalization. Sometimes written in frank, shrunken lines and other times exploding with surrealist, jurassic imagery, the poems witness an associative mind leaping from bone temples in Tanga to the pumiced surface of extraterrestrial oceans, from a panic attack in Mumbai to the tumbling spirits of the Big Sur coastline.

“‘Am I accountable for these histories?’ writes Megan Fernandes in her memorable poem ‘Archives.’ Yes and no—her fresh, embracing imagination attends to several continents, many languages and cultures, with the originality of one who looks at a piano from below, seeing the ‘woody spirit of the instrument,’ its cavern and brackets, attentive to the sound of ‘the chimptas, fire gongs with bells’ and ‘the swampy Goa.’ (‘The Piano and the Ivy.’ ) A book of pleasures, wild inventions and profound clarity.”—Robert Pinsky, Poet Laureate of the United States (1997-2000)

“In these limpid poems, Megan Fernandes finds her way back to roots and origins, even as she charts our many topographical, dreamed, amatory, and atomic detours. ‘Touch everything,’ she entreats, ‘Tell me about the broken terrain.’ It is the poem’s job to graph and weave from here to there and back again, and this she does, returning with much-needed news of our follies and fortunes.”—Eleni Sikelianos, author of Body Clock and The California Poem

“The Kingdom and After greets us with a mysterious and worldly look inside Fernandes’ personal timeline… Her characters are sentimental, melancholic at times, and ask us to slow down, to absorb into shades of yellow and green, and to befriend unsolicited ghosts. It is impossible for us, as readers, to dismiss the power behind Megan Fernandes’ stories.”—Alyse Richmond, Coal Hill Review

“The poems are surely thought provoking as they render a patchwork of time, space, histories, psychology, communities and intimacy… you’ll certainly want the poems to sit by you for long.”—Linda Ashok, The Rumpus

“Fernandes creates moments of bliss… She’s taken time to imagine new ways of navigating broken and layered terrains, and I would highly recommend it.”—Naomi B, Broken Pencil

“Wondrous and heartbreaking, The Kingdom and After is woven with subtlety and intricate placed lines of poetry that pull apart the layers of society to show what lingers behind the seemingly mundane.”—Nav Nagra, Room

Megan Fernandes photoMegan Fernandes is the poetry editor of the anthology Strangers in Paris and the author of two chapbooks of poetry: Organ Speech (Corrupt Press) and Some Citrus Makes Me Blue (Dancing Girl Press). Her work has been published or is forthcoming with Black Lawrence Press, the Boston Review, Rattle, Guernica, Memorious, and Redivider, among others. She earned her PhD in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her MFA in poetry from Boston University. Currently, she teaches at Lafayette College.

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Best Canadian Poetry Seminars 2015

“The Investigative Poet” with Anita Lahey

You are invited to join Tightrope Books over two Sunday afternoons in March (22nd and 29th) at our cozy office in downtown Toronto for a spirited, in-depth investigation into the nature of poetic inquiry, through a combination of lecture, master class and panel discussion.

What do poets have in common with journalists, academics, scientists and even detectives? They may employ different methods. They may be driven by different motivations. But poets are researchers. Poets are reporters.

Poetry, no matter its form, is driven by a sense of honest inquiry—often urgent inquiry. Aside from such well-known ingredients as observation, contemplation, rhythm, mastery of language, powerful feeling, voice and a way with metaphor, poems are built on facts. But how do the fruits of a poet’s investigations, be they public or personal or both, transform into art? And why strive for this elusive alchemy?

Anita Lahey, BCP assistant series editor, will lead the sessions, and will be joined by BCP poets Rob Winger and Kim Trainor for the second Sunday’s panel discussion. (Kim will be joining us via Skype from Vancouver!) Other BCP poets from across the country are already weighing in on the topic: their ideas will be braided into our discussions.

Together we’ll dig for new perspectives on the making of poetry and its role in posing questions relevant and essential to society and humanity.

Cost for both session: $75
Session 1
Lecture and Master Class
Sunday, March 22, 1-4 p.m.

Session 2
Panel Discussion and Seminar
(with Rob Winger and Kim Trainor)
Sunday, March 29, 1-4 p.m.

Location: Where: Tightrope Books, 207-2 College Street, Toronto, 416-928-6666.

Sign up early—space in the room is limited! Click on “Add to Cart” to pay securely by PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to do so. Should you wish to make alternate payment arrangements, please contact tightropeasst@gmail.com




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Best Canadian Poetry Valentine’s Day Reading at Ben McNally Books

Chocolates and love poems! Join Tightrope Books and the Best Canadian Poetry series for a special Valentine’s Day reading hosted by Molly Peacock and Jim Nason. The afternoon features a selection of poets from various years of the annual Best Canadian Poetry anthology. Readers include Michael Fraser, Maureen Hynes, Jim Johnstone, Aaron Kreuter, Anita Lahey, Kateri Lanthier, Sonnet L’Abbe, Laura Lush, Ruth Roach Pierson, Moez Surani.

Saturday, February 14, 2:00pm, Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay St, Toronto.

 

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Ghost Sick—Emily Pohl-Weary

ISBN: 9781926639826

PRICE: $16.95—special sale price!

Winner of the 2016 Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry!




When a Christmas Eve shooting devastated Emily Pohl-Weary’s community, she began to hunt through the numbness and grief for some understanding and hopefulness about the future. In the tradition of Carolyn Forché, Ernesto Cardenal, and Shu Ting, Ghost Sick is a poetry of witness. It chronicles the impact of violence on an inner-city Toronto neighbourhood, the power of empathy, and the resilience of the human spirit.

“A hard, sad, and beautifully necessary collection of poems. A book that helps us claw our way back from the edges of our own teetering lives.”—Susan Musgrave, author of A Man to Marry, A Man to Bury

“Ghost Sick focuses on violence and its personal cost in a Toronto neighbourhood, starting from the writer’s childhood to the present, the wasted lives, the pain and loss of her own and those of people dear to her.”—Marge Piercy, New York Times bestselling author of Gone to Soldiers

“These are not easy poems to forget, so take a deep breath, and plunge right in. The world will not look the same when you re-emerge, but the rewards are immense: you come away from these poems open to possibility, hopeful for change, and knowing you are not alone in that struggle.”—Carolyn Smart, author of Hooked

“Pohl-Weary’s gritty vernacular got game, got street cred. Like Holocaust witness poet Paul Celan, Pohl-Weary checks tabloids, billboards, newsflashes, for the language to bespeak domesticated violence.”—George Elliot Clarke, Halifax Chronicle-Herald

“The poems in Ghost Sick coalesce into a very strong, coherent collection that should be read from cover to cover . . . this is a book that looks forward towards a better city, better citizens, and a better society.” —Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, Broken Pencil

“Ghost Sick takes your breath away and leaves you wanting more. A great read that makes you think about what it means to bear witness to tragedy.”—Christine Smith (McFarlane), Shameless Magazine

“A nuanced, wrenching and ultimately heart-opening poetry collection that took eight years to write—nearly a decade of trying to grapple with the shooting death of a young man in her Parkdale neighbourhood.” —Yukon News

Ghost Sick by Emily Pohl-Weary is a collection of poems that witness. They are testimony, commentary, and emotional responses to the crime, drugs, loss of innocence and more in a Toronto neighborhood and other places where lives are wasted and lost too easily.”—Serena Agusto-Cox, Savvy Verse and Wit

Emily Pohl-Weary is an award-winning author, editor, arts educator, and academic. She is the author of several books, including the emily-pohl-wearynovels A Girl Like Sugar and Strange Times at Western High; the young adult novel Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl; the poetry collection Iron-on Constellations; and the biography Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril, which won a Hugo Award for Best Related Book.

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Best Canadian Essays 2014

ISBN: 9781926639840

PRICE: $15.95—special sale price!




Featuring a trusted series editor and a new guest editor, this sixth continuation of the annual assemblage of essays showcases diverse writing from across Canada. Culled from leading magazines on diverse topics such as art, film, literature, music, culture, politics and history, The Best Canadian Essays 2014 contains award-winning and nominated nonfiction articles that are topical and engaging and have their finger on the pulse of our contemporary psyches.

“Best Canadian Essays 2014 should find a place of honour in your travel bag, on the deck at your camp, by the reading window in your breakfast nook, at your bedside table.”—Michael Sobota, Chronicle-Journal.

“Who doesn’t like a buffet? How about one with quality selections and deep flavours? I’m a fan of anthologies and The Best Canadian Essays is a smorgasbord of topics and exceptional writing.”—June Chua, Rabble.ca

 “The individual contributions in Best Canadian Essays transcend simple reportage and reach the level of art. Each one has something distinctive and informative to say. Take heed.”—Jennifer Curtis, Quill & Quire

Christopher Doda is a critic, editor, and poet. He is the author of the collections of poetry Aesthetics Lesson and Among Ruins, and his poems and reviews have appeared in journals and magazines across Canada. He is the book review editor for the online journal Studio.                                              

Natalie Zina Walschots is a poet and a music journalist. Her first book of poetry, Thumbscrews, won the inaugural Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Her poetry has appeared widely in literary magazines including Broken Pencil, Carousel, Matrix, Open Letter, and Rampike. She was formerly the managing editor of Filling Station and Dandelion magazines. She lives in Montreal.

 

 

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Launch of Emily Pohl-Weary’s Ghost Sick

Join Tightrope Books for the launch of acclaimed author Emily Pohl-Weary’s second poetry collection, Ghost Sick!

Readings by a plethora of poets: Emily Pohl-Weary, Lillian Allen, Irfan Ali, Chris Chambers, Dante King, Carolyn Smart, dianah smith.

Tuesday, February 10, 7pm,
The Tenant of Parkdale
1267 Queen St. West, Toronto

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Best Canadian Essays 2014 Joint Launch

Dundurn Press & Tightrope Books cordially invite you to the launch of Cover Before Striking, short stories by celebrated author Priscila Uppal and Best Canadian Essays 2014 edited by Christopher Doda with guest editor Natalie Zina Walschots. Monday, February 2, 2015 – 7:00pm, Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton Street, Toronto, ON  M6J 2N7

With readings by Priscila Uppal, Christopher Doda and selected Best Canadian Essays contributors including Daniel Scott Tysdal, Ann Shin, Richard Teleky, Aaron Broverman.

In advance of the event, check out Donna Bailey Nurse’s great piece, Priscila’s Uppal’s Closet!

 

 

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A Token of my Affliction Launch

Join Tightrope Books for the launch of A Token of My Affliction, the first fiction collection by This Magazine’s 2009 Great Canadian Literary Hunt winner, Janette Platana. Hosted by Heather J Wood with readings by the author plus guest authors Roxanna Bennett & Danila Botha. Door prizes, books for sale and more!

Date: January 20, 2015

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Handlebar, 159 Augusta, Toronto.

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A Token of My Affliction-Janette Platana

ISBN: 9781926639758
Price: $16.95—special sale price

Finalist for the 2016 English Language Trillium Book Award!

Longlisted for The Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize!




Janette Platana’s cheerfully disturbing, gleefully outraged, and chillingly beautiful stories break open the lives of apparently ordinary people who struggle and sometimes succeed in living without compromise, refusing to sacrifice the world they sense to the world they see, and where things can be true without ever being real. The range of this accomplished and poetic voice may cause vertigo, owing, as it does, as much to the Clash to Stephen King, to Caitlin Moran as to Flannery O’Connor, and something to David Sedaris. A Token of My Affliction will make you laugh while breaking your heart wide open.

“Wild, witty and thought-provoking…”—Michelle Berry, author of Interference

Janette Platana’s writing is brave and vivid and full of tender sacrilege.”—David Bergen, author of The Time in Between

“Platana questions where choices originate from and what factors make us choose certain paths and not others.”—Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating Canada

“So funny. So perfect; so true. I really haven’t got one negative thing to say about this book. You should read it. Janette Platana is one of our best.” —Richard Rosenbaum, Broken Pencil

“This is an impressive collection of short stories.”—goodreads.com

“This collection is as brilliant as it is terrifying… For Janette Platana, to have an affliction is to be a person… I highly recommend this book.”—Evelyn Deshane, The Rusty Toque

“I’ve never read anything quite as raw as Janette Platana’s first collection of short stories, A Token of My Affliction…  if this is only Janette Platana’s debut collection, then we’ve all got a whole slew of incredible stories coming our way.—galaxyquill.com

“A magnifying glass that you hold up to an assortment of lives that look a lot like your own, and through that magnifying glass you see all the fascinating and horrible microscopic entities crawling over the surface and within the minuscule cracks of those lives.”—Andrew Forbes, 49th Shelf

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Janette Platana’s poetry and fiction have appeared in literary magazines across Canada, in the U.S., and in Turkey. Originally from Saskatchewan, and with a background in indie bands and improv comedy, she now lives and writes in Peterborough, Ontario. Her short story, “Dear Dave Bidini,” won This Magazine‘s 2009 Great Canadian Literary Hunt.  A Token of My Affliction is Janette’s debut collection of short fiction.

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Books Currently on Sale!

Dirty BirdISBN: 9781926639529

PRICE: $16.95 – Special sale to celebrate the book’s many award nominations and wins!

Winner: 2013 Margaret and John Savage First Book Award
Shortlisted: 2013 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize
Shortlisted: 2013 Relit Award in the Novel Category
Shortlisted: 2014 PEI Book Award for Fiction

 




CBC Literary Award finalist Keir Lowther makes his debut with a novel that revolves around loved ones dead and alive, family or otherwise that haunts the modern psyche of one young boy, trapped in the grotesque world that surrounds him. Written in a creepy, deadpan, dark spiritual tone that will light a powder keg in the lukewarm waters of Canadian fiction. Dirty Bird is a family dystopia saga of anxiety and misplaced love, carved out in the spirit of spooky tradition of writers such as Tony Burgess, Joey Comeau and Lisa Foad.

Keir Lowther’s Dirty Bird gets between your teeth. It leaves silt in your bed sheets and second-hand smoke in your hair. It’s a neo-Canadian gothic tale of dysfunction, hallucination, and denial. It will make you feel sick, weak all over, but you’ll love it. You’ll crawl around for days after finishing it, wishing for more. This book breaks into your brain – but you’ll have to read it to know what that really means.” —Liz Worth author of Treat Me Like Dirt

“This debaucherous debut from Keir Lowther does not deal in pig-tailed orphans or raspberry cordial. Instead it delivers a darkly gothic PEI—made of grit, grime, and grotesquerie—in which the wronged dead crawl from their graves to track mud across your clean kitchen floor. Dirty Bird is a devilish, desperate plea from one very disturbed little boy who spends his summer longing for Happy Meals and coming of age among adults with human hearts and savage, animalistic appetites. This book reminds you of every bad thing you ever did and shames you for it. Dirty Bird will raze your brain and haunt your dreams and leave you begging for more.”—Matthew J. Trafford, author of The Divinity Gene

“There are serene moments in the book that breathe clean air into its dirty pages. But it’s the dirty moments that earn Lowther his ribbon; his ability to make small town tragedies new again, and make innocence unnerving, and his knack for writing about an off-kilter family from a tiny island out east that leaves us feeling bad on the inside.”—Colin Brush, Broken Pencil

Keir Lowther lives in Prince Edward Island with his wife, daughter and dog. His great grandfather was Lucy Maud Montgomery’s first cousin.

The Nights Also, by Anna SwansonISBN-13: 978-1-926639-13-0
Price: $13.95 – special sale price!
Pub Date: Spring 2010

Winner of the LAMBDA award and the Gerald Lampert Award!




Fearless and insightful poems that illuminate one woman’s experience of chronic illness, relationships and gender identity, and solitude.

Anna Swanson’s poetry leads you through a life that tries to deal with a misunderstood illness, a gradual acceptance of one’s sexuality, and a sometimes onerous relationship with nature. Her writing is as honest as it is complex, and it attempts to reconcile an identity that has been distorted by illness through a profound analysis of memory and individual meaning. With poems that run the gamut from fearful to the absurd, that are at once deep and pithy, Anna Swanson proves in The Nights Also that she is a brave new voice in Canadian poetry.

Click to read an excerpt from The Nights Also.

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, The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008, and numerous other literary journals. She has paid the rent by planning festivals, selling books, serving drinks, making maps, walking on stilts, bowling with teenagers, writing press releases, and watching for forest fires. She now lives in Vancouver, BC, and works as a children’s librarian.

Praise for The Nights Also:

“There are the nights, yes, but in this startling debut collection ‘each day is a / thin steel catwalk of light’ and ‘the sun makes its arc across the mouth’ . . . Each word and image is freshly forged. The poems are smart, original, and daring, the footwork so assured that Anna Swanson dances with the future with no missteps. This is a strong new voice that reaffirms my faith in the heartbeat and vision that poetry can give us.”—Lorna Crozier

“As meditations on illness, these are extraordinary—sad, undermining, and, sometimes, spiked with a sense of humour.”—Tim Lilburn

“‘Oh dear body,’ Anna Swanson writes in her impressive debut collection, ‘How did we get here?’ How indeed? Throughout The Nights Also, Swanson asks: What does it mean to be frail and human. What is illness? Health? Gender? Memory? Love? And though Swanson doesn’t (thank God) arrive at any definitive answers, her skill and delight in exploring life’s mysteries and complexities are palpable. These poems—intelligent, passionate, and beautifully executed—announce the arrival of a gifted poet, one I hope we’ll be hearing from for years to come.’Patricia Young

“Swanson’s narratives are sympathetic and her gestures towards self-advocacy are inspiring. Her speaker is highly personable, with straight-forward language. Having executed the realm of the autobiographically-oriented first collection with panache, I am eager to see what she will take up in subsequent work.”—Angela Hibbs, Broken Pencil


ISBN: 978-1926639727
PRICE: $17.95 – special holiday sale price to celebrate Morro & Jasp’s 2014 Canadian Comedy Award win!




Inspired by the award-winning show Morro and Jasp: Go Bake Yourself, this comedic, multifaceted, and interactive book involves comics, stories, poetry, illustrations, photographs, pie charts and over 130 recipes. Clown sisters Morro and Jasp take readers on a journey through their tastiest recipes, their most intimate thoughts, and their deepest desires as they explore how different foods connect to our different moods. With easy-to-make recipes as well as fun challenges to any reader’s culinary craftsmanship, Eat Your Heart Out is an entertaining guide to help people learn how to love playing with their food again.

“Sure to put a smile on your face”—Milwaukee Public Library

Morro and Jasp are a Toronto-based, award-winning comedy duo with extensive training in Pochinko-based clown work. They have performed in a number of fundraisers and charity events including the Ronald McDonald House and Sick Kids Hospital, as well as the Toronto Clown Festival, the Human River Walk, and numerous activities for Canada Day.


ISBN-13: 978-1926639482
Price: $14.95

Longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize




Written in original, humorous, and innovative ways, these 11 richly
varied stories expose the risks in finding shelter in unaccommodating
places. Exploring the precarious lives of an accident-prone Chinese
construction worker with a dark secret, a fatally ill Canadian artist
who remains in Beijing after the 2008 Olympics, a grieving barber who
makes a gruesome discovery about his Czech lover, and a couple who make a shocking, last-minute decision about their adoptive child, these unforgettable narratives—both dark and emotional—travel from China to Canada and Europe to convey vivid descriptions and a nostalgic appeal.

In 2012, Royston Tester became Associate Editor for Hong Kong-based Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. He organized the launch of Cha in mainland China on 31st August 2009 in Beijing. Prior to his appointment, he was a frequent contributor to the journal. His first collection of short fiction, Summat Else (Porcupine’s Quill) is set in England, Spain, and Canada. It explores the coming-of-age of Enoch Jones. Tester’s work has appeared in Asian, Canadian and U.S. journals and anthologies. Two stories, “Seriously” and “Face” were shortlisted for the 2006 CBC Literary Awards. Tester has been jury member for the Commonwealth Fiction Prize, and first reader for the Writers’ Union of Canada “Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers.” In Canada, he has taught ESL at McMaster University, and fiction-writing at the Humber School for Writers, Toronto. In China, he has been a frequent writer-in-residence at the Red Gate Gallery, Beijing.

ISBN-13: 978-1-926639-38-3
Pub Date:
Fall 2011
Price: $13.95 – special sale to celebrate Ashley Little’s appearance on the 2015 Dublin Impac Award longlist for her second book, Anatomy of a Girl Gang.

Shortlisted for the 2012 ReLit Award for best novel.




In this crackling debut, Ashley Little creates a new anti-hero — one whose audacity is matched by his vulnerability. PRICK is narrate by twenty-one year old Anthony “Ant” Young: an artist, an asshole, and an anti-hero. After fleeing a violent home life in Calgary, Ant moves to Victoria, BC, where he earns his tattooing apprenticeship under Hank the Tank, a founding member of the powerful Lucifer’s Choice motorcycle gang. Under Hank’s guidance, Ant learns the craft and business of tattoo, but he is also exposed to a vicious and frightening criminal underworld. Written in intense, rapid-fire bursts, PRICK explores themes of addiction, desire, and remorse. As Ant’s life stumbles out of control, he struggles to hold on to the one thing he really cares about. Ashley Little follows in the footsteps of Bret Easton Ellis and Heather O’Neill in this unforgettable, disturbing and darkly funny tale.

Ashley Little received a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria. She won the 2008 Okanagan Short Story Contest. Her work has appeared in Broken Pencil, The Danforth Review, Room and the anthology Writing Without Direction: Ten and a Half Stories by Canadian Authors Under Thirty (Clark-Nova, 2010). She lives in BC’s Okanagan Valley where she is completing her MFA. http://ashleylittle.com

Praise for Prick: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist

“Fearless, the straight stuff! An arresting look at the world of tattoo; graphic as a freshly embroidered skull on virgin skin. Via the morally ambiguous point of view of an eager young apprentice, PRICK is an entree to a world not often seen and even less understoof. With wistful shades of Willie Vlautin and al the grit of Charles Bukowski, Ashley Little lushly demonstrates that hers in an important new voice in unflinchingly real storytelling.” – Dennis E. Bolen, author of Kaspoit!

“Prick is a screeching hell ride down damnation alley…Like a car wreck to the morbidly inquisitive, or a brilliant dragon tattoo on alabaster flesh, Prick is a beautifully disturbing tale revealing the morally mangled soul of a young man.”—The Toronto Review of Books

ISBN-13: 978-1926639444
Price: $16.95 special sale!

Long-listed for the B.C. national non-fiction award!




Tumbling into adulthood as the world falls into post 9–11 madness, Samantha Bernstein vividly depicts a generation raised in the ruins of Baby Boomer idealism. The daughter of a hippie mom ground down by life in a relentless film industry, and an absent, famous poet father, Samantha enters her twenties outraged by the legacies of her predecessors. In emails chronicling five years, she writes toward a vision that reconciles history with the possibility of an ethical and hopeful future. Creating collectives that are at once joyous and politically engaged, the characters in this memoir accept loss, acknowledge fear, and fight cynicism. Exultant and poignant, caustic and tender, Here We Are Among the Living invites readers to look carefully at the world – to believe the choices we make matter, and that to love is the most important choice of all.

“In the book, written in five years’ worth of emails to her nearest and dearest, Bernstein details her life as a young woman falling in love and deciding what to do with the boundless energy of her youth. She also happens to be the youngest daughter of a Canadian literary luminary, the poet Irving Layton, and though he had next to no part in raising her, the psychic weight of his absence in her life and presence in the literary canon leaves a deep impression on Bernstein’s spirit. By virtue of both her youth and her DNA, Bernstein embodies a curiosity and lust for life. And she is, of course, a writer. By the terms she has explicitly set for the work, Bernstein’s memoir is a success.”—The National Post

Samantha Bernstein’s poetry and prose has appeared in various publications, including Exile Literary Quarterly, The Fiddlehead and the anthology TOK 3: Writing the New Toronto. Samantha is a doctoral student at York University; her dissertation explores relationships between ethics and aesthetics. Sam and her husband play in Samba Elegua, a community drum orchestra that on any given day you might see dancing down a Toronto street.

ISBN-13: 978-1-26639-41-3
Price: $14.95 special sale!
Pub Date: Fall 2011




The outstanding success of The Best Canadian Poetry in English series continues in 2011 with guest editor Priscila Uppal.

The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011 proudly continues a series that kicked off with a bang in 2008 and thrives under the stewardship of esteemed editor Molly Peacock and a different acclaimed poet guest editor each year.

This year Priscila Uppal chose the fifty best Canadian poems published in Canadian online and print literary journals in 2010. With this anthology, readers– often baffled by the proliferating poems and poets– are able to tap into the remarkable and vibrant Canadian poetry scene.

About the Guest Editor

Priscila Uppal is a poet, novelist, and York University professor. Her publications include Ontological Necessities (shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize), Traumatology, Successful Tragedies (Bloodaxe books, UK), Winter Sport: Poems (written as Canadian Athletes Now poet-in-residence for the Olympic and Paralympic Games) the novels The Divine Economy of Salvation and To Whom It May Concern, and the study We Are What We Mourn: The Contemporary English-Canadian Elegy. Time Out London recently dubbed her “Canada’s coolest poet.” Visit priscilauppal.ca

About the Series Editor

Molly Peacock is the author of six volumes of poetry, including The Second Blush; a memoir, Paradise, Piece by Piece; and a one-woman show in poems, “The Shimmering Verge.” She is a contributing editor of the Literary Review of Canada and a faculty mentor at the Spalding MFA Program. Her latest work of nonfiction is The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delaney Begins Her Life’s Work at 72, which was nominated for BC’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

Praise for The Best Canadian Poetry series

“Some of us can only afford a half a dozen or so subscriptions to literary magazines, so the publication of The Best Canadian Poetry in English, now in its third year, is a welcome event.”
– Maxianne Berger, Rover Arts

“This would be an excellent book for the academic and the casual poetry fan who wants to dust off the rust in their CanLit poetry ligaments.”
– Michael Peckham, Broken Pencil

“The collection is a unique glimpse at a diversity of poets, from Ottawa’s David O’Meara to Margaret Atwood to the reverend P.K Page.”
– Cormac Rae, Ottawa Xpress

Best Canadian PoetryISBN 9781926639550
Price: $14.95 special sale!




Continuing in a long-established tradition of poetry excellence, this collection of 50 poems is culled from Canadian literary magazines and journals. The handpicked selection includes the best, and most current, representations of the vibrant Canadian poetry scene. This distinguished volume offers both a convenient introduction to contemporary poets in Canada and a collectible yearbook for seasoned poetry readers, distilled by the esteemed editorial tastes of a new guest editor and an accomplished poetry editor.

Molly Peacock, a poet and a creative nonfiction writer, is the author of The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72 (2010) and six books of poetry, including The Second Blush (2008) and Cornucopia: New & Selected Poems (2002). Among her other works are a memoir called Paradise, Piece By Piece (1998) and How To Read A Poem and Start A Poetry Circle (1999). She is the editor of a collection of creative non-fiction, The Private I: Privacy in a Public World (2001) and the co-editor of Poetry in Motion: One Hundred Poems from the Subways and Buses (1996).

Carmine Starnino has published four critically acclaimed volumes of poetry, including This Way Out (2009), which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award. His other books include A Lover’s Quarrel (2004), a collection of reviews and essays, and The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry (2005), which he edited. His most recent book is Lazy Bastardism: Essays and Reviews on Contemporary Poetry (2012). Starnino lives in Montreal, where he is poetry editor for Vehicule Press and a senior editor for Reader’s Digest Canada.

“Bravo: a Canadian first. Tightrope Books releases its first annual roundup of poetry from Canadian journals, revealing what poets are up to in their proverbial basements, garrets and broom closets from coast to coast to coast. Buy it, or borrow it, but do read it.” – Arc Poetry Annual, Paul Tyler

“The collection is a unique glimpse at a diversity of poets, from Ottawa’s David O’Meara to Margaret Atwood to the revered P.K. Page.”—Cormac Rae, Ottawa Xpress

Little Venus, by Carla DrysdaleISBN-13: 9781926639048
Price: $10.00 special sale price to celebrate Carla Drysdale’s Earle Birney Poetry Prize win!
Pub Date: Fall 2009




Carla Drysdale’s poems in Little Venus challenge the reader, tackling the hard subjects of child abuse, sexual exploitation and the failure of some families.

The character of Little Venus runs through the poems burning with rage and want in an incendiary chant that the reader can’t ignore. Little Venus is a haunting collection that will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.

Click to read an excerpt from Little Venus.

Carla Drysdale was born in London, Ontario and was educated at Ryerson university in Toronto as well as Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Her poems have appeared in Canadian and US journals, including the Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Literature, the Fiddlehead, Global City Review, Confrontation and LIT. She lives in France and is the winner of the 2014 Earle Birney prize.

Fortune Cookie, by Heather J WoodISBN-13: 9781926639017
Price: $14.95 – sale price
Pub Date: 2009




Fortune Cookie is a diary-style novella set in Montreal during the turbulent year of 1989. The book follows Robin through her growing disenchantment with the aimless life of a twenty-something who hasn’t yet found herself in a world that is changing as fast as she is. This subversively feminist work, aimed at young women, is told in first-person vignettes – written in the informal and often humourous voice of 24-year-old Robin. Robin’s vignettes are at times intercut with news headlines, highlighting the political and social events of the year – including Tiananmen Square, the fall of the Berlin Wall and Montreal Massacre.

“Emotionally profound and politically charged, Fortune Cookie is an uplifting treat.”—The Link

“Heather J Wood’s Fortune Cookie is my annual end-of-the-year read—as classic a tale for me on December 31st as Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is on December 24th.”—Charlene Challenger, author of The Voices in Between

Montreal-born Heather J. Wood‘s work has appeared in journals and in the Tightrope Books’ anthologies: In the Dark: Stories from the Supernatural, and IV Lounge Nights. Heather’s chapbook, Barbies, Breasts and Bathing Suits, was published by Press On! in 2007. She lives in Toronto with her husband Kurt and two cats.

Click here to read an excerpt from Fortune Cookie.

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You Turn Your Back-Royston Tester

ISBN: 978-1926639819

PRICE: $16.95-special sale price!

Longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and The Frank O’Connor
International Short Story Award!




In settings as varied as industrial England, the Syrian desert, urban Morocco, rural “expat” Spain, Canada’s West coast, and the China–Vietnam border, Royston Tester explores the very human struggles of people caught between cultures, social classes, lovers, family members, and sexualities. In “Dotty,” a young Canadian woman on a work-stay program in a Cornish village tries to make sense of her affair with an Italian factory owner. In “Who Knows Where,” two Canadian daughters grapple with their drug-addled mother whose lovemaking is haunted by the ghost of a stillborn baby. In “Face,” a lovesick Chinese Canadian student lays down the law to his ambitious father over a dinner of monkey brains. In unforgettable, stripped-down prose, the stories in this book observe, with an unflinching eye, those who dare to take steps further.

You Turn Your Back is a vigorous and daring exploration of the limits of form and character. It is a demanding work, often asking the reader to witness and engage with situations of emotional duress and physical violence. It is also a work that rewards.”—Kerri Lu, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal

Royston Tester is the author of the story collections Fatty Goes to China and Summat Else. His short fiction has appeared in North American, Asian, and European publications.

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Launch of Royston Tester’s You Turn Your Back

Join Tightrope Books for the Toronto launch of Royston Tester’s third collection of short stories, You Turn Your Back. The evening features readings by Royston Tester and special guest Jeffrey Round, plus door prizes and books for sale!

Thursday, November 27, 6pm, The Central, 603 Markham St, Toronto.

 

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Inspire International Book Fair

Tightrope Books will be at Toronto’s Inspire International Book Fair November 13-16! Come to the Toronto Convention Centre and see us at booth #307 where you can meet some of our wonderful authors including Ruth Roach Pierson, David Lee, Charlene Challenger, Roxanna Bennett, Heather J Wood, Tara-Michelle Ziniuk, Kathryn Mockler, Jeffrey Round, Kelly Ward, Sandra Kasturi, Myna Wallin, Ursula Pflug, Emily Pohl-Weary, Dayle Furlong & more!

On Friday, November 14, at 4pm, authors Ruth Roach Pierson, David Lee, Charlene Challenger and Roxanna Bennett will be reading at the Hub area of the fair. On Saturday, November 15 at 4pm, authors Jeffrey Round, Kelly Ward, Sandra Kasturi and Myna Wallin will be reading at the Hub.

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The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2014

 

ISBN: 978-1926639833

PRICE: $17.95 – special sale price!




Continuing in a long-established tradition of poetry excellence, the fifty poems in this seventh annual collection are culled from Canadian literary magazines and journals. Sonnet L’Abbe’s handpicked selections include the best, and most current, representations of the vibrant Canadian poetry scene. This distinguished volume includes poets John Barton, Marilyn Bowering, Nicole Brossard, Jan Conn, George Elliott Clarke, Jason Guriel, Sue Goyette, Don McKay, Susan Musgrave,  Michael Ondaatje, Carmine Starnino, Karen Solie and many more.

“No matter what your tastes, there are some poems here you’ll really like… L’Abbé has done impressive work. ”—The Globe and Mail

The Best Canadian Poetry represents notable poems published in years past, but it also reminds us of all the goings-on in literary culture across a nation”—Lori A. May, Poets Quarterly

Guest editor Sonnet L’Abbé, Ph.D. is the author of two collections of poetry, A Strange Relief and Killarnoe, both published by McClelland and Stewart. She was the 2017StartsNow! Artist-in-Motion in 2013. She is now at work on Sentient Mental Flower Book and Sonnet’s Shakespeare, her third and fourth collections of poems, and on a book about the plant-mind metaphors in the work of American poet Ronald Johnson. L’Abbé has reviewed fiction and poetry for the Globe and Mail, and has taught writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and at the University of British Columbia. She will be the 2015 Edna Staebler Writer-In-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Assistant series editor 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.

Series editor 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 recent monograph Molly Peacock: A Critical Introduction (Story Line, 2014).

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Best Canadian Poetry 2014 Launch

Join Tightrope books and series editors Molly Peacock & Anita Lahey and 2014 guest editor Sonnet L’Abbe in celebrating the Toronto launch of The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2014 – the 7th edition of this distinguished annual anthology. The event features readings by several of the 2014 edition’s contributors, including George Elliott Clarke, Jan Conn, Stevie Howell, Aaron Kreuter, Kateri Lanthier, Pearl Pirie, Moez Surani, Nick Thran, Zoe Whittall, plus Ruth Marshall reading for Isabel Huggan.

Monday, November 24, 7pm, Joy Bistro, 884 Queen St East, Toronto.

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Teacher’s Pets Launch in North Vancouver, BC on October 27!

Join local author, Crystal Hurdle, for the launch of her novel in verse, Teacher’s Pets, on Drop Everything And Read Day at the North Vancouver District library!

Date & location: Monday, October 27, 7pm, Capilano branch of the North Vancouver district library, 3045 Highland Blvd., North Vancouver, BC.

“Fearless and bold, Crystal Hurdle’s witty, multivocal novel in verse reads like a cross between Judy Blume and Into the Wild, with a dash of Gilbert and Sullivan thrown in. Teen readers will find here a forthright examination of issues of power and responsibility not usually included on the high school curriculum.”—Cathy Stonehouse, author of Grace Shiver

Crystal Hurdle teaches English and creative writing at Capilano University in North Vancouver. She is the author of the poetry collection After Ted & Sylvia and her poetry and prose has been published in many journals, including Bogg, Canadian Literature, the Dalhousie Review, Event, Fireweed, and the Literary Review of Canada.

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Tightrope Reading at Glad Day Bookshop

Join Tightrope Books on Thursday, October 23, 8pm, for an intimate reading in the Glad Day Bookshop, featuring authors Charlene Challenger, Rosario Lloret and Jeffrey Round.

Glad Day is located at 598a Yonge Street, Toronto, just north of Wellesley.

Charlene Challenger is a writer and a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre. She lives in Toronto with her husband and adorable dog, Omi.

Canadian-Spanish author Rosario Lloret was born in Madrid, Spain. She moved to Canada in 2003 and lived in the Northwest Territories for six years. She currently resides in Hudson’s Hope, BC, with her husband and three daughters.

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. He founded a multimedia theater company, Best Boys Productions, and his first 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.

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Tightrope October Launch

Join Tightrope Books in celebrating the Toronto launch of Roxanna Bennett’s debut poetry collection, The Uncertainty Principle, and Rosario Lloret’s debut novel, Wolf in a Beaver Coat.

The event takes place on Tuesday, October 21, 7pm  at Handlebar, 159 Augusta in Kensington Market.

Guest readers include Tara-Michelle Ziniuk & Charlene Challenger. There will be door prizes and other surprises!

Roxanna Bennett was born in Toronto but spent much of her childhood in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. She is a writer and artist educator whose poems and essays have been published in anthologies and literary journals in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Canadian-Spanish author Rosario Lloret was born in Madrid, Spain. She moved to Canada in 2003 and lived in the Northwest Territories for six years. She currently resides in Hudson’s Hope, BC, with her husband and three daughters.

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The Uncertainty Principle-Roxanna Bennett

ISBN: 9781926639772
Price: $15.95—special sale price!




The Uncertainty Principle coverRoxanna Bennett’s debut collection of precisely crafted poems examines connection and consequence. The poems in The Uncertainty Principle reveal the aftermath of events both at an atomic and human scale, from the domestic intimacy of a dysfunctional family to the wreckage of an atom bomb.

“Just shattering. At times hard to credit or place within the realm of the real. One gets the sense that, had these poems’ formal shapes not been forged from iron, quarried from the bedrock of unblinkered self-knowledge and unbounded love, they would simply detonate. The world is rooted in its own violence, and so births violence in endless cycles. Roxanna Bennett’s work bears the mark of a beauty equal to that brutality. The Uncertainty Principle will rearrange you as you move through it.”— Ken Babstock, author of  Methodist Hatchet

 “Bennett’s lines navigate daringly around and through the lexical boundaries of the diagnostic to ‘breathe the rich air’ before the darkened playground and crumbling towers of this world.” —David McGimpsey, author of LilBastard

“Roxanna Bennett’s debut poetry collection The Uncertainty Principle is a solitary basket of trinkets and memory souvenirs exposed through solemn confession—inviting you to participate in its unrealized possibilities, the magnetic imagining of a mystical mind.” —Julie Mannell, Matrix

“The Uncertainty Principle breathes, lives, and lingers… Every one of Bennett’s words is a rebirth: violent, miraculous, and beautiful.”—Contemporary Verse 2 Magazine

“… a nuanced, complex emotional landscape that leaves me excited about where Bennett’s voice will take her after this effective and affecting debut.”—Brecken Hancock, Arc

Roxanna Bennett studied experimental arts at the Ontario College of Art and Design and creative writing at the University of Toronto. She lives in Whitby, Ontario.

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Toronto Summer Launch

Tightrope Books is delighted to launch Jeffrey Round’s In the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci, Rolli’s I Am Currently Working on a Novel, Crystal Hurdle’s Teacher’s Pets and preview Roxanna Bennett’s The Uncertainty Principle.

Readers for the event include Jeffrey Round, Charlene Challenger, Jim Nason & Roxanna Bennett. Join us on August 17, 7pm, at the Round in Kensington Market, 152a Augusta. The Facebook event page is here.

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RM Vaughan Reading in Fredericton During Pride

Westminster Books and Fredericton Pride are pleased to announce a reading by acclaimed New Brunswick born and raised author RM Vaughan. Taking place at 7pm, Wednesday, August 13, in the middle of Fredericton Pride celebrations, Vaughan will be reading from his latest book Compared To Hitler: Selected Essays.

Vaughan is the award-winning author of 8 previous books, in poetry, fiction, and drama, and is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick’s Master of Arts in Creative Writing program. He is originally from Quispamsis and St. Martins. His new book, Compared To Hitler: Selected Essays, brings together Vaughan’s most talked about and controversial essays on culture and contemporary life, works originally published in national and international journals and magazines. Vaughan currently lives in Toronto and Berlin.

A brief Q&A will follow the reading. Copies of Compared To Hitler: Selected Essays will be available for purchase from the store, Westminster Books, 445 King Street, Fredericton, 506-454-1442.

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I Am Currently Working on a Novel—Rolli

Price: $16.95 special sale price!

ISBN: 9781926639734

Shortlisted for the 2015 ReLit Award, shortlisted for the High Plains Award, longlisted for The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award!


I am Currently Working on a Novel coverThe more than 70 stories in I Am Currently Working on a Novel are as diverse as a telephone conversation or your average ocean. There are stories set in Hollywood, London, and the bottom of the sea. There are also pieces about ghosts, robots, love, Pointillism, death, and immortality. Though seldom longer than a few pages, there is more mystery, sadness and sheer mania in Rolli’s slimmed-down fictions than a whole shelf-full of standard novels.

“As dazzling as they are brilliant, these stories are bursting with life. They sing. And they’re very funny too.”—Nik Perring, author of Freaks

“Because this is a magic book, as you absorb its people you begin to realize that the real people around you are and have always been impossible.”—Brian Conn, editor of Birkensnake

“Rolli’s eccentric, whimsical stories exhibit a style and a brand of comedy all his own. There is much to love about this collection for a general audience, but these stories will be most rewarding for Rolli’s fellow writers and artists.” — pankmagazine.com

“The seventy-five stories in mononymous author Rolli’s new flash-fiction collection, I Am Currently Working on a Novel, waver between whimsical and bleak. The best ones are both.”—heavyfeatherreview.com

“Rolli’s imagination is admirable, and his ability to make so much happen in so few words is deeply impressive. Each one of the stories in I Am Currently Working On A Novel is finely-crafted, a miniature triumph.” —neonmagazine.co.uk

Saskatchewan resident Rolli is a writer, cartoonist, and the author of God’s Autobio, Plum Stuff, Mavor’s Bones and Dr. Franklin’s Staticy Cat. His cartoons appear regularly in Reader’s Digest. He lives in Regina, SK.

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