June 21, 2017, 6:30pm, Supermarket Restaurant, 268 Augusta, Toronto.
Join Tightrope Books at The Aga Khan Museum for our third annual “Meet Me/Writers on Rights” Human Rights poetry event. Co-hosted by Tightrope Books publisher Jim Nason and author Farzana Doctor and featuring readings related to human rights issues by acclaimed poets from some of Canada’s top independent publishers: Sheniz Janmohamed, Maureen Hynes, Soraya Peerbaye, Vivek Shraya, Moez Surani, Nyla Matuk, Sonnet L’Abbé, Gwen Benaway, Michael Fraser, and Ann Shin.
Amnesty International will be at the event with information about human rights issues.
When: Sunday 14 May 2017, 1pm
Where: Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto.
Join us on April 12, 7:30 pm at Glad Day Bookshop (499 Churst St) for the the launch of our three spring 2017 poetry titles: Prosopagnosia by Ron Charach, Seasons in an Unknown Key by Karen Mulhallen, and Closer to Where We Began by Lisa Richter.
Join Tightrope Books and editors Joseph Kertes and Christopher Doda for the launch of Best Canadian Essays 2016. November 23, 7:30pm, Dark Horse, 630 Queen Street East, Toronto.
Evening includes readings by selected BCE 2016 contributors, including Graeme Bayliss, Desmond Cole, Krista Foss, Susan Olding, Kenneth Sherman.
Join Tightrope Books, Series Editor Molly Peacock and Guest Editor Helen Humphreys for the Toronto Launch of The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2016 at IFOA Weekly, November 30, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. Doors open at 7:00pm, event begins at 7:30pm sharp.
This FREE evening includes readings by selected BCP 2016 contributors, followed by a reception (8:30-9pm). Copies on the anthology will be available for sale. Visit the IFOA event page for biographies and photos of the participating poets.
On Sunday, September 25 from 11am to 5pm, come and meet the Tightrope team and some of our wonderful authors at the 2016 Toronto Word on Street Festival at Harbourfront Centre. We’re in booth 524.
The following authors will be available for book signings and meet & greets in the Tightrope Booth for stints of up to one hour starting at the approximate times listed below.
Danila Botha: 2pm
Marnie Woodrow: 2:30pm (Marnie reads in the Toronto Book Awards tent at 1:30 pm)
Michael Fraser: 2:45 pm (Michael reads in the Vibrant Voices tent at 4:15pm)
Kelley Aitken: 4:45pm
Sandra Kasturi: 1pm
Kirsteen MacLeod: 11pm
Myna Wallin: 3pm
Elizabeth Ukrainetz: 11 am
Heather J. Wood: various times throughout the day
Jim Nason: various times throughout the day
Ursula Pflug: 3pm
Other authors may also appear throughout the day.
Join the Tightrope team for the launch of three new fall fiction titles: Danila Botha’s For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known, Ron Charach’s cabana the big and Charlene Challenger’s The Myth in Distance.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:30 pm, Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue in Kensington Market.
June 21, 6:30pm, The Central, 603 Markham St, Toronto.
Join us at the Halifax Central Library on Sunday, July 17 at 2pm for the second annual “Meet Me in… Writers on Rights’” human rights poetry event. Hosted by Tightrope Publisher Jim Nason and Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke, the event will feature readings related to human rights issues by acclaimed poets from some of Canada’s top independent publishers: Alice Burdick, Mark Callanan, Mary Dalton, Sheree Fitch, Michael Fraser, Carole Glasser Langille, Jennifer Houle, El Jones, Emily Pohl-Weary.
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.
Join 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.
Join 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
Tightrope 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.
Join 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 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.
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 English 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.
Join 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).
Join 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
“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
Lecture and Master Class
Sunday, March 22, 1-4 p.m.
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.
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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.
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
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!
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
Location: Handlebar, 159 Augusta, Toronto.