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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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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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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BEST CANADIAN ESSAYS 2013 LAUNCH

Join Tightrope Books and editor Chris Doda for the launch of Best Canadian Essays 2013. This fifth annual collection contains award-winning and nominated nonfiction Canadian articles that are topical, engaging, and have their finger on the pulse of our contemporary psyches.

The launch will be held on Tuesday, November 26, 7pm at PJ O’Brien Pub, 39 Colborne Street (behind the King Edward Hotel), Toronto.

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BEST CANADIAN POETRY IN ENGLISH 2013 LAUNCH

Join Tightrope Books and Series Editor, Molly Peacock, for the Toronto launch of The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2013. The evening will featuring readings by a selection of the anthology’s distinguished poets plus free snacks!

Tuesday, December 3, P.J. O’Brien Irish Pub, 39 Colborne Street, Toronto, 7pm.

Plus don’t forget: our annual BCP Best Friends Holiday Tea Fundraiser will be on Sunday, December 1, 2pm at Proof, Intercontinental Hotel, Toronto. Get your tickets now.

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Kelly Ward talks up the spring!

Check out Kelly Ward’s spring interview on The Acrobat’s tumblr page where she talks about her upcoming book “Keep It Beautiful.”

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Kasturi nominated for the 2013 Rhysling Award

Sandra Kasturi ‘s book of poetry Come Late To the Love of Birds published by Tightrope Books has been nominated for the Rhysling award for best genre poetry. The Rhysling award is an annual award given for the best science fiction, fantasy, or horror poem of the year. The nominated poems include “Roc” “Augury ” and “Snow by Gaslight”.

Come Late to the Love of Birds expands on themes of abject romances, deformed fairytales gone and the astonishing delights of life in glorious 21st century. It fuses nature’s continuous emotional offerings, our desire to understand ourselves with our passion to be free, devoid of the burden of modern thought. Congrats Sandra!

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Book Buzz

Here We Are Among The Living – Samantha Bernstein

Super! We are so pleased to announce Samantha Bernstein’s debut Here We Are Among The Living has Been long-listed for the B.C. non-fiction award! Be sure to get your copy today.  The National Post was impressed with the debut, and had this to say.
“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.“

Prick: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist – Ashley Little

Wicked! Ashley Little’s Prick was shortlisted for the 2012 ReLit Award for best novel. TheToronto Review of Books also noticed Prick`s stature as an important indie read.

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.” For even more praise, visit Ashley`s website.  Be sure to order your copy today! We are so pleased for the nomination. The ReLit Awards were established in 2000 to recognize the best of the country’s independent presses.

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The 5th instalment of Best Canadian Poetry in English will be out shortly with shows planned nation-wide.

Vancouver

On Thursday October 11, 2012 in Vancouver at Montmartre Cafe 4362 Main Street join hosts Nathaniel G. Moore and Dina Del Bucchia with readings from local Vancouver poets.

Toronto

On Monday the 15th of October at Revival Bar on 783 College Street join Tightrope Books for our special Toronto launch. Hosted by Molly Peacock and Best Canadian Poetry 2012 in English editor Carmine Starnino with readings from past editors and contributors, and this year’s team of excellent poets. Readers include: Michael Lista, Dani Couture, Nyla Matuk, Jim Johnstone, Ingrid Ruthig and Jacob Mooney and more.

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Keir Lowther will be blogging for the National Post in late October.

In the meantime, look at this preview of his novel Dirty Bird here.

Dirty Bird

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