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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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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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.

Click “Add to Cart” below to register and pay by Paypal. Or contact tightropeasst@gmail to make other payment arrangements. Space is limited, so sign up now!



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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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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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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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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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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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