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.


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.


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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Poetry NOW: 3rd annual Battle of the Bards

Ruth Roach PiersonMarch 30, 2011, starting at 7:30 pm
Harbourfront Centre, Brigantine Room
235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON

1 stage. 20 poets. 1 winner.

This popular poetry competition returns in 2011 to feature 20 of Canada’s upcoming and established poets. One poet will receive an automatic invitation to read at the 32nd annual International Festival of Authors, AND an ad for their book in NOW!

Poetry NOW is presented in partnership with NOW Magazine and the Harbourfront Centre.

It will feature our very own Ruth Roach Pierson!

For more information on the event and to see who else is participating, please click here.

Ruth’s latest book is Contrary, a poetry collection being released this month.

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