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
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
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 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.
“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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The event takes place on Tuesday, October 21, 7pm at Handlebar, 159 Augusta in Kensington Market.
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.
Roxanna 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.
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.
Divided into “exhibitions” corresponding roughly to various rooms in the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Milan, this stunning poetry collection explores the legacy of da Vinci’s inventive imagination in various areas, such as war, medicine, sound, and aviation. The poems reflect how the 20th century was shaped by da Vinci’s work and theories, which are still being explored today.
“Jeffrey Round asks a big question: ‘What does infinity know?’ In a poetry collection with da Vinci at its core, themes of invention dovetail with themes of memory and loss.”—Jim Nason, author of Narcissus Unfolding
“There is food for thought throughout this collection.”—Amos Lassen, reviewsbyamoslassen.com
“Poetry requires a light touch, of knowing what to leave out, what not to over-explain. Jeffrey’s poems are easy to read, but not simple… a classy book of poetry.”—Paul Bellini, mygaytoronto.com
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 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.
Pub date: 2013
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
PRICE: $12.95 special sale price
Kelly Ward’s debut collection of stories teems with characters just on the fringe of the mainstream, and each story examines the mundane and abject sides of normalcy. A middle-aged woman spends her life in the slot machine pit of a rural casino where she navigates her misplaced affections for two men: one a lifelong gambler and couch-surfing cad, the other a kid in his early 20s who makes her forget her own age and place in the world. Twenty-something newlyweds Asa and Maria attempt to conceive for the first six months of their marriage. When her apparent dream of becoming a mother doesn’t pan out quickly, Maria distances herself from Asa. A septuagenarian utilizes younger shoppers as pawns to make her weekly grocery-store jaunt that much easier to navigate. Each of Keep it Beautiful‘s characters find humor and beauty in unlikely places, while often playing victim—or at times accomplice—to their circumstances.
“Ward’s marginal characters—geriatric shoplifters, lovelorn gamblers, Zellers employees, OCD municipal workers—are curious curiosities. Ward lifts the everyday and everyman and transforms absurd disappointments and fragmented joys of the quotidian to reveal a fresh, intimate compassionate perspective, as all gifted writers do.”—Ibi Kaslik, author of Skinny and The Angel Riots
“Ward favour[s] shorter stories that provide just enough information to comprehend their characters’ motivations and morality, while simultaneously refusing to explain things in a blandly expository manner.”—The National Post
“Keep It Beautiful is full of characters both odd and endearing and makes for fantastic summer reading for short story lovers.”—Open Book Toronto
“The author’s deft facility with character and her willingness to trust her readers by infusing her stories with just the right degree of contingency mark her as an author to watch.”—Steve W. Beattie, 49th Shelf
“Observant and compassionate to the end”—goodreads.com
Kelly Ward is a freelance writer and editor whose fiction, poetry, and journalism have appeared in various publications across Canada, including Existere, Matrix Magazine, SubTerrain, Taddle Creek, Word Magazine, and various other literary journals. Her story, “A Girl And A Dog On A Friday Night,” was longlisted for the 2017 Journey Prize. She lives in Toronto.
PRICE: $14.95—special sale price
Teetering on the brink of longing and the downtrodden, Julie Cameron Gray’s poetic debut explores isolation and the distance between human understanding and human experience. Her poems showcase the relationship between people and their work, urban living and the fringe existence of “wild” animals, the flaws that relationships tend to encompass despite best intentions, and the mysteries inanimate objects hold. Tangle is a verdict, a web of dysfunction, and an alibi.
“Julie Cameron Gray has achieved something crucial, but too rare, in today’s world of rapid change: how to be true to a sense of the new through an energizing sense of continuity with the imaginative richness of the past. . . . If we value zestful continuity as part of an allegiance to exploration and change, Julie Cameron Gray is a poet to watch.” —Roger Nash, author, Something Blue and Flying Upward
“This is a compact collection of distilled, mature poetry.”—Anne Burke, League of Canadian Poets
“All in all, a delightful read”—goodreads.com
Julie Cameron Gray is the author of the chapbook Coordinating Geometry, and her poetry has appeared in Carousel, Contemporary Verse 2, Event, Fiddlehead, and PRISM International as well as the anthology Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011.
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.
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.
Culled from leading magazines on topics as diverse as race, economy, literature, sports, bioethics, and family, Best Canadian Essays 2013 contains award-winning and nominated nonfiction articles that are topical, engaging, and have their finger on the pulse of our contemporary psyches. The collection showcases the best essays from journals across the country and features authors including Wayne Grady’s “On the Willing Suspension of Disbelief,” Patricia Robertson’s “Against Domesticated Fiction,” Chris Turner’s “On Tipping in Cuba,” Mark Kingwell’s “Building Cities, Making Friends,” and many more.
Christopher Doda is a critic, an editor, and a 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.
Stephen Marche is the author of several books, including How Shakespeare Changed Everything and Love and the Mess We’re In. He currently writes “A Thousand Words About Our Culture,” a monthly column for Esquire magazine, which in 2011 was a finalist for the ASME National Magazine Award for Commentary, in addition to opinion pieces for The Globe and Mail, The New Republic, The New York Times, Salon.com, The Toronto Star, and The Wall Street Journal.
PRICE: $14.95 – special sale price!
Continuing in a long-established tradition of poetry excellence, the fifty poems in this sixth annual collection are culled from Canadian literary magazines and journals. Sue Goyette’s handpicked selections include the best, and most current, representations of the vibrant Canadian poetry scene. This distinguished volume includes contemporary poets Anne Carson, Anne Compton, Lorna Crozier, Mary Dalton, Michael Fraser, M. Travis Lane, Patrick Lane, Jacob McArthur Mooney, Jane Munro, Ruth Roach Pierson, Elizabeth Ross, Karen Solie, Sue Sinclair, John Steffler, Matthew Tierney, Fred Wah, and many more.
“A big, full flavour on each and every page of this satisfying anthology”—Lori May, Poets’ Quarterly
“The Best Canadian Poetry 2013 surveys the Canadian stream and finds it verdant and splendid.”—Michael Dennis, The Dennis Blog
“Wonderful intro essays”—goodreads.com
Sue Goyette is the author of the poetry collections Ocean, Outskirts, The True Names of Birds, and Undone as well as the novel Lures. She won the 2008 CBC Literary Prize for Poetry, the 2010 Earle Birney Prize, the 2011 Bliss Carman Award, the 2012 Pat Lowther Award, and the 2012 Atlantic Poetry Prize. She teaches in the creative writing program at Dalhousie University and lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Molly Peacock is a widely anthologized poet and creative nonfiction writer. Her latest work of nonfiction is The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72, and her most recent collection of poetry is The Second Blush. A contributing editor of the Literary Review of Canada, she inaugurated The Best Canadian Poetry in English in 2008 and continues to serve as the series editor. She lives in Toronto.
PUB Date: 2013
A modern-day Greek tragedy, I Thought I Would Be Happy revolves around Marco Morelli, an aspiring filmmaker with a passion for heights. Set in New York, Toronto, and on top of Mount Olympus, this sexy, vivid novel weaves mythology with current events. It will especially interest academics, members of the gay community, and film and art lovers.
“To accept happiness, will you accept its terror? I Thought I Would Be Happy provides absorbing terrain in which to ponder the question. Surreal and fragmented memories slowly reveal the courage it takes to accept change in others — to realize you have shared the intimacy of strange travel together. In a work haunted by both cruelty and kindness, Jim Nason shows how our undoing can also be our extreme good luck.”—Daniel Allen Cox, author of Krakow Melt
“This is a fine book.“—Goodreads
Jim Nason‘s award-winning poems, essays, and stories have been published in literary journals and anthologies throughout the United States and Canada, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English. He is also the author of a novel, The Housekeeping Journals, and a short-story collection, The Girl on the Escalator. He lives in Toronto.