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
PRICE: $15.95—special sale price!
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
PRICE: $16.95 – Special sale to celebrate the book’s many award nominations and wins!
Winner: 2013 Margaret and John Savage First Book Award
Shortlisted: 2013 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize
Shortlisted: 2013 Relit Award in the Novel Category
Shortlisted: 2014 PEI Book Award for Fiction
CBC Literary Award finalist Keir Lowther makes his debut with a novel that revolves around loved ones dead and alive, family or otherwise that haunts the modern psyche of one young boy, trapped in the grotesque world that surrounds him. Written in a creepy, deadpan, dark spiritual tone that will light a powder keg in the lukewarm waters of Canadian fiction. Dirty Bird is a family dystopia saga of anxiety and misplaced love, carved out in the spirit of spooky tradition of writers such as Tony Burgess, Joey Comeau and Lisa Foad.
“Keir Lowther’s Dirty Bird gets between your teeth. It leaves silt in your bed sheets and second-hand smoke in your hair. It’s a neo-Canadian gothic tale of dysfunction, hallucination, and denial. It will make you feel sick, weak all over, but you’ll love it. You’ll crawl around for days after finishing it, wishing for more. This book breaks into your brain – but you’ll have to read it to know what that really means.” —Liz Worth author of Treat Me Like Dirt
“This debaucherous debut from Keir Lowther does not deal in pig-tailed orphans or raspberry cordial. Instead it delivers a darkly gothic PEI—made of grit, grime, and grotesquerie—in which the wronged dead crawl from their graves to track mud across your clean kitchen floor. Dirty Bird is a devilish, desperate plea from one very disturbed little boy who spends his summer longing for Happy Meals and coming of age among adults with human hearts and savage, animalistic appetites. This book reminds you of every bad thing you ever did and shames you for it. Dirty Bird will raze your brain and haunt your dreams and leave you begging for more.”—Matthew J. Trafford, author of The Divinity Gene
“There are serene moments in the book that breathe clean air into its dirty pages. But it’s the dirty moments that earn Lowther his ribbon; his ability to make small town tragedies new again, and make innocence unnerving, and his knack for writing about an off-kilter family from a tiny island out east that leaves us feeling bad on the inside.”—Colin Brush, Broken Pencil
Keir Lowther lives in Prince Edward Island with his wife, daughter and dog. His great grandfather was Lucy Maud Montgomery’s first cousin.
Winner of the LAMBDA award and the Gerald Lampert Award!
Fearless and insightful poems that illuminate one woman’s experience of chronic illness, relationships and gender identity, and solitude.
Anna Swanson’s poetry leads you through a life that tries to deal with a misunderstood illness, a gradual acceptance of one’s sexuality, and a sometimes onerous relationship with nature. Her writing is as honest as it is complex, and it attempts to reconcile an identity that has been distorted by illness through a profound analysis of memory and individual meaning. With poems that run the gamut from fearful to the absurd, that are at once deep and pithy, Anna Swanson proves in The Nights Also that she is a brave new voice in Canadian poetry.
Anna Swanson studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her poetry has appeared in PRISM International, The Antigonish Review, The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008, and numerous other literary journals. She has paid the rent by planning festivals, selling books, serving drinks, making maps, walking on stilts, bowling with teenagers, writing press releases, and watching for forest fires. She now lives in Vancouver, BC, and works as a children’s librarian.
Praise for The Nights Also:
“There are the nights, yes, but in this startling debut collection ‘each day is a / thin steel catwalk of light’ and ‘the sun makes its arc across the mouth’ . . . Each word and image is freshly forged. The poems are smart, original, and daring, the footwork so assured that Anna Swanson dances with the future with no missteps. This is a strong new voice that reaffirms my faith in the heartbeat and vision that poetry can give us.”—Lorna Crozier
“As meditations on illness, these are extraordinary—sad, undermining, and, sometimes, spiked with a sense of humour.”—Tim Lilburn
“‘Oh dear body,’ Anna Swanson writes in her impressive debut collection, ‘How did we get here?’ How indeed? Throughout The Nights Also, Swanson asks: What does it mean to be frail and human. What is illness? Health? Gender? Memory? Love? And though Swanson doesn’t (thank God) arrive at any definitive answers, her skill and delight in exploring life’s mysteries and complexities are palpable. These poems—intelligent, passionate, and beautifully executed—announce the arrival of a gifted poet, one I hope we’ll be hearing from for years to come.’—Patricia Young
“Swanson’s narratives are sympathetic and her gestures towards self-advocacy are inspiring. Her speaker is highly personable, with straight-forward language. Having executed the realm of the autobiographically-oriented first collection with panache, I am eager to see what she will take up in subsequent work.”—Angela Hibbs, Broken Pencil
PRICE: $17.95 – special holiday sale price to celebrate Morro & Jasp’s 2014 Canadian Comedy Award win!
Inspired by the award-winning show Morro and Jasp: Go Bake Yourself, this comedic, multifaceted, and interactive book involves comics, stories, poetry, illustrations, photographs, pie charts and over 130 recipes. Clown sisters Morro and Jasp take readers on a journey through their tastiest recipes, their most intimate thoughts, and their deepest desires as they explore how different foods connect to our different moods. With easy-to-make recipes as well as fun challenges to any reader’s culinary craftsmanship, Eat Your Heart Out is an entertaining guide to help people learn how to love playing with their food again.
“Sure to put a smile on your face”—Milwaukee Public Library
Morro and Jasp are a Toronto-based, award-winning comedy duo with extensive training in Pochinko-based clown work. They have performed in a number of fundraisers and charity events including the Ronald McDonald House and Sick Kids Hospital, as well as the Toronto Clown Festival, the Human River Walk, and numerous activities for Canada Day.
Longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize
Written in original, humorous, and innovative ways, these 11 richly
varied stories expose the risks in finding shelter in unaccommodating
places. Exploring the precarious lives of an accident-prone Chinese
construction worker with a dark secret, a fatally ill Canadian artist
who remains in Beijing after the 2008 Olympics, a grieving barber who
makes a gruesome discovery about his Czech lover, and a couple who make a shocking, last-minute decision about their adoptive child, these unforgettable narratives—both dark and emotional—travel from China to Canada and Europe to convey vivid descriptions and a nostalgic appeal.
In 2012, Royston Tester became Associate Editor for Hong Kong-based Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. He organized the launch of Cha in mainland China on 31st August 2009 in Beijing. Prior to his appointment, he was a frequent contributor to the journal. His first collection of short fiction, Summat Else (Porcupine’s Quill) is set in England, Spain, and Canada. It explores the coming-of-age of Enoch Jones. Tester’s work has appeared in Asian, Canadian and U.S. journals and anthologies. Two stories, “Seriously” and “Face” were shortlisted for the 2006 CBC Literary Awards. Tester has been jury member for the Commonwealth Fiction Prize, and first reader for the Writers’ Union of Canada “Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers.” In Canada, he has taught ESL at McMaster University, and fiction-writing at the Humber School for Writers, Toronto. In China, he has been a frequent writer-in-residence at the Red Gate Gallery, Beijing.
Pub Date: Fall 2011
Price: $13.95 – special sale to celebrate Ashley Little’s appearance on the 2015 Dublin Impac Award longlist for her second book, Anatomy of a Girl Gang.
Shortlisted for the 2012 ReLit Award for best novel.
In this crackling debut, Ashley Little creates a new anti-hero — one whose audacity is matched by his vulnerability. PRICK is narrate by twenty-one year old Anthony “Ant” Young: an artist, an asshole, and an anti-hero. After fleeing a violent home life in Calgary, Ant moves to Victoria, BC, where he earns his tattooing apprenticeship under Hank the Tank, a founding member of the powerful Lucifer’s Choice motorcycle gang. Under Hank’s guidance, Ant learns the craft and business of tattoo, but he is also exposed to a vicious and frightening criminal underworld. Written in intense, rapid-fire bursts, PRICK explores themes of addiction, desire, and remorse. As Ant’s life stumbles out of control, he struggles to hold on to the one thing he really cares about. Ashley Little follows in the footsteps of Bret Easton Ellis and Heather O’Neill in this unforgettable, disturbing and darkly funny tale.
Ashley Little received a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria. She won the 2008 Okanagan Short Story Contest. Her work has appeared in Broken Pencil, The Danforth Review, Room and the anthology Writing Without Direction: Ten and a Half Stories by Canadian Authors Under Thirty (Clark-Nova, 2010). She lives in BC’s Okanagan Valley where she is completing her MFA. http://ashleylittle.com
Praise for Prick: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist
“Fearless, the straight stuff! An arresting look at the world of tattoo; graphic as a freshly embroidered skull on virgin skin. Via the morally ambiguous point of view of an eager young apprentice, PRICK is an entree to a world not often seen and even less understoof. With wistful shades of Willie Vlautin and al the grit of Charles Bukowski, Ashley Little lushly demonstrates that hers in an important new voice in unflinchingly real storytelling.” – Dennis E. Bolen, author of Kaspoit!
“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.”—The Toronto Review of Books
Long-listed for the B.C. national non-fiction award!
Tumbling into adulthood as the world falls into post 9–11 madness, Samantha Bernstein vividly depicts a generation raised in the ruins of Baby Boomer idealism. The daughter of a hippie mom ground down by life in a relentless film industry, and an absent, famous poet father, Samantha enters her twenties outraged by the legacies of her predecessors. In emails chronicling five years, she writes toward a vision that reconciles history with the possibility of an ethical and hopeful future. Creating collectives that are at once joyous and politically engaged, the characters in this memoir accept loss, acknowledge fear, and fight cynicism. Exultant and poignant, caustic and tender, Here We Are Among the Living invites readers to look carefully at the world – to believe the choices we make matter, and that to love is the most important choice of all.
“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.”—The National Post
Samantha Bernstein’s poetry and prose has appeared in various publications, including Exile Literary Quarterly, The Fiddlehead and the anthology TOK 3: Writing the New Toronto. Samantha is a doctoral student at York University; her dissertation explores relationships between ethics and aesthetics. Sam and her husband play in Samba Elegua, a community drum orchestra that on any given day you might see dancing down a Toronto street.
The outstanding success of The Best Canadian Poetry in English series continues in 2011 with guest editor Priscila Uppal.
The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011 proudly continues a series that kicked off with a bang in 2008 and thrives under the stewardship of esteemed editor Molly Peacock and a different acclaimed poet guest editor each year.
This year Priscila Uppal chose the fifty best Canadian poems published in Canadian online and print literary journals in 2010. With this anthology, readers– often baffled by the proliferating poems and poets– are able to tap into the remarkable and vibrant Canadian poetry scene.
About the Guest Editor
Priscila Uppal is a poet, novelist, and York University professor. Her publications include Ontological Necessities (shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize), Traumatology, Successful Tragedies (Bloodaxe books, UK), Winter Sport: Poems (written as Canadian Athletes Now poet-in-residence for the Olympic and Paralympic Games) the novels The Divine Economy of Salvation and To Whom It May Concern, and the study We Are What We Mourn: The Contemporary English-Canadian Elegy. Time Out London recently dubbed her “Canada’s coolest poet.” Visit priscilauppal.ca
About the Series Editor
Molly Peacock is the author of six volumes of poetry, including The Second Blush; a memoir, Paradise, Piece by Piece; and a one-woman show in poems, “The Shimmering Verge.” She is a contributing editor of the Literary Review of Canada and a faculty mentor at the Spalding MFA Program. Her latest work of nonfiction is The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delaney Begins Her Life’s Work at 72, which was nominated for BC’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.
Praise for The Best Canadian Poetry series
“Some of us can only afford a half a dozen or so subscriptions to literary magazines, so the publication of The Best Canadian Poetry in English, now in its third year, is a welcome event.”
– Maxianne Berger, Rover Arts
“This would be an excellent book for the academic and the casual poetry fan who wants to dust off the rust in their CanLit poetry ligaments.”
– Michael Peckham, Broken Pencil
“The collection is a unique glimpse at a diversity of poets, from Ottawa’s David O’Meara to Margaret Atwood to the reverend P.K Page.”
– Cormac Rae, Ottawa Xpress
Continuing in a long-established tradition of poetry excellence, this collection of 50 poems is culled from Canadian literary magazines and journals. The handpicked selection includes the best, and most current, representations of the vibrant Canadian poetry scene. This distinguished volume offers both a convenient introduction to contemporary poets in Canada and a collectible yearbook for seasoned poetry readers, distilled by the esteemed editorial tastes of a new guest editor and an accomplished poetry editor.
Molly Peacock, a poet and a creative nonfiction writer, is the author of The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72 (2010) and six books of poetry, including The Second Blush (2008) and Cornucopia: New & Selected Poems (2002). Among her other works are a memoir called Paradise, Piece By Piece (1998) and How To Read A Poem and Start A Poetry Circle (1999). She is the editor of a collection of creative non-fiction, The Private I: Privacy in a Public World (2001) and the co-editor of Poetry in Motion: One Hundred Poems from the Subways and Buses (1996).
Carmine Starnino has published four critically acclaimed volumes of poetry, including This Way Out (2009), which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award. His other books include A Lover’s Quarrel (2004), a collection of reviews and essays, and The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry (2005), which he edited. His most recent book is Lazy Bastardism: Essays and Reviews on Contemporary Poetry (2012). Starnino lives in Montreal, where he is poetry editor for Vehicule Press and a senior editor for Reader’s Digest Canada.
“Bravo: a Canadian first. Tightrope Books releases its first annual roundup of poetry from Canadian journals, revealing what poets are up to in their proverbial basements, garrets and broom closets from coast to coast to coast. Buy it, or borrow it, but do read it.” – Arc Poetry Annual, Paul Tyler
“The collection is a unique glimpse at a diversity of poets, from Ottawa’s David O’Meara to Margaret Atwood to the revered P.K. Page.”—Cormac Rae, Ottawa Xpress
Carla Drysdale’s poems in Little Venus challenge the reader, tackling the hard subjects of child abuse, sexual exploitation and the failure of some families.
The character of Little Venus runs through the poems burning with rage and want in an incendiary chant that the reader can’t ignore. Little Venus is a haunting collection that will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.
Carla Drysdale was born in London, Ontario and was educated at Ryerson university in Toronto as well as Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Her poems have appeared in Canadian and US journals, including the Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Literature, the Fiddlehead, Global City Review, Confrontation and LIT. She lives in France and is the winner of the 2014 Earle Birney prize.
Price: $14.95 – sale price
Pub Date: 2009
Fortune Cookie is a diary-style novella set in Montreal during the turbulent year of 1989. The book follows Robin through her growing disenchantment with the aimless life of a twenty-something who hasn’t yet found herself in a world that is changing as fast as she is. This subversively feminist work, aimed at young women, is told in first-person vignettes – written in the informal and often humourous voice of 24-year-old Robin. Robin’s vignettes are at times intercut with news headlines, highlighting the political and social events of the year – including Tiananmen Square, the fall of the Berlin Wall and Montreal Massacre.
“Emotionally profound and politically charged, Fortune Cookie is an uplifting treat.”—The Link
“Heather J Wood’s Fortune Cookie is my annual end-of-the-year read—as classic a tale for me on December 31st as Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is on December 24th.”—Charlene Challenger, author of The Voices in Between
Montreal-born Heather J. Wood‘s work has appeared in journals and in the Tightrope Books’ anthologies: In the Dark: Stories from the Supernatural, and IV Lounge Nights. Heather’s chapbook, Barbies, Breasts and Bathing Suits, was published by Press On! in 2007. She lives in Toronto with her husband Kurt and two cats.
Click here to read an excerpt from Fortune Cookie.
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.
Price: $15.95—special sale price!
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.
Price: $16.95 special sale price!
Shortlisted for the 2015 ReLit Award, shortlisted for the High Plains Award, longlisted for The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award!
The more than 70 stories in I Am Currently Working on a Novel are as diverse as a telephone conversation or your average ocean. There are stories set in Hollywood, London, and the bottom of the sea. There are also pieces about ghosts, robots, love, Pointillism, death, and immortality. Though seldom longer than a few pages, there is more mystery, sadness and sheer mania in Rolli’s slimmed-down fictions than a whole shelf-full of standard novels.
“As dazzling as they are brilliant, these stories are bursting with life. They sing. And they’re very funny too.”—Nik Perring, author of Freaks
“Because this is a magic book, as you absorb its people you begin to realize that the real people around you are and have always been impossible.”—Brian Conn, editor of Birkensnake
“Rolli’s eccentric, whimsical stories exhibit a style and a brand of comedy all his own. There is much to love about this collection for a general audience, but these stories will be most rewarding for Rolli’s fellow writers and artists.” — pankmagazine.com
“The seventy-five stories in mononymous author Rolli’s new flash-fiction collection, I Am Currently Working on a Novel, waver between whimsical and bleak. The best ones are both.”—heavyfeatherreview.com
“Rolli’s imagination is admirable, and his ability to make so much happen in so few words is deeply impressive. Each one of the stories in I Am Currently Working On A Novel is finely-crafted, a miniature triumph.” —neonmagazine.co.uk
Saskatchewan resident Rolli is a writer, cartoonist, and the author of God’s Autobio, Plum Stuff, Mavor’s Bones and Dr. Franklin’s Staticy Cat. His cartoons appear regularly in Reader’s Digest. He lives in Regina, SK.
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.
Fifteen-year-old Elsa Byrd is on the verge of becoming a woman in the summer of 1935. It seems to her that, in a world run by men, coming of age is more of a curse than a blessing. Elsa feels powerless when her father enters the tuberculosis sanitarium and she’s forced to live on her grandparents’ farm. When she stumbles upon a stranger hiding in the barn, it’s a welcome diversion as hiding him becomes an intoxicating secret. When a dead girl is discovered floating in a dory, it quickly shifts from the kind of secret Elsa wants to hug close, to the kind she doesn’t dare let out. Her mentor, Lavinia Twigg, joins the police investigation and Elsa’s caught between silence and disclosure, trust and doubt, risk and fear.
“Nineteen thirties rural New Brunswick shines in this multi-layered, coming-of-age murder mystery. The lives of women, and the expectations surrounding them, are portrayed with insight and sympathy. I hope we hear from Elsa Byrd and Lavinia Twigg again—they make a first-rate detective team.” —Laurie Glenn Norris, author, Haunted Girl: Esther Cox and the Great Amherst Mystery
“Murder mystery enthusiasts will be completely satiated. Leveille has brilliantly concocted scenarios
where several individuals make plausible suspects.”—Michelle Brunet, Arts East
Kathy-Diane Leveille is the author of the novel Let the Shadows Fall Behind You and the short story collection Roads Unravelling. Her prose has been published in a number of literary journals, including the Cormorant, Grain, the Oklahoma Review, Pottersfield Portfolio, and Room of One’s Own, as well as various anthologies such as New Brunswick Short Stories and Water Studies: New Voices in Maritime Fiction. Her fiction won the Short Grain Contest for dramatic monologue in 2000 and was listed as a finalist in the Writers’ Union of Canada Short Fiction Contest in 2002. She lives in Saint John, New Brunswick.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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.