I Thought I Would Be Happy – Jim Nason

I Thought I Would Be Happy Cover
ISBN: 9781926639604

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.

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Online Magazine

Watch this space for our new online magazine – coming soon! In the meantime visit our Tumblr site or enjoy the two issues of our previous online magazine, The Acrobat. The Acrobat featured original fiction, poetry, video, music and more. Funded by the Ontario Media Development Corporation, The Acrobat’s mandate was to liven up the world of book media and participate in the future direction of books, culture and media.

ISSUE ONE- Download The Acrobat Issue 1 here.

ISSUE TWO- Download Issue 2 here

 

 

 

 

 


 

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I Am Currently Working on a Novel—Rolli

 

ISBN: 9781926639734

Shortlisted for the 2015 ReLit Award, shortlisted for the High Plains Award, longlisted for The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award

I am Currently Working on a Novel coverThe 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.

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Best Friends and a Tea Party Fundraiser

Join Tightrope Books and The Best of Canadian Poetry in English in celebrating the Sixth Anniversary of our Canadian Poetry series with the Best Friends Tea Party Fundraiser on Sunday December 1st, 2-4pm, at the Intercontinental Hotel, 220 Bloor Street West, Proof Restaurant.

First published first in 2008, and edited by series editor Molly Peacock, The Best of Canadian Poetry in English has tapped into the remarkable Canadian poetry scene, checking out the currents—and cross-currents—of poetry with distinguished editors including: Stephanie Bolster, A.F. Moritz, Lorna Crozier, Priscila Uppal, Carmine Starnino and Sue Goyette.

Best Canadian Poetry 2013 CoverBest of Canadian Poetry in English invites the public to become a Best Friend by joining us in a party to toast poets, poetry, teachers, readers and lovers of poets and poetry. Your contribution will not only ensure the long and happy life of this cherished Canadian poetry annual, but delight you with poetry readings, delicious food and drink, and your own copy of The Best of Canadian Poetry in English 2013.

The Best of Canadian Poetry In English Best Friends 6th Birthday Party on December 2st at Proof at the Intercontinental Hotel, 220 Bloor Street West.  Tickets in advance are $50.00 per person for a Best Friend, $100.00 for a Brilliant Best Friend.

 

December 1 2-4 p.m. at Proof on the ground floor of the Intercontinental Hotel, 220 Bloor Street West, Toronto.

If you would like to come to the party and support BCP, please click below to purchase tickets.

Buy Tickets – $50.00 Best Friend

Buy Tickets – $100.00 Brilliant Best Friend
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Fatty Goes to China


ISBN13: 9781926639482

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.

“When you’re in the mood for a challenge–when you need to stretch your thinking muscles a bit–I highly recommend Fatty Goes to China. It’s not a perfect book, and it may perplex you often, but it’s haunting and damned interesting. I won’t forget this book.”—insatiablebooksluts.com

“Royston Tester is a revelation”—Susie Bright

Royston Tester is an associate editor for online Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. He is the author of the story collections You Turn Your Back and Summat Else. His short fiction has appeared in North American, Asian, and European publications.

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Fortune Cookie-Heather J Wood

fortune-cookie-heather-j-woodISBN: 9781926639017
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 Concordia Link

“A promising taste of good things from a new Canadian novelist”—Reading Outside the Lines

“This book is a refreshing take on a young woman’s journey… reminded me of the feeling I got when I decided to take action and become involved in my community around the issues that mattered to me.”–The Feminist Review

“Interspersed with fortunes and daily news about what is happening in the political, economic and social environment, these external issues are the main catalyst to Robin’s journey of self-discovery.”—Broken Pencil

“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 and The Myth in Distance

“From vegetarian pizza at Pines Pizza to the horrors visited upon Ecole Polytechnique; from the mundane to the monumental, Heather J. Wood’s Fortune Cookie is a wonderfully accurate depiction of Montreal, circa 1989. Wood’s prose is clean, her talent apparent on every page. Readers are rewarded with a work both assuring and rousing.”—Edward Brown, author of Playing Basra

Montreal-born Heather J. Wood lives in Toronto with her husband Kurt and two cats. She is also the author of teen-oriented roller derby novel Roll With It.

Click here to read an excerpt from Fortune Cookie.

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Freeing Your Erotic Self in Poetry or Prose with Myna Wallin

Saturday, April 16, 2011
12-5 p.m.
Tightrope Books Office (602 Markham Street, Toronto)
$50


“I want to know them well, intimately. I have to be able to describe them.”
~The Diary of Anais Nin, Volume One

Do you feel self-conscious when you are writing sex scenes in novels? Does your love poetry lack lust(re)? The goal of this course is to find a vocabulary for the erotic self; writers will explore ways of describing their characters’ lives fully and unselfconsciously, to enhance the story or poem at hand. Exploring your sensual self can be exciting, freeing. How much is too much sex; how much is not enough? By incorporating just the right amount of eroticism into your writing you will add a level of depth and authenticity to your writing. Continue reading

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Rowers Pub Reading Series featuring Ibi Kaslik

The Rowers Pub Reading SeriesThe Rowers Pub Reading Series featuring Ibi Kaslik, Alexandra Leggat, and Ray Robertson.

Doors open @6pm, evening begins @7:30 pm – come early for a pint or a great meal!
Free – a hat is passed.

Location:
Harbord House (formerly Rowers Pub and Grill)
150 Harbord St (W of Spadina, just E of Brunswick)
Toronto, ON, M5S 1H2 647-430-7365

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Four Seasons in Music, Poetry and Art

Contents of a Mermaid's Purse, by Phoebe TsangWhen: Sat 05 March 2011, 8pm
Where: Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St W, Toronto
Tickets: Call the box office at 416-872-4255

Please feel very welcome to attend an interdisciplinary concert by the Canadian Sinfonietta orchestra, called: Four Seasons in Music, Poetry and Art. The fabulous and dramatic Lara St John will be the violin soloist in both Vivaldi and Piazzolla’s “Seasons” Violin Concerti. The Piazzolla version is a passionate, tango counterpoint to the Vivaldi. Continue reading

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Best Canadian Poetry 2010 at Verse Visits: World Poets in New York

Best Canadian Poetry 2010Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at 1 pm and 7 pm
St. Paul’s Chapel of Trinity Wall Street, Broadway at Fulton Street
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street)

St. Paul’s Chapel of Trinity Wall Street and The American Poets’ Corner at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine will collaborate in a new poetry series, Verse Visits: World Poets in New York, on Thursday, March 3 with the inaugural reading, “Best Canadian Poetry, The Soul in the Leaf,” at St. Paul’s Chapel at 1 p.m. and again at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine at 7 p.m. Continue reading

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Cabin Fever

The Night Also, by Anna SwansonAnna Swanson, Bren Simmers and Maleea Acker – three former fire lookouts – read from their debut collections of poetry.

Monday, March 14 at 7:00pm, free. Alma VanDusen room, lower level, Central Library, 350 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC.

For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

Anna Swanson is the author of The Night Also.

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Reading by “Orally Gifted” Tightrope Authors

Orally GiftedMarch 28, 2011, 7:30 – 10:30 pm
The Painted Lady
218 Ossington Avenue
Toronto, ON

A freewheeling night of fascinating fiction with three Tightrope Books authors: Basil Papdemos (Mont Royal), Myna Wallin (Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar) and Heather J Wood (Fortune Cookie).

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Launch for Jim Johnstone’s Sunday, the locusts

Sunday, the Locksts, by Jim JohnstoneMarch 24, 2010, 6:30 – 9:30
The Ossington
61 Ossington Ave
Toronto, ON

Join Tightrope Books for the launch of Jim Johnstone’s new poetry collection: Sunday, the locusts, with illustrations by Julienne Lottering. There’s more! Readings from Daniel Scott Tysdal (The Mourner’s Book of Albums, 2010) and Kathryn Mockler (Onion Man, forthcoming fall 2011).

A long poem that probes love and loss in fragments of verse and hybrid-media collage, Sunday, the locusts is a post-apocalyptic tour-de-force. Drawing  on a variety of disciplines including developmental biology, geology and philosophy, Jim Johnstone and Julienne Lottering blur linguistic boundaries to create a unique collaborative text. Hymn, map, portent—Sunday, the locusts warns against inevitable extinction while also revelling in the vivacity of personhood.

Jim Johnstone (b. 1978) is a writer and physiologist in Toronto. He is the author of two previous collections of poetry: Patternicity (Nightwood Editions, 2010) and The Velocity of Escape (Guernica Editions, 2008). His poems have been published in several Canadian magazines, including Descant, enRoute, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Maisonneuve, The Malahat Review, and PRISM International and anthologized in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010. He is the founder and editor of Misunderstandings Magazine and poetry editor of Cactus Press.

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Tightrope Books launches Jim Nason and Ruth Roach Pierson

Tightrope BooksJoin Tightrope Books at Proof, the Vodka Bar in the Intercontinental Hotel from 3 – 6 pm to launch new books by Jim Nason and Ruth Roach Pierson.

Jim Nason’s collection of shorts stories is entitled The Girl on the Escalator. The characters in theses eleven stories live in a world upside down. From the young professional who leaves her high-powered job to explore street life as a graffiti artist, to the gay man who falls in love… with a woman. Jim Nason has crafted a collection of gender- and expectation-bending stories that reveal the extraordinary and often heartbreaking truths of ordinary life.

Also being launched will be Ruth Roach Pierson’s third poetry collection, Contrary. While humour, fond remembrance, and wry awareness break through, contrariness tinges many of the poems in this collection, a contrariness rooted in rueful self-examination. These are poems that mount an opposition, poems that contradict and argue, sometimes in jest, sometimes in deadly seriousness, poems that read unexpected messages into painting and photographs.

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Ruth Roach Pierson, reading from Contrary at the Central

Ruth Roach PiersonRuth Roach Pierson will be reading from Contrary, her newly published poetry collection, in the Plasticine Poetry Series at The Central, 603 Markham Street, Toronto, on Sunday, March 20, starting at 6:00 p.m.

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Friday Happy Hour: New York Launch of the Best Canadian Poetry in New York

Best Canadian Poetry 2010The event features guest editor Lorna Crozier and contributors to The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010 (Tightrope Books).

Hosted by series editor and poet Molly Peacock, the evening is co-sponsored by Tightrope Books.

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 W. 10th Street
New York, NY

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Ruth Roach Pierson, reading from Contrary at the Press Club

Ruth Roach PiersonRuth Roach Pierson will be reading from Contrary, her newly published book of poems, in the Pivot Readings series at the Press Club, 850 Dundas Street West, on Wednesday, March 23, starting at 8:00 p.m.

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Standing in the Whale’s Jaw – Kathy-Diane Leveille

Standing-in-the-whale's-jaw PROMOISBN: 9781926639611

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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Bone Dream-Moira MacDougall

Bone Dream, by Moira MacDougall
ISBN: 9781926639000
Pub Date: Spring 2009

Longlisted for the 2010 ReLit Award

The poems in Bone Dream are darkly sensuous, capturing the unspoken moments of life through images firmly grounded in the body and the material world.

Relationships, family and death are explored at times through the medium of a dancers body, and at other times through the everyday artifacts we find around us. These poems move, disturb and bring us to realization.

Click to read an excerpt from Bone Dream.

Bone Dream is an apt title for such a genuine and elegant debut. MacDougall weaves together the body and the mem­ory and the myth and the real to remind us that it is not the bone that holds up the body, giving strength to rise and descend, to twist and shift, to embrace and be embraced; rather it is the dream.”—Eric Schmaltz, Broken Pencil

Moira MacDougall is the assistant poetry editor of The Literary Review of Canada. She has had poems published in literary magazines and journals across the country. This is her first book length collection.

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