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.

Phoebe Tarot June2015b KZubatiuk

(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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Excerpt from Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse, “The Magician’s Wife”

The Magician’s Wife

When I’m with you I am not myself:
you call me Bella
then all words are consumed
by our kissing.

It’s not that you don’t like to talk.
From beneath a dark-brimmed hat
you hide behind other men’s
philosophies, conjure
the mythologies of stars
on a cloudy night.

Your smile’s contagious
yet I only know the expressions
of your face by touch,
the fluid transformations
of your chameleon skin
each time I draw nearer than sight.

You take me in under
your hunter’s cloak and I
vanish, leave no trace of timed
existence except the memory
of white-gloved fingerprints.

I know better than to ask,
When are we going home?

Not in any room built of our bodies
have I found the arcane fire
you alluded to in dream.

When sky shuts its medusa-eyes
I watch you sleeping
as if the innocence of each
shallow breath could return
the wisdom I’ve sacrificed to be beautiful.


For more information about Contents from a Mermaid’s Purse or to purchase the book, please click here.

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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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Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse | Phoebe Tsang

Contents of a Mermaid's Purse, by Phoebe Tsang
ISBN: 9781926639062
Price: $7
Pub Date: Fall 2009




Poems that are like incantations, love spells spoken in a young lyrical voice. Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse’s poems are an existential exploration of love and mortality via fairytales and nature. Travelling freely among the shattered confines of identity and gender, travel and environment, the dreamlike narrative unfolds in lyric language, telling of love lost and found, and mythologies that inform the journey with passages in the rhythm of fairytales.

Click to read an excerpt from Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse.

Phoebe Tsang was born in Hong Kong, grew up in England and currently resides in Canada. She is the author of the poetry collection Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse (Tightrope Books), due to be launched 05 November 2009. Phoebe’s poetry can be found in the anthologies Garden Variety (Quattro Books) and Not a Muse (Haven Books). Journal credits include Asia Literary Review (Hong Kong), Atlas02 (UK & India), Brand (UK), Room and  Freefall (Canada). Her chapbooks are Solitaires (Lyricalmyrical Press, 2006) and To Kiss the Ground (Press On! 2007). A professional violinist, she is a multi-genre artist who holds a BSc in Architecture from the University of London.

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