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Tightrope's Launch for 3 Fabulous Spring Titles

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Tightrope's Launch for 3 Fabulous Spring Titles

Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 7:00pm



Tightrope Books is pleased to invite you to the launch of 3 fabulous Spring Titles. This is a free event.


The Nights Also by Anna Swanson: Filled with fearless and insightful poems that explore one woman’s experience of chronic illness, shifting sexual identity, and long periods of solitude. They chronicle a building and stripping away of identity, asking who we are when we can no longer define ourselves in habitual ways. Her writing is as honest as it is complex, at once deep and pithy. Anna Swanson proves in The Nights Also that she is a brave new voice in Canadian poetry.

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, and The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008. She lives in Vancouver, BC, and works as a children’s librarian.

Got No Secrets by Danila Botha: The author takes us into the private lives of twelve different women, with only one question in mind: What if these women were you? A South African copywriter is transplanted to the urban jungle of Manhattan. A recovering rape victim tries to resume a normal life. A Toronto nurse cuts herself to fill her emptiness. From addiction to abuse, from childhood to suicide, from Hillbrow, Johannesburg, to downtown Toronto, Botha’s prose is compassionate, provocative, often funny, and always fearless. This debut collection of stories introduces a startling and original new voice that owes as much to Black Flag and Bikini Kill as it does to J.D. Salinger and Heather O’Neill.

Danila Botha was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She volunteered with Na-me-res, an organization benefiting the homeless, which inspired many of the stories in Got No Secrets. Her writing has appeared in 24 Hours, Yoink! Magazine, and NOW. She lives in Halifax.

The Days You've Spent by Sue Bowness: The city, at once benevolent and indifferent to its residents, is the inspiration for this debut collection of poetry by Suzanne Bowness. Bowness develops urban themes of anonymity and collectivity alongside individualist themes of freedom, loneliness, and growing self identity. Part private reflection, part love letter to the metropolis, The Days You've Spent pulls back the curtain on city life, finding beauty in neon signs and profundity in laundromats.

Suzanne (Sue) Bowness is a writer and editor whose poems have appeared in the Literary Review of Canada and Pagitica. Her play The Reading Circle won first place in the 2006 Ottawa Little-Theatre One-Act Playwriting Competition.

For more information, please contact (647) 348 4460 or e-mail


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