Culture Days @ the Library: Reading on the Tightrope

September 26, 2011 | Miriam

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Interested in a storytelling and poetry reading session you can participate in?

by Diana L. (Downsview Branch)

Tightrope Books is a writer-centric press that supports Canadian literature by encouraging new and established writers to experiment with other genres and look at their art from a different perspective.

On Saturday, October, 1 2-4 pm, authors and poets from Tightrope Books will be at Evelyn Gregory Branch to read from their latest novels or poetry collections:


Danila Botha   Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Danila Botha studied Creative Writing at York University and at Humber College for Writers. From addiction to abuse, Hillbrow, Johannesburg to downtown Toronto,  Got No Secrets shares the fearless stories of twelve different women.

Dayle Furlong studied English literature and fine arts at York University, in Toronto. She currently lives in Toronto.  Open Slowly is published by Tightrope Books.

Sandra Kasturi is a poet, writer and editor, as well as co-creator of a kids’ animated TV series. In 2005 she won ARC magazine’s annual Poem of the Year award. She is the poetry editor of ChiZine and the co-publisher of ChiZine Publications. Sandra has written three poetry chapbooks and has edited the poetry anthology, The Stars As Seen from this Particular Angle of Night.

Monica Rosas brings her fresh, bright voice to the Canadian poetry scene by way of Diaspora Dialogues. Poet, prose writer, poetry editor and radio host Myna Wallin was born, lives and writes in Toronto. Her second book, the tell-all Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar, is a collection of raucous short stories in whibh she runs the gauntlet of men including a Harley-riding bikini salesman, a foot fetishist, a homeless man and a bisexual mime. 

Tara-Michelle Ziniuk is a writer, performer and activist working in Montreal and Toronto. Her newest book,

Karleen Pendleton Jiménez is the screenwriter of the award-winning film Tomboy, and author of the children’s book Are You a Boy or a Girl?, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Raised in LA, having lived in Berkeley and San Diego, she now makes her home in Toronto and teaches at Trent University's School of Education.

Audience members will be in for a treat! Not only will they have the opportunity to participate by reading various characters’ parts, but they will also be invited to come up with ideas for the authors and poets next novel or poetry collection! Post your experiences from the Tightrope event here!

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