The Book

Imagining Toronto book cover

Imagining Toronto (Mansfield Press, fall 2010) is available at most bookstores and online through Mansfield Press, Amazon or Chapters.

Imagining Toronto was shortlisted for the 2010 Gabrielle Roy Prize in Canadian literary criticism and won the Award of Merit, the highest honour given to a book at the 2011 Heritage Toronto Awards.

Upcoming Events

25-26 February 2012: "Going Native: Reclaiming Aboriginal Identity in Toronto Literature," “Landscapes of Difference, Espaces de Difference, Raume der Differenz” conference (Session: The Politcs of Place: Urban Sites of Contestation), Canadian Studies Association in German-speaking countries (GKS). Grainau, Germany.

Thursday 15 March 2012: Guest lecture, "The Imagined City," ARC 120, Contemporary Architecture. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto; Isabel Bader Theatre, 9:45-11:00 am.

Wednesday 4 April 2012: "Representing Toronto: Mapping the Role of the Artist in the Contemporary City. Panel discussion. Presented by Koffler Gallery in partnership with Diaspora Dialogues. 80 Spadina Ave., Suite 503; 7:00 pm.

Sunday 22 April 2012: Reading from Acts of Salvage at the Draft Reading Series. Details TBA.

Thursday 3 May 2012: "Literary Bodies." Panel discussion as part of Bodies in the City, a symposium of the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto.

Thursday 17 May 2012: "Imagining Toronto the Wild" at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Inaugural lecture of the TBG's new HortiCULTURE salon series.

Recent Events

Tuesday 18 October 2011, 7:00-8:30 pm: Will the Real Cabbagetown Please Stand Up?: Regent Park, St. Jamestown and Cabbagetown in the Literary Imagination. Parliament Branch (269 Gerrard St. E.)

Saturday 1 October 2011, 2:00-3:30 pm: The Masseys and the Masses: Social and Spatial Ascendency in Rosedale and Forest Hill. Forest Hill Branch (700 Eglinton Ave. W.)

Tuesday 27 September 2011, 7:00-8:30 pm: From Streetcar Suburb to Multicultural Community: Riverdale in the Literary Imagination. Riverdale Branch, Toronto Public Library (370 Broadview Ave.)

Click here for past events.

Imagining Toronto Named a Finalist for the 2011 Heritage Toronto Award

I am delighted to share that the Imagining Toronto book has been named a finalist for the 2011 Heritage Toronto Award!

The list of finalists includes a number of fine folks and lovely books, among them Shawn Micallef for his wonderful book, Stroll, Ross King’s Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven, former Toronto Mayor David Miller and co-author Douglas Arrowsmith for Witness to a City, Margaret and Phil Goodfellow’s excellent Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Toronto and my esteemed emeritus York Geography department colleague John Warkentin for Creating Memory: A Guide to Outdoor Public Sculpture in Toronto.

Click here to see the full list of finalists for the Awards, including the nominees in the Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship, Book, Media and Community Heritage Communities.

I’m looking forward very greatly to attending the Heritage Awards dinner and William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture, which will be held together at the fabulous Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music on Tuesday 4 October 2011. The Hall is such a fantastic space and my fellow nominees such a lovely bunch that I’m sure we’ll have a rousing evening. Maybe we’ll even bring William Kilbourn back from the dead for a drink or two.

Please note that the Heritage Toronto Awards and William Kilbourn Lecture are open to the public. Ticket information is available here. Ticket sales help support Heritage Toronto’s many activities — especially important at this time as Toronto City Council has, in its wisdom, proposed slashing heritage Toronto’s budget, thus jeopardizing not only the Heritage Toronto Awards but also Heritage Toronto’s many other activities focused on heritage preservation and awareness in Toronto.

P.S. Click here to become a Heritage Toronto member — it’s one of the best membership deals in the city!

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