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.)

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Will the Real Cabbagetown Please Stand Up?

Just a note to let folks know I’ll be doing one more talk this fall as part of the Imagined City series I’ve been doing for the Toronto Public Library throughout 2011. The final talk, titled “Will the Real Cabbagetown Please Stand up: Regent Park, St. Jamestown and Cabbagetown in the Literary Imagination,” will be […]

University College Book Sale Report, 2011 Edition

My most interesting find at this year’s University College Book Sale (on until Tuesday, which incidentally is also half-price day) is an unusual book called The Revenge of the Methodist Bicycle Company: Sunday Streetcars and Municipal Reform in Toronto, 1888-1897, written by Christopher Armstrong and H.V. Nelles and published by Peter Martin Associates in 1977. […]

Imagining Toronto wins at the 2011 Heritage Toronto Awards

I’ve been so busy lately I’ve not had a chance to update here until now, but am delighted to announce that Imagining Toronto has won the Award of Merit, the highest honour given to a book at the 2011 Heritage Toronto Awards.

The award was actually shared among three books: Imagining Toronto, Shawn Micallef’s wonderful book […]

The Imagined City at the Toronto Public Library

In the spring of 2011 I did a series of talks for the Toronto Public Library called ‘The Imagined City.’ Part of the TPL’s ‘Thought Exchange’ series, the talks included City Limits: Changing Suburbs and the Literary Imagination (PortUnion Branch), From Hip to Chic: Imagining Yorkville, 1960 to the Present (Yorkville Branch),  The Imagined City: Navigating to the City […]

"Toronto Light and Dark" in the Literary Review of Canada

Thank you to my emeritus Geography Department colleague (and fellow Heritage Toronto Award finalist) John Warkentin for alerting me to a wonderful review of the Imagining Toronto book appearing in the October 2011 issue of the Literary Review of Canada.

LRC contributor Joe Berridge describes the book as “tremendously enjoyable” and adds (after invoking urbanist Jonathan […]

Word on the Street Roundup

Word on the Street is Toronto’s premier literary event — an outdoor festival celebrating books, authors, publishing and all things literary. This year’s WOTS, held last week on a gorgeous September Sunday,  reportedly attracted more than 200,000 visitors, a record number I can believe, having spent the entire day basking in sunshine and books as […]