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.

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 at the Centre of the Map (Lillian H. Smith Library) and  The Imagined City: A Literary Voyage into Toronto’s Ravines and Wild Places (High Park Library).

I am pleased to report that the series is back for a second season in the fall of 2011. I mentioned these earlier in the “Fall Events Update” post but haven’t given them their own publicity, so here’s a recap. The first two talks have already happened:  “From Streetcar Suburb to Multicultural Community: Riverdale in the Literary Imagination,” (Riverdale Branch, Tuesday 27 September 2011)) and “The Masseys and the Masses: Peculiarity and Privilege in Rosedale and Forest Hill” (Forest Hill Branch, Saturday 1 October 2011).

My third talk, though, “Will the Real Cabbagetown Please Stand Up?: Regent Park and Cabbagetown in the Literary Imagination,” will be held at the Parliament Branch (269 Gerrard Street East) on Tuesday 18 October 2011, from 7:00-8:30). I’d love to see you there!

There are some informal plans in the works for a third season to run sometime in 2012. I’ll update when these plans are finalized. In the meantime, the talks are plenty of fun — they’ve been well-attended and people have asked interesting questions about Toronto, its literature and urban culture.

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