There’s a lovely review of the Imagining Toronto book in the current issue of Spacing Magazine. After describing the book’s strengths in detail — its “fusion of cultural theory and local history” and its varied emphasis on physical landscapes, culture and class — reviewer Emily Landau praises the book’s “enviable awareness of space and keen literary insight.”
You can read the whole review in Spacing’s ‘Hungry City’ issue (Number 22), widely available at newsstands and in bookstores and, of course, by subscription. It’s an especially beautiful issue, with gorgeous photographs of Queen Street and the spontaneous Jack Layton chalk memorials at Nathan Phillips Square, a special report on Toronto’s Priority neighbourhoods, a spatial analysis of food supply and distribution (and the dominance of major grocery retailers) in the GTA, and articles on farmers’ markets, urban foraging and Toronto’s surprising agricultural history.
Incidentally, my essay “Toronto at War” (focusing on literary representations of Fort York in the War of 1812 era) appears in the same issue [as a contributing editor with Spacing Magazine I write a regular column on Toronto literature, but have no influence on reviews unless I’ve written one].