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.

Spacing Reviews the Imagining Toronto Book

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].

 

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