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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About the Author

Amy Lavender Harris teaches in the Department of Geography at York University in Toronto, Canada.

Amy is a contributing editor with Spacing Magazine, where she writes a regular column on Toronto literature. She has also contributed essays to Open Book: Toronto and Open Book Magazine, Reading Toronto, The State of the Arts: Living with Culture in Toronto (Coach House, 2006), GreenTOpia (with Peter Fruchter, Coach House, 2007), Canada: A Literary Tour (Library & Archives Canada, 2009), Hagar: Studies in Culture, Polities and Identity (2011), Plan Canada and the Ontario Planning Journal.

Amy speaks regularly to popular and scholarly audiences about Toronto literature and the imaginative qualities of cities. Recent and forthcoming appearances include Salon Voltaire (2006), the Goethe Institute (2006), Juice Dialogues/Think Tank at OCAD (2006), the Toronto Festival of Architecture & Design (May 2007), Walk21 (October 2007), Beyond Bureaucracy (November 2007), the Walk21 Toronto Community Conference (March 2008), Jane’s Walk (May 2008), the 4th annual Osgoode Constitutional Roundtable (March 2009), Doors Open Toronto (May 2009), Bookcamp Toronto (June 2009), the Professional Writers’ Association of Canada (June 2010), Brockton Writers’ Series (June 2011), the Glocal City in Canadian Literature conference (Salamanca, Spain, June 2011), the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (June 2011) and Classical Pursuits (July 2011). In the spring of 2011 the Toronto Public Library featured her ‘Imagined City’ series of talks; this series returned for a second session in the fall of 2011. 2012 engagements include travelling to Germany to speak at the Canadian Studies Association in German-speaking countries (GKS) conference in February.

She has also been a union leader and negotiator, an urban planner, a civilian instructor and a journalist.

Amy lives in the Toronto Junction area with her husband and daughter.