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.

Other Publications


Harris, Amy Lavender Harris, 2010. Imagining Toronto. Toronto: Mansfield Press.

Refereed Articles

Fruchter, Peter and Amy Lavender Harris, 2010. The Myth of the Multicultural City, or, Learning to Live Together without Coming to Blows. Hagar: Studies in Culture, Polity and Identities 10(1): 105-129.

Book Chapters

Harris, Amy Lavender and Peter Fruchter, 2007. “Acts of Salvage”. In GreenTOpia, ed. Jonny Dovercourt, Christina Palassio and Alana Wilcox. Toronto: Coach House Books.

Harris, Amy Lavender, 2006. Toronto’s Tower of Babel. In The State of the Arts: Living with Culture in Toronto, ed. Alana Wilcox, Christina Palassio, and Jonny Dovercourt. Toronto: Coach House. Pages 162-167.

Essays and Articles

Harris, Amy Lavender, 2011. “Imagining Fort York.” Spacing Magazine, Vol. 22, Fall 2011.

Harris, Amy Lavender, 2011. “The Myth of the Multicultural City.” Spacing (National Issue), Vol. 21, Spring-Summer 2011.

Harris, Amy Lavender, 2011. “Up Against City Hall.” Spacing, Vol. 20, Winter 2011.

Harris, Amy Lavender, 10 December 2010. Big City Books: Best Kids’ Books Based in the GTA. Toronto Star / Parentcentral.

Harris, Amy Lavender, 2010.”Scenes from a Library.” Spacing, vol. 19, Fall 2010.

Harris, Amy Lavender, 2010. “Desire Lines.” Spacing, vol. 18, Summer 2010.

Harris, Amy Lavender, 2010. “Class Fictions.” Spacing, vol. 17, Spring 2010.

Harris, Amy Lavender, 2010. “Wild City.” Spacing, vol. 16, Fall-winter 2010.

Harris, Amy Lavender, 2009. “Suburban Gothic.” Spacing, vol. 15, Summer-fall 2009.

Harris, Amy Lavender, 2009. “Knitting the Ravines Together.” Essay commissioned by Library & Archives Canada and appearing in the online exhibiton, Canada: A Literary Tour.

Harris, Amy Lavender, 2009. “The Liminal City.” Spacing, vol. 14, Spring-summer 2009.

Harris, Amy Lavender, 2008. “Going Native.” Spacing, vol. 13, Fall-winter 2008.

Harris, Amy Lavender, 2008. “The Word Made Flesh.” Spacing, vol. 12, Summer 2008.

Harris, Amy Lavender, 2008. “Fast Cars, Slow Lane.”Spacing, Vol. 11, Spring 2008.

Harris, Amy Lavender, 2007. The New Torontonians. Eye Weekly, 13 December 2007.

Harris, Amy Lavender and Peter Fruchter, 2007. Acts of Salvage. Eye Weekly, 8 November 2007.

Harris, Amy Lavender, 2007. “The Ecological City.”Spacing, Vol. 10, Fall 2007.

Harris, Amy Lavender, 2007. “Six Cures for Literary Amnesia”. Open Book Magazine, Vol. 1, October 2007.

Harris, Amy Lavender, 2007. “Literary Legacies of Hurricane Hazel”, Spacing, Vol. 9, Summer 2007.

Harris, Amy Lavender, 2007. “Writing the Book on Toronto“, Toronto Star, 2 June 2007. Feature article.

Harris, Amy Lavender, 2007. Literary Intersections, Spacing. No. 8.

Harris, Amy Lavender, 2006. Imagining Toronto: Essential Reads, Spacing. No. 7: 51-53.