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.

Cleaning Up at the Vanier College Book Sale [also, a tale about my terror of storytellers]

I was afraid all the good books would be gone before I finally made it to this year’s Vanier College Book Sale at York University yesterday afternoon, but to my delight and pleasure (and possibly because my literary tastes are a little idiosyncratic) I managed to score about a dozen interesting books, all offered at half [...]

Trinity College Book Haul

Trinity College

I spent most of the day before attending the Trinity College book sale deep in the Rosedale Ravine with a group of grade 12 Geography students from Bishop Strachan School. We emerged from the ravine at mid-afternoon, having climbed the steep hill to Chorley Park after lunch at the Don Valley Brick Works, [...]

University College Book Sale Report, 2011 Edition

My most interesting find at this year’s University College Book Sale (on until Tuesday, which incidentally is also half-price day) is an unusual book called The Revenge of the Methodist Bicycle Company: Sunday Streetcars and Municipal Reform in Toronto, 1888-1897, written by Christopher Armstrong and H.V. Nelles and published by Peter Martin Associates in 1977. [...]

Practising Moderation at the Victoria College Book Sale

This year at the Victoria College Book Sale I spent $77, which was a record for me — a record minimum.

During the past decade I have rarely missed a sale, and while in research mode for the Imagining Toronto book spent well over $100 dollars each year, sometimes twice, given that it’s hard to pass [...]

Last Leaves: One more book sale report

On Thursday I evaded the week’s responsibilities and biked downtown to pick up warm-from-the-press copies of GreenTOpia: Towards a Sustainable Toronto (Coach House, 2007; I’m a contributor) and stopped by the St. Michael’s College book sale. A smaller sale than the others, but still offering its own treats and treasures.

My special finds:

Gwendolyn MacEwen’s The T.E. [...]

Beware of Falling Leaves

Yesterday errands and a strong wind blew us downtown, where Peter and I spent a couple of hours at the Trinity College book sale (it’s on until Tuesday in case you’re interested in some good deals). Peter bought an armload of science fiction, and I picked up a few treasures, including:

Margaret Avison‘s Momentary Dark (McClelland [...]

Pillage Report: Fall Book Sales

Ah, fall book sales, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Just as garage sale season ends, the University of Toronto holds its annual book sales. Here’s my summation of the line-up.

Peter and I swung by the annual September Woodsworth College book sale on the last day this year and didn’t pick [...]