Wasting time when I should be marking end-of-term research papers, I have created several satellite groups for the Imagining Toronto project. One, Imagining Toronto at Facebook, is a bit of a collaborative sandbox. Another, Imagining Toronto at Ning, is really just a loud version of the RSS feed for this blog. If you are partial […]
As many of you know already, the Imagining Toronto project explores intersections of literature and place in the Toronto region. Currently I am writing a book (called, unsurprisingly, Imagining Toronto) exploring these connections. From the introduction:
Whole words come alive at the intersection of literature and place. They exist in locations so familiar to us that […]
Today I discovered a new ‘social bookmarking’ website called Booktribes. So new that I was (apparently) its 802nd member, Booktribes “helps you discover great books and the people who love them.” Booktribes is the partner site of ABCTales.com, a UK-based online writing site.
As an experiment, I entered some Toronto novels whose international currency is well […]
A rather scathing review of Phyllis Brett Young’s The Torontonians (Longmans, Green & Company, 1960) lambastes the author for her unflattering portrayal of Toronto’s circa-1960 suburbia:
Don Quixote tilted at windmills, Phyllis Brett Young tilts at the sacred cows of suburbia, poking fun at the ranch-type bungalow, the bigger and better electrical appliances, the strange tribal […]
Published to considerable acclaim in 1960, Phyllis Brett Young’s The Torontonians (Longmans Green & Company) was a Canadian bestseller in its time but now appears long forgotten.
The book’s dust-jacket (reportedly one of the first to show the new City Hall on its cover; see cover image) describes the novel as “a brilliant presentation of the […]
Got a note from Liz Walker, a staffer at Balfour Books (601 College at Clinton), suggesting it would be a terrible pity to miss the store’s annual half-price sale:
Balfour Books Annual Half-Price Sale March 10. Toronto’s best used bookstore is holding its annual sale and this year. It will last a whole week. It’s […]
Regular visitors may notice the new ‘Random books from my library’ widget in the sidebar, powered by LibraryThing (an amusing and useful collection of user-generated library catalogues that gives new meaning to ‘social bookmarking’). I’ve uploaded a bunch of titles from the Imagining Toronto library (some of the ones I own, anyway — I can’t […]
I see in the Saturday Globe & Mail (“Bookseller sets up shop on Bay Street“) that Ben McNally, the former longtime manager at Nicholas Hoare Books on Front Street, will in June open an eponymous bookstore of his own — called Ben McNally Books — at 366 Bay Street (between Richmond and Adelaide). Reportedly the […]
My essay, “Toronto’s Literary Intersections” appears in the new issue of Spacing Magazine (Winter/Spring 2007; available at your local newsstand or by subscription).
The article explores how literary intersections “mark the city’s encounter with itself as a hybrid, multiple, layered collection of beings, places, motion, and meaning” and argues that “paying attention to literary intersections … […]
An article I wrote for Reading Toronto (called “Imagining Toronto the Damned“) is excerpted in today’s National Post. Since the Post (with permission; I should have asked for the by-line since most of the text is reproduced from my original post) excerpted my text verbatim, I don’t suppose there’s any problem — other […]