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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]