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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Speaking and Media

Amy Lavender Harris speaks regularly to popular and scholarly audiences about Toronto literature, urban culture and the imaginative qualities of cities. If you would like Amy to talk to your organization, conference, classroom, workshop or other event, please feel welcome to contact her at alharris [at] yorku [dot] ca.

Amy also speaks regularly to the media about cities, place, planning, literature and urban culture. She has been quoted or referenced in the Globe & Mail, the National Post, the Toronto StarEye WeeklyNow Magazine, and has also appeared on CBC Radio One’s Here & Now program, Spacing Radio and CIUT’s “Take Five.” Media enquiries should be directed to alharris [at] yorku [dot] ca or 416-604-9416.

Books for Review

If you are the author, publisher or publicist of a book you would like considered for review, please contact Amy Lavender Harris at alharris [at] yorku [dot] ca or by regular post at the address listed below.

Contact Information

Amy Lavender Harris
c/o Department of Geography
N430 Ross Building
York University
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M3J 1P3

telephone: 416-604-9416

email: alharris [at] yorku [dot] ca