The cover for Imagining Toronto by Amy Lavender Harris, Mansfield Press, 333 pages.
I'm sorry I've been offline. My son-in-law kidnapped me to Toronto so I could attend my daughter's book launch--you can imagine my pride!
When I arrived back home, ready to pimp, my computer took fits. I just got it back last night. I need a new one but this one kinda/sorta works for now.
Quoting from the back cover:
"In Imagining Toronto, Amy Lavender Harris ventures deep into the imagined city--the Toronto of fiction, poetry and essays--where she dowses for meaning in the literature of the city on the lake as its inhabitants understand, remember and dream it.
By tracing Toronto's literary geneaolgies from their origins in First Nations stories to today's graphic novels, Harris delinates a great city's portrayal in its literature, where the place of dwelling is coloured by the joy and the suffering, the love and the sorrows, of the people who have played out their lives on the written page.
Through tales of the city's neighbourhoods and towers, it ravines and wild places, its role as a multicultural city, as a place of work and leisure, Harris reminds us that the realty of Toronto has been captured by its writers with a depth and complexity that goes far beyond the reductive cliches of Toronto as either a provincial 'Hogtown' or a pretentious 'world class' city.
Michael Ondaatje once noted that 'before a real city could be seen it had to be imagined.' Imagining Toronto shows just how richly and completely it has been, if only we would look."
There was standing room only at the launch.