2018 Historical Writing: Book Nominees

This category recognizes English language non-fiction books or e-books.

The 2018 nominees are:

Author:
Bruce Newton

Publisher:
Bruce Newton, Toronto Paramedic Services

Accidents, Illness and Sirens: The History of Toronto’s Ambulance Service

Accidents, Illness and Sirens is the first book written detailing the history of Toronto’s ambulance service. It describes 184 years of history of the service by describing the issues surrounding the paramedic and medical services.

It offers information on teams, support units, major incidents, and important milestones that have shaped the service. As well, it focuses on the cultural importance of disease and the impact of the ambulance service on people living in Toronto.

Editors:
John Lorinc, Jane Farrow, Stephanie Chambers, Maureen Fitzgerald, Ed Jackson, Tim McCaskell, Rebecka Sheffield, Rahim Thawer, Tatum Taylor

Publisher:
Coach House Books

 Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer

Any Other Way is a richly woven history that reveals how individuals and queer community networks transformed Toronto from a place of churches, into a city consistently leading the way in queer activism internationally.

From the earliest pioneers to politics of the contemporary era, the book explores how queer Toronto has shaped one of the world’s most diverse cities.

Author:
Tim Morawetz

Publisher:
Glue Inc.

Art Deco Architecture across Canada: Stories of the Country’s Buildings between the Two World Wars

Art Deco Architecture across Canada is a portrait of architecture in Canada between the late 1920s and the early 1950s. Of the 150 structures featured in the book, 30 are located in Toronto.

These buildings are brought to life through more than 400 contemporary colour photographs and rare archival images. The book showcases Toronto’s landmark buildings that remain intact, celebrates those that have been successfully repurposed, and mourns those that have been lost.

Author:
Scott Kennedy

Publisher:
Dundurn Press

Don Mills: From Forests and Farms to Forces of Change

Don Mills remembers the agricultural areas that pre-existed Canada’s first subdivisions surrounding Toronto’s downtown core. This book honours the rich history of the region to make sure that the original farms and farmers of Toronto are not forgotten.

Population growth has resulted in pressure to develop Don Mills, which has caused the landscape of the area to be irreparably altered. Today, the farms have been replaced by industries, homes, and shops.


Author:
Shawn Micallef
Publisher:
McClelland & Stewart Signal
Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness

Frontier City is a view of the Toronto of today and an inspiring vision of the Toronto of the near future. This book is a collection of conversations with political candidates from across Toronto, observing how they energize their communities and addressed local issues of poverty, violence, racism, and drugs.

It is an introduction to those fighting for a more inclusive Toronto, and reveals the potential for a city long suffering through a severe identity crisis.

Author:
Peter Goddard

Publisher:
Dundurn Press

The Great Gould

The Great Gould, with the support of the Glenn Gould Estate, draws on interviews with Glenn Gould to present a freshly revealing portrait of the musician’s unsettled life, his radical decision to stop playing concerts, his career as a radio innovator, and his deep response to the Canadian environment. Sci-fi and hi-fi, hockey and Petula Clark, Elvis, jazz, chess, the Beatles, and sex—all these inform this exploration of the pianist’s far-reaching imagination.

Author:
David McPherson

Publisher:
Dundurn Press

The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern captures the story of the tavern founded by Jack Starr in 1947 as a country music club on the site of a former blacksmith shop. From country and rockabilly to rock ‘n’ roll, punk, and more, the live music venue has evolved with the times and trends—always keeping pace with the music.  This book celebrates the legacy of the Horseshoe Tavern, and its importance to Toronto music culture today.


Author:
Nicholas Jennings
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Canada
Lightfoot

Lightfoot chronicles the life and career of Gordon Lightfoot, unquestionably one of Canada’s greatest songwriters. No matter how much his fame grew abroad, Lightfoot has always come home to Toronto.

In this book, celebrated music journalist Nicholas Jennings captures how he has influenced the city’s culture and the musicians who followed him – from his first performance at Massey Hall to the Rosedale mansion that hosted his legendary after-parties.

Author:
Robert C. Vipond

Publisher:
University of Toronto Press

Making a Global City

Making a Global City critically examines diversity in Toronto’s Clinton Street Public School between 1920 and 1990. The book eloquently highlights the challenges posed by multicultural citizenship in a city that was once dominated by Anglo-Protestants and the gradual globalization of the community starting in the 1970s.

This book celebrates diversity as Toronto’s strength while highlighting the vital role that public schools play in integrating immigrants into liberal democracies.

Author:
Roberto Perin

Publisher:
University of Toronto Press

The Many Rooms of This House: Diversity in Toronto’s Places of Worship Since 1840

The Many Rooms of this House recounts the rise and decline of religion in Toronto over the past 170 years. This book is a nuanced analysis of how the growing wealth of Toronto over time stimulated religious congregations to compete over the size, style, materials, and decoration of their places of worship. It provides a lens to understand how this once overwhelmingly Protestant city became a symbol of religious and cultural diversity.

Author:
Phillip Gordon Mackintosh

Publisher:
University of Toronto Press

Newspaper City: Toronto’s Street Surfaces and the Liberal Press, 1860-1935

Newspaper City tells the story of how the Toronto Globe and Toronto Daily Star campaigned for surface infrastructure improvements as liberal editors saw this as the leading expression of modern urbanity. This book traces the opinions expressed in news articles over 75 years to understand the conflict between newspaper editors and property owners who resisted paying for infrastructure improvements.

Author:
Karolyn Smardz Frost

Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Steal Away Home

Steal Away Home captures the story of fifteen year old Cecelia Reynolds’ escape from slavery in Kentucky and her new life as an immigrant in Toronto’s vibrant African-American community. Created out of in-depth research on the Civil War, this book traces the history behind one woman’s escape from slavery and delves into her risky return back to the United States to be reunited with her mother. It provides a larger narrative on the struggle for freedom that supported the growth of diversity in Toronto.

Author:
Lance Hornby

Publisher:
ECW Press

Toronto and the Maple Leafs: A City and Its Team

Toronto and the Maple Leaves explores the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 100 years as Toronto’s team, and the city’s relationship with the beloved sports team. This book gives a thorough analysis of how Toronto and the Leafs have become one through two world wars, the depression, and many years of dysfunctional hockey operations. This book not only is about a hockey team, but it creates a larger picture of the people who live in Toronto and their connection to the city.

Author:
Adam Bunch

Publisher:
Dundurn Press

The Toronto Book of the Dead

The Toronto Book of the Dead delves into the history of the ever-changing city of Toronto through the lives and deaths of those who made it their final resting place. From morbid tales of war and plague, to duels and executions, Toronto’s past is filled with stories whose endings were anything but peaceful. This book uses these stories of death to expose how Toronto has gone from being a muddy frontier town to a booming metropolis of concrete and glass.

Author:
Timothy J. Stewart

Publisher:
WLU Press

Toronto’s Fighting 75th in the Great War 1915–1919: A Prehistory of the Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s Own)

Toronto’s Fighting 75th evokes the spirit and consequences of Toronto at war. It tells the story of urban professionals, university graduates, labourers and the unemployed who fought alongside the British in 1915 to 1921. This book was created out of exhaustive research, drawn from archival sources, diaries, letters, newspaper accounts, and interviews, and has created a lasting record of the sacrifice of Toronto’s Fighting 75th in the Great War.

Author:
Pedro Mendes and Terry Beauchamp

Publisher:
Figure 1 Publishing

Walter Beauchamp: A Tailored History of Toronto

Walter Beauchamp is a lively tale of how the renowned company survived the effects of World Wars, the Great Depression, and the wrecking ball, as well as the fickle face of fashion retail with grace, elegance, and always discretion. This book reveals an intriguing history of Toronto from the perspective of a custom tailor and the vantage point of the Beauchamp shop windows, including the stories of soldiers, prime ministers, mayors, artists, and more.

Author:
Trevor Cole

Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

The Whisky King

The Whisky King tells a rich and fascinating history of Canada’s first celebrity mobster, Rocco Perri—King of the Bootleggers—and the Mountie who pursued him.  With in-depth research and masterful storytelling, this book details the fascinating rise to power of a notorious Prohibition-era Canadian crime figure twinned with the life of Frank Zaneth, Canada’s first undercover Mountie who pursued him.

Author:
Gare Joyce

Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Canada

Young Leafs

Young Leafs tells the story of Auston Matthews, who made history in 2016 by becoming the first player in the modern National Hockey League to score four goals in his debut. It was a momentous occasion for the talented young All-Star, but it was equally important for his newly adopted city and its century-old team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. This book follows Matthews and his team through the 2016 season, tracing the divergent journeys of each player leading up to the teams complete rebuild.