Stories from Along the Shore: Hester Durnan

September 22, 2013

Along the Shore is not a traditional history book. Quite apart from the recitation of historical fact, I was interested in shining the light on people who live or have lived on Toronto’s waterfront. I wanted to describe their relationships with the water and the natural world, and by extension reveal, at least in part, […]

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“It Was the Lake That Pulled Us Together”

August 17, 2013

Early twentieth century postcard, Balmy Beach Toronto Public Library, PC 611  Talk is cheap. The influences behind any writer’s decision to transform talk (or thought) into action — to actually commit to the writing process and hammer out a book — can be legion. For me it was the lake, and my experiences with it, that caused […]

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Along the Shore Excerpts — Toronto Star

July 20, 2013

Thought you’d like to see some excerpts of Along the Shore that appear in the Life section of today’s Toronto Star, along with an article by Christopher Hume.    

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Where Art Meets Nature

July 5, 2013

Hello everyone, Tomorrow I’ll be participating in a walking tour at Guild Park, “Where Art Meets Nature”, jointly coordinated by Heritage Toronto/Friends of Guild Park & Gardens at 1:30 pm. I’ll be discussing the geological formation of the Bluffs and the early pioneer presence on the grounds ― signed copies of Along the Shore will […]

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Along the Shore Now Available

June 20, 2013

Hi everyone, Along the Shore will be available in selected Chapters, Indigo and Coles locations across the GTA by July 1, 2013. Books are presently available within the waterfront districts and communities featured in Along the Shore — for a full list of locations click here. Discounted, signed first edition copies of the book (free delivery) are […]

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Along the Shore Book Launch

June 20, 2013

Hi folks, The book is done. My more-than-ten year odyssey is complete. Please join me at ECW Press’s book launch for Along the Shore: Rediscovering Toronto’s Waterfront Heritage on July 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm. For details click the above image — hope to see you there!

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Along the Shore in bookstores July 1, 2013

May 9, 2013

Dear readers, I’m very happy to announce that Along the Shore was sent to print on Thursday, May 1, 2013, and will be available in bookstores on Canada Day (July 1). What a journey! With the help of ECW Press’s ace editorial team, my manuscript on the history and geography, landscape and people of the Toronto waterfront […]

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C.H.J. Snider: Why Stories Matter

February 2, 2013

Hello everyone, I’ve been very busy these past few weeks, gathering the images and writing the captions for the over 250 paintings, drawings, photos, and maps that will appear in full colour in Along the Shore. I wanted to share this interesting photo with you that I found as I raked through the Toronto Reference Library Baldwin Room’s incredible image […]

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Along the Shore: Rediscovering Toronto’s Waterfront Heritage — Publication date and details

January 15, 2013

Happy New Year everyone! I’m very happy to share with you the photo and blurb about Along the Shore: Rediscovering Toronto’s Waterfront Heritage that appears in ECW’s spring catalogue. The publication date for the book is July 1, 2013, so hope you can join me then!

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St. Andrew-by-the-Lake

December 22, 2012

In the mid twentieth century, the elimination of all Toronto Island homes was mandated to make way for a massive city park. During the 1950s and 1960s, the majority of residences were bulldozed into the earth, along with the community’s eclectic “main street” — Manitou Road on Centre Island (full-time residents still reside on Ward’s and Algonquin Island today).  What is little […]

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