The House of the Irish: The Book

November 15, 2009 § Leave a comment

Well, almost 6 months to the day of defending my dissertation, I am heading out tomorrow to begin, in earnest, work on the book.  Now that I have interest, at least, from a publisher, I am getting going on the new research I want to do, and moving forth with the revisions and whatnot.  Next weekend or the following one, depending on when I get a bit of time, I am going to re-write the Preface of the dissertation to lay out where I want the book to go, though, of course, that will change a few times as I move forward.

Anyway, tomorrow I am meeting with a former Griffintowner I met at a talk I gave last year, to do an oral history interview.  This is kind of exciting for me, and I’m excited to learn that I am not, in fact, sick of Griffintown and its history yet.  In fact, I feel rather rejuvenated by 6 months away from it, as I have been immersed in Griffintown lore for most of the past 3 years, since I started writing the dissertation in earnest.

So let us hope the book doesn’t take as long to write as the dissertation did and sometime in the not-too-distant future, The House of the Irish: Diaspora, History & Memory in Griffintown, Montréal, 1900-2010, will be on the shelves of a bookstore near you.


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