Book(s)

I recently published my first book, Griffintown: History & Memory in an Irish Diaspora Neighbourhood.  It was published in June 2017 by University of British Columbia Press.  It is presently available in hardcover and as an e-book.  The paperback will be released on 15 January 2018.

 

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This book is the culmination of a long-standing relationship with Griffintown.  It was a defunct, vacant neighbourhood when I first encountered it at the start of the 21st century.  It had been depopulated through the processes of deindustrialization and the infrastructural onslaught of Montreal’s grand projects of the mid-20th century, most notably Expo ’67.  All that was left was some light industry, empty  lots, huge holes in the ground, and King’s Transfer, a moving company, and the Benedict Labré House, a Catholic lay shelter for homeless men.  And some shady activity.  Now, it is the site of a massive redevelopment and has become, to borrow from the playwright James Fennario, Condoville.

This book tells the story of the history & memory of Griff over the course of the 20th and early 21st centuries, from roughly 1900-2009.  I am excited for the book to be published.

You can order it from Amazon, Amazon in Canada, Amazon in the UK & Ireland, Indigo, or direct from UBC Press.

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