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.
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.