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Heritage Toronto releases non-fiction book award shortlist

Heritage Toronto, a city agency tasked with the preservation and promotion of local history, has released the list for the 2011 Heritage Toronto Awards. In the book category, which recognizes “well-written non-fiction books published in 2010 that explore Toronto’s archaeological, built, cultural and/or natural heritage and history,” the nominees are:

  • Breadwinning Daughters: Young Working Women in a Depression-Era City, 1929-1939, Katrina Srigley (University of Toronto Press)
  • Creating Memory: A Guide to Outdoor Public Sculpture in Toronto, John Warkentin (Becker and Associates and the City Institute at York University)
  • Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven, Ross King (Douglas & McIntyre)
  • A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Toronto, Margaret Goodfellow and Phil Goodfellow (Douglas & McIntyre)
  • Imagining Toronto, Amy Lavender Harris (Mansfield Press)
  • Rose Henderson: A Woman for the People, Peter Campbell (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
  • Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto, Shawn Micallef (Coach House Books)
  • Therafields: The Rise and Fall of Lea Hindley-Smith’s Psychoanalytic Commune, Grant Goodbrand (ECW Press)
  • The Villages Within: An Irreverent History of Toronto and a Respectful Guide to the St. Andrew’s Market, the Kings West District, the Kensington Market, and Queen Street West, Doug Taylor (iUniverse)
  • The Well-Tempered Listener: Growing Up with Musical Parents, Mary Willan Mason (Words Indeed Publishing)
  • Witness to a City: David Miller’s Toronto, David Miller and Douglas Arrowsmith (Cormorant Books)

Nominations are submitted by the general public and are reviewed by an independent jury (honours are in name only). Winners in all four categories — architectural conservation and craftsmanship, media, community heritage, and book — will be announced at a ceremony on Oct. 4 at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

In previous years, the awards have recognized A Progressive Traditionalist: John M. Lyle, Architect, Glenn McArthur (Coach House), Historical Atlas of Toronto, Derek Hayes (Douglas + McIntyre), and Concrete Toronto: A Guidebook to Concrete Architecture from the Fifties to the Seventies, Michael McClelland and Graeme Stewart, eds. (Coach House).