Books about Toronto

Non-fiction

History

  • The Ward – edited by John Lorinc, Michael McClelland, Ellen Scheinberg and Tatum Taylor
  • Toronto, The Belfast of Canada – William J. Smith
  • Toronto: Biography of a City – Allan Levine
  • The Toronto Carrying Place: Rediscovering Toronto’s most Ancient Trail – Glenn Turner
  • Army of Lovers: A Community History of Will Munro – Sarah Liss
  • Toronto: Part 1 – Elaine Benwell
  • The University of Toronto and Its Colleges, 1827-1906 – Various
  • Bad Seeds: the True Story of Toronto’s Galloway Boys Street Gang – Betsy Powell
  • Lazarus and the Hurricane: the Untold Story of the Freeing of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter – Sam Chaiton

Maps

  • Historical Atlas of Toronto – Derek Hayes

Infrastructure and Environment 

  • HTO – edited by Christina Palassio and Wayne Reeves
  • Toronto’s Ravines and Urban Forests – Jason Ramsay-Brown

Architecture 

  • Toronto Modern – various 
  • Making Toronto Modern: Architecture and Design, 1895-1975 – Christopher Armstrong
  • Concrete Toronto – Edited by Michael McClelland and Graeme Stewart
  • Full Frontal T.O. – Patrick Cummins and Shawn Micallef
  • Unbuilt Toronto I and II – Mark Osbaldeston
  • Lost Breweries of Toronto – Jordan St. John
  • Smart Address:  Art Deco, Style Moderne & Their Contemporaries in Toronto – Alec Keefer

Politics and Planning

  • uTOpia – edited by Jason McBride and Alana Wilcox
  • GreenTOpia – edited by Alana Wilcox, Christina Palassio and Jonny Dovercourt
  • Local Motion – edited by Dave Meslin, Christina Palassio and Alana Wilcox
  • Everyday Law on the Street – Mariana Valverde
  • No Mean City – Eric Arthur 
  • Shape of the City – John Sewell
  • Shape of the Suburbs – John Sewell 
  • Some Great Idea – Edward Keenan
  • Accidental City – Robert Fulford
  • The New Urban Agenda: The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area – Bill Freeman
  • Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story – Robyn Doolittle
  • Toronto: Transformations in a City and Its Region – Edward Relph
  • How We Changed Toronto – John Sewell 

Experiencing

  • Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto – Shawn Micallef

Sports

  • Greatest Moments in Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey History – Canada Hockey

Biography, Autobiography/Memoir

  • Shadow Maker: The Life of Gwendolyn MacEwan – Rosemary Sullivan
  • Memories of the Beach: Reflections on a Toronto Childhood – Lorraine O’Donnell Williams
  • My Name Is Eva: a Biography of Eva Smith – William H. Manning
  • Not Yet: a Memoir of Living and Almost Dying – Wayson Choy
  • Details from a Larger Canvas: a Memoir – Helen McLean
  • I Am My Father’s Son: a Memoir of Love and Forgiveness – Dan Hill
  • Finding Freedom: the Untold Story of Joshua Glover, Runaway Slave – Ruby West Jackson
  • Out of Darkness: the Jeff Healey Story – Cindy Watson
  • Heart Matters: a Memoir – Adrienne Clarkson
  • Childhood – André Alexis
  • Paying for It: a Comic-Strip Memoir about Being a John – Chester Brown

Fiction

Novels

  • Abductors – Bernadette Dyer
  • Above – Leah Bobet
  • Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
  • All My Puny Sorrows – Miriam Toews
  • All the Broken Things – Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer
  • Alms: a Novel – Cynthia Macdonald
  • The Amazing Absorbing Boy – Rabindranath Maharaj
  • Anomaly – Anne Fleming
  • Another Book about Another Broken Heart – Julia Tausch
  • Any Known Blood – Lawrence Hill
  • As She Grows – Lesley Anne Cowan
  • Babyworld – Jonathan Martin Dixit
  • Back Flip: a Novel – Anne Denoon
  • Bad Date – a Jane Yeats Mystery – Elizabeth Brady
  • Baldwin Street: a Novel – Alvin Rakoff
  • Barking Dogs – Terence M. Green
  • Basic Black with Pearls – Helen Weinzweig
  • Beginning of Was – Ania Szado
  • Below the Line – John McFetridge
  • A Bird’s Eye – Cary Fagan
  • Bitten – Kelley Armstrong
  • The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  • Blood Lines – Tanya Huff
  • Blood Price – Tanya Huff
  • The Bookseller – Matt Cohen
  • Bottom Bracket: a Mystery – Vivian Meyer
  • Bridge in the Rain: Stories – Bianca Lakoselajc 
  • Broken – Kelley Armstrong
  • Brown Girl in the Ring – Nalo Hopkinson
  • Buying on Time – Antanas Sileika
  • Cabbagetown: The Classic Novel of the Depression in Canada – Hugh Garner
  • Calculating God – Robert J. Sawyer 
  • Can of Worms – Catherine Doherty
  • The Carnivore: a Novel – Mark Sinnett
  • Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood
  • The City Man – Howard Akler
  • The Chaos – Nalo Hopkinson
  • Chump Change – David Eddie 
  • Cherry Beach Express- R. D. Cain
  • Clara Callan: a Novel – Richard Bruce Wright
  • Consolation: a Novel – Michael Redhill 
  • The Corpse Will Keep – Pat Capponi
  • Courage My Love – Sarah Dearing
  • Crime of Fashion – José Latour
  • The Cunning Man – Roberson Davies
  • Dark Matter – R. D. Cain
  • Deadly Art – Lloyd Harshaw
  • The Desperates – Greg Kearney
  • The Devil in Me – J. D. Carpenter
  • The Devil You Know –Elisabeth De Mariaffi
  • Diary of Interrupted Days – Dragan Todorović
  • The Disciple of Las Vegas: an Ava Lee Novel – Ian Hamilton
  • The Edible Woman – Margaret Atwood
  • Except the Dying – Maureen Jennings
  • Factoring Humanity – Robert J. Sawyer
  • Fall Guy – Scott MacKay
  • Falling Angel – Barbara Gowdy
  • Faster than Wind – Steve Pitt
  • Fatal Light Awareness – John O’Neill
  • Fauna – Alissa York
  • Fifteen Dogs: an Apologue – André Alexis
  • The Featherbed – John Miller
  • Fields of Exile – Nora Gold
  • Fifth Business – Roberson Davies
  • The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky – Karen X. Tulchinsky
  • Free Reign: a Suspense Novel – Rosemary Aubert
  • Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
  • Gently Down the Stream – Ray Robertson
  • Ghosted – Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall
  • Giant – Aga Maksimowska
  • Girls Fall Down – Maggie Helwig
  • The Glenwood Treasure – Kim Moritsugu
  • Gracelessland – Adam Lindsay Honsinger
  • Harriet’s Daughter – Marlene Nourbese Philip
  • Headhunter: a Novel – Timothy Findley
  • Heaven Is Small – Emily Schultz
  • Helpless – Barbara Gowdy
  • The Hemingway Caper – Eric Wright
  • Holding Still for as Long as Possible – Zoe Whittall
  • Homesick: a Novel – Guy Vanderhaeghe
  • Hominids – Robert J. Sawyer
  • How Happy to Be – Katrina Onstad 
  • How Should a Person Be? – Sheila Heti
  • Humans – Robert J. Sawyer
  • The Hungry Ghosts – Shyam Selvadurai
  • Hybrids – Robert J. Sawyer
  • An Imperfect Man – John Calabro
  • Incidental Music – Lydia Perović
  • Infidelity – Stacey May Fowles
  • The Incomparable Atuk – Mordecai Richler
  • In the Skin of a Lion – Michael Ondaatje
  • The Incident Report: a Novel – Martha Baillie
  • Jack of Diamonds – Bryce Courtenay
  • Jazz: Nature’s Improvisation – Elizabeth Copeland
  • A Journeyman to Grief – Maureen Jennings
  • Kameleon Man – Kim Barry Brunhuber
  • Kicking the Sky – Anthony De Sa
  • The Killing Circle – Andrew Pyper
  • King Leary – Paul Quarrington 
  • Last Stop Sunnyside: a Dana Leoni Mystery – Pat Capponi
  • Leaving Earth – Helen Humphreys
  • Lethal Rage – Brent Pilkey
  • Let Loose the Dogs – Maureen Jennings
  • The Library at Night – Alberto Manguel
  • Lie With Me – Tamara Faith Berger
  • Lost: a Novel – Joy Fielding
  • Lost Between Houses – David Gilmour 
  • Love and Other Ruins – Karen X. Tulchinsky
  • Love Marriage: a Novel – V. V. Ganeshananthan 
  • A Love Supreme: a Novel – Kent Nussey
  • Lunatic Villas – Marian Engel
  • Madame Proust and the Kosher Kitchen – Kate Taylor
  • Making a Killing: a Novel – Warren Dunford
  • The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn – Sean Dixon
  • Memory Book – Howard Engel
  • Moody Food – Ray Robertson
  • Moral Disorder – Margaret Atwood
  • More – Austin Clarke
  • Mount Pleasant – Don Gillmor
  • Murder at Osgoode Hall – Jeffrey Miller 
  • Murder’s out of Tune: an Amicus Curiae Mystery – Jeffrey Miller
  • A Murder of Crows – David Rotenberg
  • Muriella Pent: a Novel – Russel Smith
  • Mystical Rose – Richard Scrimger
  • Natasha and Other Stories – David Bezmozgis
  • The Night the Gods Smiled – Eric Wright
  • No New Land: a Novel – M. G. Vassanji
  • Norman Bray, in the Performance of His Life – Trevor Cole
  • Old City Hall – Robert Rotenberg
  • Old Scores – Scott MacKay
  • An Opening Act of Unspeakable Evil – Jim Munroe
  • Oranges and Lemons – Liz Bugg
  • The Origin of Waves – Austin Clarke
  • The Panic Button – Koom Kankesan
  • The Parabolist – Nicholas Ruddock
  • The Perpetual Ending – Kristen Den Hartog
  • The Piano Man’s Daughter – Timoth Findley
  • The Placebo Effect – David Rotenberg
  • Poor Tom is Cold – Maureen Jennings
  • The Prince of Neither here nor there – Seán Cullen 
  • Pulse: a Novel – Lydia Kwa
  • Pumpkin Eater: a Dan Sharp Mystery – Jeffrey Round
  • Puppet – Joy Fielding 
  • The Ravine – Paul Quarrington
  • The Red Mass – Rosemary Aubert
  • The Red Pole of Macau – Ian Hamilton
  • Red Rover – Liz Bugg
  • Reluctant Dead – John George Moss
  • Requests and Dedications – Elise Levine
  • The Restoration of Emily – Kim Moritsugu 
  • The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
  • Rollback – Robert J. Sawyer
  • Safe as Houses – Eric Walters
  • The Scottish Banker of Surabaya – Ian Hamilton
  • The Secret Mitzvah of Lucio Burke: a Novel – Steven Hayward
  • The Silence on the Shore – Hugh Garner
  • Six Metres of Pavement: a Novel – Farzana Doctor
  • Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew – Stuart Ross
  • Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town – Cory Doctorow
  • Something Remains – Hassan Ghedi Santur
  • The Song Beneath the Ice: a Novel – Joe Fiorito
  • Soucouyant – David John Chariandy
  • Sparrow Nights – David Gilmour
  • Spoiled Rotten: a Liz Walker Mystery – Mary Jackman
  • Station Eleven – Emily St John Mandel
  • Stealing Nasreen: a Novel – Farzana Doctor
  • Still Waters: a Quin and Morgan Mystery – John George Moss
  • Stranglehold – Robert Rotenberg
  • Stunt – Claudia Dey
  • The Swing in the Garden – Hugh Hood
  • The Summer Tree – Guy Gavriel Kay
  • The Swinging Bridge – Ramabai Espinet
  • Things Go Flying – Shari Lapeña
  • To Die in Spring – Sylvia Maultash Warsh
  • The Toronto You Are Leaving – Gordon Stewart Anderson 
  • The Torontonians – Phyllis Brett Young
  • The Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore – Ron Brown
  • Turncoat: a Mark Edwards Mystery – Dan Gutteridge
  • The Two Chinatowns – Dan Mahoney
  • Under the Dragon’s Tail – Maureen Jennings 
  • Unless: a Novel – Carol Shields
  • The Wars – Timothy Findley
  • The Water Rat of Wanchai – Ian Hamilton
  • The Whole Megillah – Howard Engel 
  • What We All Long For – Dionne Brand
  • When I Was Young and in My Prime – Alayna Munce
  • Why Men Lie – Linden MacIntyre
  • The Wild Beasts of Wuhan – Ian Hamilton
  • The Winter Vault – Anne Michaels
  • The Wonderous Woo – Carrianne Leung
  • Would I Lie To You? – Mary Lou Dickinson
  • Yellow Vengeance – Liz Bugg
  • Your Secrets Sleep with Me – Darren O’Donnell

Short Stories 

  • Fables of Brunswick Avenue – Katherine Govier 
  • The Perseids and Other Stories – Robert Charles Wilson
  • Toronto Noir – Various
  • Copernicus Avenue – Andrew Borkowski
  • The Book of Ifs and Buts: Stories – Rabindranath Maharaj
  • Can-eh-dian Tales: Canadian Short Stories – Various
  • People One Knows: Toronto Stories – Daniel Jones

Comics and Graphic Novels 

  • It’s a Good Life if You Don’t Weaken – Seth
  • Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life – Bryan Lee O’Malley 
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World – Bryan Lee O’Malley 
  • Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness – Bryan Lee O’Malley 
  • Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together – Bryan Lee O’Malley
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. the Universe – Bryan Lee O’Malley
  • Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour – Bryan Lee O’Malley
  • Drop-in – Dave Lapp
  • Paying for It: a Comic-Strip Memoir about Being a John – Chester Brown

Plays

  • Uth Ink: Word from the Street – Various

*check out the Toronto Public Library’s list of fiction by neighbourhood here

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