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Reading Your Way Through Toronto

The Toronto Public Library has produced a literary map of Toronto neighbourhoods.

Perhaps you live in the east end and would like to meet an “unlikely crew of misfit sleuths” who’ve opened a detective agency in Parkdale. Or perhaps you’d like to pass the time on the bus up to York University reading a novel about York University professor Mary Vaughan and her Neanderthal lover Ponter Boddit, who are “torn between their two realities when they consider having children.” Whether you want to explore unfamiliar Toronto neighbourhoods or find new insights into areas you know well, the Toronto Public Library has the book recommendations for you.

It’s put together reading lists of books set in 19 different Toronto neighbourhood and then plotted those lists on a handy map. And, yes, you’ll find Can-lit stalwarts like Margaret Atwood and Timothy Findley, but there’s also a good chance you’ll stumble upon some exciting local writers you’ve never heard of.

The map is a work in progress—if you find that some of your favourites have been overlooked, you’re welcome to send suggested additions to the good people at the TPL.

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