Spacing Magazine is excited to announce our participation in the Keep Toronto Reading “One Book” campaign. An initiative of the Toronto Public Library, the aim is to get as many people as possible reading Michael Redhill’s Consolation — much like what Oprah does with her book club, but on a civic level.
Consolation takes place in locations all around Toronto, past and present. Throughout February, six Spacing writers and editors will be posting short excerpts of passages that take place in a specific geographic location, then explore that place further: what’s there now, what has disappeared, and how the location is different than it was described in the novel. Consolation is a jumping off point for us to explore some of these locations deeper, and we hope our readers will also contribute what they know and how they feel about these places to each post. In the end we may just create a sort of psychogeographic reader to go along with Consolation. Please pick up the book (at one of our favorite bookstores or at the library if you can manage to get a copy) and read along with us. While we don’t expect our short excerpts to give away large parts of the storyline, we will be sure to put a “spoiler alert” at the top of the post if that particular passage might have too much plot detail.
Explore and keep an eye on the TPL’s One Book site for ongoing activities and various exhibits including this great interactive map of Toronto “then and now.” One Book kicks off Monday, February 4 at 7pm with host Tina Srebotnjak interviewing Michael Redhill about the book at the Toronto Reference Library. The panoramic photograph that inspired the novel will also be on view.