Winner: Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher and the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award.
A survey of the people, places and stories that make up Winnipeg's literary history, from its earliest days to the present. Illustrated with maps and photos.
Winner: Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher and the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award
“[The Imagined City] is both a reading and viewing treat.” – Quentin Mills-Fenn, Style Manitoba
“…like all great cities, Winnipeg's legacy is best represented through its literature. In this book, well-loved writers, such as media guru Marshall McLuhan and novelist Carol Shields, trace a historical narrative through one of Canada's most storied and artistic communities.” – Michelle Sterling, Pure Canada Magazine
“As The Imagined City relates, [Winnipeg’s] culture did not come by chance.” – Dale Barbour, The Bulletin
“… the book is not merely a listing of Winnipeg writers. Rather it is a collection of visions of the city by those who have experienced life within its perimeter.” – Polly Washburn, Lögberg-Heimskringla
“Winnipeg, as it is imagined in poetry or fiction, is revealed to be an exciting and vibrant community.” – Lynne Stefanchuk, Prairie Books NOW
“…an entertaining, enjoyable series of literary snapshots, in which Winnipeg is revealed as a multifaceted city that stands as a constant source of both inspiration and frustration.” – Jonathan Ball, Prairie Fire Magazine
“For a city as obsessed by navel-gazing, and as infested with writers, as our own, it is astonishing that no one dreamed up this project decades ago … The Imagined City is, if nothing else, a book that cried out to be born. – Morley Walker, Winnipeg Free Press
David Arnason is an acclaimed novelist, writer of short fiction, and editor. A finalist for the Leacock Medal for Humour (King Jerry) and a winner of the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award (The Imagined City), David has taught at the University of Manitoba since 1972. He has served as both the acting head of the Department of Icelandic Studies and head of the Department of English. Currently, he lives and writes in Gimli, MB.
Mhari Mackintosh is a Winnipeg writer and Margaret Laurence scholar. She is the co-editor, with David Arnason, of The Imagined City.