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Dinner with Allan Levine

When

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 6:30pm

Where

grano

2035 Yonge Street

Toronto, ON

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Meet and dine with Allan Levine, author of Toronto: Biography of a City at grano on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Cocktails at 6:30 pm, dinner at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are $100 per person (includes full meal with wine, a signed copy of the book, and all taxes). Please call us at (416) 361-0032 to purchase tickets, or send an e-mail to ben@benmcnallybooks.com.

Toronto: Biography of a City by Allan Levine

Douglas & McIntyre
Toronto: Biography of a City by Allan Levine

In the last sixty years, Toronto has been transformed from a provincial town to significant urban heavyweight. Few cities have experienced such sustained growth, and the packed streets of North America’s fourth-largest city are a far cry from the origins of the city as “Little York,” which was comprised of the lieutenant-governor’s muddy tent—which he shared with his wife and many children—and some barracks. Between then and now, fervent Orangemen have imposed strict morals on the growing provincial town, and an influx of immigrants changed the face of the city.

Allan Levine delves into the character of a city that strives to balance urban development with the preservation of its distinct neighbourhoods, to maintain its status without losing its individuality. Its inhabitants have fought tooth and nail to prevent an expressway being built to the downtown core, have called in the army to clear the city of snow after a blizzard and consistently pack the Maple Leafs’ arena every game, win or lose, making the hockey team the most valuable franchise in the NHL. The city can also claim one of the first Canadian politicians to stand up for gay rights, a store owner who almost single-handedly preserved theatre in Toronto, and then there’s Mayor Rob Ford ...

Allan Levine is an award-winning author and historian who has written eleven books, including King (Douglas & McIntyre, 2011), the critically acclaimed biography of Mackenzie King that won the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction. A versatile author who moves easily between popular non-fiction and fiction, he has written four historical mysteries. His first mystery, The Blood Libel, won the Margaret McWilliams Medal for Best Historical Fiction and was nominated for the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Arthur Ellis First Mystery Novel Award. He lives in Winnipeg, MB.

Dinner with Ann-Marie MacDonald

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 6:00pm

grano

Hosted by: Ben McNally Books

Meet and dine with Ann-Marie MacDonald, author of Adult Onset at grano on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Cocktails at 6:30 pm, dinner at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are $100 per person (includes full meal with wine, a signed copy of the book, and all taxes). Please call us at (416) 361-0032 to purchase tickets, or send an e-mail to ben@benmcnallybooks.com.

Globe and Mail/Ben McNally Books Authors' Brunch

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 10:00am

King Edward Hotel

Brunch takes place in the Vanity Fair Ballroom on the 2nd floor of the King Edward Hotel. Tickets are $50.00 each (taxes included).

Please call us at (416) 361-0032 with your credit card information to reserve a ticket.

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