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posted 07 February 2006 12:13 PM      Profile for Rundler     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This is a call from Coach House Books for contributions to a new anthology about Toronto and the culture of politics/the politics of culture. Note the quick deadlines, but I thought lots of babblers would make for excellent contributors. Here's the info:

Dear Torontonian,

Our recent anthology, uTOpia: Towards a New Toronto, has been, much to our
surprise, a huge hit. As it turns out, Torontonians are ravenous for
dialogue about our city.

To that end, we've decided to follow up with another book -- this time less
deliberately scattershot. Our emphasis this time is going to be on culture
and its intersection with politics. We don't have a title yet, but it'll
include something along the lines of 'The Politics of Culture and the
Culture of Politics in Toronto.'

This is still a broad topic. In our initial discussion, we came up with some
suggestions: art banks and banks' support of the arts, institutional
Official Art vs. guerrilla, DIY art, the history of the Opera House,
alternative performance spaces, City Hall as theatre, arts movements in the
burbs, Google maps, blogs, the state of the documentary in Toronto, public
art, etc. And some questions: Are there right-wing arts groups in the city?
Is the granting system effective? What will happen to the exploding
indie-music scene? Municipal arts initiatives: good or bad? How could they
be better? How, at this time, can a young Torontonian start up a publishing
company/theatre group/art gallery?

This time, we're sending a call for proposals far and wide. If you're
interested in participating, we're asking you to send a one-paragraph
description of what you'd like to write about, along with your name,
address, phone number and e-mail.

The deadline for proposals is March 1.

We'll sort through the proposals and choose those that most excite us and
would fit together into a good anthology. We'll let you know by April 1 if
your piece has been selected. Final pieces will be due May 1.

Specs: Pieces should be 2500 words max. Black and white images are great.
We'd like to avoid dry or academic writing; the tone should be accessible,
anecdotal, maybe even playful. We'd like the pieces to be forward-looking
and positive -- that's not to say that they can't criticize, but we'd prefer
something constructive and with an overall positive tone. And they have to
be about Toronto. We can't offer big bucks, but contributors will receive
$100, a copy of the book and our undying gratitude.

Please spread the word to anyone at all who might be interested. And don't
hesitate to email ( or call me (416 979 2217) if you have


Alana Wilcox
Christina Palassio
Jonny Dovercourt
The Editors

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