After Auschwitz:

One Man's Story Excerpt

by Hermann Gruenwald, as told to Bryan Demchinsky,

McGill-Queen's University Press, 2007

 

Born into privilege in Hungary, Hermann Gruenwald's idyllic childhood came to an end in 1944 when he and his family were sent to Auschwitz…. He recounts his story not only as a witness to history but as a human actor determined to make his way in whatever situation he finds himself.

 

Picked  by the American Library Association as the best book published in Canada in 2007 by North America's university presses.

 

"The book is easy to read … truly gripping as we learn how Hermann Gruenwald survived the horrors of the Holocaust."

– Sheldon Goldfarb, Montreal Gazette,

Aug. 4, 2007

 

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Storied Streets:

Montreal in the Literary Imagination Excerpt

by Bryan Demchinsky and Elaine Kalman Naves, Macfarlane, Walter & Ross, 2000.

[currently published by McClelland & Stewart]

 

Montreal belongs among the twice built cities. For all its latter-day troubles … it is a city bountifully, often brilliantly imagined. From the first description of the mountain at its centre, written before the city was conceived, to the most recent postmodern incarnation, Montreal continues to fascinate the beholder. – From the Introduction

 

IN THE BEGINNING there was Hochelaga. Or was there?

An Indian village lingers like a ghostly presence in the story of Montreal. Hochelaga is indelibly etched into the historical record, yet remains ephemeral, as if carrying no weight at all. Its existence and fate have provided substance for both scholarly debate and the kind of ethno-political bickering that so much defines the character of the city.

 

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Grassroots, Greystones

and Glass Towers

Montreal Urban Issues and Architecture

Edited by Bryan Demchinsky, Vehicule Press, 1990

 

Out of this dialectic of tradition and change has come a debate carried on by those who care about the city's future. Grass- roots, Greystones & Glass Towers is part of that debate – it is at once a celebration of Montreal, a warning, and a blueprint for the preservation of its vitality.

 

"Ce livre est précieux et i ajjoute un excellent complément à l'ouverage de Jean-Claude Marsan, sur des surest très porches."

– Le Devoir, June 23, 1990

 

 

 

 

Montreal Then and Now looks at the old and new faces of a history rich city.

 

"A vivid and sad commentary on the fate suffered by many significant buildings and places in this city."

– Ricardo L. Castro, Montreal Gazette, Feb. 22, 1986

 

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Montreal Then and Now/

Hier et aujourd'hui:

The Photographic Record of

a Changing City (Vol. 1)

The Gazette, 1986

 

An impressive selection of photographic works and drawings, contrasting the past and present.

 

 

Montreal Then and Now/

Hier et aujourd'hui:

Éditions Trécarré, 2001