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Steve Penfold at This Is Not A Reading Series

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Steve Penfold at This Is Not A Reading Series
When

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 7:30pm

Where

Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON

Details

How did a humble deep-fried confectionary become not only a mass commodity but also, an edible symbol of Canadian identity? U of T History Professor Steve Penfold and celebrated food writer Christine Sismondo will have an enriching yet non-fattening onstage conversation about the growth of a consumer society and 'snack-food patriotism' in Canada, to celebrate the launch of Penfold's pithy new book, Donut: A Canadian History (UTP). Free donuts! At the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom on Tuesday Jan 22 at 7:30 p.m.(doors 7pm). Admission free.

A This Is Not A Reading Series event co-presented by Pages Books & Magazines, University Of Toronto Press, and EYE WEEKLY.

Steve Penfold examines the history of the donut in light of broader social, economic, and cultural issues in his pithy new book, Donut: A Canadian History. He treats the humble donut as a window onto key developments in twentieth-century Canada, such as the growth of a consumer society, the relationship between big business and community, and the ironic qualities of Canadian national identity. Penfold also explores the social and political conditions that facilitated the rapid rise and steady growth of donut shops across the country Based on a wide range of sources, from commercial and government reports to personal interviews, The Donut is a comprehensive and fascinating look at one of Canada's most popular products.

Steve Penfold is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Toronto.

Christine Sismondo is a writer and lecturer at Toronto's York University. She has written extensively on the subjects of food and drink for The Toronto Star, Toronto Life, and The National Post. She is the also author of a literary non-fiction history of cocktails: Mondo Cocktail: A Shaken and Stirred History.

Location

Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON

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