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The Toronto Book of the Dead and The Toronto Book of Love
THE TORONTO HISTORY BOOKS

My first two books dive into the history of the city with morbid and romantic tales from days gone by. They're both available from all the usual places, including local bookstores like the Spacing Store, Queen Books, Type Books and Another Story Book Shop.

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The Toronto Book of the Dead
Dundurn Press, 2017

The history of Toronto is filled with stories whose endings were anything but peaceful: War and plague, duels and executions, suicides and séances. The Toronto Book of the Dead explores these morbid tales: From First Nations burial mounds to the grisly murder of Toronto's first lighthouse keeper; from the rise and fall of the city's greatest Victorian baseball star to the final days of the world's most notorious anarchist.

As Toronto has grown from a muddy frontier town into a booming metropolis of concrete and glass, it has witnessed countless lives lived and lost. The Toronto Book of the Dead tells the tale of the ever-changing city through the lives and deaths of those who made it their final resting place.

You can buy The Toronto Book of the Dead here.


The Toronto Book of the Love cover
The Toronto Book of Love
Dundurn Press, 2021

Toronto's past is filled with passion and heartache. The Toronto Book of Love shares fascinating true tales of romance, marriage, and lust: From the scandalous love affairs of the city's early settlers to the prime minister's wife partying with rock stars on her anniversary; from First Nations marriage ceremonies to a pastor wearing a bulletproof vest to perform one of Canada's first same-sex weddings.

Home to adulterous movie stars, faithful rebels, and heartbroken spies, Toronto has been shaped by crushes, jealousies, and flirtations. The Toronto Book of Love explores the evolution of the city from a remote colonial outpost to a major modern metropolis through the stories of those who have fallen in love among its ravines, church spires, and skyscrapers.

You can buy The Toronto Book of Love here.




PRAISE FOR THE TORONTO BOOK OF THE DEAD:

"Adam Bunch has compiled one of the most fascinating Toronto historical books ever — I never knew how much I wanted to know how local residents have met their demise. Let's update the city's motto to 'Dying Morbidly Our Strength.'"
– Matthew Blackett, Spacing Magazine

"The Toronto Book of the Dead is an engaging and fascinating look into some of the darker moments of Toronto's past."
Canada's History Magazine

"Sometimes gross, always engrossing, Bunch weaves well-known Toronto histories with those that should — and thanks to Bunch's efforts — will be better known. With compelling storytelling and evocative geographies, The Toronto Book of the Dead brings Toronto's history uncannily to life."
– Daniel Rotsztain, author of All The Libraries Toronto

 

PRAISE FOR THE TORONTO BOOK OF LOVE:

"With an unmatched flair for storytelling, Bunch infuses Toronto history with fresh life."
The Toronto Star

"No one does Toronto history quite like Adam Bunch, and his newest book is filled with fabulous true stories of love, lust, jealousy, & romance... [It's] a rollicking read... a totally fresh and fun take on Toronto history."
Open Book


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