A new book by Daniel Coleman, a professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies, was named a 2018 RBC Taylor Prize Finalist. This prestigious prize recognizes excellence in Canadian literary non-fiction. The Jury described Dr. Coleman’s book, Yardwork: A Biography of An Urban Place (Wolsak and Wynn Publishers), in the following citation:
Daniel Coleman explores the world from a small patch of land at the back of his house, a mini-empire between Coote’s Paradise Marsh and Hamilton Harbour. In vivid, exacting prose, Coleman tells us of the moods and beauty of the Niagara Escarpment, the paths of local animals, the wayward tricks of the water table, the rich indigenous history of the area, and of our modern inroads into the environment — highways, houses, slag and built culture. This is a masterpiece of nature writing, reimagining civics and possibilities as Coleman surveys what he understands is “a holy land right here” behind his house and beneath his feet.
Yardwork has also been discussed by journalist Jeff Mahoney in a feature article in The Hamilton Spectator.