Reclaiming Hamilton: Essays from the New Ambitious City
300 pages | ISBN 978-1-989496-00-8
Hamilton has been called many things over the years, some positive – the Ambitious City, Steeltown – some not so much – the armpit of Ontario. But the city has endured it all and continues on, undaunted. In this wide-ranging collection of essays editor Paul Weinberg has collected many of the stories that have made up Hamilton's latest rising. From lost neighbourhoods to the environmental battle over the Red Hill Valley Parkway, from the rise of citizen journalism to the birth and impact of the James Street North Art Crawl, from the continual fight for inclusion to the new fight against gentrification, Reclaiming Hamilton looks at how this complex, storied city is reinventing itself right now.
List of Contributors
Freelance editor Kerry Le Clair, novelist Matthew Bin, McMaster professor Nancy Bouchier, journalist Joey Coleman, McMaster professor Ken Cruikshank, urban planner Rob Fiedler, Raise the Hammer editor Ryan McGreal, anthropologist Kevin McKay, culture journalist Seema Nerula, freelance writer Jessica Rose, community historian Shawn Selway, columnist Margaret Shkimba, immigration advocate and researcher Sarah Wayland and freelance writer Paul Weinberg.
Steeltown Redux: Mark Osbaldeston Reviews Paul Weinberg’s Reclaiming Hamilton: Essays from the New Ambitious City (Mark Osbaldeston, Hamilton REview of Books, 16/11/2020)
"Reading Reclaiming Hamilton, you come across a lot of different 're' words used to describe what has been happening for the last couple of decades in a city hard-hit by deindustrialization: 'renaissance,' 'revival,' and 'renewal' among them. But the 're' word of the title is different. It denotes action, results achieved by effort. And in these essays, the action in focus is decidedly not the effort of the powers-that-be."
Reclaiming Hamilton: A book review (Sean Hurley, The Point, 09/11/2020)
"An essay that touched me, personally, was by Kerry Le Clair who [...] details her own experience and personal interventions in a city that she has adopted as her own [...] She is trying to find her place here, to belong. In the end, she remains on the fence as to whether she does and that ambiguity will resonate with a lot of people who are new(ish) to the city."
A City on the Rise: Reflections from the contributors of Reclaiming Hamilton (Paul Weinberg, All Lit Up, 12/03/2021)
Paul asks some of the contributors to the collection about their thoughts on Hamilton and why they are compelled to write about the city.
E215 with JESSICA ROSE (Jamie Tennant, Get Lit, 31/12/2020)
Contributor Jessica Rose and Jamie Tennant discuss Reclaiming Hamilton.
'Reclaiming Hamilton': Civic engagement and local activism in Steeltown (Karen Burson, rabble, 21/12/2020)
"Hard to put down and full of surprising facts and fresh perspectives on stories that I thought I already knew. 'This book is for you,' I imagined Weinberg's contributors telling me, 'and this city is for you, too.'"
Hamilton writers are out with new books to consider for holiday gifts — or just for yourself (Jeff Mahoney, The Hamilton Spectator, 11/12/2020)
Paul's anthology is included in this round-up of Hamilton book for the holidays.
A city reinvents itself (Paul Weinberg, Hamilton Jewish News, October 2020)
Paul shares an excerpt from the introduction to Reclaiming Hamilton.
About the Editor
Paul Weinberg is a veteran freelance journalist. He is also the author of When Poverty Mattered: Then and Now published in October 2019 by Fernwood. He currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario.