Books about Toronto—Arse Over Teakettle

9781450205313-Perfect.indd “Arse Over Teakettle,” Book One of the Toronto Trilogy

          Awarded “Editor’s Choice”

A heart-Warming Story of Coming-of-Age during the 1940s in Toronto 

Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn found adventure on the banks of the mighty Mississippi. Tom Hudson and his friend Shorty discovered it in the secluded laneways and avenues of a deceptively quiet Toronto neighbourhood.

“Arse Over Teakettle” is an intriguing tale of Tom Hudson’s boyhood in Toronto during the 1940s. He and his mischievous friend, Shorty, encounter eccentric characters such as Grumpy, an unconventional older man in the neighbourhood, and their fierce neighbour, Mrs. Leyer. Their confrontations with the Kramer gang are sometimes painful and at other times hilarious. As Tom and his friends become sexually aware, amusing situations develop. Shorty constantly pushes Tom to explore beyond the secure boundaries of childhood, into the world of the “big boys.”

An intimate and heartfelt tale of family life in Toronto, “Arse over Teakettle” is set during the decade when the city is transforming from a parochial city into a cosmopolitan urban centre. In Tom’s neighbourhood, difficulties arise as he confronts ethnic and religious prejudice, which wounds his boyhood friends.

This book is an excellent gift for those who enjoy reading about Toronto’s past.

“Arse Over  Teakettle” is available through, Chapters/Indigo book stores.

The 524-page book contains over 70 photographs of Toronto during the 1940s and early-1950s.

To order directly from the publisher (double right-hand click of the mouse):

The second book in the Toronto Trilogy, “The Reluctant Virgin,” is now available. It continues the story of the same characters introduced in the first book of the trilogy. The Reluctant Virgin is a tale about a sadistic serial killer in 1950s Toronto.

A link to order this book:

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To view previous posts about other movie houses of Toronto—old and new

To view links to Toronto’s Heritage Buildings 

Recent publication entitled “Toronto’s theatres and the Golden Age of the Silver Screen,” by the author of this blog.


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