Goodbye, Galleria pays tribute to Toronto’s Galleria Mall through a series of captioned photographs that highlight the mall’s retro charm. The mall played a significant role in its community and operated as a time capsule as well—not much changed since its very first days in 1972. So, photos in the book are from 2013 and 2014, but appear to be from a previous decade. As the building will be demolished to make way for a mixed-use development, this photo book will preserve this iconic Toronto landmark until the end of time.
Note: This photo book is an abridged version of Shari Kasman’s Galleria: The Mall That Time Forgot, released in 2018. The new book has modifications in both design and content, and has been updated to reflect the current situation at the mall.
The book will be signed by Shari Kasman.
To purchase the book in the real world, here are your options:
Spacing Store in 401 Richmond
Type Books (Junction and Queen W locations)
Sonic Boom on Spadina, N of Queen
TOWN in Bloordale
Art Metropole in the MOCA building
Book City (Danforth and Yonge & St. Clair locations)
Likely General in Roncesvalles
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
“The rise and fall of Galleria Mall mirrors the rapid development of Toronto. With grace, humour, and nostalgia, Shari Kasman’s homage to Galleria Mall reminds us the spaces in which malls occupy can be more than just a place to consume goods — community, friendships, and culture can blossom. Too often Toronto ploughs over its past; thanks to Kasman, this book will not let the Galleria be forgotten. “
—Matthew Blackett, founder and creative director of Spacing
“Equal parts Georges Perec and Jane Jacobs, with a sprinkling of Miranda July, Galleria is full of unconventional perception and curiosity. Shari Kasman lifts the lid on the architectural box we call a mall to show us the eccentric space and quotidian routine within—to joyous and profound effect.”
—Michael Winter, neighbour of Galleria Mall and author of Into the Blizzard
“Shari Kasman celebrates the anachronistic beauty of Galleria Mall with an infectious exuberance, sparking a nostalgia for the shopping mall as a phenomenon, and a wonder for the phenomenon that is this particular shopping mall.”
—Michelle Winters, author of I Am a Truck
ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ARTIST
Shari Kasman is a writer, multidisciplinary artist, and piano teacher in Toronto. Her book of short stories is entitled Everything Life Has to Offer (Invisible Publishing, 2016). In terms of art, she has shown work in both private and public spaces, with output taking the form of everything from installation to illustration. She lives in Toronto.
DETAILS AND SPECS:
Format: Softcover, full colour, 80 pages
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8”
Publication date: May 2, 2019
Self-publishing under publishing imprint: Salted Pepper Projects