You Might Be From Hamilton If… is available for purchase at Chapters/Coles/Indigo (*be sure to check for availability at local stores), at Amazon.ca or order direct through the publisher, MacIntyre-Purcell.
My first book…
My inaugural published book, “You Might Be From Hamilton If…,” represents the culmination of a year-long project.
This unique work stands as the sole representation of a city in a series of “You Might Be From” books that have collectively covered the majority of Canada’s provinces. The journey began with thoughtful consultations with generous family, friends, and colleagues, resulting in a comprehensive list of topics and humorous elements. With some careful editing and refinement, the content expanded to fill 120 pages, capturing the essence of the city.
Creating a book of this nature posed the challenge of avoiding clichéd jokes and excessive self-indulgence. While certain unavoidable stereotypes found their place, a conscious effort was made to introduce unexpected references, challenging the typical expectations of a Hamiltonian reader. If these references resonate with readers, eliciting nods and chuckles of recognition, then the mission is accomplished. Anticipate encountering alternative perspectives on familiar Hamiltonian themes.
The publisher, MacIntyre Purcell, has produced a remarkable book with vibrant colours and crisp, clean lines. I’m particularly thrilled with the inclusion of a diverse array of graphite illustrations, a departure from the inked line drawings that have been a staple of my editorial cartoons for two decades. “You Might Be From Hamilton If…” assures readers of an enjoyable experience, catering to Hamiltonians, former residents, and those on the brink of calling Hamilton home. However, one need not be a Hamiltonian to appreciate the charm of this book.
Oh, yes, there’s YMBFHI… swag, email Graeme if interested: