University of Toronto Magazine University of Toronto Magazine
Autumn 2002

Honouring Matt Cohen

Park at Bloor and Spadina named for Toronto writer

In writer Matt Cohen’s memoir, Typing: A Life in 26 Keys – completed just before his death in 1999 – he calls his long-time haunt Spadina Avenue “the centre of the universe.” The street was a fixture in his fiction and his real life, so his family and friends thought it a fitting tribute to name a piece of it in his honour.

The Matt Cohen Park, a patch of green at the southeast corner of Bloor Street West and Spadina Avenue, contains six commemorative plaques inscribed with his biography and several excerpts from his works. Cohen received the Governor General’s Award for fiction for his novel Elizabeth and After, and also wrote acclaimed children’s books, short stories and poetry.

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