Gone Global

by Bryan Demchinsky

Published in, January, 2014


Staying connected in the Usambara highlands in Tanzania.


We were waiting at the border for entry visas to go into Tanzania from Kenya, a lineup of foreigners restless and anxious to get back on the overcrowded vans that would forward us to the next adventure. As happens in such situations, strangers began talking to strangers, and suddenly the subject was Rob Ford.


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A man driven to protect

the past

Published in the Montreal Gazette,

November 6, 2015


Don’t it always seem to go

That you don’t know what you’ve got

Till it’s gone

– Joni Mitchell, Ladies of the Canyon, 1970


It’s Louis Rastelli’s mission to ensure that much of Montreal’s recent past doesn’t end up gone.


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Photo credit: Allen McInnis, The Gazette



Newspapers, books, websites,

magazines, teaching and more:

by Bryan Demchinsky


Editing has taken up the greater part of my working over more than thirty-five years.


Recent projects include:

Teaching: In Spring 2015, I conducted a seminar course on editing for print and online publication


Book: From Soup to Self-Sufficiency: Montreal’s Old Brewery Mission, by Alan Hustak with Bryan Demchinsky (2014)


Book: Island of Trees, by Bronwyn Chester (2014)


Book: Call Me Giambattista: A Political and Spiritual Journey, by John Ciaccia (2015)


Magazine: Montreal Home and Toronto Home, managing editor, 2012-13

Literary journalism


Arvida in his soul

Published in the Montreal Gazette,

November 6, 2015

By Bryan Demchinsky


A busy life has gotten busier for Samuel Archibald since his book Arvida (Biblioasis, 216 pp, $19.95) turned up on the Giller Prize long list a few weeks ago.


Archibald realized it when his seven-year-old daughter called him out for missing a couple homework dates with her. When he told her he was preparing for the launch of Arvida, she protested: “But that book came out years ago.”


“I said, yes, but now it’s coming out in English, and I have to work on promotion and a tour. She thought about it for two or three seconds, and said, ‘With you writing books in English, does this mean we have to move to Canada?’ I said, ‘there’s something I have to tell you, darling. You are in Canada.’ ”


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