Fonds P223 - Taras Grescoe fonds

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Taras Grescoe fonds

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The fonds was created by Taras Grescoe

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  • 1982 - 2022 (Creation)
    Grescoe, Taras

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ca. 10 meter of textual records
27 photographs
92 compact cassettes

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(1966 -)

Biographical history

Taras Grescoe is an award-winning author, journalist, and public speaker. He was born in 1966 in Toronto, grew up in Vancouver, and now lives in Montreal. His parents, Paul and Audrey Grescoe, were journalists who traveled across Canada while he was growing up. Grescoe received a B.A. in English from the University of British Columbia. In the early 1990s, he lived in Paris for four years, working as an English teacher and writing travel stories for English and Canadian newspapers. His articles have appeared in The Times of London, the New York Times, Saveur, National Geographic Traveler, Wired, The Chicago Tribune Magazine, and Condé Nast Traveler, and other periodicals.

His first book, Sacré Blues: An Unsentimental Journey Through Québec (Macfarlane Walter & Ross 2000), a detailed analysis of Quebec Society, won the Quebec Writer's Federation Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction and the Edna Staebler Award for Non-fiction. His second book, The End of Elsewhere: Travels Among the Tourists (McClelland & Stewart 2003) is an exploration of global tourism. In 2006, he published his third book, The Devil's Picnic: Around the World in Pursuit of Forbidden Fruit (Harper Collins) which is about prohibited foods and substances around the world. A vegetarian, Grescoe published Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood (Harper Collins Canada) in 2008. He has published articles in several publications such as Saturday Night, The Globe and Mail, L’actualité, Maclean’s, The National Post and The Ottawa Citizen, The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Afar, Food & Wine, The Wall Street Journal, The Smithsonian, National Geographic, and The Times of London, among many others.

Custodial history

The materials were donated to the Concordia University Archives by Taras Grescoe in February 2008. The fonds was transferred from Concordia University's Records Management and Archives Department to Concordia University Libraries' Special Collections April 26, 2016 and June 22, 2016. An additional deposit arrived at the Library on March 29, 2023.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of materials related to the life and work of Taras Grescoe and documents the research conducted during the process of writing the following publications: Sacré Blues (2000), The End of Elsewhere (2003), The Devil's Picnic (2005), Bottomfeeder: How to Ear Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood (2008), Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile (2012), and Shanghai Grand: Forbidden Love and International Intrigue in a Doomed World (2016). These publications document Quebec society, tourism, the environment, history, and the prohibited food and substance business, among other topics.
The fonds includes audio interviews and transcripts and interview transcripts, research documentation, drafts of book chapters and articles, travel notebooks, correspondence, and manuscripts.

The records include sound recordings and transcripts of interviews, research materials, drafts of book chapters and articles, travel notebooks, and correspondence.

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The materials were donated to the Concordia University Archives by Taras Grescoe.


Material has been arranged in the order of receipt.

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  • English
  • French

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    Most of the materials are in English. Some documents are in French and Shanghainese. Sound recordings are in English and French.

    Language and script note

    Most of the materials is in English. Some documents and sound recordings are in French.

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    Access to some documents is restricted.

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    Reproduction for research or private study may be permitted.
    Use of material in publications cannot be done without permission of the copyright holder(s).

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    Documents were placed in acid-free folders and archival-quality boxes. Photographs are in Mylar enclosures.

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