Trent Professors to Host Public Signing for Popular Peterborough and the Kawarthas Book


December 4 Event at Chapters Peterborough to Celebrate New Edition of Book Written by Current and Past Members of the Department of Geography at Trent and Others

Monday, November 30, 2009, Peterborough

In celebration of their successful new book, Peterborough and the Kawarthas, Professor Emeritus Peter Adams and Professor Colin Taylor will host a special public signing and illustrated talk at Chapters Bookstore (873 Lansdowne Street West) on Friday, December 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Peterborough and the Kawarthas was officially launched in October. After a very successful first signing at Chapters on October 23, Professors Adams and Taylor have been invited back to the bookstore for an encore event.

Peterborough and the Kawarthas is a comprehensive overview of the part of Ontario known as “The Kawarthas.” It includes chapters (complete with colour photos, maps, diagrams and tables) on geology and landforms; soils, plants and animals; weather and climate; rivers and lakes; local history; urban geography; tourism and recreation; regional planning; local area field trips; and map and remote-sensing imagery.

A special feature of the book is a series of aerial photographs, each accompanied by a sketch to help their interpretation. These include many aerial photographs of parts of the city of Peterborough, as well as pictures of local villages, including Lakefield, Douro, Millbrook and Warsaw.

The new edition of the book includes comprehensive references and lists of websites, including links to map, air photo and satellite images of the region, and databases for statistical information about the local area.

Chapters were written by current and past members of the Department of Geography, using their specialized knowledge of the local area. Contributions were also made by colleagues in the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and the University’s Map and Government Documents librarian. Embedded within the chapters are text boxes which provide deeper coverage of topics of particular interest, such as the “Peterborough Flood” of July 2004, and details of the amalgamation of local townships and municipalities following provincial legislation in 1997.

As with previous editions, net proceeds for Peterborough and the Kawarthas will support an annual undergraduate prize in Geography for third-year students attending Trent University. To date, $10,000 has been raised in support of this Founders’ Prize in Geography through sales of earlier editions.

The book is available in local bookstores, as well as PackagePlus, the Peterborough Centennial Museum, Hutchison House and the Canadian Canoe Museum. Copies can also be purchased directly from the Department of Geography at Trent University by calling 705-748-1011 ext. 7686 or


For more information, please contact:
Peter Adams, Professor Emeritus, Geography, Trent University, (705) 745-6904 or 
Colin Taylor, Professor, Geography and Business Administration, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x7693 or (705) 652-7346 (home) or