MARCUS McCANN (he/him) is a lawyer who has been involved in a number of high-profile legal projects in the areas of sexuality and LGBTQ rights. He is a former managing editor of Xtra in Toronto and Ottawa. The author of three previous books, his writing has been shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert and Robert Kroetsch awards, and won the John Newlove Award and the EJ Pratt Medal for poetry. Born in Hamilton, Marcus now lives in Toronto.
Park Cruising feels immediate and personal in the exact way orator
and rhetoritcian Isocrates counselled millennia ago: the emotion
and the facts become a combined triumph that delivers McCann’s
argument straight to the heart.
[McCann] shows us the past and the present, and provides us with a vision of how the views of park cruising could and should evolve in the future.
McCann’s strong prose explores sex and sex laws in Canada. Park Cruising shows how those laws shape our behaviours and contribute to our urban fabric, but most importantly how they demonize an act that he argues should be joyous and full of pleasure.