Hand Drawn Halifax

Portraits of the city's buildings, landmarks, neighbourhoods and residents

by Emma FitzGerald

Immensely appealing colourful drawings and a quirky but affectionate view of the neighbourhoods of Halifax

Emma FitzGerald sketches Halifax and its residents vividly, in colour. She effortlessly catches moments in the life of the city. While she draws, she keeps notes on what she sees — and what people say to her. She has an ear, as well as an eye.

In this sketchbook you will find spots you didn’t know existed and hear stories you never imagined. Emma overhears conversations at local restaurants and bars, notices prom night in the Public Gardens, learns the recipe for McNabs Island famous lemonade, checks out Ashtray Rock and finds out where the real fishermen live. The personality and character of the city and its people shine through.

About the Author

Emma FitzGerald

EMMA FITZGERALD was born in Lesotho, a small mountainous kingdom in southern Africa. Emma has followed a career path that is part architecture, part art. While teaching architecture in the Gambia, Emma took students onto the streets of their own communities, using sketching as their primary learning tool. When she returned to Halifax she continued her drawing and sketching. Since Hand Drawn Halifax was first published, Emma’s art has travelled far and wide — in the form of books, prints and even a van wrapper.


"Part journal, part sketchbook, Hand Drawn Halifax is a love letter to Atlantic Canadas largest city."
The Globe and Mail
"Through her words and illustrations (a mighty combination) Fitzgerald notes those folk who are the bedrock of this city...Fitzgerald's illustrations are alive, shifting, swaying in front of your very eyes. She captures an essence while leaving out the bits and bobs the reader must go and see on their own, those integral aspects of a place that will only be found when you're there on your own, hunting for a piece of treasure."
Atlantic Books Today
"A love letter to the city and it's diverse souls."
Jayson Baxter,, CTV Live at 5

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