Riley Haas


I grew up and live in Toronto. I write about whatever touches my fancy. I assisted-self-published Existential Liberalism and the Republic of Canada in 2011 and the experience was so painful (and expensive) that I am trying out ebooks for a while.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the west end of Toronto in a middle class neighbourhood (which has now gotten a lot richer). My parents separated when I was six so I also sort of grew up in Oakville. The dichotomy between the city and the suburbs has had a profound affect on me, if not on my writing. I hate the suburbs in many ways and the older I get the more I find I need to be in a city or town just to function. I can't imagine having to drive constantly just to go to the store.
When did you first start writing?
In junior high school we were force to. I did an absolutely terrible job. Then I started a journal at age 15. A few years later I tried writing some stories; all terrible. In university I tried again. I also started blogging around this time. Once I left academia, I decided I would turn my PhD thesis idea into a book. While writing that, I had a bunch of other book ideas. I now use nanowrimo as a way of kick-starting my non-fiction books since I have given up the idea that I can ever successfully write fiction.
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Where to buy in print


Rebuilding on the Fly: How Brian Burke Doomed the Maple Leafs to More Disappointment
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 85,500. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Hockey
This book is about why Burke was hired, what he did and why that didn't work. The Brian Burke-era of the Maple Leafs should stand as a lesson to big market franchises in all major North American pro sports that speed is not a solution when when trying to make an old, bad team good again.
The Beatles Are the Greatest Rock Band of All Time and I Can Prove It
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 84,380. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » History & Criticism
Who is the greatest band in rock history? This book argues that it's the Beatles. Don't think so? Well, read and find out. This is as thorough an examination of the Beatles music in context as you will find. If you are skeptical of the Beatles greatness, read this book and you will be skeptical no longer: this is an iron clad argument about the most seminal of rock bands.

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band    beatles    brian burke    criticism    greatest    history    hockey    leafs    maple leafs    music    nhl    polemic    rock    rock and roll    toronto    toronto maple leafs