Vancouver Special

Paperback | November 1, 2009

byCharles Demers

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Shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize

Excerpted in the Vancouver Sun

Vancouver is at a crossroads in its history―host to the 2010 Winter Olympics and home to the poorest neighbourhood in Canada; a young, multicultural city with a vibrant surface and a violent undercoat; a savvy urbancentre with an inferiority complex.

In Vancouver Special, writer and performer Charles Demers examines the who, what, where, when, why, and how of Vancouver, shedding light on the various strategies and influences that have made the city what it is today (as well as what it should be). From a history of anti-Asian racism to a deconstruction of the city's urban sprawl; from an examination of local food trends to a survey of the city's politically radical past, Vancouver Special is a love letterto the city, taking a no-holds-barred look at Lotusland with verve, wit, and insight.

The book features stunning black-and-white photographs by Emmanuel Buenviaje throughout.

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Shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction PrizeExcerpted in the Vancouver Sun Vancouver is at a crossroads in its history―host to the 2010 Winter Olympics and home to the poorest neighbourhood in Canada; a young, multicultural city with a vibrant surface and a violent undercoat; a savvy urbancentre with an inferiority complex.In Van...

Charles Demers is a comedian, performer, and writer who often appears on CBC Radio's "The Debaters." His previous books include The Horrors (Douglas & McIntyre) and Vancouver Special (Arsenal). He lives in Vancouver, where he teaches writing at the University of British Columbia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.53 × 7.19 × 0.57 inPublished:November 1, 2009Publisher:Arsenal Pulp PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1551522942

ISBN - 13:9781551522944

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Charles Demers presents a unique portrait of his hometown of Vancouver ... Together the writing and design contribute to a book that will be read in the distant future as an important snapshot of life in Vancouver during the era of the Winter Olympics.
—BC Studies - BC Studies - 20110223