Sensational Vancouver

Paperback | July 2, 2014

byEve Lazarus

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History books typically show Vancouver as a pioneer city built on forestry, fisheries, and tourism, but behind the snow-capped mountains and rain forests, the Vancouver of the first half of the 20th century was a seething mass of corruption. The top job at the Vancouver Police Department was a revolving door with the average tenure for a police chief of just four years. In those early years, Detective Joe Ricci''s beat was the opium dens and gambling joints of Chinatown, while Lurancy Harris-the first female cop in Canada-patrolled the high-end brothels of Alexander Street. Later, proceeds from rum running produced some of the city''s iconic buildings, cops became robbers, and the city reeled from a series of unsolved murders. But Vancouver is more than bookies, brothels, and bootleggers-the city also produced legendary women, world-class entertainers and ground-breaking architecture. Sensational Vancouver is a fully illustrated popular history book about Vancouver''s famous and infamous, the ordinary and the extraordinary, filtered through the houses in which they lived. Sensational Vancouver covers legendary women including Elsie MacGill, Phyllis Munday, Nellie Yip Quong and Joy Kogawa; high-end brothels, unsolved murders, and the homes and buildings of artists, architects and entertainers including Frederick Varley, Arthur Erickson, Bryan Adams, and Michael Bublé. Includes a Walking Tour map of historic Strathcona and Chinatown. Praise for At Home with History: "You might call her the Sherlock Holmes of home history. Lazarus''s stories bring Vancouver''s past back to life." -the Outlook "A mix of old black-and-white street-scene photos, jovial stories, and unique neighbourhood profiles, the book crushes the idea that Vancouver is a city without history." -The Georgia Straight "?exceptional incidents in ordinary houses and ordinary people in exceptional houses." -The Vancouver Sun "Lazarus reveals the hidden stories of a number of Vancouver''s heritage homes, setting each within the larger context of its neighbourhood ? bootleggers rub shoulders with financiers, prostitutes with police, murderers with mayors." -The Vancouver Courier

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History books typically show Vancouver as a pioneer city built on forestry, fisheries, and tourism, but behind the snow-capped mountains and rain forests, the Vancouver of the first half of the 20th century was a seething mass of corruption. The top job at the Vancouver Police Department was a revolving door with the average tenure for a police chief of just four years. In those early years, ...

Eve Lazarus is an award-winning writer with an Aussie accent and a passion for history and heritage houses. She is the author of Sensational Victoria: Bright Lights, Red Lights, Murders, Ghosts & Gardens, and her book At Home with History: The Untold Secrets of Greater Vancouver's Heritage Houses was a 2008 City of Vancouver book award finalist. Eve co-authored of The Life & Art of Frank Molnar, Jack Hardman and LeRo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9.45 × 7.52 × 0.44 inPublished:July 2, 2014Publisher:Anvil Press PublishersLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A thoroughly enjoyable read I picked this book up recently and couldn't put it down! Eve Lazarus obviously has a knack for hunting down the little-known, the quirky, and the sinful in Vancouver's past. The book is a collection of vignettes - each one a gem in its own right. The piece on the enduring influence that rum-runners have had in our city, certainly architecturally, is fascinating. And her account of the VPD in the early 20th century really did blow my mind. I expect we will see more books in future years on the tawdry history of policing in Vancouver in the inter-war period. Lazarus deserves credit for picking up the scent on the topic. A well-deserved five stars.
Date published: 2015-02-24