Vancouver for Beginners

October 3, 2019|
Vancouver for Beginners by Alex Leslie
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Winner of the 2020 Western Canada Jewish Book Awards, The Lohn Foundation Prize for Poetry

In Vancouver for Beginners, the nostalgia of place is dissected through the mapping of a city where readers are led past surrealist development proposals, post-apocalyptic postcards, childhood landmarks long gone and a developer who paces at the city''s edge, shoring it up with aquariums.

In these poems you will traverse a city lined with rivers, not streets. Memory traps and tourist traps reveal themselves, and the ocean glints, elusive, in the background. Here there are many Vancouvers and no Vancouver, a city meant for elsewhere after the flood has swept through. This place of the living and the dead has been rewritten: forests are subsumed by parks, buildings sink and morph, and the climate has changed.

Vancouver for Beginners is a ghost story, an elegy, a love song for a city that is both indecipherable and a microcosm of a world on fire.

Praise for Alex Leslie:

"Alex Leslie is a tremendously gifted and compassionate writer. This bold and searing collection is a wonder." —Madeleine Thien, Scotiabank Giller Prize winning author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing

"A magnetic collection that must be read over and over." —Kirkus Reviews

Alex Leslie was born and lives in Vancouver. She is the author of two previous short story collections including We All Need to Eat (2018), a finalist for the 2019 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and People Who Disappear (2012), which was nominated for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction and a 2013 ReLit Award. She is also the...
Title:Vancouver for Beginners
Product dimensions:106 pages, 8.7 X 5.6 X 0.4 in
Shipping dimensions:106 pages, 8.7 X 5.6 X 0.4 in
Published:October 3, 2019
Publisher:Book*hug Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781771665346

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