Book Week continues as I offer up another pictorial history of Vancouver, courtesy of Lani Russwurm and my friendly competition over at Vancover Is Awesome (“V.I.A.”). Lani runs the local history blog Past Tense Vancouver and contributes the Vancouver Was Awesome posts to V.I.A. — check out his 10 Intoxicating Events in Vancouver History on The Tyee too.
Vancouver Was Awesome: A Curious Pictorial History contains an introduction by V.I.A.’s Editor-in-Chief Bob Kronbauer along with 150 black & white and colour photographs.
Vancouver may be a youngster among major cities, but it has a rich and beguiling history.
Russwurm collects stories of the people, places, events, and phenomena that collectively have infused Vancouver with a distinct flavor and flair and which laid the foundation for the eclectic city we know today. Although not without its share of social issues and contradictions, this cosmopolitan port city has long been a magnet for creative and determined types in search of opportunity and willing to rise to the challenges posed by the Terminal City. And at this moment in Vancouver’s history, as it grapples with the divisive issues of rapid gentrification and overpriced real estate, Vancouver Was Awesome offers readers an opportunity to relive the city’s past and to remember what was, and what might have been.
From vaudeville to beatniks, Rudyard Kipling to Charlie Chaplin, violent squirrels to train-hopping dogs, Lani Russwurm’s book is an entertaining, informative, and at times jaw-dropping tour of one city’s awesome past. [Arsenal Pulp Press]
Book Week Giveaway
Here’s how to enter to win today’s featured Book Week title — Vancouver Was Awesome:
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Thursday, January 16, 2013 at 12:00pm. Follow Lani Russwurm’s Past Tense Vancouver and Vancouver Is Awesome on Twitter for more fascinating stories.
Update The winner is Hannah!