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Vancouver Special by Charles Demers
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Vancouver Special

by Charles 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.… (more)

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This was good - quite funny. It made me nostalgic for the Vancouver of 2009, especially the photo of the Foundation (RIP). I'm curious to revisit the ten-year anniversary edition when it comes out. ( )
  Cail_Judy | Apr 21, 2020 |
A witty and insightful portrait into Vancouver. Demers uses his own experiences to shed light on the city that all Vancouverites share. ( )
  b.masonjudy | Apr 3, 2020 |
I picked this up because it thought it would help me get to know Vancouver better, and while it was interesting, it made me feel like a new kid at a large high school - so far out of the in-jokes there is no point trying. References to people, political events, and even sports teams went right over my head. I think this would have more to offer long time Vancouver residents. ( )
  francescadefreitas | Dec 14, 2010 |
A well written account of all the things that make up what Vancouver was/is/will be. My only complaint is that my edition was screwed up and half way through the book skipped from one chapter to repeating two others before moving on. Thus I feel I missed out on a fair bit. Otherwise a good read. ( )
  kanata | Apr 11, 2010 |
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