Former location, Cecil Hotel, 1336 Granville St.
UBC TISH poet Dan McLeod devised the name for the newspaper he now owns, Georgia Straight, over beers at the Cecil with Michael Morris and Glen Lewis in 1967. As the closest pub to UBC, the Cecil Hotel attracted a literary crowd in the Sixties, many of whom were associated with the TISH poetry movement. Most noteworthy was George Bowering, who later became the first Poet Laureate of Canada.
Former studio, 500 Granville St
After moving to Vancouver in 1906, Emily Carr taught art classes at this address in a rented studio until 1910.
Former headquarters, Vancouver Magazine, 1205 Richards St.
In 1987, Douglas Coupland had a solo sculpture show at the Vancouver Art Gallery called Floating World and he began describing his own ‘twentysomething’ generation for Vancouver magazine, an urban lifestyles magazine edited by Malcolm Parry, at this location.
Gaslight Square, 131 Water St.
At age 24, Vancouver poet Mona Fertig established her first Literary Storefront operation at this location, in a vacant upstairs dress shop, suite #213.
Former residence, 1117 Howe St.
Pauline Johnson or Tekahionwake, Canada’s most famous First Nations poet of the early 20th Century, decided to establish herself in Vancouver in 1909.
Former residence, 1188 Howe St.
W.P. (Bill) Kinsella lived here in a condominium in the late-1990s. His short story called Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa was the basis for his novel, Shoeless Joe, which, in turn, became the basis for the 1989 Kevin Costner movie Field of Dreams.
Quayside Marina, Davie St. & Marinaside Cres.
Evelyn Lau walks this stretch of seawall several times a week, often composing poems, including “Quayside”.
Walk Of Fame, North Plaza, Library Square, 350 W. Georgia St.
In 1995, humourist Eric Nicol fittingly became the first writer to have a plaque of B.C. marble installed in the Walk of Fame to commemorate winners of the annual George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award for an outstanding literary career in B.C.
Former location, Vancouver School of Art, 249 Dunsmuir St.
When professional painter Jim Willer wrote a rare, dystopian novel about “electric government,” Paramind (1973), he became one of three co-recipients of an unprecedented $100,000 literary prize offered by the Imperial Tobacco Company for Canada’s centennial. The prize money was evenly split three ways, enabling him to build a house.