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bill bissett

bill bissett

Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St.

June 12016
Bill Bissett

Photo credit: Barry Peterson and Blaise Enrightk


Location: Plaque is outside art gallery, at northeast corner of Robson and Hornby

Active as a painter almost as much as a poet, bill bissett supported himself since the 1960s by selling his paintings and reading poetry.

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George Bowering

George Bowering

Former location, Cecil Hotel, 1336 Granville St.

May 152016

George Bowering

Photo credit: Thea Bowering


Location: Plaque is on lamppost in front of 1332 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.

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Emily Carr

Emily Carr

Former studio, 500 Granville St

March 12016
Downtown-Carr-Emily

Photo credit: City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 136-34


Location: Plaque is on lamppost in front of 570 Granville St.

After moving to Vancouver in 1906, Emily Carr taught art classes at this address in a rented studio until 1910.

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Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland

Former headquarters, Vancouver Magazine, 1205 Richards St.

December 12015

Douglas Coupland

Photo credit: BC BookWorld


Location: Plaque is on lamppost at southwest corner of Richards St. and Davie 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.

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Mona Fertig

Mona Fertig

Gaslight Square, 131 Water St.

September 12015
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Photo credit: Janet Dwyer


Location: Plaque is on lamppost in front of 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.

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Anosh Irani

Anosh Irani

Former Arts Club location, 1181 Seymour St.

June 152015
Anosh Irani

Photo credit: Nirmal Shah


Location: Plaque is located outside 1181 Seymour St.

Growing up near Bombay’s red-light district, Anosh Irani was intrigued by its theatricality, which inspired him to write his first full-length play.

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Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)

Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)

Former residence, 1117 Howe St.

June 12015
Downtown-Johnson-Pauline

Photo credit: The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections, McMaster University Library


Location: Plaque is on lamppost on the west side of 1100 block of Howe St., near north end of the block.

Pauline Johnson or Tekahionwake, Canada’s most famous First Nations poet of the early 20th Century, decided to establish herself in Vancouver in 1909.

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W.P. Kinsella

W.P. Kinsella

Former residence, 1188 Howe St.

May 12015

W.P. Kinsella

Photo credit: Barbara Turner Kinsella


Location: Plaque is on lamppost in front of the above address.

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.

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Evelyn Lau

Evelyn Lau

Quayside Marina, Davie St. & Marinaside Cres.

March 12015

Evelyn Lau

Photo credit: Barry Peterson and Blaise Enright


Location: Plaque is on lamppost along the seawall at the end of Davie St. at Marinaside, at the south end of the traffic circle.

Evelyn Lau walks this stretch of seawall several times a week, often composing poems, including “Quayside”.

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Eric Nicol

Eric Nicol

Walk Of Fame, North Plaza, Library Square, 350 W. Georgia St.

July 152014

Eric Nicol

Photo credit: Barry Peterson and Blaise Enright


Location: Plaque is on lamppost near southeast corner of Homer St. & 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.

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Peter Trower

Peter Trower

Former location, Alcazar Hotel, Dunsmuir & Homer St.

March 12014
Peter Trower

Photo credit: Diane Demille


Location: Plaque is located at Hamilton and Dunsmuir, on northwest corner in front of hydro clock tower.

Peter Trower, one of B.C.’s finest poets, drank here often in the 1960s with poets Milton Acorn and John Newlove when the Alcazar Hotel was a favoured hangout of writers and students from the nearby Vancouver School of Art.

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Jim Willer

Jim Willer

Former location, Vancouver School of Art, 249 Dunsmuir St.

January 152014

Jim Willer

Photo credit: Jim Willer estate


Location: Plaque is on lamppost near northeast corner of Dunsmuir St. and Hamilton 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.

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