Former location, Press Gang, 603 Powell St.
The best-selling book of B.C. fiction from a B.C. publishing house is Anne Cameron’s much-reprinted Daughters of Copper Woman (1981), first issued from this location by the feminist collective called Press Gang.
Former headquarters, Jin Wah Sing Musical Assn., 15 E. Pender St.
Wayson Choy emerged foremost among Chinese Canadian fiction writers for his novel The Jade Peony (1995), an inter-generational saga about an immigrant family, the Chens, during the Depression.
Pacific Central Station, 1150 Station St.
As the foremost proponent of black literature in Vancouver, poet, historian and turntablist Wayde Compton edited Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature & Orature (2001) and he remains acutely aware that this bustling CN train station (that gave rise to the nickname Terminal City) is where most immigrants arrived in B.C. up until the 1950s.
Former residence, 1900 Block, Commercial Dr.
Born in Vancouver in 1940 and raised in the Commercial Drive area, Gary Geddes was once described as Canada’s best political poet by George Woodcock.
Former residence, 600 Block, Keefer St.
Roy Kiyooka and his then-partner Daphne Marlatt moved into this address soon after he published his first book, transcanadaletters (Talonbooks) in 1975.
Hastings St. & Renfrew St., Hastings Park
Joy Nozomi Kogawa, (nee Nakayama) was born in Vancouver in 1935. She chronicles the internment experience of her family and other Japanese Canadians in Obasan (1981). The novel recalls how the resolute endurance of the narrator’s aunt, Obasan, protected the little girl during the internment years.
Former location, The Cellar, 222 E. Broadway
This was the location of The Cellar, founded in 1956, as Vancouver’s foremost jazz venue, where be-bop legend Al Neil fronted the house band, meeting and playing with some of North America’s top jazz musicians. His best-known book, Changes (1975), recalls four years as a musician, artist and junkie on the mean streets of town from 1958 to 1962.
InSite Supervised Injection Site, 139 E. Hastings St.
Downtown Eastside activist Bud Osborn was an originator of North America’s first supervised injection site here, near Hastings and Main.
Former Location, Gladstone Inn, 2211 Kingsway
Michael Turner, author of edgy Vancouver-based prose and poetry like The Pornographer’s Poem and Hard Core Logo, has a long and fond relationship with Kingsway.
Former meeting place, VIWU, 1111 Commercial Dr.
The Vancouver Industrial Writers’ Union (1979-1993) staged many readings throughout the 1980s at La Quena Coffee House at this address. After Tom Wayman had emerged with his poetry collections Waiting for Wayman (1973), For and Against the Moon (1974), and Money and Rain (1975), plus the work poems anthologies A Government Job at Last (1976) and Going for Coffee (1981), as well as Inside Job: Essays on the New Work Writing (1983), he became the most widely known exponent of literature about daily work: blue- and white-collar, paid and unpaid.