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Anne Cameron

Anne Cameron

Former location, Press Gang, 603 Powell St.

April 12016

Anne Cameron

Photo credit: Peter A. Robson


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

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.

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Wayson Choy

Wayson Choy

Former headquarters, Jin Wah Sing Musical Assn., 15 E. Pender St.

February 12016

Wayson Choy

Photo credit: Gary Gellert


Location: Plaque is on lamppost in front of 1 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.

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Wayde Compton

Wayde Compton

Pacific Central Station, 1150 Station St.

January 12016

Wayde Compton

Photo credit: Ayelet Tsabari


Location: Plaque is on lamppost across from the main entrance of the above address.

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.

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Ivan Coyote

Ivan Coyote

Former residence, 3000 block, Victoria Dr.

November 12015
Ivan Coyote

Photo credit: Jourdan Tymkow


Location: Plaque is on lamppost outside 3023 Victoria Drive

Here Ivan Coyote lived for fourteen years in an attic apartment during the rise of an unparalleled literary career.

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Gary Geddes

Gary Geddes

Former residence, 1900 Block, Commercial Dr.

July 12015
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Location: Plaque is on lamppost on the east side of 1900 block of Commercial Dr., mid-block.

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.

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Roy Kiyooka

Roy Kiyooka

Former residence, 600 Block, Keefer St.

April 12015

Roy Kiyooka

Photo credit: Kiyo Kiyooka


Location: Plaque is on lamppost on north side of 600 block of Keefer St., near east end of the block.

Roy Kiyooka and his then-partner Daphne Marlatt moved into this address soon after he published his first book, transcanadaletters (Talonbooks) in 1975.

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Joy Kogawa

Joy Kogawa

Hastings St. & Renfrew St., Hastings Park

March 152015
Joy Kogawa

Photo credit: Province of B.C.


Location: Plaque is on lamppost at northeast corner of Renfrew St. & Hastings St.

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.

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Al Neil

Al Neil

Former location, The Cellar, 222 E. Broadway

August 12014

Al Neil

Photo credit: Michael de Courcy / The Intermedia Catalogue


Location: Plaque is on lamppost on the on the south side of Broadway just east of Watson St.

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.

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Bud Osborn

Bud Osborn

InSite Supervised Injection Site, 139 E. Hastings St.

July 12014

Bud Osborn

Photo credit: Barry Peterson and Blaise Enright


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

Downtown Eastside activist Bud Osborn was an originator of North America’s first supervised injection site here, near Hastings and Main.

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Madeleine Thien

Madeleine Thien

Former office, Ricepaper Magazine, 245 East Broadway

March 152014
Madeleine Thien

Photo credit: Rawi Hage


Location: Plaque is located In front of at 245 E. Broadway, middle of block

Before Ricepaper went digital-only in 2016, this was the main editorial address of the publication for which Madeleine Thien briefly served as editor during the mid-1990s.

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Michael Turner

Michael Turner

Former Location, Gladstone Inn, 2211 Kingsway

February 152014
East-Turner-Michael

Photo credit: Shyla Seller


Location: Plaque is on lamppost on the north side of 2200 block of Commercial Dr., near the corner of Gladstone St. and 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.

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Tom Wayman

Tom Wayman

Former meeting place, VIWU, 1111 Commercial Dr.

February 12014

Tom Wayman

Photo credit: Jude Dillon


Location: Plaque is on lamppost in front of 1145 Commercial Drive.

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.

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Paul Yee

Paul Yee

Mau Dan Gardens Co-op, 350 E. Pender

December 12013
Paul Yee

Photo credit: Mary Wong


Location: Plaque is located at 350 E. Pender.

From 1959 to 1968, Paul Yee lived as a child with his aunt Lillian Wong at 350½ East Pender, close to old Chinatown, where he attended Chinese school.

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