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Dorothy Livesay

Dorothy Livesay

Bathhouse, English Bay

January 12015
Dorothy Livesay

Photo credit: BC BookWorld


Location: Plaque is on lamppost at west side of intersection of Beach Ave. and Burnaby St.

Few locales have evoked more poetic response than English Bay. In his poem Vancouver (1931), Bliss Carman wrote ‘Where is the trade of Carthage now? / Here is Vancouver on English Bay, / With tomorrow’s light on her brow!”

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Malcolm Lowry

Malcolm Lowry

Haywood Bandstand, 1755 Beach Ave.

December 152014

Malcolm Lowry

Photo credit: Special Collections, UBC Library


Location: Plaque is on lamppost near north side of intersection of Beach Ave. and Burnaby St.

Malcolm Lowry was an alcoholic novelist whose relationship to Vancouver – and much else – was uncertain, though there is no doubt that he did his best work here. In Under the Volcano, arguably the most famous novel ever written in British Columbia, he offhandedly refers to Vancouver as a place “where they eat sausage meals from which you expect the Union Jack to appear at any minute.”

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Stan Persky

Stan Persky

Former location, Buddy’s Bar, 1018 Burnaby St.

June 152014
WestEnd-Persky-Stan

Photo credit: Daniel Collins


Location: Plaque is on lamppost on the southwest corner of Burrard and Burnaby St.

Born in Chicago in 1941, Stan Persky was easily one of the most significant figures in the rise of British Columbian writing and publishing during the 1970s and 1980s.

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Ethel Wilson

Ethel Wilson

Former residence, 1386 Nicola St.

January 12014

Ethel Wilson

Photo credit: Vancouver Public Library,Special Collections


Location: Plaque is on lamppost on south side of Beach Ave., across the road from 1386 Nicola St.

Born in 1888, Ethel Wilson was Vancouver’s most respected novelist for several decades.

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