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Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

Former residence, 3800 Block, W. 11th Ave.

August 12016
Margaret Atwood

Photo credit: Jean Malek


Location: Plaque is on lamppost on south side of 3800 block of W. 11th Ave., at west end of the block.

One of Canada’s foremost authors, Margaret Atwood, lived near here in 1964-1965 while working as a lecturer at UBC. “It was a wonderful breakthrough year for me,” she has recalled.

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Chuck Davis

Chuck Davis

Vancouver City Hall, 453 W. 12th Ave.

October 12015
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Photo credit: BC BookWorld


Location: Plaque is on the northeast corner of 12th Ave and Cambie St., beside Vancouver City Hall.

The ultimate expert on all historical matters pertaining to Vancouver, Chuck Davis routinely asked students in Vancouver area schools to name the person who the statue behind City Hall represents.

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Margaret Laurence

Margaret Laurence

Former residence, 3500 Block, W. 21st Ave.

February 12015
West-Laurence-Margeret

Photo credit: University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections


Location: Plaque is on lamppost on the south side of 3500 of West 21st Ave., near the center of the block.

Award-winning and beloved writer Margaret Laurence wrote the first draft of one of this country’s greatest novels, The Stone Angel, while living here from 1958 to 1962.

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Lee Maracle

Lee Maracle

False Creek (Snauq), beneath Burrard Bridge

November 12014

Lee Maracle

Photo credit: Columpa Bobb


Location: Plaque is on lamppost on the bike route / pedestrian walkway underneath the south end of the Burrard Bridge.

In her story ‘Goodbye Snauq’ which appeared in West Coast Line in 2008, Lee Maracle recalls the area that is now mis-identified as False Creek in Vancouver.

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Daphne Marlatt

Daphne Marlatt

Burrard Bridge, Kitsilano Side

October 12014
Daphne Marlatt

Photo credit: Roy Miki


Location: Plaque is on lamppost at the northwest corner of Burrard St. and Cornwall Ave.

Daphne Marlatt was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2006 and became the 19th recipient of the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Born in Australia, she immigrated to Vancouver in 1951.

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Major Matthews

Major Matthews

Former residence, 1100 Block, Arbutus St.

September 152014
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Photo credit: City of Vancouver Archives, AM54-S4-: Port P1713, Steffens-Colmer Studios Ltd.


Location: Plaque is on lamppost on the east side of 1100 block of Arbutus St., near the center of the block.

Major J.S. Matthews, who was Vancouver’s foremost documentarian and collector, lived at this address for nearly 50 years, flying the Union Jack on Sundays and holidays.

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Alice Munro

Alice Munro

Kitsilano Public Library, 2425 Macdonald St.

September 12014
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Photo credit: Sheila Munro


The first Canadian woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and one of the world’s most insightful and skilled short story writers, Alice Munro worked at the Vancouver Public Library prior to her worldwide literary acclaim.

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Jane Rule

Jane Rule

Former residence, 4500 Block, W. 8th Ave.

May 12014

Margaret Atwood

Photo credit: Barry Peterson and Blaise Enright


Location: Plaque is on lamppost on south side of 4000 block of W. 8th Ave., near east end of the block.

Jane Rule wrote her first, best-known novel, Desert of the Heart (1964), while living here with her long-time partner Helen Sonthoff. Rule’s compassionate and unsentimental account of two women who meet and fall in love in Reno, Nevada, made her an international figure.

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Andreas Schroeder

Andreas Schroeder

Former residence, 900 Block, W. 7th Ave.

April 152014

Andreas Schroeder

Photo credit: Laura Sawchuck


Location: Plaque is on lamppost on south side of 900 block of W. 7th Ave., slightly west of mid-block.

Long before Andreas Schroeder led Canada to adopt Public Lending Right and helped found both the League of Canadian Poets and the Writers Union of Canada, the prolific UBC Creative Writing professor was an avant-garde, ex-Mennonite motorcyclist and surrealist who lived in a four-storey, ramshackle, communal house, just east of Oak St.

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David Suzuki

David Suzuki

David Suzuki Foundation, 2211 West 4th Ave.

April 12014
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Photo credit: Brendon Purdy


Location: Plaque is located outside Whole Foods, 2211 West 4th.

A British Columbian who for decades needed no introduction, David Suzuki, as a geneticist-turned-broadcaster-turned-environmentalist, wrote or co-wrote more than 50 books.

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George Woodcock

George Woodcock

Former residence, 6400 Block, McCleery St.

December 152013

George Woodcock

Photo credit: Queen’s University Archives


Location: Plaque is on lamppost on east side of 6000 block of McCleery St., near the south end of the block.

Self-described as “a British Columbian by choice, a Canadian by birth,” the England educated anarchist George Woodcock was B.C.’s most prodigious man of letters.

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