Vancouver is a literary hotspot. More than 1,500 authors live in the B.C. region and the province boasts the highest number of book readers in Canada. As a centre of the publishing industry, the region produces about 250 new books every year.
Vancouver's Famous Writers
Local lad Douglas Coupland topped North American bestseller lists (and coined the moniker of a generation) with Generation X, and popular follow-ups like J-Pod and Girlfriend in a Coma – he has even produced his own quirky Vancouver “guidebook” called City of Glass.
William Gibson still has the science fiction market talking and Michael Turner is considered one of Canada’s most original and versatile writers – his Hard Core Logo has been adapted to radio, stage and film. Timothy Taylor has garnered local, national and international plaudits for his literary output, most notably the novel Stanley Park.
The city also has a rich contemporary non-fiction side, with local authors James Mackinnon and Charles Montgomery leading the pack and winning national and international awards.
The grand, Colosseum-shaped Vancouver Public Library (http://cms.tourismvancouver.com/cms/pages/content/http:www.vpl.ca) is the best place in town to check out the city’s literary bent. Opened in 1995, one of its most popular programs is the One Book One Vancouver campaign where the city becomes a giant book club focused on a single title written by a local author or with a local theme.
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Buy a copy of Douglas Coupland’s quirky City of Glass, then visit the sites he mentions. A celebrated visual artist, Coupland has also created art installations around the city: the Digital Orca next to the Convention Centre and the Terry Fox Memorial in front of BC Place Stadium. Consider trying to get a comment or two from the West Vancouver-based Coupland for your story – following him on Twitter (@DougCoupland) is a good way to start