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Vancouver Was Awesome/This Day in Vancouver: A Historic Double Book Launch!

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7 Alexander St
Vancouver, BC

Anvil Press, Arsenal Pulp Press, and Vancouver Is Awesome present a historic double book launch.

Vancouver Was Awesome by Lani Russwurm
This Day in Vancouver by Jesse Donaldson
Tuesday, November 19 at 7 p.m.
The Portside Pub | 7 Alexander St. Vancouver, BC
19+ Cash bar | Books for sale

Travel through time without a DeLorean with the help of two new local visual history titles: Vancouver Was Awesome: A Curious Pictorial History by Lani Russwurm (with a foreword by Bob Kronbauer of Vancouver Is Awesome) and This Day in Vancouver by Jesse Donaldson (Anvil Press). Both authors will share stories and images from their new books. Meet & greet & signing will follow. It’s going to be legendary!

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VANCOUVER WAS AWESOME: A Curious Pictorial History by Lani Russwurm:

Vancouver may be a youngster among major cities, but it has a rich and beguiling history. Past Tense Vancouver blogger Lani Russwurm is a regular contributor to the popular website Vancouver Is Awesome; in this fascinating book, produced in conjunction with V.I.A., Russwurm collects stories of the people, places, events, and phenomena that collectively have infused Vancouver with a distinct flavor and flair and which laid the foundation for the eclectic city we know today.

From vaudeville to beatniks, Rudyard Kipling to Charlie Chaplin, violent squirrels to train-hopping dogs, Lani Russwurm’s book is an entertaining, informative, and at times jaw-dropping tour of one city’s awesome past.

Includes 125+ B&W and color photographs and an introduction by Vancouver Is Awesome editor-in-chief Bob Kronbauer.

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LANI RUSSWURM holds degrees in political science and history from Simon Fraser University. He has been blogging about Vancouver history since 2008 as Past Tense Vancouver. He lives with his daughter in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Vancouver Was Awesome is his first book.

BOB KRONBAUER is editor-in-chief of Vancouver Is Awesome, a popular, community-based Vancouver blog featuring positive stories of arts, culture, lifestyle, and everything awesome about the city.

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THIS DAY IN VANCOUVER by Jesse Donaldson:

The City of Vancouver has been through a lot in its first 125 years. It’s a city that has played host to the likes of Mark Twain, Alice Cooper, Elvis Presley, Winston Churchill, The Beatles, Louis Armstrong, Howard Hughes, Expo ’86, and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. It’s the birthplace of Canada’s first female MLA, the country’s first (and largest) clothing-optional beach, and the reason for the first nationwide prohibition legislation. It has been a hotbed of political activism, technological innovation, and bitter racial tension. It is the site of the West Coast’s first electric light, and the nation’s first female police officers, as well as home to world-renowned actors, deadly snipers, twisted serial killers, UFOs, the founders of Greenpeace, an official Town Fool, and even the headquarters for the Canadian Ku Klux Klan. It’s a city on a journey; a journey that has taken it from being an unrefined, out-of-the-way, frontier logging village, to its current position as one of the most livable cities in the world.

This Day in Vancouver is the story of that 125-year journey, one day at a time.

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JESSE DONALDSON is an author, journalist, and historian whose work has appeared online with The Tyee,, and The Dependent Magazine (where he was one of the founding editors), and in print with subTerrain and SadMAG. He has also written on contract for Tourism British Columbia, and his work has appeared onstage regionally at The Cultch, Presentation House, and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.