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Vancouver Was Awesome: A Curious Pictorial History [Paperback]

Lani Russwurm , Bob Kronbauer
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Oct. 15 2013

A startling and unexpectedly rich collection of images from Vancouver's pre-gentrification past.

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. Although not without its share of social issues and contradictions, this cosmopolitan port city has long been a magnet for creative and determined types in search of opportunity and willing to rise to the challenges posed by the Terminal City. And at this moment in Vancouver's history, as it grapples with the divisive issues of rapid gentrification and overpriced real estate, Vancouver Was Awesome offers readers an opportunity to relive the city's past and to remember what was, and what might have been.

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


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The city's eclectic history comes to life in Lani Russwurm's Vancouver Was Awesome.
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About the Author

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. pasttensevancouver.tumblr.com



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. www.vancouverisawesome.com


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1.0 out of 5 stars Tired photos Jan. 8 2014
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The photos required me to use a magnifying glass to look at the people In the pictures. The descriptions were barely adequate. Does the author think that they can copy stock photos already displayed in Chuck Davis Vancouver books and copy almost word for word his writing. This book was a waste of my money. There better books about Vancouver than this one.
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