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Vancouver by the Books

By SHERI RADFORD

Looking for a souvenir of a memorable trip to Vancouver? Head to the nearest bookstore

The Beatles and Elvis Presley performed here. Matinee idol Errol Flynn died here. Canada’s first and largest clothing-optional beach is here. In This Day in Vancouver, Jesse Donaldson explores these and many more aspects of the city’s colourful 128-year history.

VancouverWasAwesome

Rapid gentrification. Overpriced real estate. Vaudevillians. Beatniks. Violent squirrels. Train-hopping dogs. The city’s eclectic history comes to life in Lani Russwurm’s Vancouver Was Awesome, with its 150 black-and-white and colour photos. It was produced in conjunction with the popular website vancouverisawesome.com.

Vancouver Now and Then

Attention, puzzle aficionados: there are two enticing options with Vancouver Now and Then. One side features a colour image of the city taken in present day, while the reverse side shows a black-and-white photo of the same part of town, snapped long ago.

Cards-3 fan

Be reminded of all your favourite Vancouver spots—from Gastown to Yaletown, from Kitsilano to Stanley Park—while playing poker or bridge. Local artist Jenny Anstey has created a deck of playing cards filled with whimsical sketches of the city. Order online at www.townsketches.com.

HauntingVancouver

Have you ever wanted to travel through history—with a tour guide? In Haunting Vancouver, Mike McCardell creates the persona of an “accidentally immortal” reporter who provides a first-hand, often hilarious look at major events in the city’s history.

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