Our 160 page history book, Vancouver Was Awesome, is now available in bookstores! This title, our first book, has been in the works for the past year with our friends at Arsenal Pulp Press and we’re so excited to share it with you!
Order it directly from us for $35.00 which includes shipping and handling (retail price in bookstores is $24.95).
All copies bought through V.I.A. will be signed by the author, Lani Russwrum, and ship immediately via Canada Post.
Vancouver Was Awesome
A Curious Pictorial History
By Lani Russwurm
Introduction by Bob Kronbauer
Price: $24.95 CAD $24.95 USD
PDF ISBN: 9781551525266 (check your favourite retailer)
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 punk rock, Rudyard Kipling to Mr. Peanut, 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 175 B&W and color photographs and an introduction by Vancouver Is Awesome editor-in-chief Bob Kronbauer.