UBC Press Picks: Books on Vancouver

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Today we're highlighting ten UBC Press books about Vancouver. For a limited time (until Sunday, February 24, to be exact) take 20% off these titles with the coupon code YVRHERITAGE.



Forthcoming: May 2019

Larry Beasley

Coming in May (but available for preorder today), Vancouverism tells the story about the urban planning philosophy we've come to know as "Vancouverism." Larry Beasley, a former chief planner of the City of Vancouver, traces the principles that inspired Vancouverism and the framework developed to implement it. Beasley also discusses the problems now facing the city (especially affordability) and offers suggestions for refining and enhancing the Vancouver model.


Vancouver Short Stories

Edited by Carole Gerson

Spanning a period of nearly eighty years (and published in 1985, though you'd never guess by the cover), the stories in this collection evoke a strong sense of place, of Vancouver's essential relation to its natural setting and in its existence as a modern urban centre.


Live at the Cellar
Vancouver's Iconic Jazz Club and the Canadian Co-operative Jazz Scene in the 1950s and '60s

Marian Jago

Centered on Vancouver's legendary Cellar club, as well as co-ops in four other cities, Live at the Cellar explores the ways in which these clubs functioned not only as sites for the performance and exploration of jazz, but also as magnets for countercultural expression in other arts.


Diasporic Media beyond the Diaspora
Korean Media in Vancouver and Los Angeles

Sherry S. Yu

Using case studies of Korean media in Vancouver and Los Angeles, Sherry Yu examines the potential of an intercultural media system for culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse societies.


From Maps to Metaphors
The Pacific World of George Vancouver

Edited by Robin Fisher and Hugh Johnston

From Maps to Metaphors brings to light the research on early European exploriation of the Pacific and illuminates the European and Indigenous experience.


The Voyage of the Komagata Maru
The Sikh Challenge of Canada's Colour Bar, Expanded and Fully Revised Edition

Hugh Johnston

Over a century has passed since the Komagata Maru arrived in Vancouver. This is a sweeping revision and reconsideration of the Komagata Maru incident as a defining moment in Canadian, British Empire, and Indian history.


Inventing Stanley Park
An Environmental History

Sean Kheraj

Released to coincide with Stanley Park's 125th anniversary, this book offers a revealing meditation on the interrelationship between nature, culture, parks policy, and public memory.


The Last Suffragist Standing
The Life and Times of Laura Marshall Jamieson

Veronica Strong-Boag

A rich product of archival and public sources, this biography of Laura Marshall Jamieson (1882-1964) opens a window onto the political and social landscape of the time. Veronica Strong-Boag chronicles Jamieson's life from orphaned child of marginal Ontario farmers to member of British Columbia's Legislative Assembly and Vancouver city councillor.


Making Vancouver
Class, Status, and Social Boundaries, 1863-1913

Robert A.J. McDonald

Making Vancouver explores social relationships in Vancouver from 1863 to 1913.


The Vancouver Achievement
Urban Planning and Design

John Punter

This book examines the development of Vancouver's unique approach to zoning, planning, and urban design from the early 1970s to the beginning of the twenty-first century.


Speaking for a Long Time
Public Space and Social Memory in Vancouver

Adrienne L. Burk

This vivid account of the creation of three public monuments in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside offers unique insights into the links between power, public space, and social memory and asks us to reconsider the nature and role of civic art.

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