September 9, 2020

Word Vancouver’s Free Online Event on City’s History, Media & The Future


Word Vancouver is back from September 19th to the 27th and this year they have virtual offerings which can be viewed here.

The purpose of the festival is to “foster the joy of the written word and inspire creativity by bringing together readers and writers from all backgrounds in an annual, inclusive and free literary arts festival, connecting local communities and celebrating literary arts through the collective experience.”

There’s one event that will be of particular interest to readers, and that is “Where History is Headed” with four well known Vancouver authors.

“Vancouver has changed and grown so much in the recent years, that today, books published on the history of Vancouver it seems have never been more popular. But so has the spectrum of the histories presented, with a broader look at the people, events, and social histories of different cultures in Vancouver, and even before the city was here.

Crime histories, entertainment and business histories of the city add to the array and mythology of the city and Photography books on Vancouver from Herzog to Girard have come bestsellers: Vancouver history has never been more popular—and with a wide age group of readers.

How did it happen—and more importantly, where is it all headed? Will books remain the most popular medium, or will other formats of media take a greater role? With a panel of Vancouver history authors and writers, and guests, join what will be a engaging and revealing discussion: Where History is Headed.”

Moderator: Aaron Chapman, Vancouver After Dark (Arsenal Pulp Press)

Aaron Chapman is a writer, historian, and musician with a special interest in Vancouver’s entertainment history. He is the author of The Last Gang in Town, the story of Vancouver’s Clark Park Gang; Liquor, Lust, and the Law, the story of Vancouver’s Penthouse Nightclub, now available in a second edition; and Live at the Commodore, a history of the Commodore Ballroom that won the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award (BC Book Prizes) in 2015. In 2020 he was elected as a member of the Royal Historical Society. He lives in Vancouver.


Eve Lazarus, Vancouver Exposed (Arsenal Pulp Press)

Eve Lazarus is a reporter, author and true crime podcaster. Her passion for non-traditional history has led to nine books including the BC bestsellers Murder by Milkshake; Cold Case Vancouver; Blood, Sweat, and Fear; and Sensational Vancouver. Eve’s latest book is Vancouver Exposed: Searching for the City’s Hidden History. She blogs obsessively at Every Place has a Story

Michael Kluckner, Toshkito (Midtown Press)

Michael Kluckner’s illustrated books include memoirs on farm life, a sketchbook of Canada’s cultural landscapes, detailed histories of British Columbia, Vancouver, and Toronto, and three graphic novels including Toshiko, which has just been published in a second edition. He is probably best known for his Vanishing Vancouver books of 1990 and 2012, and for his heritage advocacy. He lives in Vancouver and volunteers as president of the Vancouver Historical Society. His forthcoming book is Here & Gone, a collection of recent artwork. His website is

Catherine Clement, Chinatown Through a Wide Lens: The Hidden Photographs of Yucho Chow

Catherine Clement is a community curator and designer who relies primarily on exhibitions and installations to share history. She has served as the curator for the Chinese Canadian Military Museum. Catherine also art directed the Chinatown History Windows, a project that used 22 storefront windows to share the history of the neighbourhood. She is is currently working on another book about two, forgotten, back-to-back trials that took place during the Great Depression and gripped both the Chinese and white community. Her next major exhibition will tell the story of the infamous Chinese Exclusion Act using aging identity documents and photographs.

Date: Tuesday September 22, 2020

Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Pacific Time

You can register for the event by clicking this link.

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