Contemporary Canadian Literature with a Distinctly Urban Twist

Anvil Press

This Day in Vancouver

This Day in Vancouver

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The City of Vancouver has been through a lot in its first 127 years. It’s a city that has played host to the likes of Mark Twain, Alice Cooper, Elvis Presley, Winston Churchill, The Beatles, Louis Armstrong, Howard Hughes, Expo ’86, and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. It’s the birthplace of Canada’s first female MLA, the country’s first (and largest) clothing-optional beach, and the reason for the first nationwide prohibition legislation. It has been a hotbed of political activism, technological innovation, and bitter racial tension. It is the site of the West Coast’s first electric light, and the nation’s first female police officers, as well as home to world-renowned actors, deadly snipers, twisted serial killers, UFOs, the founders of Greenpeace, an official Town Fool, and even the headquarters for the Canadian Ku Klux Klan. It’s a city on a journey; a journey that has taken it from being an unrefined, out-of-the-way, frontier logging village, to its current position as one of the most livable cities in the world.

This Day in Vancouver is the story of that journey, one day at a time.


“Donaldson combed through archives all around the city and consulted with experts of all stripes to put together the book. The result is a fascinating read — it’s everything you never knew about Vancouver and didn’t think to ask. Once you flip through this book, you’ll never look at the city the same way again.” — Peter Darbyshire, The Province

  • Publication: Fall 2013
  • ISBN: 978-1-927380-42-0
  • Pages: 416 pp
  • Size: 10 x 8 inches

Jesse Donaldson is an author and journalist whose work has appeared in VICE, The Tyee, The Calgary Herald, the WestEnder, the Vancouver Courier, and many other places. His first book, This Day In Vancouver, was a finalist for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award (BC Book Prizes). He currently lives near Mount Pleasant with Abbey, the world’s best dog.

Books by Jesse Donaldson