Every spring and fall, book catalogues start arriving at the Museum—where they are promptly devoured and dog-eared. With so many publishing houses based in Vancouver, there’s never a shortage of new books exploring local topics and ideas and/or written by local writers. Here’s what’s on our spring reading list (so far):
On the eve of his foundation’s 20th anniversary, environmentalist Dr. David Suzuki has a number of titles coming out with publishing partner Greystone Books. Some are new, some are revised editions, all have a pressing, uplifting, and important call to action. Among them: Declaration of Interdependence, which is based on a pledge he wrote for the UN’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. This hardcover edition features incredible art by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. Here, his distinctive Haida Manga style is used to interpret world cultures to beautiful, powerful effect. Read an excerpt here.
The blog has been on the contemporary architecture beat lately—I’ll broaden my horizons shortly, promise!—but here’s just one more hit: next month, Douglas & McIntyre publishes A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Vancouver, their third book in a series of architectural guides to major Canadian cities. The Vancouver installment is co-authored by Christopher Macdonald, director of UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and Veronica Gillies of HOK and the Architectural Institute of B.C., and explores on the city’s built form from 1986 to the present. The book is as well-designed as the buildings it features: pocket-sized and crammed with 200+ photographs and sketches. A perfect souvenir.
The West End’s storied Sylvia Hotel has served as muse to many Vancouver writers, offering respite from the polish of other downtown hotels and a window into the neighbourhood’s past. Poet George Fetherling has just penned a new collection of works about the place and tonight at 6 p.m., he’ll read from it—at The Sylvia, naturally. (The Sylvia Hotel is located at 1154 Gilford St. Call 604-681-9321 for additional details on this free event.)