Vancouver Historical Society kicks off Speaker Series in Kits


Vancouver Special by Charles Demers

The Vancouver Historical Society’s 2010-2011 Speaker Series opens at the Museum of Vancouver at 1100 Chestnut Street in Vanier Park at 7:30pm on Thursday, September 23rd with Charles Demers, a Vancouver-born writer, comedian and activist. The presentation is open to the public free of admission.

His book of essays, Vancouver Special, was short-listed for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize at the 2010 BC Book Prizes. Universally well-received, the book “examines the who, what, where, when, why, and how of Vancouver, shedding light on the various strategies and influences that have made the city what it is today (as well as what itshould be).”

Charles is a regular performer on CBC Radio One’s The Debaters, a former co-host of CityTV’s comedic panel show The Citynews List, and has been featured nationally in every form of media imaginable.

For his topic on September 23rd, Charles will describe a few of the constants he sees within Vancouver’s history, aiming to confront the idea that such a young city as ours can have set characteristics – all the while making the case that despite the fact Vancouver is an evolving city, there are certain traits and preoccupations that have been with us since the very earliest days after settlement, and even before colonization.

The beautiful and thoughtful photos of Emmanuel Buenviaje will accompany the presentation.

The Vancouver Historical Society was formed in 1936 to stimulate public interest in Vancouver’s history, to encourage historical research and publication, and to promote the designation and preservation of historic sites.

Last modified: September 17, 2010

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