Anakana Schofield – Award Winning Author of Bina, Martin John and Malarky

Vancouver 125 Legacy Books

Thank you so much to everyone who came to the Vancouver 125 Legacy Books panel that I was fortunate to participate in yesterday at the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Your warm support and great questions were appreciated as were the lively, thoughtful engaging contributions of my fellow panelists Jean Barman, Daniel Francis, Stephen Osborne and our epic host Michael Turner.

I was very uplifted to hear people excited and engaged in their local literature. We have much work to do ensemble ! I hope the City of Vancouver will continue this initiative each year in some form and also fund a civic historian as Jean Barman so wisely suggested we need. Kudos to Brad Cran who pioneered and organized this initiative in association with BC Publishers Assoc. during his tenure as Poet-Laureate.


One of the novels I mentioned was Taxi! by Helen Potrebenko — the book is available from for a mere $10 for anyone interested in reading it. I would also love to hear your comments on your reading experience and add them to our Have You Read Taxi!? blog which could use some invigorating content added to it. It’s been in a slight slumber of late.


125 Legacy Books


Class Warfare by D. M. Fraser, Arsenal Pulp Press

A Credit to Your Race by Truman Green, Anvil Press

Crossings by Betty Lambert, Arsenal Pulp Press

The Inverted Pyramid by Bertrand W. Sinclair, Ronsdale Press


Day and Night by Dorothy Livesay, Oolichan Books

Anhaga by Jon Furberg, Smoking Lung/Arsenal Pulp Press


A Hard Man to Beat by Howie White, Harbour Publishing.

Along the No. 20 Line: Reminiscences of the Vancouver Waterfront by Rolf Knight, New Star Books

Opening Doors: Vancouver’s East End edited by Daphne Marlatt and Carole Itter, Harbour Publishing

Who Killed Janet Smith? By Edward Starkins, Anvil Press

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