The Literary Storefront: The Glory Years

By Trevor Carolan
Foreword by Jean Barman

The Literary Storefront: The Glory Years
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Founded by poet Mona Fertig and inspired by Shakespeare and Company in Paris, The Literary Storefront was Canada’s first non-profit literary centre and flourished in Vancouver’s colourful Gastown district from 1978-85. A pivotal time in west coast history when feminist, ... Read more


Overview

Founded by poet Mona Fertig and inspired by Shakespeare and Company in Paris, The Literary Storefront was Canada’s first non-profit literary centre and flourished in Vancouver’s colourful Gastown district from 1978-85. A pivotal time in west coast history when feminist, nationalist, and multicultural passions surged to redefine what a socially-committed literary community could be, The Storefront housed the regional offices of The Writers' Union of Canada, The League of Canadian Poets, an editing & printing company, and was the birthplace of the Federation of B. C. Writers. Carolan’s history recounts the inspiration, origins, achievements and tribulations of this seminal and legendary B. C. literary institution. Includes interviews with many important authors and survivors from among the Storefront Society's 500 members. 75 b & w photographs.

Trevor Carolan

Trevor Carolan began writing as a backpacking reporter for The Columbian newspaper while in high school in 1968 and has since visited more than 50 countries. His work includes many books of non-fiction, poetry, and anthologies. He has held a number of senior arts appointments during his career, and was elected municipal councillor in North Vancouver following campaigns on behalf of Indigenous land claims and watershed conservation issues. He received a PhD in International Relations from Bond University, Queensland, for studies in Literature, Ecology, and Ideas of the Sacred in the Global Age. His documentary film Cascadia: The Life and Breath of the World features many distinguished writers and is based on his co-edited Eco-Lit collection of the same title which received a Best American Essays Citation in 2013. His books include Giving Up Poetry: With Allen Ginsberg at Hollyhock; Return to Stillness: Twenty Years with a Tai Chi Master; The Literary Storefront: The Glory Years, Vancouver's Literary Centre 1978-1985; In Formless Circumstance: Poems from the Road & Home; and New World Dharma: Encounters with Buddhist Teachers, Writers, and Leaders. The long-time International Editor of Pacific Rim Review of Books, Carolan reads internationally, frequently with musicians, and is Professor Emeritus at University of the Fraser Valley.

Jean Barman

Jean Barman is an award-winning historian and author of over a dozen books about British Columbian and Canadian history. Much of her writing attends to the stories and histories of Indigenous Peoples and to Canadian women and families. Her writing has garnered over a dozen Canadian and American awards, including the Governor General's History Award for Scholarly Research. She is professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. She holds graduate degrees from Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley and University of British Columbia, and an honorary doctorate from Vancouver Island University. Jean lives in Vancouver, BC.

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