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Caroline Adderson

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The acclaimed writer Caroline Adderson discusses her advocacy, and the book Vancouver Vanishes: Narratives of Demolition and Revival (Anvil Press, 2015), with Joseph Planta.

Vancouver Vanishes by Caroline Adderson, John Atkin, Kerry Gold, Evelyn Lau, Eve Lazarus, John Mackie, Elise & Stephen Partridge and Bren Simmers with an introduction by Michael Kluckner (Anvil Press, 2015).

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: Vancouver Vanishes

Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

Three years ago next month, the noted writer Caroline Adderson began a Facebook page: Vancouver Vanishes. It came about because she noticed on her morning walks, the Kerrisdale neighbourhood in Vancouver’s west side was changing dramatically. Houses like hers, built before the 1940s were being demolished at a fast pace. The page would feature photographs she shot, of character homes, well-made and lived in, and would somehow call attention, or yell stop at least, to the rapid redevelopment going on not only on the west side, but throughout Vancouver. Where I live in the Kensington-Cedar Cottage neighbourhood, we’re seeing redevelopment, but thankfully it’s nothing like that which is happening on Cambie Street, where houses from King Edward south to 41st Avenue and westward, are being boarded up, with that coloured-plastic fencing being erected around the property signalling demolition. Caroline Adderson joins me now to talk about the remarkable new book aptly titled: Vancouver Vanishes: Narratives of Demolition and Revival. She has a number of essays in the book, that features her photographs, as well as those of Tracey Ayton, and pieces from John Atkin, Kerry Gold, Evelyn Lau, Eve Lazarus, John Mackie, Elise and Stephen Partridge, and Bren Simmers. Michael Kluckner writes the book’s introduction, which is published by Anvil Press. Caroline Adderson is the acclaimed novelist and short story writer of books that have received three BC Book Prizes, and the same number of CBC Literary Awards. She has been nominated for the major book prizes in this country and beyond. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Caroline Adderson; Ms. Adderson, good morning.