3 Famous Writers You Didn’t Realize Lived in Vancouver

So much home-grown talent



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It feels like there are a disproportionate number of famous people who call Vancouver their home. Most people could rattle off a number of actors, musicians, and athletes who were either born in Vancouver or spent significant portions of their life here. But you may not realize that some of the world’s literary icons are from Vancouver too. 

William Gibson

William Gibson was born in the United States and didn’t move to Vancouver until he was an adult. However, he attended UBC back in the ‘70s, which is where he was exposed to science fiction and honed his skills as a writer. He has since gone on to be maybe the world’s greatest living writer of speculative fiction, and he even coined the term “cyberspace” himself. 

Cred: The Paris Review

Malcolm Lowry

Though Lowry was born in England and also spent portions of his life in the United States and Mexico, Lowry also spent considerable time living just north of Vancouver in a cabin, and would write about British Columbia, including in his hit novel, Under the Volcano. 

Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland was born in Germany, but his family moved to West Vancouver in the ‘60s, and he has seemed omnipresent in the city since his first hit book, Generation X. Aside from his novels, he has created public art in Vancouver, and he is a journalist too. 

Cred: CBC


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