Episode 5 - 2002: Vancouver's Book Club Choy(ce)

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This episode of Vancouver Special we explore the year - 2002 - with a look back at the launch of Vancouver's first city-wide book club, One Book, One Vancouver.

CBC's sets the scene for 2002 and award-winning author Wayson Choy visits us in studio to talk about having his highly acclaimed bestseller selected as One Book, One Vancouver's inaugural title.

Popular with readers across the city and beyond, VPL's One Book, One Vancouver was created to promote and encourage a culture of reading and discussion in Vancouver. From 2002 to 2010 the program featured ten amazing books and dozens of imaginative programs – from author readings and neighbourhood walking tours to dinners in the heart of Stanley Park and boxing demonstrations in a regulation-size ring at Library Square – each designed to bring each book's theme's alive.

Wayson Choy's first novel, The Jade Peony, spent six months on The Globe and Mail's national bestseller list in 1995 and won the 1996 City of Vancouver Book Award. In 2002, it chosen as the inaugural book for One Book, One Vancouver.

And, VPL librarian Tim McMillan brings is back to bring it all together with some great reads you can find at your library.

The theme song is “North Wind” by Vancouver band Lakefield, from the album Sounds from the Treeline.

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