City of Glass (Coupland book)
|Publisher||Douglas and McIntyre|
|Followed by||Souvenir of Canada|
City of Glass is a book by Canadian author Douglas Coupland, published by Douglas and McIntyre in 2000, featuring short essays and photographs of his home town of Vancouver, British Columbia. Each essay deals with a different aspect of the city, such as the glass condominium towers which dominate the Vancouver skyline and give the book its title. It also includes the short story "My Hotel Year", which first appeared in Coupland's Life After God (1994), and the essay on another Vancouver landmark, Lions' Gate Bridge, which was published in Polaroids from the Dead (1996). An updated version of the text was released in 2009.
Canadian-born artist Una Knox produced the majority of photographic images for this book.
Titles of the Essays
The book is broken down into essays, titled with bold section headings. The essays are alphabetical, with a few artistic insertions and juxtapositions.
The essays are:
The book jacket’s text describes Coupland’s influence and motivation to write this book.
"I get lots of visitors every year, and they always seem to ask the same questions about Vancouver" ... "Why is the number 8 everywhere?" "What’s the deal with pot?" "And what, exactly, is the deal with BC Ferries?" And so on. People want to know what Vancouver feels like to somebody who lives here – from the inside out. So this book arises from both love and laziness: love, because I spent my twenties scouring the globe thinking there had to be a better city out there, until it dawned on me that Vancouver is the best one going; and laziness, because I thought I was going to go mental explaining dim sum, the sulphur pits and Kitsilano for the umpteen-hundredth time.— Coupland on his inspiration in writing the book
- Coupland, Douglas. "City of Glass", Douglas & McIntyre, 2000.