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V0N 1B0

General Delivery, Whistler, BC

by (author) Ian Verchère

foreword by Douglas Coupland

Douglas & McIntyre
Initial publish date
Sep 2006
Popular Culture, Western Provinces, Essays & Travelogues
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    Sep 2006
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An irreverent take on the real Whistler -- its vibe, verve and eerie lack of history -- in the style of Douglas Coupland's best-selling City of Glass.

"There is something renegade about having a mailing address that is simply (your name), General Delivery, Whistler, BC, V0N 1B0," writes Ian Verchere. "No fixed address; that has such an outlaw vibe to it. The most carefree time in my life was when I had a General Delivery mailing address; not exactly Jesse James material, but we all rebel against The Man in our own way. I chose V0N 1B0 as the title of the book for that reason. I wanted to give people something different, so they could feel like they knew something more about Whistler, things you can only know if you've lived and worked here."

In fifty witty, insightful chapters, Ian Verchere does to Whistler what his friend and collaborator Douglas Coupland did to Vancouver in City of Glass. He takes us behind the curtain of hype as only an insider can to reveal what makes B.'s only designated Resort Municipality tick.

About the authors

Ian Verchere was a downhill ski racer and coach in the days when Whistler was being born. He has since been involved in the creation of over thirty video and computer games, including the million-plus-selling SSX Tricky for Electronic Arts. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Ian Verchère's profile page


Douglas Coupland was born on a Canadian NATO base in Germany and raised in Vancouver, where he still resides. Among his best-selling novels are Generation X, Shampoo Planet, Polaroids From The Dead, Microserfs, Miss Wyoming, Hey Nostradamus! and Eleanor Rigby, altogether in print in some 40 countries. Coupland also exhibits his sculpture in galleries around the world, indulging in design experiments that include everything from launching collections of furniture to futurological consulting for Stephen Spielberg.


Douglas Coupland's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Though this book offers sparse text, it's rich in images, feelings and ideas. V0N 1B0 contains just the right amount of personal observation to keep the book engaging without becoming overbearing."

Yukon Magazine

"Those who enjoyed Douglas Coupland's pop culture analysis of Vancouver in the best-seller City of Glass will get a similar kick out of V0N 1B0: General Delivery, Whistler, BC...Part ski-bum scrapbook and part urban-planning photo essay, V0N 1B0 chips away at Whistler's big-money hype to reveal what really makes BC's only designated resort municipality tick. To complete the witty and often nostalgic portrait, Verchere draws upon his adventures as a downhill ski racer and coach in the early 1980s, as well as his skills as a cartoonist for the Whistler Answer."

Westworld Magazine

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