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The Rooming House

Michael Kluckner

In the 1960s and early '70s, thousands of youths were on the road, hitchhiking across Canada and the USA and travelling through Europe, living in rooming houses in cities like Vancouver and in communes in the country. Their individual stories played out on a canvas stretched across the frame of world events including Vietnam, Woodstock, Watergate, and the emerging environmental movement, often in a climate of idealism, protest and anger.

This book follows several of these young men and women sharing an old home in Vancouver's Kitsilano district, tracking their loves, losses and wanderings through the diary entries of two of them. It is both a coming-of-age novel and an exploration of the events of those years, complete with a downloadable soundtrack of rock classics and notes for readers who weren't around then.

Where to Buy It?

1) Preferably, your independent bookstore. In Vancouver, go to:
• Massy Books, 229 East Georgia, 604-721-4405
• Iron Dog Books, 2671 East Hastings Street, 604-215-8807
• Hager Books, 2176 West 41st, 604-263-9412
• Book Warehouse Main Street, 4118 Main Street, 604-879-7737
...but Chapters/Indigo stores have it too.

2) In Canada, you can order a signed copy from me using your bank's e-payment system (Interac). Click on this link for how to do it (this is not a bank or credit card link).

3) Use PayPal – send $25 to me and use the "Contact Me" link above to email me and tell me where to send it.

Review in The Tyee by Christopher Cheung.

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Artwork & text © Michael Kluckner, 2022