Alice Niwinski and Anne Kloppenborg, born in Lethbridge and Montreal respectively, moved to Vancouver to teach in the English department at the University of British Columbia. After joining the staff of the Vancouver Social Planning Department's publication called the Urban Reader in 1973, they met journalist and historian Eve Johnson, and these three staff members produced five issues pertaining to local history and photographs. Their work became the basis for a bestselling coffee table book, Vancouver's First Century: A City Album (Douglas & McIntyre, 1977), royalties for which help finance the City of Vancouver Book Award. Revised editions have appeared in 1985 and 1991, now entitled Vancouver: A City Album.

[BCBW 2004] "Local History"

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Vancouver's First Century: A City Album
Vancouver's First Century: A City Album, 1860-1960