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Canadian novelist Douglas Coupland frequently situates his writings in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he came of age and has chosen to permanently reside and maintain his creative practice, despite professional ties with other cities. He often reflects on Vancouver’s urban landscape in his writings, and his visual art disseminates a preoccupation with the ebb and flow of socioeconomic and cultural paradigms specific to his hometown. Increasingly, his work is associated with a discourse specific to Vancouver and its regional identity. By focusing on his writings and visual art, I examine and interrogate how Coupland’s representations of Vancouver’s sociocultural landscape distill and intersect with contemporary art world narratives in the city and beyond, with an emphasis on how his work converges with the Vancouver avant-garde and current issues and movements of decolonization.