Charles Demers is one of those rare human beings born and raised in Vancouver. Not only that, he is wickedly funny and seriously insightful at the same time. In 2005 he was chosen as Vancouver’s funniest new comic, and he’s been on a roll ever since, being featured in magazines, at festivals, and on CBC’s The Debaters. He’s the author of Vancouver Special, nominated for the Hubert Evans Nonfiction Prize, The Horrors: An A to Z of Funny Thoughts on Awful Things, and The Dad Dialogues, co-written with literary luminary George Bowering.
His first novel, The Prescription Errors, dealt with issues of mental illness and community identity, while his most recent, Property Values, addresses housing affordability. With trademark humour, Demers delivers the story of Scott who, in order to buy out his father-in-law, stages a drive-by shooting to force down the asking price on his beloved home, only to succeed in drawing the attention of local gangsters.