Community honours The Jade Peony author Wayson Choy with Chinese banquet
Last night, about 200 people showed up at Floata Seafood Restaurant to celebrate the life of author Wayson Choy.
The banquet was held in advance of this morning's unveiling of two plaques at the corner of Gore Avenue and East Pender Street, which feature Choy's writing from his award-winning novel The Jade Peony in English and Chinese.
Project Bookmark Canada, a registered charity, is behind the initiative, which is the first time a B.C.-based book has been honoured in this way.
In his speech, Choy expressed surprise and mild amusement that he can now join the company of writers like Oscar Wilde and Dante, who've been commemorated in a similar manner in their countries.
Scott McIntyre, who published The Jade Peony, sent a message saying that the book has sold 100,000 copies. Speakers included his childhood friend Garson Lee, BC Bookworld publisher Alan Twigg, retired real-estate agent Faye Leung, and numerous others who've known Choy over the years.
Several referred to him as "Sonny", which was his boyhood name growing up on Keefer Street before he moved to Ontario.
Below, you can see photos of some of the people in attendance.