The Bookmarks

The Bookmarks


The Bookmarks

The Bookmarks

Read Your Way Across Canada

Canada is a nation of stories and storytellers—from St. John’s harbour to the islands of Haida Gwaii, from our populous southern border to the land above the treeline. Project Bookmark Canada exists to mark our stories in our spaces, by placing fiction and poetry in the exact Canadian locations where literary scenes are set. 

What do you see when you visit a Bookmark? Up to 500 words from a story or poem on a poster-sized plaque that you read while standing in the characters’ footsteps. 

Project Bookmark Canada is the only national, site-specific literary exhibit in the world. It’s a one-of-a-kind Canadian innovation—a nation-wide trail of our country’s literature, so that you can read your way across Canada.

Explore the Bookmarks

#19 Barometer Rising, by Hugh MacLennan

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Citadel Hill
McClelland & Stewart

#18 The Convict Lover, by Merilyn Simonds

Kingston, Ontario
Garrigan Park, Church Street
ECW Press

#17 The Cat and the Wizard, by Dennis Lee, 
with Illustrations by Gillian Johnson

Toronto, Ontario
Casa Loma
HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd.

#16 The Fishers of Paradise, by Rachael Preston

Hamilton, Ontario
Desjardins Trail, harbour side, at the edge of the floating bridge
Wolsak and Wynn

#15 Any Known Blood, by Lawrence Hill

Oakville, Ontario
King and Navy Streets

#14 No Great Mischief, by Alistair MacLeod

Port Hastings, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Visitor Centre
McClelland & Stewart

#13 The Republic of Love, by Carol Shields

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Intersection of River and Osborne, at The Gas Station Arts Centre
Random House of Canada, Ltd.

#12 The Jade Peony, by Wayson Choy

Vancouver, British Columbia
Intersection of Pender and Gore, in the heart of Chinatown
Douglas & McIntyre

#11 "The Sea Breeze Lounge," by Al Pittman

Woody Point (in Gros Morne National Park), Newfoundland
Seaside Suites, adjacent to the harbour
From Thirty-for-Sixty, Breakwater Books

#10 Sailor Girl, by Sheree-Lee Olson

Port Colborne, Ontario
Lock 8 Park, Welland Canal
The Porcupine’s Quill

#9 "Giants," by John Terpstra

Hamilton, Ontario
Sam Lawrence Park
From Two or Three GuitarsGaspereau Press

#8 The Queen of Unforgetting, by Sylvia Maultash Warsh

Midland, Ontario
Little Lake Park
Cormorant Books

#7 "Song for the Field Behind Mississauga Valley Public School," by Jeff Latosik

Mississauga, Ontario
Mississauga Valleys Park footpath (east end) near Central Parkway East and Bloor Street
From Tiny, Frantic, StrongerInsomniac Press

#6 Fugitive Pieces, by Anne Michaels

Toronto, Ontario
College and Manning Streets
McClelland & Stewart

#5 Garbo Laughs, by Elizabeth Hay

Ottawa, Ontario
Bronson Place, West side (near Fulton) at Colonel By Drive
McClelland & Stewart

#4 "Essentialist," by Ken Babstock

Toronto, Ontario
St. George and Bloor Streets, opposite the subway station
From Airstream Land Yacht, House of Anansi

#3 "Mexican Sunsets," by Bronwen Wallace

Kingston, Ontario
Princess and Clergy Streets
From Common Magic, Oberon Press

#2 Rogues' Wedding, by Terry Griggs

Owen Sound
Waterfront Trail
Random House of Canada, Ltd.

#1 In the Skin of a Lion, by Michael Ondaatje

Toronto, Ontario
Bloor Street Viaduct
McClelland & Stewart


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A Great Canadian Legacy

Project Bookmark Canada gratefully accepts undesignated gifts. These contributions are vital to create the organizational infrastructure to support this great big, country-wide initiative. Make a gift today to blaze Canada’s literary trail.


When you make a gift to Project Bookmark Canada, you’re joining an inspired group of readers and trailblazers who are building a legacy for all Canadians. 

Project Bookmark Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization, CRA #82725 7569 RR0001. Charitable tax receipts are issued for all donations of $50 or more.

Yes, we do accept cheques at our Project Bookmark Canada office: 
215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 400, Toronto, ON M5T 2C7.

Build a Bookmark

Project Bookmark Canada is adding stops on Canada’s literary trail – and you can help! Explore our current campaigns to make an investment in an upcoming Bookmark.

Sudbury, Ontario

The City Still Breathing,
by Matthew Heiti

Our first Bookmark in Northern Ontario will be for a contemporary novel set in Sudbury. The passage is from Matthew Heiti’s The City Still Breathing, for a scene which takes place at the Townehouse Tavern, across the street from the community centre and the old train station in downtown Sudbury.  

There will be an unveiling on Tuesday, May 3, 2018, from 4–5 p.m., at the Townehouse Tavern, 206 Elgin Street, and everyone is welcome to attend. We invite you to donate to the Sudbury Bookmark and help to build the 20th Bookmark on the Canadian Literary Trail!  

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Build "The Gable Window" Bookmark
 Photo credit: The L.M. Montgomery Cavendish Home, Canadian National Historic Site

Photo credit: The L.M. Montgomery Cavendish Home, Canadian National Historic Site

cavendish, Prince Edward Island

“The Gable Window,” by Lucy Maud Montgomery

We are delighted to announce the first Bookmark on Prince Edward Island for a poem by Lucy Maud Montgomery, “The Gable Window.” The poem is set at The Site of L.M. Montgomery’s Cavendish Home, and describes the landscape outside her window. The poem was first published in The Ladies Journal in 1897, when Montgomery was 23 years old.

A cherished Canadian author, admired by readers around the world, Montgomery’s works have been translated into over 35 languages. We invite the public to the unveiling of the Bookmark on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 4 p.m., at 8521 Cavendish Rd, Cavendish, PE.


Toronto, Ontario

Love Enough, by Dionne Brand

Help us to build a new Bookmark for Toronto — its fifth! — for Dionne Brand’s Love Enough, marking a passage set in South Parkdale. A recipient of this year's Order of Canada, Brand is one of this nation’s most accomplished contemporary writers. 

“From our acclaimed poet and novelist: a gem of a novel that sizzles about love — between lovers, between friends, and for the places we live in — and pays homage to each moment of experience.”
Love Enough Publisher, Vintage Canada

Stay tuned for news about fundraising initiatives, monument development and an unveiling in 2018. Thank you in advance for your donation! 

Give to the LOVE ENOUGH Bookmark
 Photo credit: Jason Chow

Photo credit: Jason Chow


Project Bookmark Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization, CRA #82725 7569 RR0001. Charitable tax receipts are issued for all donations of $50 or more.