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The Bookmarks


The Bookmarks

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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

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

SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
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
HarperCollinsPublishersLtd.

#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.

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


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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.


Casa Loma, Toronto, Ontario: Funded

The Cat and the Wizard,
by Dennis Lee

On September 29th, at 10:30 a.m., Dennis Lee unveiled a Bookmark for his classic children’s story The Cat and the Wizard in the garden at Casa Loma. The Bookmark is the 17th on Canada’s literary trail.

With inventive verse and lively illustrations, author Dennis Lee and illustrator Gillian Johnson tell the story of a washed up wizard and a lonely black cat who create magic and friendship in one of Toronto’s most iconic buildings. The Cat and the Wizard originally appeared in 1974 in the collection Nicholas Knock and Other People, and has since delighted two generations of readers.


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.