A Great Canadian Legacy

Project Bookmark Canada gratefully accepts undesignated gifts and designated gifts.

Undesignated 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.

Designated gifts are directly used to build the Bookmarks.

 

Either way, 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.

 


Build Bookmarks!

Project Bookmark Canada is adding stops on Canada’s literary trail – and you can help! Explore our current campaigns to make an investment in a upcoming Bookmarks. Project Bookmark Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization, CRA #82725 7569 RR0001. 


Commemorating Significant Canadian Anniversaries with Four Bilingual Bookmarks on the CanLit Trail

In 2018 and 2019 Project Bookmark Canada will unveil four bilingual Bookmarks that feature writing by acclaimed authors Jean Little, Michel Tremblay, Danny Schur with Rick Chafe, and Gregory Scofield, in Toronto, Montréal, Winnipeg and Batoche. Your contribution will help us create immersive exhibits for these Bookmarks commemorating historic events across Canada.

Read more about our anniversary Bookmarks, made possible in part by the Government of Canada with financial assistance from the Commemorate Canada Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage

 

Collier Street at church Street, Toronto, Ontario

If I Die Before I Wake: The Flu Epidemic Diary of Fiona Macgregor
by Jean Little

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Animate this Anniversary Bookmark

A Bookmark on the CanLit Trail marking a nationally significant anniversary in Canadian history.

 

Jean Little’s novel, If I Die Before I Wake, tells the story of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl who lives in Toronto. Fiona Macgregor details her daily life in diary entries that chronicle both the flu outbreak and its impact on her family, and a time of great change in social attitudes and customs.

This special Bookmark is the first in an Commemorate Canada Anniversary Series and marks the 100th anniversary of the Spanish Flu Pandemic in Canada. The bilingual plaques were previewed on December 10, 2018 at an event generously hosted by the Yorkville Library, with President Elect Hughena Matheson and Board member Susan Lightstone welcoming author Jean Little and her sister, Patricia, to the Library. A class of children, the same age as the character Fiona in the novel, also attended from Jesse Ketchum School. Publisher Scholastic Canada gave each student a book of their own to take home!

Jean Little herself attended the Jesse Ketchum School, and warmly answered the children’s many questions about growing up in Toronto one hundred years ago during a war and the nation’s first pandemic. The passage, in French and English, depicts a scene from Fiona’s diary at the location on Collier Street where it is set.

The installation of the Jean Little Bookmark at the foot of the historical Collier Street is scheduled for warmer temperatures this Spring! Project Bookmark Canada is grateful to the City of Toronto Transportation Department, to the Department of Canadian Heritage Commemorate Canada Program and individual donors for their support of this plaque.


Boulevard Saint Laurent & Rue Prince Arthur, Montréal, Québec

Le cœur découvert
by Michel Tremblay

Unveiling: 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019
Boulevard Saint Laurent & Rue Prince Arthur, Montréal, Québec

Michel Tremblay is a Québec novelist and playwright whose work has long enjoyed remarkable international popularity. Project Bookmark Canada commemorates the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality with the passage of Bill C-150, on May 14, 1969,  with a scene from Tremblay’s novel, The Heart Laid Bare, set in Montréal, Québec. 

Join acclaimed author Michel Tremblay and Project Bookmark Canada for a viewing of the plaques, and a reading of the passage. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Oirginally published as Le cœur découvert (Leméac, 1986), the book was published in English as The Heart Laid Bare with translation by Sheila Fischman (McClelland & Stewart, 1989), and was reissued by Talonbooks in 2002.

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Animate this Anniversary Bookmark

A Bookmark on the CanLit Trail marking a nationally significant anniversary in Canadian history.

 
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Batoche National Historic Site, Batoche, Saskatchewan

“The Sewing Circle,” from Louis: The Heretic Poems
by Gregory Scofield

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June 21, 2019 Batoche National Historic Site
Batoche, Saskatchewan

Louis Riel is one of the most controversial figures in Canadian history. During his short life, he headed a provisional government that led to the founding of Manitoba, and in efforts to preserve Métis rights and culture, he led resistances against the Canadian government of the day. Project Bookmark Canada commemorates the 175th anniversary of Riel’s birth (1844) with Gregory Scofield’s poem “The Sewing Circle,” which is narrated by an older woman to her fellow mothers and wives on the last day of the 1885 Resistance, at the Battle of Batoche.

Join Project Bookmark Canada and the Friends of Batoche Historic Site for the unveiling of bilingual plaques, a reading of the passage, and festivities celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. Everyone is welcome to attend!


Calgary’s East Village, Alberta

“Walking with Walt Whitman Through Calgary’s Eastside on a Winter Day,” from Yes, by Rosemary Griebel

On September 28, 2019, Rosemary Griebel’s poem will be unveiled as Alberta’s first Bookmark on the Canadian Literary Trail, at Loft 112, 8th Avenue SE, a literary and creative hub in the East Village. “Walking with Walt Whitman Through Calgary’s Eastside on a Winter Day” is published in Griebel’s poetry collection Yes (Frontenac House, 2011).

“When we first heard about Project Bookmark Canada and the Ondaatje Bookmark, and its work of commemorating locations where literary works are set, we were excited by the idea. Canadian landscapes, cities, and towns truly are the stuff of great literature.  Project Bookmark makes that point by physically marking the places that have touched the hearts and imaginations of writers and readers.” 

~ Glasswaters Foundation

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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.