What joy a tax receipt brings!

From Toronto's Sunny Lakeshore, at the unveiling of our most recent Bookmark for Dionne Brand's  Love Enough , December 8, 2018.

From Toronto's Sunny Lakeshore, at the unveiling of our most recent Bookmark for Dionne Brand's Love Enough, December 8, 2018.



April 23, 2009 was the start of Canada’s literary trail. Almost a decade ago, Michael Ondaatje stood on the Bloor Street Viaduct at the unveiling of our inaugural Bookmark presenting a powerful scene from his novel In the Skin of a Lion (McClelland & Stewart, 1987). That day, Ondaatje told his audience that when he was writing his novel he was cautioned it would be commercial suicide to set a thriller in Toronto or any Canadian city as opposed to NYC or Miami or Kiev. You smile! Even Delhi, they said, would be better than Toronto.

Over the years, dedicated volunteers and donors have been working tirelessly to expand this literary trail—unique in the world. At the close of this year, there are 23 Bookmarks in the ground and more in progress.

Just think of the number of novels, short stories and poems set in Toronto since the late 80s, or those set in other cities, towns, and countryside across Canada. Canadian Literature is indeed a huge anthology. As Project Bookmark enters its second decade, we hope to include more of this anthology, with poems, graphic novels, songs, and other works of fiction, on Bookmarks in all provinces and territories.

It is a grassroots effort with a big impact, connecting people to the country, and varied and storied communities to one another, through literature. We invite you to help add many more voices and places to a trail that symbolizes this nation as a land of storytellers, and a land of readers. You can donate your time, talent, or treasure to help build the trail. We fundraise to pay for the Bookmark projects that include everything from research and human resources, to plaque production and public unveilings.

Donate $50, $500 or $5000. Besides the joy that comes from your year-end tax receipt, imagine the difference your action today can make. Imagine the joy of people deepening their understanding of the country, its communities and its people. Imagine how you will feel giving to a national charity that is building an ever-expanding literary trail with stories in their exact Canadian locations, coast to coast to coast.

We hope to see you at the upcoming Project Bookmark events in Montréal, Winnipeg, Batoche, Toronto, and Calgary. After that, we will look forward to celebrating voices from New Brunswick and the three territories with beautifully-designed plaque monuments. It’s going to be an exciting time on the trail, in person and online! Join us.

On behalf of Project Bookmark Canada, we wish you all a wonderful holiday season, and we thank you for your continued support. All the best in 2019!


Hughena Matheson, President-Elect
Don Oravec, President
Laurie Murphy, Executive Director

(Tax receipts are issued for donations of $50 or more. CRA #82725 7569 RR0001)

Photo credit: Lisa Sakulensky.
L to R: Rami Schandall/Visual Creative, President Don Oravec, Author Dionne Brand, Board Member Bianca Spence, and President-elect Hughena Matheson at the unveiling of Bookmark #22: LOVE ENOUGH December 8, 2018 on the Toronto lakeshore.




Announcing Bookmark #23: IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE, The Flu Epidemic Diary of Fiona Macgregor


Preview in Toronto

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

December 10, 2018 at 10 a.m.
Yorkville Public Library
22 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto

Join acclaimed and beloved author Jean Little and Project Bookmark Canada for a preview of the bilingual Bookmark plaques, a special reading of the passage, and a Q & A. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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. Visit the Bookmark on Collier St. in Toronto to read a scene from Fiona’s diary in the location where it is set.

Project Bookmark Canada brings fiction and poetry into place, with a national series of monuments that locate Canada’s stories in the landscape where they are set. This Bookmark is one in a series marking a nationally significant anniversary in Canadian history on the CanLit Trail. DONATE today to create a special exhibit to accompany this anniversary Bookmark!

If I Die Before I Wake was published by Scholastic Canada in 2007.



Toronto, Ontario

Si je meurs avant le jour :
Fiona Macgregor, au temps de la grippe espagnole

Bibliothèque publique de Yorkville
Lundi 10 décembre 2018 à 10 h
22, avenue Yorkville,
Toronto, Ontario

Venez vous joindre à l’auteure acclamée et bien-aimée Jean Little et l’initiative Project Bookmark pour un aperçu des Signets bilingues, une lecture de l’extrait et une séance de questions-réponses. Tous les membres du public y sont conviés.

Le récit de Jean Little, Si je meurs avant le jour, raconte l’histoire de la grippe espagnole du point de vue d’une jeune fille de 12 ans qui habite Toronto. Par l’entremise de son journal, Fiona Macgregor dévoile les détails de son quotidien décrivant à la fois l’épidémie de la grippe et les effets sur sa famille pendant une période de grands changements dans les attitudes et les coutumes sociales. Rendez visite à l’emplacement du Signet sur la rue Collier, à Toronto, pour y lire un extrait du journal de Fiona, qui se tient dans l’endroit où l’histoire a lieu. 

L’initiative Project Bookmark Canada situent nos histoires et poèmes précisément dans les endroits où ils ont lieu par le biais d’une série de monuments nationaux qui localisent nos histoires canadiennes sur ces lieux mêmes. Ce Signet figure parmi la série marquant un anniversaire d’échelle nationale de notre histoire sur le sentier CanLit.

If I Die Before I Wake: The Flu Epidemic Diary of Fiona Macgregora été publié par Scholastic en 2007. La version française est parue sous le titre Si je meurs avant le jour : Fiona Macgregor, au temps de la grippe espagnole

This Bookmark is funded in part by the Government of Canada.
Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada.




Unveiling Bookmark #22: LOVE ENOUGH by Dionne Brand

Photo credit: Laurie Murphy.

Photo credit: Laurie Murphy.


Join Dionne Brand & Project Bookmark Canada
at the Love Enough Bookmark

December 8, 2018
11 a.m.
Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, 1751 Lake Shore Blvd. West
(Between the Gzowski Monument and the mouth of the Humber River — see map.)

View the passage and plaque that mark the Toronto Lakeshore with a scene from Love Enough, our newest installation on the Canadian Literary Trail. 

On the same day, we will launch an enhanced online exhibit for Love Enough, created by artist duo Accounts & Records, featuring an interview with and reading by author Dionne Brand.

Love Enough was published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada, a division of Random House Canada, in 2014.

Project Bookmark Canada invites you to travel the CanLit Trail —
on land and online!




A Gift for Readers Everywhere!


A Gift for Readers Everywhere!



Donate in the name of someone special —
spread the joy!

Project Bookmark Canada brings Canadian stories to life, with Bookmarks placed in the exact locations where literary scenes are set. For readers, everywhere — on land and online!

A little goes a long way to support our work!


Donors are publicly recognized and charitable receipts are provided for donations over $50. For gift donations, we will recognize your special someone here, and send them a beautiful card of acknowledgement. 


Thank you!




Commemorating Significant Canadian Anniversaries with Four Bilingual Bookmarks on the CanLit Trail in 2018/2019


NEWS RELEASE - Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Toronto, ON Project Bookmark Canada is the only national, site-specific literary exhibit in the world. Board President Don Oravec is pleased to announce the production of four Bookmarks that will mark significant Canadian anniversaries with a project entitled, Commemorating Canada with Bookmarks on the CanLit Trail. Unveiled at public events in 2018 and 2019, a total of eight panels, four in French and four in English, will present writing from Jean Little, Michel Tremblay, Danny Schur with Rick Chafe, and Gregory Scofield, all acclaimed Canadian authors setting their imagined scenes in exact locations: Toronto, Montréal, Winnipeg and Batoche. “As visitors are reading these commemorative Bookmarks,” says Oravec, “they will learn about Canadian history while discovering literary works.” This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada with financial assistance from the Commemorate Canada Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.  

The first anniversary Bookmark will mark the 100th anniversary of the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, with an excerpt from Jean Little's If I Die Before I Wake, The Flu Epidemic Diary of Fiona Macgregor (Scholastic Canada, 2007), a diary entry dated December 31, 1918, and set in Toronto, Ontario.

The 50th anniversary of the Parliament of Canada's passing of Bill C150, which included the decriminalization of homosexuality, on May 14, 1969, will be commemorated with an excerpt from Michel Tremblay's novel Le coeur decouvert (Lemeac, 1986), for a scene set in Montréal, Quebec. First published in English translation by Sheila Fischman under the title The Heart Laid Bare (McClelland & Stewart, 1989), the book was reissued by Talonbooks, in 2002.

The 100th anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike of May 15, 1919, will be marked with a scene from Strike!, a musical by Danny Schur and Rick Chafe (Playwrights Canada Press, The Canadian Drama Publisher, 2007), set in Winnipeg, Manitoba.   

The final Bookmark in the project will celebrate the 175th anniversary of the birth of Louis Riel on October 22, 1844, with “The Sewing Circle, a poem from Gregory Scofield's Louis Riel: The Heretic Poems (Nightwood Editions/Gabriel Dumont Institute, 2011), set in Batoche, Saskatchewan.  

Founded by writer Miranda Hill in 2007, the Bookmarks —21 and counting! — form a nation-wide trail of the country’s literature.  Visitors are encouraged to read their way across Canada, online and in person. A launching place for conversation, collaboration and learning, the Bookmarks provide a unique reading experience and a deeper understanding of the country and its people. For updates about the four Bookmarks commemorating significant Canadian anniversaries, and others also in development, visit


Media Contact:
Laurie Murphy, Project Bookmark Canada Executive Director
(647) 646 – 2622

Find this release and other informative PDFs to download on our MEDIA page.

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Commémoration d’importants anniversaires canadiens par le biais de quatre signets bilingues sur le sentier CanLit en 2018/2019

Toronto (ON) En tant qu’exposition littéraire nationale qui se tient sur le terrain de lieux spécifiques, l’initiative Project Bookmark Canada est la seule au monde. Don Oravec, Directeur du conseil, est fier d’annoncer la création de quatre « signets » qui marqueront d’importants anniversaires littéraires canadiens par la voie du projet intitulé Signets sur le sentier CanLit qui rendent hommage au Canada. Huit comités, dont quatre en français et quatre en anglais, seront dévoilés lors d’événements publiques en 2018 et 2019, affichant les écrits de Jean Little, Michel Tremblay, Danny Schur avec Rick Chafe et Gregory Scofield, tous écrivains acclamés qui ont mis en scène leurs histoires précisément à : Toronto, Montréal, Winnipeg et Batoche. Selon Oravec : « En lisant ces Signets commémoratifs, chacun des visiteurs aura la chance de découvrir des ouvrages littéraires tout en apprenant davantage sur l’histoire du Canada. » Cette initiative est rendue possible en partie grâce au Gouvernement du Canada, avec l’aide financière du programme Commémoration Canada sous la tutelle du ministère du Patrimoine canadien.

Le Signet marquant le tout premier anniversaire fera point de mire sur le centenaire de la pandémie de la grippe espagnole de 1918. L’extrait commémoratif tiré du roman If I Die Before I Wake, The Flu Epidemic Diary of Fiona Macgregor (Scholastic Canada, 2007) de Jean Little, mettra à l’affiche l’entrée du 31 décembre 1918 d’un journal personnel, dont les événements ont lieu à Toronto, en Ontario.

La commémoration du 50e anniversaire de l’adoption de la loi C150 par le Parlement du Canada le 14 mai 1969, marquant d’ailleurs la décriminalisation de l’homosexualité, sera célébrée avec un extrait du roman Le cœur découvert, de Michel Tremblay (Leméac, 1986) affichant une scène prenant place à Montréal, au Québec. Une première traduction en anglais, signée par Sheila Fischman, est parue sous le titre The Heart Laid Bare (McClelland & Stewart, 1989). Puis, Talonbooks a publié une réédition en 2002.

Soulignant le centenaire de la grève générale de Winnipeg du 15 mai 1919 sera une mise en scène de Strike!, une œuvre musicale de Danny Schur et Rick Chafe (Playwrights Canada Press, The Canadian Drama Publisher, 2007), qui se tient à Winnipeg, au Manitoba. 

Enfin, le dernier Signet fêtera le 175e anniversaire de la naissance de Louis Riel, né le 22 octobre 1844, avec le poème « The Sewing Circle, » tiré du livre Louis Riel: The Heretic Poems par Gregory Scofield (Nightwood Editions/Institut Gabriel Dumont, 2011), le tout se passant à Batoche, en Saskatchewan.  

Fondée en 2007 par l’écrivaine Miranda Hill, l’initiative des Signets compte 21 sites existants avec un nombre en croissance ! Ensembles, ils tracent un sentier littéraire d’un bout à l’autre du Canada. En ligne ou sur place, les visiteurs sont invités à parcourir leur pays à travers la lecture. Les Signets, agissant comme un tremplin pour les entretiens, les collaborations et l’apprentissage, offrent une expérience de lecture unique de même qu’une chance de mieux connaître son pays et ses habitants. Pour les mises à jour sur les quatre Signets signalant ces anniversaires canadiens important, et ceux qui suivront, visitez notre site


Personne-contact pour les médias :
Laurie Murphy, Directrice générale, Project Bookmark Canada
(647) 646 – 2622

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Calgary's East Village Chosen as Site of Alberta's 1st Bookmark on the CanLit Trail

Rosemary’s Walk , by Stacey Walyuchow

Rosemary’s Walk, by Stacey Walyuchow

Friday, October 19, 2018 

Calgary's East Village Chosen as Site of Alberta's 1st Bookmark on the CanLit Trail

Toronto, ON – Project Bookmark Canada Board President Don Oravec is pleased that Alberta's first Bookmark will be for Rosemary Griebel's poem, “Walking with Walt Whitman Through Calgary’s Eastside on a Winter Day,” set along 8th Ave. SE in Calgary's East Village at Loft 112, a literary and creative hub. The poem is from Yes, her first book of poetry (Frontenac House, 2011). Project Bookmark Canada Executive Director Laurie Murphy invites the public to join her, poet Rosemary Griebel, Glasswaters Foundation's Executive Director, Kathy Smail, writer Shaun Hunter (Calgary Bookmark Reading Circle), and Loft 112 Director and community host Lisa Murphy-Lamb, at the Autumn 2019 Bookmark unveiling in Calgary. 

Founded by writer Miranda Hill in 2007, Project Bookmark Canada has 21 Bookmarks on the CanLit Trail, with more in development. By 2021-2022, its goal is to have a Bookmark in every province and territory. It is the only national, site-specific literary exhibit in the world. A one-of-a-kind Canadian innovation, it is a nation-wide trail of the country’s literature encouraging residents and visitors to read their way across Canada. Rosemary Griebel joins an esteemed group of authors from Vancouver, B.C., to Gros Morne, Newfoundland. The first bookmark was unveiled in 2009 for a passage from Michael Ondaatje's In the Skin of a Lion, set at the Bloor Street Viaduct, Toronto. The most recent, this past summer, was unveiled for “The Gable Window,” a poem by L.M. Montgomery set in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island. 

Board President Oravec says, “Project Bookmark Canada and its Bookmarks provide a unique reading experience and a deeper understanding of the country and its people. Through audio walks and author talks, in person and online, the plaques are a launching place for conversation, collaboration and learning. We are grateful for a major grant from Glasswaters Foundation. We are pleased to work with them to mark Griebel's poem set in its exact location at #112-535, 8th Ave. SE, and add Calgary to the Canadian Literary Trail of Bookmarks we are building from coast to coast to coast. Incorporated in Alberta, Glasswaters works in arts, environmental protection and poverty alleviation with a focus in western Canada, Lesotho and Nepal where their work is based in local, community-created and supported initiatives.” 

Shaun Hunter suggested “Walking with Walt Whitman Through Calgary’s Eastside on a Winter Day” for a Project Bookmark Canada plaque, citing “Rosemary Griebel walks us through Calgary’s East Village — the geographic, historic and human heart of one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods. Here, next to the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers where Calgary got its start in 1875, Griebel shows us the contemporary East Village and its most vulnerable citizens. In the poem, we see at work Griebel’s signature attention, compassion and sense of wonder. She urges us not only to observe the particularities of this place, but to find a way to embrace Calgary in all its complexity.” 

Griebel is thrilled that her poem will be Alberta's first Bookmark on the CanLit Trail. “Yes, I am honoured to see this poem pay tribute to East Village and its sacred land. My thanks to Laurie Murphy, Miranda Hill, and the Project Bookmark team who have worked tirelessly to bring together landscape and literature across Canada; and to Shaun Hunter, Lisa Murphy-Lamb and Glasswaters Foundation, who do so much to foster our vibrant literary culture in Calgary.” 

Additional funds for the Rosemary Griebel Bookmark, celebrating the diverse and vibrant literary culture in the city, will be raised with the community in Calgary, through grants, donations and a fundraiser in the new year. A painting entitled “Rosemary’s Walk” has been generously donated by visual artist Stacey Walyuchow for auction at the event, and for use in promoting the Bookmark. Gifts to the Calgary Bookmark, or others in development, are accepted online at

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


Media Contacts:

Laurie Murphy, Executive Director, Project Bookmark Canada
(647) 646 – 2622

Shaun Hunter, Author, Calgary through the Eyes of Writers (Rocky Mountain Books, Fall 2018) 
(403) 686 – 4066 

Lisa Murphy-Lamb, Director, Loft 112 
(403) 455 – 1120 
#112-535, 8 Ave SE 
Calgary, AB T2G 5S9 

Kathy Smail, Executive Director, Glasswaters Foundation 


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