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Commemorating the 1933 Christie Pits Riot with a Bookmark for Karen X. Tulchinsky’s Novel, THE FIVE BOOKS OF MOSES LAPINSKY — August 16, 2019

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NEWS RELEASE – Monday, July 8, 2019

Toronto, ON Founded by writer Miranda Hill in 2007, the Bookmarks form a nationwide trail of the country's literature. “Visitors are encouraged to read their way across Canada, online and in person,” says Board of Directors President Hughena Matheson. “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.” Bookmark #25 on the Canadian Literary Trail is for Karen X. Tulchinsky's The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky. Everyone is invited to attend the Christie Pits Bookmark unveiling (rain or shine) on Friday, August 16, 2019, at 1 p.m., in the ballfield at Barton and Christie in Toronto, Ontario.

This is Toronto’s eighth Bookmark. For this Tulchinsky Bookmark, warm thanks are extended to the City of Toronto and Ward 10 Councillor Joe Cressy. The Bookmark’s unveiling will feature a reading of the passage by Karen X. Tulchinsky (a.k.a. Aren), and remarks by Matheson and fellow board members Susan Lightstone and Don Oravec, as well as Councillor Cressy. Special thanks will be extended to Talonbooks, the City’s Transportation Services Division Director of Public Realm Elyse Parker, and Neighbourhood Improvements’ Maili Sedore.

Aren X. Tulchinsky, the writer formerly known as Karen X. Tulchinsky, is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, video editor, and director. He is thrilled that his novel, The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky, is receiving a Bookmark on the Canadian Literary Trail. This 2003 novel was named One of the Top Ten Books about Toronto by the Toronto Star; was a finalist for the 2004 Toronto Book Awards; and received the 2008 One Book One Vancouver Award. Tulchinsky’s other novels include Love Ruins Everything, and Love and Other Ruins. Born in Toronto, Tulchinsky lives in Vancouver, where he works as a video editor on documentary television shows and continues to write novels. Karen X. Tulchinsky’s The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky, originally published by Polestar Press (an imprint of Raincoast Books), is published by Talonbooks (2010).

The work of Project Bookmark Canada is supported by literary project grants, foundations, and individual and corporate donations. A fundraiser will be held Thursday, August 15, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., at Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria Street, Toronto, by co-hosts Lightstone and Oravec. Visit CanadaHelps.org to purchase the $75 per person tickets or to donate if unable to attend in person. Tax receipts will be issued.

 

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Announcing Bookmark #24: Le cœur découvert

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Montréal (Québec)

Le cœur découvert
par Michel Tremblay

Le samedi 25 mai 2019 à 13 h
Coin boulevard Saint-Laurent et rue Prince-Arthur

Venez vous joindre à Michel Tremblay, auteur de renom, et Project Bookmark Canada pour visionner les plaques et écouter une lecture du passage. Tous sont les bienvenus.

Michel Tremblay est écrivain et dramaturge québécois qui, depuis longtemps, bénéficie d’une immense popularité à l’échelle internationale. L’initiative Project Bookmark Canada commémore le 50e anniversaire de la décriminalisation de l’homosexualité, suite de l’adoption de la loi C-150, le 14 mai 1969, avec un passage du roman de Michel Tremblay, Le cœur découvert, qui se tient à Montréal, Québec. 

L’initiative Project Bookmark Canada ramène nos œuvres de littérature et de poésie sur place et précisément où ils ont été situés à l’aide d’une série de bornes-signaux répartis à travers le pays. Ce projet est financé en partie par le gouvernement du Canada. FAITES UN DON pour nous aider à animer ce signet anniversaire!

Roman publié originalement sous le titre Le coeur découvert (Leméac, 1986), la traduction vers l’anglais par Sheila Fischman fut intitulée The Heart Laid Bare (McClelland & Stewart, 1989). Talonbooks publia une réédition en 2002.

 
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Montréal (Québec)

The Heart Laid Bare
by Michel Tremblay

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

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.

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.
 
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!

Originally 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.

 
 

 

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

 
 

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Happy 10th Anniversary, Project Bookmark Canada!

Michael Ondaatje speaks, as Founder Miranda Hill and former Toronto Mayor David Miller look on.

Michael Ondaatje speaks, as Founder Miranda Hill and former Toronto Mayor David Miller look on.

 

A Landscape of Literature

Today is the 10th anniversary of the first Bookmark unveiled on the Canadian Literary Trail, and to celebrate this milestone, we are appealing for support to achieve the goal of Bookmarks from sea to sea to sea, across this vast nation. Won’t you join us by donating to Project Bookmark Canada?

Project Bookmark Canada is working toward sustainable operational funding. Until then, we rely on donations from the public and grants from foundations and government agencies. This appeal is to increase our donations, to help us build a truly Canadian Trail in all provinces and territories by our 15 anniversary!

Donate

We would not be celebrating this anniversary without the vision of our founder, Miranda Hill, who receives a big thank you for imagining Canada’s literary trail. This idea had been on her mind for about 10 years and in the planning stage for about three, when she incorporated Project Bookmark Canada on January 11, 2007.

So, on April 23, 2009, Miranda Hill was naturally all smiles as she stood on the Bloor Street Viaduct in Toronto. This was the launch of Canada’s literary trail with its first Bookmark, one for a passage from Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion

Before Ondaatje read the dramatic passage of the nun falling off the bridge, he started with, “First of all and most of all, I want to thank Miranda Hill for imagining Bookmark.” Mayor David Miller noted that “her energy and passion” got this started.  

At Toronto’s Casa Loma, Miranda and writer Dennis Lee unveil the first Bookmark for children’s literature, “The Cat and the Wizard.”

At Toronto’s Casa Loma, Miranda and writer Dennis Lee unveil the first Bookmark for children’s literature, “The Cat and the Wizard.”

Bookmark’s designer and board members join Dionne Brand, braving the cold on Toronto’s Lakeshore at the unveiling of the  Love Enough  Bookmark.

Bookmark’s designer and board members join Dionne Brand, braving the cold on Toronto’s Lakeshore at the unveiling of the Love Enough Bookmark.

When asked what other Bookmarks she imagined for Toronto, Miranda replied: Dennis Lee and Dionne Brand and Anne Michaels. A decade later, these Bookmarks exist, along with more than 20 others because Miranda, with the help of a strong group of staff, volunteers, partners, supporters and generous donors like you, made it happen!

Miranda and writer Wayson Choy at the first western Bookmark,  The Jade Peony,  in Vancouver’s Chinatown.

Miranda and writer Wayson Choy at the first western Bookmark, The Jade Peony, in Vancouver’s Chinatown.

The family of poet Al Pittman at his Bookmark in Woody Point, Newfoundland — “The Seabreeze Lounge” — the first Bookmark outside Ontario.

The family of poet Al Pittman at his Bookmark in Woody Point, Newfoundland — “The Seabreeze Lounge” — the first Bookmark outside Ontario.

As Project Bookmark Canada enters its second decade, under the leadership of Board President Hughena Matheson and Executive Director Laurie Murphy and with the support of board members, the trail has expanded to Prince Edward Island and further to Quebec, Saskatchewan and Alberta, each with their first Bookmark bringing us closer to our goal of a bookmark in every province and territory.

Nova Scotia Writers’ Federation Executive Director Marilyn Smulders, writer Carol Bruneau, and Laurie Murphy, Project Bookmark Canada Executive Director, at the Halifax Bookmark,  Barometer Rising .

Nova Scotia Writers’ Federation Executive Director Marilyn Smulders, writer Carol Bruneau, and Laurie Murphy, Project Bookmark Canada Executive Director, at the Halifax Bookmark, Barometer Rising.

Hughena Matheson, Project Bookmark Canada’s Board President, at “The Gable Window” Bookmark in PEI.

Hughena Matheson, Project Bookmark Canada’s Board President, at “The Gable Window” Bookmark in PEI.

Canada is a vast country with a huge anthology. To continue this trail, unique in the world, and “a genius idea” according to Elizabeth Hay (a Bookmark author), we need your help. Miranda’s message from a decade ago stills holds: “All we need is passionate people to help us with funding, encouragement and suggestions.” All we need is you!

Help celebrate Bookmark’s 10th anniversary and create a landscape of literature connecting Canadians to their stories. Help blaze the trail in more parts of Canada with your generous anniversary gift.  Tax receipts are issued for donations $50 and over.

As Bookmark’s anniversary shares the day with Shakespeare’s birthday, the British bard’s words come to mind:

“They say, if money goes before, all ways [trails] do lie open.”

Writer Jean Little and students of Jesse Ketchum School enjoy a reading of a passage from  If I Die Before I Wake,  at Yorkville Library, Toronto. Bilingual plaques at Collier and Church Streets, supported by the Government of Canada, mark the 100th anniversary of the Spanish Flu Pandemic.

Writer Jean Little and students of Jesse Ketchum School enjoy a reading of a passage from If I Die Before I Wake, at Yorkville Library, Toronto. Bilingual plaques at Collier and Church Streets, supported by the Government of Canada, mark the 100th anniversary of the Spanish Flu Pandemic.

Project Bookmark Canada’s Executive Director Laurie Murphy and Board President Hughena Matheson join writer Matthew Heiti in celebrating the first northern Bookmark,  The City Still Breathing  at the Townehouse Tavern in Sudbury.

Project Bookmark Canada’s Executive Director Laurie Murphy and Board President Hughena Matheson join writer Matthew Heiti in celebrating the first northern Bookmark, The City Still Breathing at the Townehouse Tavern in Sudbury.

Project Bookmark Canada Board of Directors

Hughena Matheson, President
Anna Ling Kaye, Vice President
Don Oravec, Treasurer 
Linda Hughes, Secretary

Alma Lee, Executive Member
Susan Lightstone, Executive Member
Munju Ravindra, Executive Member
Bianca Spence, Executive Member 


 

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Artwork:  Rosemary’s Walk  by Stacey Walyuchow

Artwork: Rosemary’s Walk by Stacey Walyuchow

Bookmark! A Literary Feast & Fundraiser

Thursday, April 11, 2019
Deane House, 806 – 9th Avenue SE, Calgary AB
6:00 for 7:00 pm
Tickets: $150 per person

 

You are invited to eat, drink and be literary at this unique fundraiser and celebration of Calgary’s rich literary heritage. Hosted in the historic Deane House—the original home of author Captain R. Burton Deane, and later the place where legendary Dandelion Magazine was born—the event includes a fabulous three-course meal with wine pairings, and a reading by special guest author Rosemary Griebel. 

Proceeds from the event will support the installation of Alberta’s first Bookmark on Project Bookmark Canada’s literary trail—a permanent plaque featuring Calgary poet Rosemary Griebel’s “Walking with Walt Whitman Through Calgary’s Eastside on a Winter Day” to be unveiled this fall at Loft 112 in Calgary’s East Village. Book Appetit!

For more information contact: Shaun Hunter

Guests will receive a charitable donation receipt from Project Bookmark Canada for the eligible portion of the ticket price. CRA #82725 7569 RR0001

 
 
 

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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.

 

Greetings!

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!

Sincerely,

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.

 
 

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