Project Bookmark Canada is pleased to announce that a Bookmark for Lawrence Hill’s Any Known Blood will be unveiled in Oakville on October 5, 2015. The Bookmark will be the 15th installation on our literary trail.

Photo credit: Lisa Sakulensky

Photo credit: Lisa Sakulensky

Initial funding for this Bookmark was donated some years ago by an Oakville book club that was reading the novel and invited Lawrence Hill to come to a meeting at the home of host Cari MacLean. That donation put a Bookmark for Any Known Blood on our to-do list, but at the time Project Bookmark Canada was expanding its national reach, and focusing our limited resources on Bookmarks outside Ontario.

Fast forward to spring 2015, when three of our avid volunteers sat down with Bookmark staff to discuss creating a branch of the Bookmark trail that could span the “Golden Horseshoe” from Oakville to Niagara Falls. It was time, we all agreed, to investigate the possibilities from Any Known Blood in Oakville. Our initial calls to staff at the Town of Oakville were greeted with great enthusiasm. In fact, their biggest question was, “How soon can we do it?”

The answer is October 5th, when Lawrence Hill and members of the Oakville community will unveil the passage from Any Known Blood on the corner of King and Navy Streets. Following the brief ceremony, there will be a gathering at the adjacent Oakville Museum where guests may explore exhibits on the area’s black history and on the Underground Railroad and talk to Museum Supervisor Bill Nesbitt, who has been integral to this initiative. If you’re in the area and a fan of Bookmark or Lawrence Hill, please join us. And if you can’t make it out that day, in the evening Lawrence Hill will be speaking about his new novel, The Illegal, at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts

To get you ready, you can learn more about Any Known Blood here, or pick up the book at the fabulous bookstore A Different Drummer Books in nearby Burlington, or at the Oakville Public Library. You can also add your support to the generosity of Cari MacLean’s book club and make a donation to help us build the Bookmark for Any Known Blood. All donors will be thanked on our site and at the ceremony.