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!
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.
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!
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.
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.”
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