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April 22: Adam Sol is a Page Turner. Are You?

In 2004, Adam Sol won the Trillium Book Award for his second poetry collection, Crowd of Sounds, and his third book, a novel in poems called Jeremiah, Ohio, was shortlisted for the same prize in 2009. His latest collection,Complicity, is described as "by turns intimate and lyrical, experimental and outlandish." As today's Page Turner champion, Adam gives us a taste of what he can do with a little idea like a Bookmark, and what you can do to turn the concept of a national network of sites and stories into reality. As Adam says, "Bookmark can alter our perception of the country." So be complicit: join Adam as a Page Turner today, and you could win that new collection. 

Photo by: Patrik Jandak

Photo by: Patrik Jandak

This is a mark.  

Usually it points to things, or tries to be a piece of something that is meaningful.

Like a book, for example.  This is a book.

It’s a collection of a whole lot of marks that, assembled in the right order, and approached in a certain way, can tell you a story.  Or teach you about molecular biology.  Or make you feel like you are a part of a larger community, even a country.

This is a bookmark.  

A bookmark holds your place while you’re reading a book so that you can take occasional breaks for meals, sleeping, child supervision, and paid employment.  It’s the reminder that helps you get right back into the story.

This is a landmark.  

A landmark points to things like any mark does, but it tries to point to things that we feel are important, worth remembering.   A landmark is a way of holding our place in the physical world.  A way of reminding us of the things that we want to know about the places where we live or visit.

Project Bookmark Canada is making landmarks around the country to point us to some literary places that are worth valuing and remembering. To remind us of how the way we understand our world is connected to the stories we tell in that world.

These are also Marks.

Some of them are nice to look at, but they don’t stay in the same place like landmarks do, so it’s tough to just jump on the train and visit them.  It’s very frustrating.

I’m in the middle of reading Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer’s strange and sad novel, All the Broken Things. A lot of it takes place in small-town Ontario and every once in a while, while I’m reading it, I think, “Hey, I wonder if someone in Walkerton knows that their town is in a novel?”  Maybe someday Project Bookmark will get to Walkerton.  That would be – you knew it was coming – remarkable.

Project Bookmark is a project that can alter our perception of the country.  In increments.  In marks.  And the small amounts of help that you can give to the project can make those increments slightly bigger and deeper.  It’s worth trying.