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Launching Bookmark #19!


Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, Halifax’s first Bookmark is for Hugh MacLennan’s Barometer Rising, a tale of a wartime disaster that changed Halifax forever.

All are welcome to attend the plaque unveiling and readings at Parks Canada’s Halifax Citadel National Historic Site:

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 2pm
Main Entrance of Halifax Citadel
5425 Sackville Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Pour souligner le 100e anniversaire de l’explosion d’Halifax, le premier signet de la ville met à l’honneur Le temps tournera au beau (traduction de Barometer Rising), de Hugh MacLennan, récit d’une catastrophe en temps de guerre qui a changé Halifax à tout jamais. 

Tous sont invités à assister au dévoilement de la plaque et aux séances de lecture, qui se tiendront au lieu historique national de la Citadelle-d’Halifax : 

Le mardi 5 décembre 2017 à 14 h
Entrée principale de la citadelle d’Halifax,
5425, rue Sackville, Halifax (Nouvelle-Écosse)

This is an outdoor event, rain/snow or shine!
Let us know if you're coming: RSVP

FREE Parking is at the Back Entrance of the Citadel.

Project Bookmark Halifax Reading Group:  Sarah Emsley ,  Marianne Ward ,  Alexander MacLeod , and Naomi MacKinnon. Missing from the photo are  Susanne Marshall ,  Carol McDougall , and  David Wilson . Monthly meetings are at the Old Triangle Pub.

Project Bookmark Halifax Reading Group: Sarah EmsleyMarianne WardAlexander MacLeod, and Naomi MacKinnon. Missing from the photo are Susanne MarshallCarol McDougall, and David Wilson. Monthly meetings are at the Old Triangle Pub.

Thanks to Bookmark's Halifax Reading Group! Your efforts and enthusiasm are making Nova Scotia Bookmarks a reality. Learn more: Reading circles link readers across Canada.

We appreciate donations to help us build this Bookmark. Mail your cheque to Project Bookmark Canada, 215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 400, Toronto, ON M5T 2C7,  or give onlineProject Bookmark Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization: CRA #82725 7569 RR0001.

Dr. Keith Mercer, Cultural Resource Manager, Parks Canada Mainland NS

Dr. Keith Mercer, Cultural Resource Manager, Parks Canada Mainland NS

A special thanks to Project Bookmark Canada Founder Miranda Hill for her vision and work to build Bookmarks with Parks Canada community partnership.

We are especially grateful to Dr. Keith Mercer, Cultural Resource Manager, Parks Canada Mainland NS, and his team for their support of Halifax's first Bookmark and the first Bookmark at a National Historic Site.

Thanks also go to Philip Cercone, and the estate of Hugh MacLennan, McGill University, as well as Jared Bland and Kelly Joseph, McClelland & Stewart, Penguin Random House Canada.

Thanks to Rami Schandall for the design of our beautiful plaques in French and English.

See all 19 Bookmarks (download PDF)

Let us know if you're coming: RSVP




Launching Bookmark #18!


On September 30, Project Bookmark Canada will unveil a plaque to celebrate The Convict Lover and its place in the Canadian literary landscape. The plaque will be installed in Portsmouth’s Garrigan Park, once the quarry where Kingston Penitentiary convicts did hard time. This is the 18th Project Bookmark Canada plaque, and the 2nd for Kingston, the first being “Mexican Sunsets,” a poem by Bronwen Wallace.

The unveiling takes place on
Saturday, September 30, at 11 a.m. in Garrigan Park
beside Domino Theatre in Portsmouth village.

(See map below)

In addition to speakers, singer Chris Hugh Brown, Founder of Pros and Cons, will perform “The Prisoner's Song." Juicy Kik food truck will be on site, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

At 12:15 p.m., following the unveiling, Merilyn Simonds, author of The Convict Lover, will lead a “Prisoner’s Walk” from the quarry through the village to the penitentiary, with readings from the book.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

In addition to individual donors, thanks are extended to author Merilyn Simonds,
Kingston WritersFest, City of Kingston and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support.
To help build this Bookmark, click below:




A Bookmark for Prince Edward Island: Lucy Maud Montgomery’s “The Gable Window”

Photo credit: L.M. Montgomery, The L.M. Montgomery Cavendish Home, Canadian National Historic Site.. 

Photo credit: L.M. Montgomery, The L.M. Montgomery Cavendish Home, Canadian National Historic Site.. 

Project Bookmark Canada’s Board of Directors President, Don Oravac, is pleased to announce the first Bookmark on Prince Edward Island for a poem by Lucy Maud Montgomery, “The Gable Window,” set at The Site of L.M. Montgomery’s Cavendish Home. Describing the landscape outside her window, this poem was first published in The Ladies Journal in 1897, when Montgomery was 23 years of age. A cherished Canadian author, admired by readers around the world, Montgomery’s works have been translated into over 35 languages.

On July 27 in Charlottetown, PE, Project Bookmark Canada’s Executive Director, Laurie Murphy, attended the L.M. Montgomery Institute event at the University of Prince Edward Island announcing the Bookmark.

Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 4 p.m.

On behalf of the Project Bookmark Canada Board of Directors and its PEI community partners, Laurie Murphy invites Prince Edward Island residents, and visitors to the province, at 8521 Cavendish Rd, Cavendish, PE

There are so many lush and beautiful passages describing the Macneill place in the Anne and indeed Emily books. And right there is where the Montgomery fan experiences that ‘I know this place’ feeling and a sense of awe.
— Dr. Elizabeth Epperly
The Heirs of L.M. Montgomery are delighted that the first official Bookmark on Prince Edward Island will honour L.M. Montgomery, and will be on the Macneill site in Cavendish she loved so much — where she wrote hundreds of short stories and poems in addition to Anne of Green Gables and three other novels.
— Kate Macdonald Butler, President of the Heirs of L.M. Montgomery (Inc.)



The Cat and the Wizard at Casa Loma: Beloved Story Will Be First Bookmark for Children

Project Bookmark Canada is delighted to announce the first children’s Bookmark. On September 29th, at 10:30 a.m., Dennis Lee will unveil a Bookmark for his beloved children’s story The Cat and the Wizard in the garden at Casa Loma. The Bookmark will be the 17th on Canada’s literary trail.

Thanks to Casa Loma and Liberty Entertainment Group for hosting the first Bookmark for young people, HarperCollins Canada for making this classic of Canadian children’s literature available to the current generation, and to author and former Toronto poet laureate Dennis Lee and illustrator Gillian Johnson for sharing their inspired storytelling and for being such willing participants in the growth of Canada’s literary trail.

The Bookmark for The Cat and the Wizard will be supported by a special immersive exhibit available online through the Project Bookmark Canada website. The exhibit is produced and curated by Angela Shackel of Accounts & Records, and is made possible through the generous support of the Good Foundation Inc.

For information on the Bookmark and Canada’s literary trail, please contact:
Miranda Hill, Founder
Project Bookmark Canada

For information on Bookmark host site Casa Loma, please contact:
Amanda Sicilia, Marketing & Social Media Coordinator
Liberty Entertainment Group




Announcing Bookmark #16: The Fishers of Paradise, by Rachael Preston

Photo credit: Christian TW Photography

Photo credit: Christian TW Photography

Set in Hamilton, Ontario, among the fictional family of the Fishers living in the real boathouse community of Cootes Paradise, this novel explores Hamilton in the 1930s, the City Beautiful movement, and considers what it means to live beyond the margins. Winner of the Hamilton Arts Council’s Kerry Schooley Book Award, a new edition of the novel will be published in April by literary press Wolsak and Wynn.

The Fishers of Paradise is Bookmark #16 on Canada’s literary trail. Join us for the unveiling on June 9, 2016 (please note new date!), at 11 a.m., under the second rail bridge along Hamilton’s Desjardins Trail.

Thanks to our partners, The City of Hamilton, Wolsak and Wynn, and The Hamilton Public Library.

I am deeply honoured that The Fishers of Paradise is to be a part of Project Bookmark Canada. The seed for the story came from a photograph of boathouse community kids which I first saw on a plaque along the Waterfront Trail. What a lovely symmetry that this story will now have its own plaque on that same trail.
~ Rachael Preston, author of The Fishers of Paradise
As someone who has to read every sign on every trail I walk, finding Bookmarks is a wonderful treat. They show the stories layered over our landscapes, how the hills and lakes that surround us have worked their way into our imaginations. We are thrilled to have a piece of Rachael Preston’s beautiful story, The Fishers of Paradise, turned into a Bookmark. It will allow anyone who pauses on our waterfront trail a glimpse of Rachael’s vision of the city, one filled with unforgettable characters and forgotten history.
~ Noelle Allen, publisher, Wolsak and Wynn
Hamilton Public Library is proud to partner with Project Bookmark Canada and efforts to celebrate and increase awareness of our nation’s exceptionally talented authors and poets. The impact of Project Bookmark at the community level is tremendous and not only enhances the culture of Hamilton but also the vibrancy of our literary landscape. Kudos to Project Bookmark Canada.
~ Paul Takala, Chief Librarian, Hamilton Public Library
Hamilton literature and libraries transformed my life. The debt our whole community owes to writers, and to readers, is one that we can never fully re-pay. But with Project Bookmark, we have made a small start. It is an honour to support the Project's fabulous vision, in the great outdoor beauty of Ward 1.
~ Aidan Johnson, Councillor for Ward 1, City of Hamilton