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Calgary's East Village Chosen as Site of Alberta's 1st Bookmark on the CanLit Trail

Rosemary’s Walk , by Stacey Walyuchow

Rosemary’s Walk, by Stacey Walyuchow

NEWS RELEASE:
Friday, October 19, 2018 

Calgary's East Village Chosen as Site of Alberta's 1st Bookmark on the CanLit Trail

Toronto, ON – Project Bookmark Canada Board President Don Oravec is pleased that Alberta's first Bookmark will be for Rosemary Griebel's poem, “Walking with Walt Whitman Through Calgary’s Eastside on a Winter Day,” set along 8th Ave. SE in Calgary's East Village at Loft 112, a literary and creative hub. The poem is from Yes, her first book of poetry (Frontenac House, 2011). Project Bookmark Canada Executive Director Laurie Murphy invites the public to join her, poet Rosemary Griebel, Glasswaters Foundation's Executive Director, Kathy Smail, writer Shaun Hunter (Calgary Bookmark Reading Circle), and Loft 112 Director and community host Lisa Murphy-Lamb, at the Autumn 2019 Bookmark unveiling in Calgary. 

Founded by writer Miranda Hill in 2007, Project Bookmark Canada has 21 Bookmarks on the CanLit Trail, with more in development. By 2021-2022, its goal is to have a Bookmark in every province and territory. It is the only national, site-specific literary exhibit in the world. A one-of-a-kind Canadian innovation, it is a nation-wide trail of the country’s literature encouraging residents and visitors to read their way across Canada. Rosemary Griebel joins an esteemed group of authors from Vancouver, B.C., to Gros Morne, Newfoundland. The first bookmark was unveiled in 2009 for a passage from Michael Ondaatje's In the Skin of a Lion, set at the Bloor Street Viaduct, Toronto. The most recent, this past summer, was unveiled for “The Gable Window,” a poem by L.M. Montgomery set in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island. 

Board President Oravec says, “Project Bookmark Canada and its Bookmarks provide a unique reading experience and a deeper understanding of the country and its people. Through audio walks and author talks, in person and online, the plaques are a launching place for conversation, collaboration and learning. We are grateful for a major grant from Glasswaters Foundation. We are pleased to work with them to mark Griebel's poem set in its exact location at #112-535, 8th Ave. SE, and add Calgary to the Canadian Literary Trail of Bookmarks we are building from coast to coast to coast. Incorporated in Alberta, Glasswaters works in arts, environmental protection and poverty alleviation with a focus in western Canada, Lesotho and Nepal where their work is based in local, community-created and supported initiatives.” 

Shaun Hunter suggested “Walking with Walt Whitman Through Calgary’s Eastside on a Winter Day” for a Project Bookmark Canada plaque, citing “Rosemary Griebel walks us through Calgary’s East Village — the geographic, historic and human heart of one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods. Here, next to the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers where Calgary got its start in 1875, Griebel shows us the contemporary East Village and its most vulnerable citizens. In the poem, we see at work Griebel’s signature attention, compassion and sense of wonder. She urges us not only to observe the particularities of this place, but to find a way to embrace Calgary in all its complexity.” 

Griebel is thrilled that her poem will be Alberta's first Bookmark on the CanLit Trail. “Yes, I am honoured to see this poem pay tribute to East Village and its sacred land. My thanks to Laurie Murphy, Miranda Hill, and the Project Bookmark team who have worked tirelessly to bring together landscape and literature across Canada; and to Shaun Hunter, Lisa Murphy-Lamb and Glasswaters Foundation, who do so much to foster our vibrant literary culture in Calgary.” 

Additional funds for the Rosemary Griebel Bookmark, celebrating the diverse and vibrant literary culture in the city, will be raised with the community in Calgary, through grants, donations and a fundraiser in the new year. A painting entitled “Rosemary’s Walk” has been generously donated by visual artist Stacey Walyuchow for auction at the event, and for use in promoting the Bookmark. Gifts to the Calgary Bookmark, or others in development, are accepted online at www.projectbookmarkcanada.ca/give

Project Bookmark Canada is a nationally-registered charitable organization, CRA #82725 7569 RR0001. Project Bookmark Canada issues charitable tax receipts for all donations of $50 or more. 

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Media Contacts:

Laurie Murphy, Executive Director, Project Bookmark Canada
(647) 646 – 2622     ED@ProjectBookmarkCanada.ca
@BookmarkCanada

Shaun Hunter, Author, Calgary through the Eyes of Writers (Rocky Mountain Books, Fall 2018) 
(403) 686 – 4066  smhunter@telus.net 
www.shaunhunter.ca 
@ShaunMHunter 

Lisa Murphy-Lamb, Director, Loft 112 
(403) 455 – 1120  loftonetwelve@gmail.com 
www.loft112.org 
#112-535, 8 Ave SE 
Calgary, AB T2G 5S9 

Kathy Smail, Executive Director, Glasswaters Foundation 
ks@glasswaters.ca 
www.glasswaters.ca 

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A Sudbury Bookmark: Matthew Heiti's THE CITY STILL BREATHING

TheCityStillBreathing-Author-Cover.jpg

NEWS RELEASE
Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Sudbury Bookmark: Matthew Heiti's The City Still Breathing

Toronto, ON – Project Bookmark Canada Board President Don Oravec is pleased that the 20th Bookmark on the Canadian Literary Trail is for The City Still Breathing by Matthew Heiti, a contemporary novel set in Sudbury, the author’s Northern Ontario home town. The Bookmark plaque will be unveiled on Thursday, May 3, 2018, 4p.m., at the Townehouse Tavern, and will feature readings and performances celebrating the diverse and vibrant literary culture in the city. 

“Project Bookmark Canada and its Bookmarks provide a unique reading experience and a deeper understanding of the country and its people,” says Oravec, “Through audio walks and author talks, in person and online, the plaques are a launching place for conversation, collaboration and learning about the nation. We are pleased to add Sudbury to the Canadian Literary Trail of Bookmarks.”

Writer Kim Fahner recommended Heiti’s novel to Project Bookmark Canada founder Miranda Hill, and then rallied the literary community in support of it during her tenure as Greater Sudbury Poet Laureate (2015-2017). Bookmark champions include individual donors, and organizations, such as the City of Greater Sudbury, National Reading Campaign – Reading Town/Ville Lecture Sudbury, Sudbury Arts Council, Sudbury Wordstock Literary Festival, Greater Sudbury Public Library and the Townehouse Tavern. Project Bookmark Canada is grateful for the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The City Still Breathing was published in 2013 by Coach House Books, and as Agonie City, with French translation by Eva Lavergne in 2017 by Prise de parole. “The story itself is so evocative of the Sudbury places and spaces with which we are all so familiar,” Fahner says, “Reading this book reminds me of the raw beauty and the vibrant characters that our city has always offered us, from the edge of Lake Ramsey, to Dino, the popcorn man, to downtown city streets, and the Townehouse, with a view that looks across Elgin to the rail yards. I am so very pleased that Greater Sudbury will now be showcased as part of a national literary trail. We have excellent writers here, and this is a testament to our literary culture and tradition."

A nationally registered charitable organization, CRA #82725 7569 RR0001, Project Bookmark Canada issues charitable tax receipts are issued for all donations, $50 or more. Gifts to the Sudbury Bookmark, or others in development, are accepted online at www.projectbookmarkcanada.ca/give.

Media Contacts:

Laurie Murphy, Executive Director, Project Bookmark Canada
(647) 646 – 2622     ED@ProjectBookmarkCanada.ca

Heather Campbell, Festival Director, Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival
(705) 929 – 0205    wordstocksudbury@gmail.com

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Le 19 avril 2018

Un signet Sudburois : The City Still Breathing (Agonie City) de Matthew Heiti

Toronto ON – Le président du conseil d’administration de Project Bookmark Canada, Don Oravec, est ravi que le 20e signet du Canadian Literary Trail soit celui du roman de Matthew Heiti, The City Still Breathing (version française : Agonie City). L’intrigue de ce roman contemporain se déroule à Sudbury, dans le nord de l’Ontario, où habite l’auteur. La plaque du signet de Bookmark Canada sera dévoilée le jeudi 3 mai 2018 à 16 h à la taverne Townehouse. Pour marquer l’occasion, des lectures publiques et des performances célébreront la diversité et le dynamisme de la culture littéraire de cette ville.

« Les signets du Project Bookmark Canada offrent une expérience de lecture unique en son genre qui approfondit notre connaissance de notre pays et de ses habitants », dit Oravec. « Dans le cadre d’itinéraires audio et de causeries d’auteurs en personne et en ligne, ces plaques offrent un point de départ aux discussions et aux collaborations qui enrichissent notre conscience nationale. Nous sommes fiers d’ajouter Sudbury à la liste des signets de la Canadian Literary Trail. »

L’écrivaine sudburoise Kim Fahner a recommandé le roman de Heiti à la fondatrice de Project Bookmark Canada, Miranda Hill, puis elle a incité la communauté littéraire à appuyer cette initiative pendant son mandat au poste de poète officielle du Grand Sudbury de 2015 à 2017. Parmi les champions du signet, il y a des particuliers et des organismes donateurs, comme la Ville du Grand Sudbury, la Campagne pour la lecture Reading Town / Ville lecture Sudbury, le Conseil des arts de Sudbury, Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival, la Bibliothèque publique du Grand Sudbury et la taverne Townehouse. Project Bookmark Canada remercie la Fondation Trillium de l’Ontario pour son soutien.

The City Still Breathing a été publié par Coach House Books en 2013 et Agonie City, la traduction française d’Éva Lavergne, a été publiée par Prise de parole en 2017. « L’intrigue comme telle évoque largement les lieux et les milieux de Sudbury que nous connaissons si bien », dit Fahner. « Ce roman me rappelle la beauté à l’état brut et les personnages colorés que notre ville nous offre depuis toujours, comme le bord du lac Ramsey, Dino le vendeur de popcorn, les rues du centre-ville et la Townehouse, d’où l’on voit la gare de triage de l’autre côté de la rue Elgin. Je suis très heureuse du fait que le Grand Sudbury fera dorénavant partie d’un sentier littéraire national. Nous avons chez nous d’excellents écrivains et ce signet est une marque de reconnaissance de notre culture et de nos antécédents littéraires. »

Project Bookmark Canada est un organisme de bienfaisance reconnu (node l’ARC 82725 7569 RR0001) qui délivre un reçu fiscal pour tout don de 50 $ ou plus qu'il reçoit. On peut faire un don en ligne au signet de Sudbury ou à d’autres signets en voie de développement au www.projectbookmarkcanada.ca/give.

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Renseignements aux médias :

Laurie Murphy, directrice générale, Project Bookmark Canada
(647) 646 – 2622     ED@ProjectBookmarkCanada.ca

Heather Campbell, directrice, Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival
(705) 929 – 0205     wordstocksudbury@gmail.com

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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.)
 

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