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)

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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 Message from the President

Don Oravec, President of the Board

Don Oravec, President of the Board

Why does it come as a shock each year when autumn arrives? With my advancing years comes the understanding that time does seem to pass more quickly.  

With the cooler temperatures comes a plethora of activities in the writing world. It is literary prize season in Canada with the Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Writers’ Trust Awards, and of course the Scotiabank Giller Prize being announced and presented. It is also the season for book launches across Canada and I attend as many of these events as I am able. I love meeting the authors and buying their new books and of course reading them with an eye to location and setting — you never know when you will stumble on the perfect paragraph that can be immortalised on a Project Bookmark Canada plaque.

Another annual fall event, Word On The Street will this year include a booth promoting Project Bookmark Canada at the Toronto event. Please stop by and say hello if you are planning to attend. The date is Sunday, September 24th at Harbourfront.

September also brings the first 2017 Project Bookmark plaque installation and unveiling in Kingston. We continue to fundraise aggressively to complete the funding for this Bookmark.

Over the course of this past summer I worked on a planning document for Project Bookmark Canada. This will provide a blueprint for the coming eighteen months for the organisation.  In the course of creating this document I consulted with a number of people in the writing and publishing community and I extend my most sincere thanks to them for talking to me at length this summer about Project Bookmark Canada.

As the organisation continues to grow we are encouraged by the many offers of financial support we receive. Project Bookmark Canada is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organisation and survives and grows thanks to donations from people across Canada. Please consider joining us in supporting this amazing organisation. You will be enabling Project Bookmark Canada to grow the number of plaques currently in place from sea to sea to sea and reach every province and territory in the process.

Don Oravec
President of the Board, Project Bookmark Canada




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.)



Kingston WritersFest Announces Bookmark #18: THE CONVICT LOVER by Merilyn Simonds

Photo credit: Archive Photo, Montreal Gazette. 

The Convict Lover, by Merilyn Simonds

Project Bookmark Canada is pleased to be part of Kingston WritersFest’s September 27 – October 1 weekend of activities, announced on June 29. Merilyn Simonds’ The Convict Lover will receive recognition as the City of Kingston’s second Bookmark and our 18th installation in a national series of Canada’s sites and stories.

All are invited to attend the unveiling of the Bookmark on
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Church Street (Garrigan Park).

Following the launch, everyone is invited to join the author on a Convict Lover literary tour with readings through Portsmouth Village. We extend our thanks to Kingston WritersFest, City of Kingston, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Through Cultural Services at the City of Kingston, we are very pleased to continue our relationship with Project Bookmark Canada to honour local authors and their achievements.
— Colin Wiginton, Cultural Director



Announcing a Halifax Bookmark: BAROMETER RISING by Hugh MacLennan

Photo credit: Archive Photo, Montreal Gazette. 

Photo credit: Archive Photo, Montreal Gazette. 

Project Bookmark Canada is pleased to announce an inaugural Bookmark for Halifax, which will coincide with commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion — Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan.

Published in 1941, MacLennan's first novel is a compelling romance set against the horrors of wartime and the catastrophic Halifax Explosion of December 6, 1917. The biggest human-made explosion in the pre-atomic era inspired a brilliant novel published in 1941 and, in 2017, provides an opportunity to gather and reflect on this event of great significance to Canadians.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 2 p.m.

The public is warmly invited to the official launch of the plaques, opposite the main entrance at the top of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Parks Canada, 5425 Sackville Street.

Canada’s national parks and historic sites enable Canadians to experience their rich history and heritage in a special way and Parks Canada is pleased to host this new bookmark on Barometer Rising. The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site still stands guard over the city below, just as it did 100 years ago at the time of the Halifax Explosion in 1917.
— Dr. Keith Mercer, Cultural Resource Manager, Mainland Nova Scotia, Parks Canada Agency