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

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

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. 


Media Contacts:

Laurie Murphy, Executive Director, Project Bookmark Canada
(647) 646 – 2622

Shaun Hunter, Author, Calgary through the Eyes of Writers (Rocky Mountain Books, Fall 2018) 
(403) 686 – 4066 

Lisa Murphy-Lamb, Director, Loft 112 
(403) 455 – 1120 
#112-535, 8 Ave SE 
Calgary, AB T2G 5S9 

Kathy Smail, Executive Director, Glasswaters Foundation 


Find this release and other informative PDFs to download on our MEDIA page.




An Evening with Dionne Brand in Toronto


Celebrating Love Enough

Dionne Brand & Project Bookmark Canada
invite you to an intimate evening:

September 13, 2018
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Jazz Bistro, 3rd floor bar and rooftop patio
251 Victoria St., Toronto

Join author Dionne Brand for an intimate reading and discussion of place in her writing. Preview the passage and plaque that will mark the Toronto Lakeshore with a scene from Love Enough, in advance of its installation on the Canadian Literary Trail later this fall.

Passed hor d’oeuvres and one drink generously donated by Project Bookmark Canada Board Members Don Oravec and Susan Lightstone. The event venue is an accessible space.


Ticket price: $75 (Tax receipt will be issued for eligible amount. CRA #82725 7569 RR0001))
Love Enough was published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada, a division of Random House Canada, in 2014.




L.M. Montgomery’s Halifax: A Literary Soirée


A fundraiser commemorating writing set in the Maritimes,
in support of Project Bookmark Canada:

Monday, June 18, 2018, 7pm

Women’s Council House, 989 Young Avenue, Halifax

Join speakers Budge Wilson, Alexander MacLeod, Kate Scarth, and others. Tea and sweets provided. Period costume welcome but not required. Raffles for Elly MacKay “Anne” prints, tickets to Anne of Green Gables, The Musical and more!

All ages. Suggested donation $20. 


“Even Halifax is pretty now. The trees are respectably leafy and every grass plot is gay with dandelions.” 

– L.M. Montgomery, June 2, 1902


Help us build Bookmarks!

Bringing fiction to life with Bookmarks on the Canadian Literary Trail.
CRA #82725 7569 RR0001

L.M. Montgomery is a trademark of Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Inc.



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


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

Media Contacts:

Laurie Murphy, Executive Director, Project Bookmark Canada
(647) 646 – 2622

Heather Campbell, Festival Director, Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival
(705) 929 – 0205

Find this release and other informative PDFs to download on our MEDIA page.

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


Renseignements aux médias :

Laurie Murphy, directrice générale, Project Bookmark Canada
(647) 646 – 2622

Heather Campbell, directrice, Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival
(705) 929 – 0205

Find this release and other informative PDFs to download on our MEDIA page.



A Message from the President thanking our volunteers!

Don Oravec, President of the Board of Project Bookmark Canada 

Don Oravec, President of the Board of Project Bookmark Canada 

Project Bookmark Canada is comprised of highly motivated volunteers and a dedicated and hard-working staff and together they make the Organization matter, on a daily basis.  

I believe it is important to acknowledge the work of these volunteers whenever possible so, with that in mind, today I want to recognise the volunteer work that the board members have achieved in the past year.

Hughena Matheson works on communications with educators (read her article here), and she helped staff our booth at Word on the Street this past fall. She and board member Linda Hughes met with librarians to promote the Organization and they also work to develop and support Reading Circles across the country, from Halifax to Yellowknife.

I also want to recognise Bianca Spence for her communications expertise. She’s also a co-founder of the Women’s March Toronto.

Alma Lee and Anna Ling Kaye are working diligently to make a second bookmark plaque happen on the nation’s west coast, and Anna is also helping to develop a series of Bookmarks that explore emerging and established voices of writers and readers from a variety of communities.

On the east coast, Munju Ravindra was instrumental in establishing our first community host partnership with Parks Canada, resulting in the Hugh MacLennan Bookmark at the Halifax Citadel. Also an east coaster, our outgoing board member Kevin Noel has helped keep the finances on track for the Organization now for several years and we are grateful to him for his work and sad to see his term end on the board of directors.

I am happy to announce the addition of Susan Lightstone to the board of directors. Susan and I were born one month apart in the same hospital in Sarnia, Ontario, and while we didn’t know one another back then we connected when I worked for the Writers’ Trust of Canada and she was a member of the Politics and the Pen committee in Ottawa (a committee that raised money for the Trust). Susan has ‘hit the ground running’ so to speak and is helping us organize fundraisers.

This only serves to ‘skim the surface’ and highlight some of the activities these wonderful volunteers do to make Project Bookmark Canada work. I cannot begin to thank them enough for all they do annually for the Organization. They donate their time, talent and financial gifts to our national charity, founded by Miranda Hill, herself a volunteer extraordinaire with us, and it is a pleasure to work with them. See for more information about these wonderful volunteers! We also want to thank other volunteers, from student filmmakers to researchers, from across the country.

This thing called Project Bookmark Canada is a literary movement that builds Bookmarks bringing writing to life with Bookmarks on the CanLit Trail, coast to coast to coast. We are always looking for more volunteers for the Organization, including board members, student interns and Reading Circle members. If you are interested, please contact Laurie Murphy and we can find a role for you. It would be our pleasure to welcome you to the fold.

Project Bookmark Canada relies on individual donations to do its work. Donate toward undesignated gifts, and help us with our operational costs. Thank you.

— Don Oravec



Toronto Bookmarks now on Driftscape!

Driftscape  is a new, local discovery app.

Driftscape is a new, local discovery app.

Article by Chloe Doesburg, of Driftscape.

Project Bookmark has partnered with another one-of-a-kind cultural project called Driftscape – now their site-specific exhibits will be even more accessible to you on the go. 

Driftscape is a new local discovery app that our team, spread between Waterloo and Toronto, has been developing over the last couple of years.  Our app brings together local cultural content in a map-based format.  Project Bookmark is included alongside pins from other amazing organizations such as The Toronto Poetry Map (from the Toronto Public Library), First Story (Indigenous history), The Toronto Dreams Project (fictional dreams of real historical figures), and many, many more. 

This pairing could not be more perfect.  Project Bookmark’s dream of helping to strengthen our sense of ourselves and our connection to the places we live through literature, is right in step with Driftscape’s belief that creating a platform where diverse stories can be shared will inspire a greater understanding of the spaces we inhabit and the people we share them with.

Canada’s landscape is dense with stories and Driftscape offers a tool to encounter them at the places where they are most powerful. Driftscape lets you see all of these stories in one app, and to tailor what you see to suit your interests.  You can also get notifications on your phone when there’s something interesting nearby.

Imagine you’re near Casa Loma, and up pops a notification: “You’re near the Bookmark for Dennis Lee’s The Cat and the Wizard.”  Stop to read a passage from this book, explore the interactive exhibit, and keep walking. A moment later another notification pops up this time from the Toronto Dreams Project – read a fantastical tale about Casa Loma’s original resident Sir Henry Pellatt, and his dream of a dragon in the castle.  Keep going…  another notification from the Toronto Poetry Map, now wander a little further leaving the castle behind.  You get another notification from First Story telling you that the place where you are now standing used to be atop a cliff on the shore of the great glacial Lake Iroquois – on a well-worn trail leading between the Don and Humber rivers.

This is just a small taste of what you’ll find on Driftscape.  Download Driftscape today to discover hidden gems all around you. We’re currently focused on Toronto, but we have plans to expand nationally and bring you all of Canada’s Literary Trail and so much more!