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.
Laurie Murphy, Executive Director, Project Bookmark Canada
(647) 646 – 2622 ED@ProjectBookmarkCanada.ca
Shaun Hunter, Author, Calgary through the Eyes of Writers (Rocky Mountain Books, Fall 2018)
(403) 686 – 4066 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Murphy-Lamb, Director, Loft 112
(403) 455 – 1120 email@example.com
#112-535, 8 Ave SE
Calgary, AB T2G 5S9
Kathy Smail, Executive Director, Glasswaters Foundation
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