The Bookmarks

The Bookmarks


The Bookmarks

The Bookmarks

Read Your Way Across Canada

Canada is a nation of stories and storytellers—from St. John’s harbour to the islands of Haida Gwaii, from our populous southern border to the land above the treeline. Project Bookmark Canada exists to mark our stories in our spaces, by placing fiction and poetry in the exact Canadian locations where literary scenes are set. 

What do you see when you visit a Bookmark? Up to 500 words from a story or poem on a poster-sized plaque that you read while standing in the characters’ footsteps. 

Project Bookmark Canada is the only national, site-specific literary exhibit in the world. It’s a one-of-a-kind Canadian innovation—a nation-wide trail of our country’s literature, so that you can read your way across Canada.

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#29 “The Sewing Circle,” by Gregory Scofield

River lot 50- Township 43-Range 01- West of 3rd meridian in the rural municipality of St. Louis #431
Batoche National Historic Site, Saskatchewan
From Louis: The Heretic Poems, Nightwood Editions

#28 “Walking with Walt Whitman Through Calgary’s Eastside on a Winter Day,” by Rosemary Griebel

Calgary, Alberta
8th Avenue SE
From Yes, Frontenac House

#27 Strike!, by Danny Schur and Rick Chafe

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Stephan Juba Park, Waterfront Drive
Playwrights Canada Press (The Canadian Drama Publisher)

#26 “Knowing I Live in a Dark Age, by Milton Acorn

Toronto, Ontario
Corner of College and Spadina
From Jawbreakers, Contact Press

#25 The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky, by Karen X. Tulchinsky

Toronto, Ontario
Christie Pits ballpark at Barton and Christie

#24 Le cœur découvert, by Michel Tremblay

Montréal, Québec
Boulevard Saint-Laurent et Rue Prince Arthur
La Maison Leméac

#23 If I Die Before I Wake: The Flu Epidemic Diary of Fiona Macgregor, by Jean Little

Toronto, Ontario
Collier Street at Church
Scholastic Canada

#22 Love Enough, by Dionne Brand

Toronto, Ontario
Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, Lakeshore Boulevard West
Alfred A. Knopf Canada, a division of Random House Canada

#21 “The Gable Window,” by L.M. Montgomery

Cavendish, Prince Edward Island
The Macneill Homestead, Cavendish Road
From The Poetry of Lucy Maud Montgomery,
Fitzhenry & Whiteside


#20 The City Still Breathing, by Matthew Heiti

Sudbury, Ontario
Townehouse Tavern, Elgin and Grey Streets
Coach House Books

#19 Barometer Rising, by Hugh MacLennan

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Citadel Hill
McClelland & Stewart

#18 The Convict Lover, by Merilyn Simonds

Kingston, Ontario
Garrigan Park, Church Street
ECW Press

#17 The Cat and the Wizard, by Dennis Lee, 
with Illustrations by Gillian Johnson

Toronto, Ontario
Casa Loma
HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd.

#16 The Fishers of Paradise, by Rachael Preston

Hamilton, Ontario
Desjardins Trail, harbour side, at the edge of the floating bridge
Wolsak and Wynn

#15 Any Known Blood, by Lawrence Hill

Oakville, Ontario
King and Navy Streets

#14 No Great Mischief, by Alistair MacLeod

Port Hastings, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Visitor Centre
McClelland & Stewart

#13 The Republic of Love, by Carol Shields

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Intersection of River and Osborne, at The Gas Station Arts Centre
Random House of Canada, Ltd.

#12 The Jade Peony, by Wayson Choy

Vancouver, British Columbia
Intersection of Pender and Gore, in the heart of Chinatown
Douglas & McIntyre

#11 "The Sea Breeze Lounge," by Al Pittman

Woody Point (in Gros Morne National Park), Newfoundland
Seaside Suites, adjacent to the harbour
From Thirty-for-Sixty, Breakwater Books

#10 Sailor Girl, by Sheree-Lee Olson

Port Colborne, Ontario
Lock 8 Park, Welland Canal
The Porcupine’s Quill

#9 "Giants," by John Terpstra

Hamilton, Ontario
Sam Lawrence Park
From Two or Three Guitars, Gaspereau Press

#8 The Queen of Unforgetting, by Sylvia Maultash Warsh

Midland, Ontario
Little Lake Park
Cormorant Books

#7 "Song for the Field Behind Mississauga Valley Public School," by Jeff Latosik

Mississauga, Ontario
Mississauga Valleys Park footpath (east end) near Central Parkway East and Bloor Street
From Tiny, Frantic, Stronger, Insomniac Press

#6 Fugitive Pieces, by Anne Michaels

Toronto, Ontario
College and Manning Streets
McClelland & Stewart

#5 Garbo Laughs, by Elizabeth Hay

Ottawa, Ontario
Bronson Place, West side (near Fulton) at Colonel By Drive
McClelland & Stewart

#4 "Essentialist," by Ken Babstock

Toronto, Ontario
St. George and Bloor Streets, opposite the subway station
From Airstream Land Yacht, House of Anansi

#3 "Mexican Sunsets," by Bronwen Wallace

Kingston, Ontario
Princess and Clergy Streets
From Common Magic, Oberon Press

#2 Rogues' Wedding, by Terry Griggs

Owen Sound
Waterfront Trail
Random House of Canada, Ltd.

#1 In the Skin of a Lion, by Michael Ondaatje

Toronto, Ontario
Bloor Street Viaduct
McClelland & Stewart

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A Great Canadian Legacy

Project Bookmark Canada gratefully accepts undesignated gifts and designated gifts.

Undesignated contributions are vital to create the organizational infrastructure to support this great big, country-wide initiative. Make a gift today to blaze Canada’s literary trail.

Designated gifts are directly used to build the Bookmarks.


Either way, when you make a gift to Project Bookmark Canada, you’re joining an inspired group of readers and trailblazers who are building a legacy for all Canadians.

Project Bookmark Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization, CRA #82725 7569 RR0001. 

Charitable tax receipts are issued for all donations of $50 or more.


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Project Bookmark Canada is adding stops on Canada’s literary trail – and you can help! Explore our current campaigns to make an investment in a upcoming Bookmarks. Project Bookmark Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization, CRA #82725 7569 RR0001. 

Christie Pits Park, Toronto, Ontario

The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky, by Karen X. Tulchinsky

This Toronto Bookmark that will mark the baseball field scene from The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky, where the Christie Pits Riot took place on August 16, 1933. 

Join us for a fundraiser:
Thursday, August 15, 2019, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Jazz Bistro, 3rd floor bar and rooftop patio
251 Victoria Street, Toronto.

An unveiling at Christie Pits will follow on
Friday, August 16, 2019, at 1 p.m.

Karen X. Tulchinksy (aka Aren) takes us inside the life of an immigrant Jewish family through the war years and into the early 1950s, creating a stunning fictionalization of a defining moment for a family, a city, and a continent struggling with ideas of freedom, tolerance, and identity in a world broken by war. On a sweltering night at Christie Pits Park, after weeks of tension, four youths unfurled a white sheet emblazoned with a large black swastika during a softball game. A group of Jewish youths struggled to capture the flag, setting off the largest riot in Toronto’s history, involving fifteen thousand people and injuring hundreds.

Funded by the City of Toronto and individual donors.

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Spadina Avenue at College Street, Toronto, Ontario

“Knowing I Live in a Dark Age,” from Jawbreakers, by Milton Acorn

The photo of Milton Acorn is courtesy of his family.

The photo of Milton Acorn is courtesy of his family.

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Unveiling in Toronto on August 16, 2019 at 3p.m., corner of Spadina Avenue and College Street.

Milton Acorn (1923-1986), known as “The People's Poet,” was born in Charlottetown, PEI. He was a radical personality with strong left-wing views and working-class sentiments. Dedicated to class struggle, Acorn peopled his poems with working men and women and paid unceasing tribute to them.

“Milton Acorn’s poem Knowing I Live in a Dark Age (Contact Press, 1963) is a call to arms in order to create a future that benefits all human life, and not just those with economic and social privilege.” Benjamin Lord, Critical Analysis: Seeking Social Justice: The Call for Change in Milton Acorn’s “Knowing I Live in a Dark Age” (

Milton Acorn biographer, Richard Lemm, and UPEI’s Lee Ellen Pottie are holding a fundraiser in support of this Bookmark in the summer of 2019 in Charlottetown. Date TBA.

Funded by the City of Toronto and individual donors.

Calgary’s East Village, Alberta

“Walking with Walt Whitman Through Calgary’s Eastside on a Winter Day,” from Yes, by Rosemary Griebel

On September 28, 2019, Rosemary Griebel’s poem will be unveiled as Alberta’s first Bookmark on the Canadian Literary Trail, at Loft 112, 8th Avenue SE, a literary and creative hub in the East Village. “Walking with Walt Whitman Through Calgary’s Eastside on a Winter Day” is published in Griebel’s poetry collection Yes (Frontenac House, 2011).

“When we first heard about Project Bookmark Canada and the Ondaatje Bookmark, and its work of commemorating locations where literary works are set, we were excited by the idea. Canadian landscapes, cities, and towns truly are the stuff of great literature.  Project Bookmark makes that point by physically marking the places that have touched the hearts and imaginations of writers and readers.” 

~ Glasswaters Foundation

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Commemorating Significant Canadian Anniversaries with Four Bilingual Bookmarks on the CanLit Trail

In 2018 and 2019 Project Bookmark Canada will unveil four bilingual Bookmarks that feature writing by acclaimed authors Jean Little, Michel Tremblay, Danny Schur with Rick Chafe, and Gregory Scofield, in Toronto, Montréal, Winnipeg and Batoche. Your contribution will help us create immersive exhibits for these Bookmarks commemorating historic events across Canada.

Read more about our anniversary Bookmarks, made possible in part by the Government of Canada with financial assistance from the Commemorate Canada Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage


Batoche National Historic Site, Batoche, Saskatchewan

“The Sewing Circle,” from Louis: The Heretic Poems
by Gregory Scofield

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Unveiling in Batoche, Saskatchewan, in November 2019 (Date TBA)

Louis Riel is one of the most controversial figures in Canadian history. During his short life, he headed a provisional government that led to the founding of Manitoba, and in efforts to preserve Métis rights and culture, he led resistances against the Canadian government of the day. Project Bookmark Canada commemorates the 175th anniversary of Riel’s birth (1844) with Gregory Scofield’s poem “The Sewing Circle,” which is narrated by an older woman to her fellow mothers and wives on the last day of the 1885 Resistance, at the Battle of Batoche.

In November 2019, join Project Bookmark Canada, Friends of Batoche Historic Site and the Gabriel Dumont Institute for the unveiling of bilingual plaques, a reading of the passage by the author, and commemorations marking Métis veterans.

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