Message from the President

Board President Don Oravec with Founder Miranda Hill and ED Laurie Murphy

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.         

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Help Us Blaze the CanLit Trail!

Bookmarks to Come in 2018!

A Bookmark for Northern Ontario

Sudbury joins 19 locations on the CanLit map this spring!

Northern Ontario’s first Bookmark is supported by an outstanding group of volunteers, led by writer Kim Fahner, Sudbury's poet laureate from 2015-2017, whose idea it was to submit Matthew Heiti’s novel, The City Still Breathing (Coach House Books), to Project Bookmark Canada for consideration. (Kim Fahner announces the Sudbury Bookmark here.)

The city's new poet laureate, Chloé LaDuchesse, joins city librarian Jessica Watts, Sandy Crawley of National Reading Campaign, Derek Young of Sudbury Reading Town / Ville Lecture, Sudbury Arts Council Communications Intern Adric Cluff, Judi Straughn, Celina Mantler, and Heather Campbell, to celebrate the city’s vibrant arts scene. They’re raising friends and funds to the Sudbury Bookmark which will be officially unveiled on May 3, 2018, 4–5 pm, at the Townehouse.

Donate to this Bookmark via the button below—or drop your cheque, drawn to Project Bookmark Canada, at any of the Sudbury Library Branches (attention of Tammy DeAmicis). Tax receipts will be issued by Project Bookmark Canada. We are thankful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for its support.

Read an article about The City Still Breathing Bookmark here.


Executive Director Laurie Murphy will be a presenter at The L.M. Montgomery Institute's 13th Biennial Conference at the University of Prince Edward Island, June 21- 24, 2018. Laurie will speak about Project Bookmark Canada, and invite the delegates to join her at the unveiling of a Bookmark for Lucy Maud Montgomery’s poem, "A Gable Window," on Sunday, June 24, 4pm, at the Cavendish Homestead.

Support PEI's First Bookmark!
Dionne Brand's most recent novel, Love Enough, will be commemorated with a Bookmark in 2018 on the Toronto lakeshore. 
Help Build the LOVE ENOUGH Bookmark


Visiting Bookmarks 1-19

Our most recent Bookmark, for Barometer Rising, was launched in Halifax in December 2017, 100 years after the tragic Halifax Explosion which is a central event in the novel. 

• Visit the photo gallery
• See a video of the Barometer Rising Bookmark unveiling (by Lisa Murphy)
• Listen to a podcast: CBC Mainstreet Halifax – Dec. 1 and Dec. 11, 2017.
• Read The Halifax Chronicle Herald feature story in the Dartmouth Tribune.


Toronto Bookmarks are on Driftscape!

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

Driftscape is a new local discovery app has been in development over the last couple of years. This 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. 

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Our Volunteers

Post secondary and high school students wishing to intern with Bookmark are most welcome to apply! Fundraising, marketing and communications/PR, event planning or research learning opportunities abound.

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Teen-age filmmaker Astrid Mohr recording The Convict Lover Bookmark

Spread the word, educators!

An article for teachers by Board Member Hughena Matheson
Field trips — excitement for your students, but, for you teachers, these trips can mean headaches: collecting money and parental permission forms, ordering buses, and the ultimate worry of losing a student. I suggest a field trip without these worries.   Read more

Thank you for your submission of passages online and through our Reading Circles. They are reviewed by the National Bookmark Advisory Committee members in January and July of each year. They, in turn, recommend passages to the Board for development. Please see the criteria and guidelines.

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