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Mapping Literary Ontario: Four New Bookmark Sites

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A few months ago, we reported on Ontario: Read it Here, a new initiative produced by three Ontario-based organizations, Open Book: Ontario, Project Bookmark Canada and the Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College. Over the next two years, Ontario: Read It Here will install eight permanent exhibits of literature on the exact geographic sites where literary scenes take place. Four of the exhibits (called "Bookmarks") will be unveiled in September and October, 2010, in the cities of Owen Sound, Toronto and Kingston.

From our friends at Project Bookmark:

Four Ontario literary settings are about to find a visible place in the province’s landscape. In September and October, the cities of Owen Sound, Toronto and Kingston will each unveil a permanent marker (called a “Bookmark”) bearing text from a story or poem. The Bookmarks will be installed in the exact physical locations where the literary scenes are set. The four installations are the next steps in a series of tributes to literature set in cities and towns across Canada, created by Project Bookmark Canada.

“It’s very exciting to announce these four new Bookmark sites,” says Miranda Hill, Founder and Executive Director of Project Bookmark Canada. “Each installation highlights a great piece of writing and together they showcase Ontario as a rich and varied literary setting.”

The featured works are (in order of installation) the novel Rogues’ Wedding (Random House of Canada) by Terry Griggs, in Owen Sound; the poem “Mexican Sunsets” by the late Bronwen Wallace (from Common Magic, Oberon Press), in Kingston; the poem “Essentialist” by Ken Babstock (from Airstream Land Yacht, House of Anansi Press), in Toronto; and the novel Fugitive Pieces (McClelland & Stewart) by Anne Michaels, in Toronto.

The Bookmarks will be launched with the generous support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), and in partnership with the host cities and local book festivals like the Kingston Writers’ Fest. Thanks to a special initiative, Ontario: Read It Here — created with Open Book: Ontario and the Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College, and funded by the OMDC — these Ontario Bookmarks will be further supplemented with online interviews, contests, reading lists and travel articles for the featured regions at

“Presenting the Bookmarks online at, is part of our latest project: mapping Literary Ontario,” says Amy Logan Holmes, Executive Director of Open Book: Ontario. “Ontario has a one-of-a-kind literary landscape and we are delighted to be involved with the Bookmark launches in this province, which recognizes this landscape in a unique way.”

The Bookmark series began in spring 2009 with an installation featuring Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion at the Bloor Street viaduct. Project Bookmark Canada is at work on future Bookmarks across the country.

“Project Bookmark Canada invites you to look at familiar Canadian spaces in new ways through stories and poems as well as to visit the Canadian places you may only know through literature,” says Hill. “It’s an invitation to walk your neighbourhood or get out your road map and discover where the real and imagined landscapes meet.”

Project Bookmark Canada is a registered Canadian charity. Find out more about these and future Bookmarks at

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