Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ottawa's getting its first Project Bookmark plaque next Tuesday!

I almost missed this story:

"On October 26, Ottawa will mark its place in Canada’s literary landscape when a plaque bearing a portion of Elizabeth Hay’s Garbo Laughs is unveiled in the neighbourhood of Old Ottawa South. Members of the public are invited to the unveiling ceremony that will take place at 1 p.m. on the West side of Bronson Place (near Fulton) at Colonel By Drive, on the South Side of the Canal, just East of the Bronson Street Bridge."

More information about Project Bookmark is available on their website. Ours is the sixth (not the fifth, as reported above) bookmark in Canada. The others, in reverse chronological order of installation, are:
  • The text of the poem “Essentialist” from poet Ken Babstock’s Trillium Award-winning collection, Airstream Land Yacht, on St. George Street at Bloor, across the road from the St. George subway station, in Toronto.
  • An excerpt of author Anne Michaels' novel, Fugitive Pieces, at the Northwest corner of College and Manning streets, in Toronto.
  • The entire text of one of the late Bronwen Wallace’s poems, “Mexican Sunsets” (from Common Magic) in downtown Kingston, on the Northwest corner of Princess and Clergy streets.
  • Approximately 500 words from author Terry Griggs’s novel, Rogues’ Wedding, depicting a scene that takes place at the Owen Sound harbour, on the exact site where the plaque was installed.
  • A passage from Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion, installed at the Bloor Street Viaduct, in Toronto, in April 2009 (pictured below and at right).

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