Words in Place

April 30, 2009 | Book Buzz

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Project Bookmark Canada Some of you may have read the coverage of the unveiling of the first plaque by Project Bookmark Canada. The project aims to post pieces of prose next to geographic features all over Canada.

This first plaque stands in a little parkette on the east end of the Bloor Street Viaduct immortalizing a passage from Michael Ondaatje's novel, In the Skin of a Lion.

The project’s next two bookmarks will be a passage from Anne Michaels’ Fugitive Pieces, on Grace Street in Little Italy, and one from Dennis Lee’s poem The Cat and the Wizard, at Casa Loma.

The story of this fantastic project which honours narrative and place in Canadian fiction has caught the interest of the Brits. Alison Flood of the Guardian writes: Why can't we do the same thing in the UK? It'd be great to have a mini-extract from Notes on a Scandal enshrined on Hampstead Heath, or JG Ballard in Shepperton, or To the Lighthouse on Skye.

As Project Bookmark Canada builds funds through donations and sponsorship for the next plaques, what Canadian passages would you like to see honoured?