April 28, 2009

The Bookmarks

I'm facinated by a project that's going on in Canada.  It's called The Bookmarks.

Anyone who has read Michael Ondaatje's In the Skin of the Lion will recall this vivid scene where a nun is blown off Toronto's Bloor Street Viaduct by a strong wind and caught by a worker. The Guardian reported on Project Bookmark Canada, "an arresting idea from a group of Canadians--a plan to place permanent markers displaying text from stories and poems in the locations where they take place." 

"Readers can step right into the stories, experiencing the authors' visions and the real locales simultaneously," said Miranda Hill, the project's founder. "My vision is that you should be able to read your way right across Canada."

I think this is a wonderful project and wonder why it isn't being done here in America; or anywhere else in the world.  

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