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Cape Breton bookmark site to honour Alistair MacLeod

Project Bookmark Canada, which erects textual markers from stories and poems in the places where literary scenes are set, announced that the bookmark for Alistair MacLeod’s 1999 novel No Great Mischief will be unveiled Oct. 1 in Cape Breton. The bookmark will be established in honour of MacLeod, who died last year at age 77.

The marker, featuring a passage from the end of MacLeod’s novel, will be located near the visitor information centre in Port Hastings, facing the Canso Causeway. “Our mandate is to put our bookmarks in the exact physical location where the literary scene takes place,” said Miranda Hill, founder and executive director of Project Bookmark Canada, in an interview with the Cape Breton Post. “It’s wonderful because the passage is from the end of No Great Mischief where the characters have just come across the causeway.” 

The event coincides with the opening of the Cabot Trail Writers Festival on Oct. 2, which will feature MacLeod’s son, author Alexander MacLeod, reading the bookmark passage.