An independent, non-profit organization, the Writers' Chapel Trust serves to remember, recognize and celebrate the writers of Canada 's past. Each autumn, the Trust installs a bronze plaque honouring an individual writer in the Writers' Chapel of St Jax Montréal formerly known as St James the Apostle Anglican Church (corner St. Catherine and Bishop streets).
Established in 2011, the roots of the Writers' Chapel Trust stretch back to an autumn afternoon two years earlier when a small, intimate group gathered at Montreal 's St. James the Apostle Anglican Church to unveil a plaque in honour of John Glassco. This was followed in 2010 with a plaque honouring A.J.M. Smith. In 2011, poet, professor and lawyer, F. R. Scott, was honoured and in 2012, Hugh MacLennan was honoured with a plaque. In 2013, Gwethalyn Graham, author of Earth and High Heaven was honoured and in 2014 a plaque was dedicated to honour Louis Hémon. In 2015, Mavis Gallant was honoured and in 2016, A. M. Klein. Hugh Hood was honoured in 2017 and Louis Dudek in 2018
This year (2019), we will honour the Montreal born writer Constance Beresford-Howe. The plaque installation will take place on Friday, October 11th, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Writers' Chapel, St Jax Montréal. The Church is located at 1439, rue Sainte Catherine Ouest (corner of Sainte Catherine and Bishop) and the entrance to the Writers' Chapel is on the Bishop Street side of the Church. The plaque installation ceremony will be followed by a wine and cheese reception in the Church and all are welcome to attend.