Updates: Wilson, Kessler

There’s a blurb about the Budge Wilson prequel planned for release next month in yesterday’s Globe and Mail:

Penguin plans Anne prequel for anniversary

December 19, 2007 at 4:59 AM EST
Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Anne of Green Gables, the classic novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. That yarn is now in the public domain—Montgomery died in Toronto in 1942—but Canada’s Penguin Group is marking the anniversary next month with a “prequel” it has commissioned in association with the Montgomery estate.

The novel, to be published Jan. 29, is called Before Green Gables and it’s the work of veteran Nova Scotia author Budge Wilson.

Not only that, but Nimbus Publishing is releasing a new abridgment of Anne of Green Gables by Deirdre Kessler, called Anne of Green Gables: Stories for Young People. Illustrated by David Preston Smith and scheduled for publication in May 2008, the book is available for pre-order on Amazon.ca. No word yet on whether this is a re-issue of Kessler’s 1983 A Child’s Anne.

Here’s a look at the cover art:

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