Benjamin Lefebvre

New Journal Article on Arthurian Legend in Anne of Green Gables

Howey, Ann F. “Reading Elaine: Marjorie Richardson’s and L.M. Montgomery’s Red-Haired Lily Maids.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 32.2 (Summer 2007): 86–109.

The full text of this journal article is available through ProjectMuse to subscribing libraries.

The Story Continues—Again

Sullivan Entertainment has issued a press release announcing that Kevin Sullivan will write, produce, and direct Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, a prequel to their 1985 miniseries. They are launching a search for a new actor to play Anne. The project should be released sometime in 2008. To find out more, visit

It’s not clear whether the movie or miniseries will coincide with the *other* Anne prequel, written by Budge Wilson and scheduled for publication next March by Penguin Canada.

New LMM biography for children

Elizabeth MacLeod, author of L.M. Montgomery: A Writer’s Life, a biography for eight- to twelve-year-olds, has announced that her new biography for beginning readers, Lucy Maud Montgomery (illustrated by John Mantha), will be published in 2008 by Kids Can Press.

We will post further information about this new book as it becomes available.

New Book by Irene Gammel

The following announcement is from the Quill and Quire website:

Key Porter Books publisher Jordan Fenn has acquired Irene Gammel’s non-fiction work Looking for Anne: The Life and Times of Anne of Green Gables. Gammel will show how the international classic came to be written, and what the feisty heroine’s character reveals about author L.M. Montgomery. Publication is scheduled for spring 2008, to coincide with the centenary of Anne’s publication. Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists arranged the deal.

New Picture Book

Orca Books has just published a new picture book titled The Summer of the Marco Polo, based on an event that Montgomery describes in her journals and that also was the subject of two of her earliest publications: an essay, “The Wreck of the ‘Marco-Polo,” published in Montreal Witness in February 1891; and a poem, “The Wreck of the ‘Marco-Polo’—1883,” published in the Daily Patriot in 1892.

The Summer of the Marco Polo, written by Lynn Manuel and illustrated by Kasia Charko, tells the story from young Maud’s perspective. The official website description follows.

In the summer of 1883 a famous clipper ship ran aground off the coast of Prince Edward Island near the home of a young girl named Lucy Maud Montgomery. Lucy Maud, who became one of Canada’s most beloved writers, wrote about the grand adventure in her journals and reflected on it years later in her notebooks. The town of Cavendish was transformed by the presence of the crew, and the ship’s captain stayed with Lucy Maud and her strait-laced grandparents. Lynn Manuel has taken Lucy Maud’s memories and shaped them into a story that will transfix and enchant readers.

Lynn Manuel is a full-time writer and the author of more than a dozen books, including Lucy Maud and the Cavendish Cat and Camels Always Do. She majored in history at university and now finds some of her story ideas in the study of the past. When asked what information she would like to share about herself, Lynn says, “I am a grandmother. And I’ve seen Paris.” Lynn lives in White Rock, British Columbia.

Working in watercolor and colored pencil, Kasia Charko has created detailed inviting paintings that bring to life Prince Edward Island, a very special ship and the ocean’s many moods. Coincidentally, a number of years ago she received a visit from several of L.M. Montgomery’s great-grandchildren. Kasia lives in Alton Village, Caledon, Ontario, a short distance from Norval, where Montgomery lived for many years.

New Monograph by Elizabeth Rollins Epperly

Elizabeth Rollins Epperly’s new book Through Lover’s Lane: L.M. Montgomery’s Photography and Visual Imagination, has been released by University of Toronto Press! The contents are as follows:

Acknowledgments (ix–xi)
Permissions (xiii)
Abbreviations (xv)

Introduction: Seeing Patterns (3–10)
1. Montgomery’s Visual Imagination (11–38)
2. Montgomery’s Photography (39–62)
3. Picturing a Life: Selected Photographs (63–85)
4. Picturing Home: Image as Threshold (86–102)
5. Anne’s Green Arches (103–24)
6. Emily’s “Memory Pictures” (125–44)
7. “My Castle in Spain”: The Blue Castle and the Architecture of Images (145–64)
8. Afterimage: Around the “Bend in the Road” (165–78)

Appendix: “Cynthia’s” 1902 Article on Photography (179–82)
Notes (183–91)
Works Cited (193–201)
Illustration Credits (203)
Index (205–17)

The back cover also includes the following comments:

“No one is better suited than Elizabeth Epperly to undertake a study of L.M. Montgomery’s photographs. Through Lover’s Lane represents the first solid study of Montgomery’s fiction in relation to both her autobiographical writing and photographs. It is a readily comprehensible study and the images are gorgeous.” —Cecily Devereux, Department of English, University of Alberta

“Elizabeth Epperly has written an effective analysis of L.M. Montgomery’s visual imagination and ‘way of seeing’—a central and surprisingly little-studied aspect of this popular author’s verbal (and visual) art. Through Lover’s Lane is a well-written, engaging work that also makes available a beautiful series of Montgomery’s photographs.” —Janice Fiamengo, Department of English, University of Ottawa