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Anne of Green Gables Contest Winners Varied

Anne of Green Gables contest winners varied

A young Muslim woman originally from Saudi Arabia and a farmer from Ontario are among the winners of a national letter-writing contest in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Anne of Green Gables announced by Penguin Group Canada.

The letters by Sarah Khan of Mississauga, Ont. and Bill H. Wiebe of London, Ont., co-winners in the 18 and over category, were described by judges as “staggering,” “brave” “powerful” and “eloquent.”

Khan found a copy of the novel in a pile of trash left by American soldiers after the first Gulf War and instantly connected with L.M. Montgomerys heroine, while Wiebe identified with Anne even though she is female.

OTHER WINNERS INCLUDE:
– Age 8-10: Rebecca Brooks, Winnipeg, Man.
– Age 11-13: Traleena Rouleau, Ottawa.
– Age 15-17: Hannah Tufts, Winnipeg, Man.

Among the prizes each of the five winners will receive is a $2,500 travel voucher to visit Prince Edward Island.

Anne-Mania Goes Global

Anne-mania goes global; Canada’s most famous literary export is being feted around the world

The Japanese, on the other hand, emphasize Annes almost mystical worship of nature and Montgomerys lyrical descriptions of the Island because those aspects of the novel tie in with Shinto—the native religion of Japan, which includes a belief in spirits associated with a particular place.

There are other reasons Anne appeals to Japanese fans.
The Japanese translation was published in 1952, when the horrors of the Second World War were still fresh and there were many orphans.

Anne also provides a complex model of femininity that resonates for Japanese women, according to Irene Gammel, author of Looking for Anne: How Lucy Maud Montgomery Dreamed Up a Literary Classic. “Anne is tempestuous, she has outbursts. Yet at the same time she is a good girl.”

Constrained by traditional gender roles, Anne’s mostly female Japanese fans appreciate the way Montgomery’s heroine “negotiates with people living in a narrow minded community which reminds them of their own society,” notes Japanese-born, Toronto-based Yuka Kajihara, a founding member of the L.M. Montgomery Research Group.

Alumni & Friends – Get Involved | University of Guelph

Just found this upcoming event for anyone in the Guelph area…
Alumni & Friends – Get Involved | University of Guelph

Wednesday, May 21, 2008:  AIA Annual Spring Luncheon
Join the Alumni-In-Action at their Spring Luncheon in the Arboretum.  This annual event starts at 11:30 a.m. with a reception with lunch served at 12 noon.  At 12:45 pm, Professor Mary Rubio, editor of the LM Montgomery Collection at the University of Guelph will speak on the topic entitled “Anne in the Archives.”  2008 marks the 100th anniversary of the publications of Lucy Maud Montgomerys novel “Anne of Green Gables,” and we have great reason to celebrate at the University of Guelph.  The McLaughlin Library is home to the largest archival collection of LM Montgomery personal archival material in the world.  Tickets are $20 per person.  Registration can be done online, by email, by calling 519 824-4120 ext. 56934 or by mail:  Alumni House, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1.  Please note that the entrance to the Arboretum is now off College Avenue.

Poland Joins Worldwide Celebrations of the Birth Centenary of Anne Shirley

From Polskie Radio

Poland joins worldwide celebrations of the birth centenary of Anne Shirley, the heroine of a series of books by the Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery.
 
Anne of Green Gables, the first book of the series, was published on 20 June 1908.
 
The Krakow-based Wydawnictwo Literackie Literary Publishers, the Polish publisher of Montgomery’s books, organizes a special event on the eve of the anniversary.
 
It also sponsors a literary festival which comprises workshops for teachers, several competitions for children and a major exhibition at the Jagiellonian Library March-June.
 
The Literary Publishers is also to bring out a Polish translation of Mollie Gillen’s biography of Lucy Maud Montgomery. Ann of Green Gables has been translated into 36 languages. mk

For those who don’t know Mollie, who is a friend of ours, please check out Dr Mollie Gillen’s Homepage that Yuka runs.

Interviews from Last Night at the ROM

Before Green Gables and 100 Years of Anne Shirley

This episode comes to you from the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada, where a large group of people braved a moderate snowstorm to attend the launch of Before Green Gables, the prequel of Anne of Green Gables.

The book launch coincides with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the introduction of Anne Shirley to the world. To mark the occasion, Canada Post has unveiled two new stamps one for Anne Shirley and one for Prince Edward Island, the Royal Canadian Mint unveiled their new Anne Shirley quarter and Girl Guides of Canada have unveiled a new patch.

This episode of Just One More Book includes interviews with author Budge Wilson, editor Helen Reeves, LM granddaughter Kate Macdonald Butler, the Right and Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, LM Montgomery expert Betsy Epperly, publicist Alina Goldstein and the many voices of Anne Shirley enthusiasts.

Visit the site and click on the interview link for the audio.

Shirley MacLaine Joins Green Gables Movie

From the Toronto Star:

Actress Shirley MacLaine has joined the cast of the Anne of Green Gables television movie.

CTV says the Academy-award winner will play matriarch Amelia Thomas in the film, “Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning.”

MacLaine begins filming this week in southwestern Ontario and shoots through the end of the month.

The “Terms of Endearment” star joins U.S. actress Barbara Hershey, who plays the grown-up Anne Shirley, and Hannah Endicott-Douglas, who plays the young Anne Shirley.

The movie, a prequel to the original miniseries “Anne of Green Gables,” is set to air on CTV in 2008.

CTV says MacLaine’s character pops up in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s first novel but has been shaped into a principal character for the film.

Thomas is a wealthy, powerful and unlikable widow who runs the prosperous lumber town, Marysville, N.B.

After taking in her daughter-in-law Louisa Thomas, played by Rachel Blanchard, Amelia’s miserable temperament is transformed for the better by imaginative and playful Anne Shirley.

See also Canoe’s article on this casting addition.

Six String Nation Guitar and LMM

Yuka got a GOOGLE alert about the Six String Nation Guitar and LMM, and asked me to get more info.

For those of you who don’t know about the guitar (from Six String Nation):

The Six String Nation is a movement to connect people from all regions of Canada through music and by sharing our icons, images and stories.

The Six String Nation guitar is at the heart of the movement. The guitar is made of more than 60 pieces that are significant aspects of history or culture from across the country.

The media kit adds:

PEI – Cavendish Wood from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s family house & post office. Many “Green Gables” pilgrims to PEI confuse the author, Lucy Maud Montgomery, with her fictional “Anne”. Lucy Maud was born on the same day as Winston Churchill and raised by her maternal grandparents, Alexander Marquis Macneill and Lucy Woolner Macneill in Cavendish. They were postmasters of the town. Maud as she was known worked in the office – often intercepting her own publishers rejection notices of her early pre-Anne of Green Gables stories before the town got wind. This is a piece of wood from that house/post office.

Of course, Yuka wonders where the wood came from, since the house was taken down around 1920:

I had a letter from Cavendish to-day in which the writer said that Uncle John was tearing down the old house. It gave me a nasty pang. yet it might as well be–it was falling into ruin. Yet–that dear, old beloved spot–my old room–to go into nothingness. (Friday April 23, 1920; Selected Journals, Vol. II)

So, it has NOT gone into nothingness after all! Anyone know who might have donated the bit of the house itself?