Given that today is the anniversary of L.M. Montgomery’s birth in 1874, it seems fitting to post that Candlewick Press has released on its website a tentative cover for its upcoming middle-grade biography, Liz Rosenberg’s House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery, illustrated by Julie Morstad and scheduled for publication in June 2018. Please note that this cover art has not yet been finalized.
Once upon a time, there was a girl named Maud who adored stories. When she was fourteen years old, Maud wrote in her journal, “I love books. I hope when I grow up to be able to have lots of them.” Not only did Maud grow up to own lots of books, she wrote twenty-four of them herself as L. M. Montgomery, the world-renowned author of Anne of Green Gables. For many years, not a great deal was known about Maud’s personal life. Her childhood was spent with strict, undemonstrative grandparents, and her reflections on writing, her lifelong struggles with anxiety and depression, her “year of mad passion,” and her difficult married life remained locked away, buried deep within her unpublished personal journals. Through this revealing and deeply moving biography, kindred spirits of all ages who, like Maud, never gave up “the substance of things hoped for” will be captivated anew by the words of this remarkable woman.
An affecting biography of the author of Anne of Green Gables is the first for young readers to include revelations about her last days and to encompass the complexity of a brilliant and sometimes troubled life.
Jane Urquhart’s forthcoming biography of L.M. Montgomery, part of the Extraordinary Canadians series by Penguin Canada, is now available for pre-order at Amazon.ca and at Chapters.Indigo.ca. It is scheduled for publication on 22 September 2009.
This comprehensive and penetrating account of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s life, all set in rich social context, and featuring previously unseen photographs, is sure to take its place as the definitive biography of this literary icon.
The book can be ordered online at a discount through Amazon.ca or Chapters.Indigo.ca or at your local bookstore.
Penguin Canada is launching a new series called Extraordinary Canadians, “a rediscovery of the great figures of Canada’s past by its most brilliant contemporary writers,” with John Ralston Saul as General Editor. Eighteen volumes are planned for publication between 2008 and 2010, along a companion TV documentary series and a website that is not yet online. The first three books in the series—Emily Carr by Lewis DeSoto, Lord Beaverbrook by David Adams Richards, and Nellie McClung by Charlotte Gray—will be published in March 2008.
In September 2009, they will publish L.M. Montgomery by Jane Urquhart. We will post further updates about this book once it becomes available.
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.