Puffin Classics reissues Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island

Puffin Classics will reissue Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island on 6 August 2009 on the U.K. (available in Canada on 24 November 2009), joining their reissue last year of Anne of Green Gables with an introduction by Lauren Child. As you can see from the covers above, the authors of the introductions to the second and third books are to be confirmed, although Amazon suggests that Budge Wilson has written the introduction to Anne of Avonlea. I’ll let you know once I hear anything more.

Announcement: The Blythes Are Quoted

I’m pleased to announce that my edition of L.M. Montgomery’s rediscovered final novel, The Blythes Are Quoted, will be published by Penguin Canada in 2009:

The Blythes Are Quoted

By L.M. Montgomery
Edited by Benjamin Lefebvre
With a foreword by Elizabeth Rollins Epperly

The never-before-published complete and unabridged last work of L.M. Montgomery

Adultery, illegitimacy, misogyny, revenge, murder, despair, bitterness, hatred, and death—usually not the first terms associated with L.M. Montgomery. But in The Blythes Are Quoted, completed shortly before her death and never before published in its entirety, Montgomery brought these topics to the forefront in what she intended to be the ninth volume in her bestselling series featuring the beloved heroine Anne. Divided into two sections, one set before and one after the Great War of 1914-1918, The Blythes Are Quoted contains fifteen short stories that include an adult Anne and her family. Between these short stories Montgomery inserted sketches featuring Anne and Gilbert Blythe discussing poems by Anne and their middle son, Walter, who dies as a soldier in the war. By blending together poetry, prose, and dialogue, Montgomery was experimenting with storytelling methods in ways she had never attempted before. The Blythes Are Quoted marks L.M. Montgomery’s final contribution to a body of work that continues to fascinate readers all over the world.

Reissues in 2009

The following reissues have been scheduled for 2009:

  • Anne… avant la maison aux pignons verts, French-language translation of Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson, translated by Dominique Fortier, will be published by Éditions du Trécarré (Montreal) in January 2009;
  • Before Green Gables, by Budge Wilson, released in paperback by Penguin Canada and by G.P. Putnam’s Sons (U.S.) in February 2009;
  • A Tangled Web, part of the Voyageur Classics: Books that Explore Canada series by Dundurn Press, with introduction by Benjamin Lefebvre, March 2009;
  • Emily Climbs, part of the revamped New Canadian Library series by McClelland & Stewart, with afterword by Jane Urquhart (reissue of 1989 edition), August 2009;
  • Emily’s Quest, part of the revamped New Canadian Library series by McClelland & Stewart, with afterword by P.K. Page (reissue of 1989 edition), August 2009.

Six Books from Sullivan Entertainment

In anticipation of the CTV broadcast of Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (an exact date has not yet been released), Sullivan Entertainment will release six books in September and October. A novelization of the new movie, written by Kevin Sullivan, will be published by Key Porter Books on 1 October ( listing here). Also on that day, they are publishing through Davenport Press reissues of Montgomery’s novels Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, and Anne of the Island; an audio CD of Anne of Green Gables, read by Kevin Sullivan; and a new novelization of their first Anne of Green Gables miniseries.

Sullivan Entertainment has also released new trailers of the New Beginning movie, both of which imply that Anne wasn’t really an orphan after all. View them at their official website.

Upcoming book on Anne of Green Gables: The Musical has a listing for Don Harron’s book A Hundred Things You Didn’t Know about Anne of Green Gables, the Musical, scheduled for publication on 1 April 2008 by White Knight Books. More information about this book will be posted here when it becomes available.

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 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:

2008 Titles Available for Pre-order and are taking pre-orders for Montgomery studies that will appear in 2008!

Elizabeth Epperly’s Imagining Anne (scheduled for release in hardcover on 29 January 2008): 37% off!; Chapters/Indigo: 34% off!

Penguin Canada’s centennial anniversary edition of Anne of Green Gables (scheduled for release in hardcover on 29 January 2008) 37% off!; Chapters/ 34% off!

Budge Wilson’s prequel Before Green Gables (scheduled for release in hardcover on 29 January 2008): 37% off!; Chapters/Indigo: 34% off!

Irene Gammel’s Looking for Anne: The Life and Times of Anne of Green Gables (scheduled for release in hardcover on 1 May 2008): 37% off!; Chapters/Indigo: 34% off!

Gammel’s book will also be published in the United States by St. Martin’s Press in summer 2008. Cover art for all these books will be posted here when 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.