Category Archives: Books

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:

2008 Titles Available for Pre-order

Amazon.ca and Chapters.Indigo.ca 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): Amazon.ca: 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) Amazon.ca: 37% off!; Chapters/Indigo.ca: 34% off!

Budge Wilson’s prequel Before Green Gables (scheduled for release in hardcover on 29 January 2008): Amazon.ca: 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): Amazon.ca: 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.

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.