Upcoming Anne Releases

Last April, I wrote about four new books that were released last spring to coincide with the seventy-fifth anniversary of L.M. Montgomery’s death and that promised to stretch our understanding of her life, work, and legacy in exciting new ways: Melanie J. Fishbane’s YA novel Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery, Andrea McKenzie and Jane Ledwell’s collection of essays L.M. Montgomery and War, Jen Rubio’s edition of L.M. Montgomery’s Complete Journals: The Ontario Years, 1918–1921, and Carolyn Strom Collins and Christy Woster’s volume of short stories After Many Years. Also published since that blog entry are Rubio’s edition of L.M. Montgomery’s Complete Journals: The Ontario Years, 1926–1929, also released in May (a volume covering the years 1922 to 1925 is forthcoming), as well as paperback editions of Mary Henley Rubio and Elizabeth Hillman Waterston’s The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, including a volume devoted to 1889 to 1900 and one to 1901 to 1911.

Coming up in the next several months is another new batch of releases, but for the most part the focus has shifted back to Montgomery’s most celebrated book, Anne of Green Gables.

Cover art for Anne of Green Gables (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, 2017)

First up is the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of Anne of Green Gables, with a foreword by J. Courtney Sullivan, an introduction and additional contributions by me, and a bonus essay by L.M. Montgomery. Most trade reprints of the novel published in North America reprint a modernized version of the text that first appeared in the mid-twentieth century and that Americanizes spelling, updates hyphenation and punctuation, and makes a number of small changes to the text (there are fourteen small changes made to the first chapter alone). The Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition is one of the few that includes the full text of the original 1908 edition, with fourteen corrections that are listed in the section entitled “A Note on the Text.”

This new edition of Anne of Green Gables will appear less than two months before the Penguin Canada Modern Classics edition of The Blythes Are Quoted, already announced. Joining these authoritative editions of Montgomery’s work are several new books that engage with her story in a range of ways:

Meet Me at Green Gables, by Michel Bourque, illustrated by Jean-Luc Trudel: This charming picture book tells the story of Gracie Finley and Glenda Landry, who played Anne and Diana in Anne of Green Gables: The Musical in Charlottetown in the 1960s. Also available in French as Rideau rouge et pignons verts. Bouton d’or d’Acadie, August 2017.

Anne of Green Gables: A BabyLit Places Primer, by Jennifer Adams, illustrated by Alison Oliver: Designed to “captivate your brainy baby’s imagination, and yours,” this board book for toddlers focuses on the PEI locations that are so prominent in the book. Gibbs Smith, August 2017.

Anne of Green Gables, illustrated by Maki Minami: This new edition of the novel features manga illustrations by Japanese manga author Maki Minami. Seven Seas Entertainment, September 2017.

The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook, by Kate Macdonald: A new edition of this recipe book by a granddaughter of L.M. Montgomery, first published in 1985, now with the subtitle “Charming Recipes from Anne and Her Friends in Avonlea.” Race Point Publishing, September 2017.

Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel, adapted by Mariah Marsden, illustrated by Brenna Thummler: This “whimsically-illustrated” graphic novel offers new and returning readers a chance to “explore the violet vales and glorious green of Avonlea.” Andrews McMeel Publishing, October 2017.

The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables: The Enchanting Island That Inspired L.M. Montgomery, by Catherine Reid, with photographs by Kerry Michaels: Traces the ways in which Montgomery’s “deep connection to the landscape inspired her to write Anne of Green Gables.” Timber Press, March 2018.

Anne’s Colors and Anne’s Numbers, illustrated by Kelly Hill: “Part of a series of Anne concept books,” these two board books are intended for earliest readers. Tundra Books, May 2018.

Finally, it is also worth noting that L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars, the second of three movies starring Ella Ballentine as Anne, will be released on DVD in November 2017, ahead of its U.S. premiere on PBS on Thanksgiving Day. No news yet on a DVD release of the third movie, L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: Fire and Dew.

Emily of New Moon Complete Fourth Season, Complete Series

More Emily of New Moon DVD news! According to a post on TVShowsonDVD.com, Emily of New Moon: The Complete Fourth Season will be released on DVD in Canada on 20 July 2010! In the United States, Echo Bridge Home Entertainment will continue with The Complete Third Season, The Complete Fourth Season, and The Complete Series, all available on 1 June.

I frequently get messages from people asking when the rest of the series will be released on DVD, so I’m happy to spread the word, especially since the latter two seasons of Emily of New Moon aired sporadically on the CBC more than three years (2002-2003) after the first two seasons (1998-1999) did.

Emily of New Moon Cover Art, Plus Season Three

As a follow-up to my earlier post about this spring’s re-release of the first two seasons of the television series Emily of New Moon, I’m pleased to spread the news that the cover art for both seasons has been revealed and that the third season will be released on DVD on 22 June 2010. No news yet on the abbreviated fourth season of the series, but at this rate hopefully we will see that DVD set as well later this summer.

For the cover art, see the news item on TVShowsonDVD.com.

Seasons One and Two of Emily of New Moon Re-Released on DVD This Spring!

Although the first two seasons of the television series Emily of New Moon were released on DVD by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment (season one in September 2008, season two in December 2009), these two seasons will be rereleased on DVD by Alliance Home Entertainment: season one on 20 April 2010, season two on 18 May 2010. Here’s hoping that the remaining two seasons will follow soon!

See the item for this at TVShowsonDVD.com.

Emily of New Moon: The Complete Second Season Coming to DVD

Emily of New Moon: The Complete Second Season (DVD)The second season of the television series Emily of New Moon will be released on DVD by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment on 29 December 2009! These thirteen episodes first aired on CBC more than ten years ago, from October 1998 to January 1999, and were filmed entirely on Prince Edward Island.

Included in the DVD set are all second-season episodes:

See also the listing at Echo Bridge Home Entertainment’s website.

Road to Avonlea DVDs in High Definition

Sullivan Entertainment has announced that the first two seasons of Road to Avonlea will be available in restored, high-definition DVD sets on 20 October 2009. For more details, see the pre-order pages for Road to Avonlea: The Complete First Season / Les Contes d’Avonlea: L’intégrale de la première saison and Road to Avonlea: The Complete Second Season / Les Contes d’Avonlea: L’intégrale de la deuxième saison.

Emily of New Moon Coming to DVD!

Echo Bridge Home Entertainment will be releasing Emily of New Moon: The Complete First Season on 9 September 2008! The first season of Emily of New Moon contains thirteen episodes that originally aired on CBC Television between January and April 1998. The cast includes Susan Clark as Aunt Elizabeth, Stephen McHattie as Cousin Jimmy, Martha MacIsaac as Emily, Sheila McCarthy as Aunt Laura, Kris Lemche as Perry Miller, Jessica Pellerin as Ilse, Shawn Roberts as Teddy Kent, and Richard Donat as Dr. Burnley. Guest stars include Michael Moriarty, Claire Rankin, Tom McCamus, Maury Chaykin, Leni Parker, Normand Bissonnette, Peter Donaldson, Jacqueline MacKenzie, Liisa Repo Martell, Chip Chuipka, Joan Orenstein, and Phyllis Diller. The first season contains the following episodes:

The DVD set can be pre-ordered at a 30% discount through Amazon.ca.

Anne in Japan

Symian Days has posted two blog posts on Anne of Green Gables in Japan: “Little ‘Red Hair Anne’” and “‘Red Hair Anne’ Strikes Again.” Thanks to Yuka for sending these my way.

Also, I have read reports that the 1979 animation Akage no An, which to the best of my knowledge has never been dubbed into English (correct me if I’m wrong), will be or has been released on DVD in French. I will post again once I receive confirmation and all the ordering details.