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L.M. Montgomery Day 2015 in Leaskdale

Please join us in Leaskdale, Ontario, on Saturday, 24 October 2015, for the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario’s annual L.M. Montgomery Day, which commemorates Montgomery’s arrival in Leaskdale as a minister’s wife in October 1911.

This year’s theme is Maud’s Landscapes: The Effect of Nature on Her Writing, and the schedule of events is as follows:

8:45 a.m.: Coffee and Registration

9:30 a.m.: Melanie Whitfield, President, LMMSO, Welcome; Gwen Layton, LMMSO, “Maud in the Garden: L.M. Montgomery’s Sense of Place in Her Leaskdale Literary Landscape”

10:00 a.m.: Melanie Fishbane, “Fairy Slopes and Phantom Shadows: L.M. Montgomery as Teen Poet”

10:35 a.m.: Vanessa Brown, “Hester Gray’s Garden”

11:10 a.m.: Break

11:25 a.m.: Benjamin Lefebvre, “In Lands Afar: L.M. Montgomery and the Re-creation of Prince Edward Island in Ontario”

12:00 p.m.: Lunch

1:00 p.m.: Kate Macdonald Butler, “Reflections on Filming Anne of Green Gables in 2015”

1:30 p.m.: Launch of L.M. Montgomery’s Rainbow Valleys: The Ontario Years, 1911–1942, including remarks by editors Rita Bode and Lesley D. Clement

3:00 p.m.: Book signing and refreshments

4:00 p.m.: Walk to Rainbow Valley and Tour of the Leaskdale Manse

To obtain more information and to register, please visit the website for the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario.

TPL Event on L.M. Montgomery’s Reflections on War

As I mentioned in my blog post last week, I will be speaking at an event called The  Canadian Home Front: L.M. Montgomery’s Reflections on War at the North York Central Library concourse next Tuesday evening, 27 January 2015. I’ll be talking about the responses Montgomery’s books published or set during the First World War received by reviewers (an aspect of Montgomery’s career that is covered in The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 3: A Legacy in Review) alongside Laura M. Robinson and Melanie J. Fishbane. Here is a poster with all the details. Hope to see you there!

Flyer for The Canadian Home Front: L.M. Montgomery’s Reflections on War

The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 3

The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 3: A Legacy in ReviewI seem to have dropped the ball on my promise, made in November, to post either an extract of a review or an ad every single day on this website until I received my first copy of The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 3: A Legacy in Review. Since mid-December, I’ve been so busy with the end-of-year rush, with illness, with the holidays, and with some behind-the-scenes updates on this website (including lists of journal articles, book chapters, paratexts, dissertations/theses, and reviews) that I haven’t posted anything in several weeks.

But I’m pleased to let you know that my first author’s copy of Volume 3 arrived last week, with the remaining author’s copies getting to me Thursday afternoon. As I mentioned on my own blog last week, the fact that this multi-year project has finally come to an end is bittersweet, and it’s been nice to clear my desk, both literally and figuratively, as I start to ponder what it is I’d like to tackle next. I do hope that the materials included in all three volumes will prove useful and interesting to Montgomery’s diverse readership, and of course I’m always happy to hear from readers in terms of questions, responses, and alerts to items I missed.

For those of you who are in the Toronto area: on the evening of Tuesday, 27 January, I will be joining Laura M. Robinson and Melanie J. Fishbane for an event called “The  Canadian Home Front: L.M. Montgomery’s Reflections on War” at the North York Central Library branch of the Toronto Public Library. I’ll be talking briefly about how Montgomery’s shifting vision of the war appeared in periodicals of the period, not only in terms of some of Montgomery’s essays and letters published prior to the writing of Rilla of Ingleside but also the ways in which all her war books—not only Rilla but also Rainbow Valley, Anne’s House of Dreams, and The Watchman and Other Poems—were reviewed in North American newspapers and magazines. It promises to be a terrific evening, so please join us if you can.

Montgomery Christmas in Norval!

Please join us in Norval, Ontario, this Saturday, 29 November 2014, for the annual Montgomery Christmas. It’s a fun day of church bazaars, friendly people, and a chance to see the community where Montgomery and her family lived between 1926 and 1935 as well as the church where Montgomery’s husband was a minister throughout that time. I’m really looking forward to the performance of A Kindred Spirit Christmas, created and performed by the newly formed The Spirit of Maud Theatre Company.

I’ll be signing copies of the first two volumes of The L.M. Montgomery Reader at Crawford’s Village Bakery, where I’ll also be stocking up on jams and jellies and preserves, although this year it will be with a heavy heart because the Crawford family has recently announced that the bakery will be closing its doors the next day. Elaine Crawford and Kelly Crawford are the authors of Aunt Maud’s Recipe Book (1996), which deserves to be in everyone’s Montgomery collection.

Please see Deb Quaile’s blog L.M. Montgomery: The Norval Years for more details, and please join us if you can!

Waterston and Rubio at Wolf Performance Hall, London, Ontario

Vanessa Brown’s article “L.M. Montgomery: Writer of the World” discusses a recent talk by Elizabeth Waterston and Mary Rubio at the Wolf Performance Hall in London, Ontario:

On September 30, supporters and members of Friends of the Library met at the Wolf Performance Hall to hear a talk by Elizabeth Waterston and Mary Rubio, the world’s foremost experts on Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Jane Urquhart at Toronto Reference Library

On Thursday, 12 November 2009 at 12:30, Jane Urquhart will be speaking at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street, just about Bloor Street) about her new book, L.M. Montgomery, part of the Extraordinary Canadians series. For more information about the lecture, go to the website for The eh List Author Series.

Thanks to Elizabeth MacLeod for bringing this to our attention.

Sullivan and Endicott-Douglas at Indigo on 6 December

I received the following information from Kelly Ward at Key Porter Books (Toronto):

Book signing with Kevin Sullivan and Hannah Endicott-Douglas
Date: Saturday December 6, 2008
Time: 12:00 Noon
Location: Indigo Yonge and Eglinton
2300 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON
416-544-0049

15th Annual Montgomery Christmas in Norval

The following announcement has been made concerning the L.M. Montgomery Christmas in Norval, Ontario. A whole day of activities have been scheduled for Saturday, November 29, 2008:

10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Visit country church bazaars and lunches at the Norval Presbyterian Church, Norval United Church and St. Paul’s Anglican Church

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Meet Dr. Mary Rubio, author of Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings at the L.M. Montgomery Museum at Crawford’s Village Bakeshop

3:00 pm: Watch a re-creation of the 1919 Anne of Green Gables movie at St. Paul’s Parish Hall, cost: $2

7:00 pm: Enjoy an evening at the Norval Presbyterian Church featuring L.M. Montgomery scholars:

  • Dr. Benjamin Lefebvre, University of Alberta
  • Dr. Irene Gammel, Professor, Ryerson University
  • Dr. Edith Smith, Professor Emerita, McMaster University

Music by Jack Hutton, ragtime pianist.

Tickets at the door or in advance, contact kgastle@norvalontario.com,
905-877-7059, cost: $10