Heartiest congratulations to David Fox, who played John Blythe in Sullivan Entertainment’s miniseries Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel and Clive Pettibone in the episodic series Road to Avonlea, and to Elizabeth Hillman Waterston, whose numerous contributions to L.M. Montgomery scholarship include seven volumes of Montgomery’s journals, for their recent appointments as Members of the Order of Canada!
Here are some of the ways in which L.M. Montgomery and her work made news throughout July:
- “Anne Idea on P.E.I.” (a Charlottetown Guardian article on Elizabeth Epperly’s exhibit “This Anne Place: Anne of Green Gables as Idea, Book, and Musical”)
- “Musical on the Life of Anne of Green Gables Marks 50th Anniversary” (a Hamilton Spectator article on the half-centenary of Anne of Green Gables: The Musical)
- “Classic YA Discussion: Anne of Green Gables” on The Midnight Garden: YA for Adult (on the recent reissue of Montgomery’s novels by Sourcebooks Fire)
- “5 (Terrible) Life Lessons I Learned from the Author of Anne of Green Gables” from Women 24 (about some of Montgomery’s more troubling plot lines)
- “Embodying Character Series: An Interview with Ellen Denny, Part One” from Melanie J. Fishbane’s blog (a discussion about character and creativity between Melanie Fishbane, author of a forthcoming YA novel based on Montgomery’s teen years, and Ellen Denny, currently playing Anne in this summer’s staging of the musical Anne and Gilbert in Charlottetown) [followed by Part Two]
- “14 Times Anne of Green Gables Was Kind of a Feminist” from Bustle (an illuminating post, by Tori Telfer, that reveals why Anne remains a positive female role model for all readers)
Given that today is the first day of L.M. Montgomery and War, the 11th biennial conference hosted by the L.M. Montgomery Institute of the University of Prince Edward Island (an event that I am co-chairing with Andrea McKenzie), it seemed like the best time to launch this site, a new, expanded incarnation of the L.M. Montgomery Research Group that appeared in 2007.
This site continues to offer users resources pertaining to L.M. Montgomery’s life, work, and legacy, including editions of her books, scholarship, and textual transformations in the form of extensions, adaptations, and translations. My plan is to add more items from my personal collection, particularly more recent editions of Montgomery’s books, and eventually I will invite fellow Montgomery collectors to contribute details about books and other items from their own collections. Given the vast amount of materials out there, and the fact that interest in Montgomery’s life and work continues to grow, this website will never be “done,” but rather will continue to expand over time. If you find a dead link or an error, please let me know. You can also find the site on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.
I’ve been looking forward to the conference, part of a series of biennial conferences that started in 1994 (and that I’ve attended since 1996). Two years ago, at the conference on L.M. Montgomery and Cultural Memory, four of my friends contributed blog posts about the conference, each covering the events of a single day. I’m hoping to replicate that this year, and you can also follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #lmmi14.
I have been on the Island since last Friday, and have enjoyed getting reacquainted with familiar friends and places as well as experiencing this year’s production of the musical Anne and Gilbert. I’ve been coming here so long that, in a way, it feels a bit like I’ve come home.
Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Hillman Waterston, author of Magic Island: The Fictions of L.M. Montgomery (2008) and co-editor of The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery (1985–2004), who earlier this year was named to the Order of Ontario! For more details, see the University of Guelph’s press release and the website for the Province of Ontario.
The L.M. Montgomery Institute (LMMI), University of Prince Edward Island, invites scholars active in research related to the work and life of L.M. Montgomery to submit an application for the L.M. Montgomery Visiting Scholar-Program (1 July 2011–30 June 2012). The scholar will undertake or complete a scholarly project that advances our understanding and knowledge of Montgomery and her work. Innovative research projects about Montgomery are of special interest. The scholar will also be invited to contribute to the LMMI biennial conference in 2012 and will be invited to make a presentation at the conference. For the duration of the term, the scholar may represent LMMI at selected events and participate in the LMMI Committee (by teleconference if necessary). While the scholar will visit the LMMI, it is recognized that she or he may wish to undertake much of the project outside of Prince Edward Island. This position may be held in conjunction with other positions in other provinces or countries. The position offers: research assistance, a stipend of $4,500.00, a travel budget of $4,000.00 and the use of the LMMI office and research room.
The competition is open to university-affiliated and independent scholars. In your letter of application please explain why you are interested in this position, and detail in three to four pages the project you plan to undertake as well as the anticipated outcome and the contribution to Montgomery scholarship. Two names of referees (with their contact information) and a CV should also be submitted.
To request further information or to send your application contact:
L.M. Montgomery Visiting Scholar Program
L.M. Montgomery Institute
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Ave.
Prince Edward Island
Telephone 902- 566-0460
Deadline for submission: 16 May, 2011
The following press release appeared on 24 June 2010:
Dr. Benjamin Lefebvre, of Waterloo, Ontario and one of the world’s leading experts on Lucy Maud Montgomery, was reappointed as Visiting Scholar for the institute bearing the famed PEI writer’s name, the L.M. Montgomery Institute (LMMI).
Mark Leggott, Institute chair and University Librarian, announced the year-long appointment during his welcoming remarks at the 2010 L.M. Montgomery Conference taking place at UPEI, June 24–27.
“We are pleased to have Dr. Lefebvre return as our Visiting Scholar and accept this further term. His past year’s work with LMMI’s governing committee in facilitating and expanding scholarship about L.M. Montgomery and her contemporaries has been excellent. We look forward to seeing what exciting initiatives the next year will bring.”
Lefebvre will continue working with the Institute on projects that will benefit Montgomery’s international community of readers, including coediting a collection of essays with UPEI’s Dr. Jean Mitchell, a past Visiting Scholar. The collection will be based on papers presented at the 2010 conference, titled ‘L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature,’ which begins today.
“I am thrilled to be invited to return, as it gives me further opportunities to support the mandate of the LMMI and to be energized by the dedication of its committee members,” Lefebvre says.
He adds, “It is extremely rewarding to witness first-hand the community of Montgomery scholars and readers that have built up over time. I am so pleased with the high quality of work and the range of topics pursued at this conference by participants from all over the world.”
The conference features speakers and panellists from the United States, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Japan, China, Australia, Taiwan, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and South Africa and explores Montgomery’s writing and thoughts on nature through a number of presentations and papers.
The biannual event also provides a captive audience for the release of another one of Lefebvre’s projects, Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables. Edited by Lefebvre and Dr. Irene Gammel, this collection of original essays offers “fresh and timely approaches to issues of culture, identity, health, and globalization as they apply to Montgomery’s famous character, and to today’s readers.” Anne’s World was published by University of Toronto Press this month, June 2010.
Lefebvre has previously published internationally on Montgomery’s fiction and life-writing, and on film, television, and tourism adaptations of her work. His edition of Montgomery’s rediscovered final book, The Blythes Are Quoted, was published by Viking Canada in October 2009.
Lefebvre’s term as Visiting Scholar runs from July 2010 to June 2011. For more information on LMMI and the 2010 L.M. Montgomery Conference, visit www.lmmontgomery.ca.
An article titled “A new job for Anne of Green Gables: selling beef to Japan” appeared in Tuesday’s Globe and Mail:
Enterprising farmers on Prince Edward Island are hoping to crack Japan’s stiffly competitive Wagyu beef market by using the lure of Anne Shirley, a revered figure to generations of Japanese women—the ones who decide what is served at weddings.
Read the rest of the article here.
A CBC News article reports that a martyred Anne of Green Gables appears in Diana Thorneycroft’s collection of photographs entitled “Canadiana Martyrdom”:
Artist Diana Thorneycroft uses Canadian icons to show how religion and torture have come together over the centuries, and her exhibit includes a photograph of a mutilated Anne of Green Gables doll.
The image is based on a 17th-century painting by the Spanish painter Francisco de Zurbaran depicting St. Agatha, who was tortured when she refused to marry a pagan prince in the third century.
Congratulations to Vanessa Brown of London, Ontario, who won the second prize in Canada’s First National Book Collecting Contest for best book collectors under the age of thirty, sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC), the Antiquarian Booksellers of Association of Canada (ABAC), and the Alcuin Society. Vanessa won for her collection, “The L.M. Montgomery Collection in the Forest City.” She was recently interviewed by Mark Medley on the National Post book blog, “The Afterword.”
I remember the first time I bought a book about Lucy Maud Montgomery that wasn’t by her but about her. I was at a shop here in town called Portobello Road, which is no longer there. It was a great shop. There was a publisher’s proof of a biography by Harry Bruce. It was exciting to read about her, to find out there was so much more to learn. Then, of course, I bought the journals. And the obsession grew.