Elizabeth Rollins Epperly

Book Review: Epperly, Wilson, Gammel

My review of three new Anne books—Imagining Anne: The Island Scrapbooks of L.M. Montgomery, by Elizabeth Rollins Epperly; Before Green Gables, by Budge Wilson; and Looking for Anne: How Lucy Maud Montgomery Dreamed Up a Literary Classic, by Irene Gammel—appears in today’s The Globe and Mail on pages D1 and D9 of the Books section.

UPDATE: The review is no longer freely available on the Globe and Mail website, but the full text of the review can be found here.

Interviews from Last Night at the ROM

Before Green Gables and 100 Years of Anne Shirley

This episode comes to you from the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada, where a large group of people braved a moderate snowstorm to attend the launch of Before Green Gables, the prequel of Anne of Green Gables.

The book launch coincides with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the introduction of Anne Shirley to the world. To mark the occasion, Canada Post has unveiled two new stamps one for Anne Shirley and one for Prince Edward Island, the Royal Canadian Mint unveiled their new Anne Shirley quarter and Girl Guides of Canada have unveiled a new patch.

This episode of Just One More Book includes interviews with author Budge Wilson, editor Helen Reeves, LM granddaughter Kate Macdonald Butler, the Right and Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, LM Montgomery expert Betsy Epperly, publicist Alina Goldstein and the many voices of Anne Shirley enthusiasts.

Visit the site and click on the interview link for the audio.

100 Years of Anne Celebration at ROM

The following event has been posted on the website of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto for Tuesday, 12 February 2008, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM:

100 Years of Anne

Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables was published in 1908. This special evening features Budge Wilson, award-winning author of Before Green Gables, and Dr. Elizabeth Epperly, one of the world’s foremost scholars of L.M. Montgomery and editor of Imagining Anne: The Island Scrapbooks of L.M. Montgomery. Kate Macdonald, Montgomery’s granddaughter will be in attendance. The evening will be introduced by the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson. Book signing follows.

Cover Illustrations of Forthcoming Titles from Penguin

Amazon.ca now includes cover illustrations of three titles forthcoming from Penguin in early 2008: the centennial edition of Anne of Green Gables, Budge Wilson’s authorized prequel, Before Green Gables, and Elizabeth Rollins Epperly’s book-length study, Imagining Anne: The Island Scrapbooks of L.M. Montgomery.

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 Monograph by Elizabeth Rollins Epperly

Elizabeth Rollins Epperly’s new book Through Lover’s Lane: L.M. Montgomery’s Photography and Visual Imagination, has been released by University of Toronto Press! The contents are as follows:

Acknowledgments (ix–xi)
Permissions (xiii)
Abbreviations (xv)

Introduction: Seeing Patterns (3–10)
1. Montgomery’s Visual Imagination (11–38)
2. Montgomery’s Photography (39–62)
3. Picturing a Life: Selected Photographs (63–85)
4. Picturing Home: Image as Threshold (86–102)
5. Anne’s Green Arches (103–24)
6. Emily’s “Memory Pictures” (125–44)
7. “My Castle in Spain”: The Blue Castle and the Architecture of Images (145–64)
8. Afterimage: Around the “Bend in the Road” (165–78)

Appendix: “Cynthia’s” 1902 Article on Photography (179–82)
Notes (183–91)
Works Cited (193–201)
Illustration Credits (203)
Index (205–17)

The back cover also includes the following comments:

“No one is better suited than Elizabeth Epperly to undertake a study of L.M. Montgomery’s photographs. Through Lover’s Lane represents the first solid study of Montgomery’s fiction in relation to both her autobiographical writing and photographs. It is a readily comprehensible study and the images are gorgeous.” —Cecily Devereux, Department of English, University of Alberta

“Elizabeth Epperly has written an effective analysis of L.M. Montgomery’s visual imagination and ‘way of seeing’—a central and surprisingly little-studied aspect of this popular author’s verbal (and visual) art. Through Lover’s Lane is a well-written, engaging work that also makes available a beautiful series of Montgomery’s photographs.” —Janice Fiamengo, Department of English, University of Ottawa