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L.M. Montgomery Heritage Minute Released Today

Also releasing today is a Heritage Minute video devoted to L.M. Montgomery, created by Historica Canada. The script features words straight out Montgomery’s journals and provides a moving and accurate portrait of the author, who struggled with depression as she sought to live out her literary ambitions. Renowned Montgomery scholars Elizabeth R. Epperly, Laura M. Robinson, and Mary Henley Rubio acted as consultants on the project. For more details, see today’s CBC News story.

Complete Journals 1901–1911 Available in March 2013

The next volume of Montgomery’s unabridged journals, The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1901–1911, edited by Mary Henley Rubio and Elizabeth Hillman Waterston, will be published by Oxford University Press in March 2013! It is available for pre-order on Amazon.ca and on Chapters.Indigo.ca, and more information can be found on the website for Oxford University Press Canada.

Complete Journals 1889–1900 Forthcoming in September 2012

The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889–1900, edited by Mary Henley Rubio and Elizabeth Hillman Waterston, will be published by Oxford University Press in September 2012!

From the Oxford University Press website:

The first edition of The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery was published in the 1980s, with fifty percent of the material removed to save space, as well as to reflect a quaint, marketable vision of small-town Canada. The editors were instructed to excise anything that was not upbeat or did not “move the story along.” The resulting account of Montgomery’s youthful life in Prince Edward Island depicts a fun-loving, simple country girl. The unabridged journal, however, reveals something quite different.

We now know that Montgomery was anything but simple. She was often anxious, bitter, dark, and political, although always able to see herself and her surroundings with a deep ironic—and often comical—twist. The unabridged version shows her using writing as a means of managing her own mood swings, as well as her increasing dependency on journal keeping, and her ambition as a writer. She was also exceedingly interested in men. We see here a more developed portrait of what she herself described as a “very uncomfortable blend” between “the passionate Montgomery blood and the Puritan Macneill conscience.” Full details describe the impassioned events during which she describes becoming a “new creature,” “born of sorrow . . . and hopeless longing.”

In addition, this unedited account is a striking visual record, containing hundreds of her own photographs placed as she placed them in her journals, as well as newspaper clippings, postcards, and professional portraits, all with her own original captions. New notes and a new introduction give key context to the history, the people, and the culture in the text. A new preface by Michael Bliss draws some unexpected connections.

The full PEI journals tells a fascinating tale of a young woman coming of age in a bygone rural Canada, a tale far thornier and far more compelling than the first selected edition could disclose.

The book is available for pre-order on Amazon.ca.

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.

New in Paperback

The following books will be rereleased in paperback over the next nine months:

Early Release for The Gift of Wings

Mary Henley Rubio’s long-anticipated biography Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings has been released ahead of schedule by Doubleday Canada!

This comprehensive and penetrating account of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s life, all set in rich social context, and featuring previously unseen photographs, is sure to take its place as the definitive biography of this literary icon.

The book can be ordered online at a discount through Amazon.ca or Chapters.Indigo.ca or at your local bookstore.

Lectures and Exhibit at Toronto Public Library

The Toronto Public Library will host two lectures and an exhibit in the coming weeks. On 25 September 2008, at 8:00 PM, Mary Rubio will deliver the Second Annual Sybille Pantazzi Memorial Lecture, titled “In Search of My Subject: Writing the Biography of L.M. Montgomery,” in anticipation of her forthcoming biography, Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings, published by Doubleday Canada in late October. The lecture will be given in the Community Room at the Lillian H. Smith branch.

On Thursday, 23 October, at 8 PM, Deirdre Baker will deliver the Twenty-First Helen E. Stubbs Memorial Lecture at the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books. Her lecture, titled “L.M. Montgomery at Her Finest and Funniest: How Montgomery Has Kept Us Laughing for a Hundred Years,” will examine Montgomery’s humour to “show how its influence lives on and enlivens contemporary Canadian children’s books.”

The exhibit, “Anne of Green Gables: Celebrating 100 Years in Print,” will be open between 13 September and 5 December 2008. Their description is as follows:

Canada’s best-known novel for children, Anne is a favourite at home and abroad. The retellings continue to proliferate, as succeeding generations of children find fresh appeal in the red-haired heroine. The exhibit will range from formative books enjoyed by Montgomery in her lonely childhood through her own writings, and will include contemporary books that show the enduring influence of Anne.

The Osborne Collection is open 10-6 weekdays, 9-5 Saturdays, closed Sundays and holidays.

Groups welcome; please call ahead: 416-393-7753

Admission to the exhibit and to lectures is free. For more information, see the Events & Exhibits page and the news release on the TPL website.

Alumni & Friends—Get Involved | University of Guelph

Just found this upcoming event for anyone in the Guelph area . . .
Alumni & Friends—Get Involved | University of Guelph

Wednesday, May 21, 2008:  AIA Annual Spring Luncheon
Join the Alumni-In-Action at their Spring Luncheon in the Arboretum. This annual event starts at 11:30 a.m. with a reception with lunch served at 12 noon. At 12:45 pm, Professor Mary Rubio, editor of the LM Montgomery Collection at the University of Guelph will speak on the topic entitled “Anne in the Archives.” 2008 marks the 100th anniversary of the publications of Lucy Maud Montgomerys novel “Anne of Green Gables,” and we have great reason to celebrate at the University of Guelph. The McLaughlin Library is home to the largest archival collection of LM Montgomery personal archival material in the world. Tickets are $20 per person. Registration can be done online, by email, by calling 519 824-4120 ext. 56934 or by mail: Alumni House, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1. Please note that the entrance to the Arboretum is now off College Avenue.

The Gift of Wings Available for Pre-Order

Pre-order listings have appeared on Amazon.ca and Chapters.Indigo.ca for Mary Henley Rubio’s forthcoming biography, The Gift of Wings: The Life of Lucy Maud Montgomery, to be published in October by Doubleday Canada (whose own listing for the book can be found here). More information about this book will be posted here once it becomes available.