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Conversations about L.M. Montgomery

Launched in 2020, Conversations about L.M. Montgomery is a virtual discussion series that gathers people together to discuss all aspects of L.M. Montgomery’s life, work, and legacy, in the form of readings, round tables, formal papers, workshops, tours, and other activities. Most events will be held live over Zoom for interested participants and archived on our YouTube page.

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Steering Committee
Melanie J. Fishbane, Sarah Goff, Daniela Janes, Caroline E. Jones, Yuka Kajihara, Benjamin Lefebvre, Andrea McKenzie, and Kate Sutherland

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1. Round Table on The Blue Castle

Saturday, 17 October 2020, 2:00 p.m. (EST)Recording on YouTube }

Early cover art for /The Blue Castle/, by L.M. Montgomery

Our inaugural event is a round table discussion of L.M. Montgomery’s 1926 novel The Blue Castle, set in Ontario and depicting twenty-nine-year-old Valancy Stirling, who flees her oppressive home life after she receives life-altering news. This novel is frequently claimed as a favourite Montgomery novel from her worldwide readership and is the current book that is discussed on the L.M. Montgomery Readathon. The discussion will contain plot spoilers, so first-time readers are encouraged to finish the book before joining the conversation.

Andrea McKenzie (York University)

Benjamin Lefebvre (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Caroline E. Jones (Austin), The Blue Castle and the Bad Girl
Rachel McMillan (Toronto), The Blue Castle and Romance
Tara K. Parmiter (New York University), The Blue Castle and the Environment