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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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3. Trivia Contest

Saturday, 12 December 2020, 2:00 p.m. (EST) { Registration Required }

The third event of Conversations about L.M. Montgomery for 2020 is a trivia contest! Answer our fifty questions on L.M. Montgomery’s fiction, poetry, and life writing and join us for our next Zoom event on Saturday, December 12, at 2:00 p.m. (EST), to find out the answers and watch those with the highest scores advance to a final round of questions!

2. Round Table on Rilla of Ingleside

Saturday, 21 November 2020, 2:00 p.m. (EST) { Recording on YouTube }

Our second event is a round table discussion of L.M. Montgomery’s 1921 novel Rilla of Ingleside, a sequel to Anne of Green Gables and a work of historical and literary significance as one of the few near-contemporaneous fictional accounts of the Canadian home front during the First World War. This is also the book that started the L.M. Montgomery Readathon in March 2020.

Kate Sutherland (York University)

Caroline E. Jones (Austin)

Chat Moderator
Sarah Goff (Albany)

Maureen O. Gallagher (Australian National University), L.M. Montgomery’s Reframing of the Great War through Women’s Homefront Experiences
Sarah Glassford (University of Windsor), L.M. Montgomery’s Representations of Women’s War Work
Andrea McKenzie (York University), L.M. Montgomery’s Subversions of Cultural War Myths

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)

Chat Moderator
Kate Sutherland (York 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