L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature, the ninth biennial international conference hosted by the L.M. Montgomery Institute at the University of Prince Edward Island, starts today! Check out the conference website for all the details.
A new website has been launched for The Maud Squad: A Documentary, a film by Lisa Lightbourn-Lay that follows five individuals (including this one) whose lives and careers have been affected by the legacy of L.M. Montgomery. The film, shot throughout the centenary of Anne of Green Gables in 2008, is currently in post-production, but a trailer is now available for viewing.
The photograph above (taken by Jason Nolan) is of me holding hands with a stuffed L.M. Montgomery in Norval Presbyterian Church in November 2002. Yes, you did read that correctly.
The publication of The Blythes Are Quoted has been selected as one of the “10 biggest publishing stories of 2009” on a CBC.ca news story:
Fans of the precocious, freckle-faced redhead from P.E.I. had reason to rejoice this year when an amended version of the final Anne Shirley stories was released under a new title, The Blythes Are Quoted. But the book’s additional 100 pages revealed a darker story – complete with references to adultery and suicide. Novelist Jane Urquhart ably provided a context for these bleak scenes in her comprehensive, unflinching biography of Anne’s author, Lucy Maud Montgomery. Anne’s banner year ended with a triumphant Sotheby’s auction – proof that great CanLit never goes out of fashion.
See “The Year in Books” for the full story.
Due to an unexpected technological difficulty, Jean Mitchell and I would like to offer a five-day extension to everyone interested in submitting a proposal to the L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature conference, to be hosted by the L.M. Montgomery Institute and held at the University of Prince Edward Island. Please send your abstracts and full contact information in the body of an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, 21 September at the very latest.
The call for papers can be found here.