Welcome

Photo of Benjamin Lefebvre, a Caucasian man with dark hair, a greying beard, and black glasses, posing outside with parts of a fence and a tree behind him.

I’m a writer, an editor, and a researcher with expertise in Canadian literary culture and in North American texts for young people, with an emphasis on digital humanities, gender and sexuality studies, history of the book, periodical studies, print and digital archives, scholarly editing, screen studies and adaptation, and young adult literature. I’ve received a Ph.D. in English from McMaster University, a postgraduate certificate in creative writing from the Humber School of Writers, and a graduate certificate in publishing from Ryerson University. I teach courses in literary studies and publishing at several universities in southwestern Ontario, and I also do copy-editing, layout, and proofreading work for several academic journals. My pronouns are he, him, and his.

My books include an edition of L.M. Montgomery’s rediscovered final book, The Blythes Are Quoted, which has been translated into Polish, Finnish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Italian, and the three-volume critical anthology The L.M. Montgomery Reader, which won the 2016 PROSE Award for Literature from the Association of American Publishers. I also edit two book series: Early Canadian Literature (Wilfrid Laurier University Press), which returns to print novels and memoirs published before 1950, with eight volumes already in print, and The L.M. Montgomery Library (University of Toronto Press), which collects Montgomery’s extensive periodical work, including short stories, poems, and miscellaneous pieces, with two volumes already in print and a third volume forthcoming in spring 2022. L.M. Montgomery Online, a web resource I direct, provides information about Montgomery’s life, work, and legacy for her worldwide community of readers.

In addition to my academic work, my first novel, entitled In the Key of Dale and telling the story of a queer sixteen-year-old music prodigy who starts writing letters to his late father, will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in fall 2022.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS
The L.M. Montgomery ReaderVolume 1: A Life in PrintVolume 2: A Critical HeritageVolume 3: A Legacy in Review (paperback editions), University of Toronto Press, 2020

FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONS
Twice upon a Time: Selected Stories, 1898–1939 (The L.M. Montgomery Library), University of Toronto Press, spring 2022
In the Key of Dale (novel), Arsenal Pulp Press, fall 2022

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