Photograph of Benjamin Lefebvre

I am a writer, an editor, and a researcher with expertise in Canadian literary culture and North American texts for young people, with an emphasis on gender and genre, sexuality studies, print and screen media, popular culture, adaptation studies, book and periodical history, scholarly editing, the archive, and digital humanities. I received a Ph.D. in English from McMaster University in 2006 and a graduate certificate in publishing from Ryerson University in 2015.

My books include an edition of L.M. Montgomery’s rediscovered final book, The Blythes Are Quoted (2009), a restored edition of her First World War novel Rilla of Ingleside (with Andrea McKenzie, 2010), the collections of essays Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables (with Irene Gammel, 2010) and Textual Transformations in Children’s Literature: Adaptations, Translations, Reconsiderations (2013), and the critical anthology The L.M. Montgomery Reader: Volume 1: A Life in Print (2013), Volume 2: A Critical Heritage (2014), and Volume 3: A Legacy in Review (2015), which won the 2016 PROSE Award for Literature from the Association of American Publishers. I have also contributed journal articles, scholarly book chapters, paratexts, shorter publications, and reviews on a wide range of North American print and screen texts. I also prepared and introduced a fully restored Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of Anne of Green Gables (2017).

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. L.M. Montgomery Online, a web resource I direct, provides information about Montgomery’s life, work, and legacy for her worldwide readership.