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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 critic located in Kitchener, Ontario.

My debut 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, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in fall 2022. In addition, my short stories have appeared in The Antigonish Review and Plenitude Magazine and are forthcoming in The New Quarterly.

My edited books include an edition of L.M. Montgomery’s rediscovered final book, The Blythes Are Quoted, which has been translated into five languages, 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 in print and two forthcoming, and The L.M. Montgomery Library (University of Toronto Press), which collects Montgomery’s short stories, poems, and miscellaneous pieces, with three volumes in print and several more in progress. L.M. Montgomery Online, a web resource I curate, provides information about Montgomery’s life, work, and legacy for her worldwide community of readers.

As a critic, I write about Canadian literary culture and North American texts for young people. I earned an M.A. in English from the University of Guelph, a Ph.D. in English from McMaster University, and a graduate certificate in publishing from Toronto Metropolitan University.

My pronouns are he, him, and his.

Forthcoming Publications and Translations

In the Key of Dale in Italian: forthcoming from Gallucci Editore

The Blythes Are Quoted in Turkish: forthcoming from Alfa Ekspres

“Condolence” (short story), forthcoming in The New Quarterly

Recent Publications and Translations

In the Key of Dale (novel), Arsenal Pulp Press (print/ebook), 11 October 2002 (Canada) and 1 November 2022 (rest of the world)

In the Key of Dale (novel), narrated by Michael Crouch, Orange Sky Audio (audiobook), 1 November 2022

When It’s Over” (short story), Plenitude Magazine, 8 October 2022

“Drive” (short story), The Antigonish Review, Summer 2022

Twice upon a Time: Selected Stories, 1898–1939 (The L.M. Montgomery Library), University of Toronto Press, 2022

The Blythes Are Quoted in Italian: Racconti dall’isola: Prima della guerra [Stories from the Island: Before the War] and Racconti dall’isola: Dopo la guerra [Stories from the Island: After the War], translated by Angela Ricci, Gallucci Editore, 2021

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

The Blythes Are Quoted in Brazilian Portuguese: Os Contos dos Blythes [The Tales of the Blythes] (2 vols.) and Os Poemas dos Blythes [The Poems of the Blythes], translated by Thalita Uba, Ciranda Cultural, 2020

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