L.M. Montgomery News 2001

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November 1

The Town of Norval, Ontario has a special annual event called Montgomery Country Christmas. Please take a look at http://www.canoe-country.com/ for more information. From this page, choose 'Montgomery Country Christmas' in the menu bar at the left.

The introduction starts:
"Montgomery Country Christmas is an annual celebration in the Village of Norval. Many of the festivities are designed to honour famous Canadian Author, Lucy Maud Montgomery, who lived and wrote in Norval from 1926 to 1935."

October 20

Remembering Lucy Maud Montgomery
Alexandra Heilbron
Dundurn Press
ISBN 1-55002-362-4

A long awaited book has finally been published! Alexandra Heilbron interviewed more than 30 people who remember L.M. Montgomery as a relative, neigbour, minister's wife and author. This book is a useful resource to look at LMM from diverse perspectives.

It would have been nice if the articles had their original publication dates, and the dates of interview, because some were previously published in the Avonlea Traditions Chronicle magazine for which Alexandra worked. It gives me an awkard feeling to read an interview with someone who has passed away without any comment in the book.

October 17

This autumn, a new edition of Anne of Green Gables, with a foreword by Newberry author Kathereine Paterson, has been published.

Anne of Green Gables
By Lucy Maud Montgomery
Foreword by Katherine Paterson
Aladdin, September 2001 (480 pages, $3.99 US, $5.50 CDN)
Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 0-689-84622-3

It is sad for me to see that they deleted a line of dedication by Montgomery to her parents, and also a quote from Browning which should appear before the first chapter. However, the cover photograph is quite charming and it is nice to read the foreward by Paterson.

August 30

This year's Lucy Maud Montgomery Day in Leaskdale, Ontario, Canada will be held on Saturday the 20th of October, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

This year's special activity is the unveiling of the Leaskdale Presbyterian Manse scale model by Kate Macdonald Butler, grand-daughter of L.M. Montgomery. The historically accurate circa 1911-1926 model, created by Edward Powell, is complete with outbuildings, landscaped grounds & gardens. Mr Powell is famous for his handmade dolls, including LMM's characters.

Events Include: Morning refreshments (9:30 am); Lunch (12:30 pm); Book talk & signing by Elizabeth MacLeod, author of Lucy Maud Montgomery: A Writer's Life, and by Alexandra Heilbron, author of Remembering L.M.Montgomery; sale table of L.M.Montgomery's books and related items; silent auction fundraiser-Manse Restoration; Local Kindred Spirits Contest Winners.

Cost: $15.00 per person, including lunch
Tickets available at the door or by telephone reservation.

For more information, telephone:
Nina Elliot 905-852-7493
Pat Millner 905-852-2633

April 17

A new biography of Montgomery for young readers has been published by Kids Can Press. Lucy Maud Montgomery: A Writer's Life contains many photographs of Maud, friends, relatives, cats, and beloved things such as her Gog & Magog china dogs. I find it easy to read and joyful to look at.

MacLeod, Elizabeth
Lucy Maud Montgomery: A Writers' Life
Kids Can Press (32 pp.)
ISBN: 1-55074-487-9 (hardcover)
ISBN: 1-55074-489-5 (paperback)

April 1

Professor Sonja Arntzen's article "Anne of Osaka" was published in the April 2001 issue of Quill & Quire. Professor Arntzen teaches classical Japanese literature at the University of Toronto. She has spent "more than seven years in Japan over 35-year period.

Professor Arntzen gives readers "three points of resonance between Anne of Green Gables and Japanese culture."

I am thankful for her mentioning my web site in her article!

March 5 Call for papers! L.M. Montgomery & Life Writing: An International Conference June 20-23, 2002. University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. Learn more about the conference at the L.M. Montgomery Institute site: http://www.upei.ca/~lmmi/2002call.html

copyright Yuka Kajihara 2001


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