This article describes the centenary exhibition in Korea:
Celebrating 100 Years of Anne of Green Gables
Anne Shirley of Green Gables is 100 years old this year. Her story, by Canadian writer Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942), was first published in 1908. The National Library for Children and Young Adults and the Canadian Embassy in Korea are holding a special exhibition celebrating Anne’s 100th anniversary.
The exhibition will include 35 handcrafted works, like Anne of Green Gables-themed dolls and dollhouses, art and pop-up books. Some 25 photographs of the Prince Edward Island landscape, Anne’s nominal home, a giant map of Canada, and other information on Canada will be featured. For further information, call (02) 3413-4757.
I have received a message from Cort Egan, announcing that registration is now open for “The Cultural Influence of Lucy Maud Montgomery,” a Symposium hosted by the University of Guelph, and can be accessed at: http://www.lmmrc.ca/conference.
Helen Salmon, the University of Guelph’s Associate Chief Librarian, describes the Symposium:
The university has undertaken an extensive digitization project to make its extensive collection of Montgomery memorabilia — including her private journals, scrapbooks, handiwork, photographs, and other records – more accessible to Montgomery scholars and fans everywhere. The symposium will offer the very first opportunity to explore the newly launched collections website, examine the archival collections first-hand, view an L.M. Montgomery exhibit at the University’s art gallery, and listen to speakers who will explore her impact on readers, writers, and women in the 20th century. Join with Canada’s foremost Montgomery scholars, biographers, enthusiasts, and fans to recognize her world-wide legacy and explore the mystery of her creativity. This four day weekend event will include coach tours to view several of L.M. Montgomery’s residences in Ontario, the opening of an art exhibit, film viewings, panel discussions, and scholarly presentations which will highlight author’s contributions to literary and popular culture.
In anticipation of the CTV broadcast of Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (an exact date has not yet been released), Sullivan Entertainment will release six books in September and October. A novelization of the new movie, written by Kevin Sullivan, will be published by Key Porter Books on 1 October (Amazon.ca listing here). Also on that day, they are publishing through Davenport Press reissues of Montgomery’s novels Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, and Anne of the Island; an audio CD of Anne of Green Gables, read by Kevin Sullivan; and a new novelization of their first Anne of Green Gables miniseries.
Sullivan Entertainment has also released new trailers of the New Beginning movie, both of which imply that Anne wasn’t really an orphan after all. View them at their official website.
Symian Days has posted two blog posts on Anne of Green Gables in Japan: “Little ‘Red Hair Anne’” and “‘Red Hair Anne’ Strikes Again.” Thanks to Yuka for sending these my way.
Also, I have read reports that the 1979 animation Akage no An, which to the best of my knowledge has never been dubbed into English (correct me if I’m wrong), will be or has been released on DVD in French. I will post again once I receive confirmation and all the ordering details.
Jack Zipes, who wrote the introduction to a recent Modern Library edition of Anne of Green Gables, and Jennifer Holm, a two-time Newbery Honor, talk about the novel on American University Radio. To listen to the Diane Rehm Show for 23 Jule 2008 on WAMUA 88.5 FM, click here. Thanks to Yuka for bringing this to our attention.
This week’s issue of Newsweek features Ramin Setoodeh’s article “It’s Still Not Easy Being Green: Anne of Green Gables turns 100 this year but she’s the most modern girl in the bookstores.” It features interviews with Trinna Frever, Irene Gammel, and Kate Macdonald Butler, and more!
The following call for papers was recently released by the L.M. Montgomery Institute. The volume’s editor and publisher have not yet been announced.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Publication to be based on the 8th International L.M. Montgomery
Conference, 25-29 June 2008.
The L.M. Montgomery Institute is seeking submissions for a proposed publication to be based on the theme of “classic” as discussed at the eighth biennial international Montgomery conference, “L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables and the Idea of ‘Classic.’”
Please send the following materials to the L.M. Montgomery Institute:
- Two typed, double-spaced copies of the paper (no more than twenty pages, including notes). Please note: If submitting electronically, one copy of the file is sufficient.
- Manuscript to use MLA style format with internal citations, end notes, and a works cited.
- A disc copy of the paper, in Microsoft Word or rtf format, using your first initial and last name as the file name (for example: the paper by Cynthia Forest would be recorded in the Word file cforest)
- A 100 word abstract of the paper
- A short biography (less than a page) outlining your publications on and interest in Montgomery (and any other relevant scholarship)
NOTE: You are responsible for permissions, and any associated fees, for any unpublished materials or for illustrations. Illustrations are welcome.
Deadline: Submission deadline is 1 September, 2008 but early submission is encouraged. Questions concerning the publication may be directed to the L.M. Montgomery Institute.
L.M. Montgomery Institute
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 4P3
Irene Gammel will sign copies of her new book, Looking for Anne: How Lucy Maud Montgomery Dreamed Up a Literary Classic, this Saturday, July 19 (2-3 p.m.), at Crawford’s Village Bakeshop in Norval, Ontario. More information is available on the Norval website at http://www.lmmontgomerynorval.com/.
An article by Meghan O’Rourke, titled “Anne of 100 Candles,” appeared yesterday on the website for Slate Magazine. Here’s an extract:
Her temper and her gaffes provide fodder for those village members who dislike having a child of “uncertain parentage” around. Yet with time, Anne wins nearly everyone over, as her grace, curiosity, and haplessness catalyze the bloodless community. She enables adults to reconnect with the childish soul within.
Thanks to Carole Gerson, Michelle Levy, and Lisa Lightbourn-Lay for bringing this article to my attention.
Anne of Green Gables contest winners varied
A young Muslim woman originally from Saudi Arabia and a farmer from Ontario are among the winners of a national letter-writing contest in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Anne of Green Gables announced by Penguin Group Canada.
The letters by Sarah Khan of Mississauga, Ont. and Bill H. Wiebe of London, Ont., co-winners in the 18 and over category, were described by judges as “staggering,” “brave” “powerful” and “eloquent.”
Khan found a copy of the novel in a pile of trash left by American soldiers after the first Gulf War and instantly connected with L.M. Montgomerys heroine, while Wiebe identified with Anne even though she is female.
OTHER WINNERS INCLUDE:
- Age 8-10: Rebecca Brooks, Winnipeg, Man.
- Age 11-13: Traleena Rouleau, Ottawa.
- Age 15-17: Hannah Tufts, Winnipeg, Man.
Among the prizes each of the five winners will receive is a $2,500 travel voucher to visit Prince Edward Island.