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L.M. Montgomery Institute Conference in Charlottetown features free evening of song and celebration

Rosalee Peppard will give a free performance as part of the 13th L.M. Montgomery Institute Conference in Charlottetown.
Rosalee Peppard will give a free performance as part of the 13th L.M. Montgomery Institute Conference in Charlottetown. - Submitted

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The 13th biennial L.M. Montgomery Institute (LMMI) Conference will feature a free public concert by Canadian women’s musical oral historian Rosalee Peppard. Peppard will perform her song portrait of the Island’s literary icon Lucy Maud Montgomery on June 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Holland College’s Florence Simmons Hall in Charlottetown.

The evening will begin with a reading by Prince Edward Island’s poet laureate, Deirdre Kessler. All are welcome to this free event.

The conference runs June 21 through 24 in Charlottetown.

The four-day conference, L.M. Montgomery and Reading, will provide a forum to explore the idea and role of reading as it applies to Montgomery. It will present opportunities to reflect upon and re-read the state of Montgomery studies and share insight about the past, present, and future of its inherently interdisciplinary work.

Montgomery herself studied, collected, and passionately re-read favourite books and cherished her literary encounters so deeply that they have become part of the fabric of her own writing.

“The 2018 conference will bring together seasoned scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, and general readers to explore new questions for research and scholarly discussion about one of Canada’s best-known and loved authors and her works,” said Dr. Emily Woster, LMMI visiting scholar and conference co-chairwoman.

Dr. Emily Woster
Dr. Emily Woster

 

The conference aims to explore the ways that reading, in all its forms and possibilities, has influenced Montgomery and her millions of readers and viewers over time. Delegates will explore the reception of Montgomery’s writings nationally and internationally. This 25th anniversary conference will reflect on the past, present and future of Montgomery studies.

The conference committee received more proposals for papers and presentations than ever before and selected 64 speakers from 11 countries.

“The L.M. Montgomery Institute at UPEI promotes research into, and informed celebration of, the life, works, culture, and influence of Montgomery,” said Dr. Philip Smith, LMMI committee chairman. “We have a rich network of local, national, and international Montgomery scholars and enthusiasts. The conference welcomes both academics and community members, and anyone with an interest in Montgomery is encouraged to register.”

The conference also celebrates the L.M. Montgomery Institutes 25th anniversary. Full details can be found at lmmontgomery.ca.

Conference speakers

L.M. Montgomery Institute Conference keynote speakers:

– Elizabeth Epperly, founder of the L.M. Montgomery Institute at UPEI, imagined she was reading Montgomery for herself even though her eyes were closed and she was just learning to manage the alphabet, so effortlessly did she enter Montgomery’s world when her father read to her sister and to her. Many Montgomery-related and inspired essays, talks, and books later, Epperly is a world-renowned Montgomery scholar. Her most recent works include a creative memoir, “Power Notes: Leadership by Analogy” (2017), and a children’s book, “Summer in the Land of Anne” (illustrated by her sister Carolyn Epperly.

– Margaret Mackey is professor emerita in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. Her work on her own early literacies and texts culminated in the publication of “One Child Reading: My Auto- Bibliography,” recently named the Scholarly and Academic Book of the Year for 2017 by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. In 2017 she was also honoured by the Children's Literature Association with the Anne Devereux Jordan Award for lasting contributions in scholarship and service.

– Catherine Sheldrick Ross is professor emerita and former dean of the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western. With a longstanding research interest in leisure reading, she has published scholarly articles and books on various aspects of the pleasure-reading experience. She just completed a new co-authored book, “Reading Still Matters: What the Research Reveals about Reading, Libraries, and Community.” In 2013, she received the Margaret E. Munroe Award given by the American Library Association for “significant contributions to library adult services.”

– Emily Woster is the current visiting scholar for the L.M. Montgomery Institute and an assistant professor in the Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her work has focused primarily on the reading lives and textual worlds of L.M. Montgomery, including a chapter in L.M. Montgomery’s “Rainbow Valleys: The Ontario Years, 1911-1942.” She is managing editor of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies.

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