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Author Spotlight: L.M. Montgomery / OSWT: O Canada

March 26th, 2008 (07:01 am)

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My age registered in single digits when my mother handed me a copy of Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I immediately opened the book and read the first paragraph. I exclaimed, "It's all one run-on sentence!" I suppressed the urge to rewrite that paragraph and kept reading.

In short order, I read all eight of the books about Anne Shirley. I was delighted by her misadventures. It was the first time I'd read a series that followed a character's entire life. It was fun to watch Anne grow up and change from an unwanted orphan to an adopted daughter and student to a teacher and a mother. The earlier books, powered by the fun of youth and whimsy, are my favorites in the series.

I love the character of Anne Shirley because she is smart, spunky, sassy, bold, determined, and creative. I related her to her love of stories, her insatiable appetite for knowledge, and her vivid imagination.

After tackling the Anne octet, I read many of L.M. Montgomery's other stories, such as the Emily trilogy and Magic for Marigold. I found them all enjoyable. Montgomery's writing is detailed and exquisite, with dialogue specific to certain characters and accurate depictions of small towns and certain time periods. She created characters which were both daring and thoughtful, who fought to realize their dreams, and who respected their origins and their families.

I've never been to Canada, but someday, I'd like to visit Prince Edward Island, the province where many of Montgomery's stories take place. Until then, I'll simply watch Kevin Sullivan's great film adaptations of Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea starring the incredible Megan Follows and feel as if I'm there.

Learn More about Lucy Maud Montgomery

You may read many of Lucy Maud Montgomery's works online, thanks to Project Gutenberg.

Wikipedia offers a biography and bibliography about the author.

University of Guelph in Canada appears to have a lovely collection of Lucy Maud Montgomery's manuscripts, journals, and scrapbooks.

Montgomery's granddaughter reveals the circumstances of her death in a Globe and Mail piece published in September 2008.

Travel on Today's One-Shot World Tour

Last year, Colleen's idea to spotlight books and authors from a specific country led to the One Shot World Tour: Best Read With Vegemite, a blogfest of love for Australian authors.

Since the first One Shot World Tour (OSWT) was a success, we're taking another trip. Join us today as we celebrate Canadian authors. Simply post about any book of any genre for any age group written by a Canadian author, then provide Colleen with the link to your post and you'll be included in the day's round-up.

Today's participants include:
Aurora's Journal
Big A, little a
Bookshelves of Doom
A Chair, a Fireplace & a Tea Cozy
Chasing Ray
Chicken Spaghetti
Educating Alice
Finding Wonderland (Post 1)
Finding Wonderland (Post 2)
A Fuse #8 Production
The Journal of Impossible Things
Once Upon a Bookshelf
Original Content
Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Shaken & Stirred
Teen Book Review
Wands and Worlds
Worth the Trip


Posted by: Lauren (begliocchi)
Posted at: March 26th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)

Oh mercy. Get the Canadian bookseller going. =)

For Christmas one year I received the first three "Anne" books, and my brother was given a box set of Gordon Korman books - the "MacDonald Hall" series (This Can't be Happening at MacDonald Hall, Go Jump in the Pool, Beware the Fish, The War with Mr. Wizzle, The Zucchini Warriors). I read them before my brother ever did (and eventually adopted them - which is how books given to my brother usually ended up). They tell the story of two students at an all boys private school - Bruno, the feisty troublemaker and Boots, the level headed boy drawn into Bruno's schemes. Almost everything happens with the assistance (and enthusiasm!) of the all girls finishing school across the road. Gordon Korman is a fantastic young adult Canadian author. He has since branched out to write a series of young adult adventures called "Everest". He's a literary gem.

For general adult fiction I would pick Anne Marie MacDonald. I saw her play, "Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)" and needed to read more by her. Her first novel, "Fall On Your Knees", is not for the faint of heart. Dealing with a mixed culture family as is survives trials, tribulations and the first world war while living in Nova Scotia, many more adult themes are explored. The quality of the writing, and the central theme of family makes it easier to digest the more questionable aspects of the story. I highly recommend it, it is one of my favourite books.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 26th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)

Go Canada! :) Let me know if you post this at your blog and I'll add it to the round-up!

Posted by: Lauren (begliocchi)
Posted at: March 26th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)

It's up at my LJ (if that counts as a blog - everything but the book post is friends locked), feel free to link. =)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 26th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)


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