An excerpt of Anne of Green Gables has made a trip that most of us only dream of. Bob Thirsk, a Canadian astronaut who will be spending the next six months on the International Space Station, took a page of the classic book into space with him in honour of Koichi Wakata, a Japanese astronaut also on board the ISS.
Simon Lloyd, Special Collections Librarian at UPEI, recently gave a presentation on "Making Maud Feel at Home: Collecting L.M. Montgomery at the University of Prince Edward Island" to the Kindred Spirit's Literary Society in Minnesota. To see pictures of his visit, and to access the text and slides of Simon's presentation, please visit the Shining Scrolls Online.
One of the current bestseller phenomenon's is the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. The series has grabbed the attention of young female readers in particular (something in common with the books of LMM) and led to a major new motion picture. What would be the common thread between the Anne series and a romance series about vampires? According to Meyer:
From Canada to the World: The Cultural Influence of Lucy Maud Montgomery
Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 22:58
The University of Guelph will be hosting a three day Lucy Maud Montgomery conference from October 23 to 25, 2008 in celebration of 100 years of Anne of Green Gables. The conference is aptly titled "From Canada to the World: the Cultural Influence of Lucy Maud Montgomery" - it will celebrate the author's life and influence on Canada and the world.