It was a wonderful moment at the 13th biennial conference banquet when Jennie Macneill received an LMMI Legacy Award for the work she and the late John Macneill have done in creating, developing, and maintaining the Site of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Cavendish Home. Their son David Macneill now runs the Site (where a Project Bookmark was unveiled on June 24th).
From left to right: Dr. Philip Smith, the Honourable Antoinette Perry, Jennie Macneill (recipient of an LMMI Legacy Award), and me.
Project Bookmark unveiled the very first Bookmark for Prince Edward Island — a poem by L.M. Montgomery describing the view from her bedroom window on the Macneill Homestead site, where she grew up, learned to read and write, and composed hundreds of poems and short stories.
You can read more about it here: https://www.projectbookmarkcanada.ca/bookmarks-21-25#21-the-gable-window
I was thrilled when the L.M. Institute committee, in celebrating its 25th anniversary and unbeknownst to me, decided to name one of its new awards in my honour! This photograph, by Anne Victoria Photography, shows the adjudicating committee and first recipient for the first-ever ” Dr. Elizabeth R. Epperly Award for Outstanding Early Career Paper.”
From left to right: Dr. Emily Woster, conference co-chair and Visiting Scholar of the LMMI; the Honourable Antoinette Perry, Lieutenant Governor of PEI; myself; Dr. Laura Robinson, conference co-chair and past LMMI Visiting Scholar; Bonnie Tulloch, University of British Columbia, first award recipient; Dr. Kate Scarth, UPEI Chair of L.M. Montgomery Studies, Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture.
Three long-time Montgomery scholars and authors celebrate books and reading at the 13th biennial international L.M. Montgomery Institute conference at UPEI in Charlottetown, PEI, on June 22, 2018: Drs. Elizabeth Waterston, Mary Rubio, and Elizabeth Epperly. The theme of the conference was “L.M. Montgomery and Reading.” Elizabeth Waterston was signing copies of her recent book Readying Rilla and Betsy was signing copies of Power Notes: Leadership by Analogy and the children’s book illustrated by her sister (Carolyn Epperly) Summer in the Land of Anne.
Jennie Macneill and I make sure — through a Project Bookmark plaque — people know that the Site of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Cavendish Home, also featured in the children’s book Carolyn and I launched on May 2nd, is recognized as the magical place readers know it to be. More to come.
Dr. Epperly and her sister, Carolyn, were interviewed by The Guardian about their new book, Summer in the Land of Anne.
Carolyn and I were interviewed on CBC by Angela Walker on May 2nd in anticipation of the launching of Summer in the Land of Anne.