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
My sister and I have an illustrated story book (sixteen original paintings!) coming out with Acorn Press on Prince Edward Island! The story is about two sisters in Virginia who travel to PEI after their mother reads them Anne of Green Gables. Exploring the Land of Anne, six-year-old Elspeth and eleven-year-old Willa discover something new and powerful about reading and imagining.
Please join us for our book launch!
Twenty-five years ago today (April 26, 1993) we launched the L.M. Montgomery Institute at UPEI with a huge “hooray”!
I was a keynote speaker in Leaskdale, Ontario, at the conference Celebrating a Canadian Patriot: Lucy Maud Montgomery (October 20-22, 2017), and my paper was “Capturing Canada: L.M. Montgomery’s Career of Creating Place.” Jowi Taylor, with his Six Street Nation guitar that tells the story of Canada, was there and Rosalee Peppard, creator of a wonderful musical tribute to Montgomery, performed. Barbara Pratt, one of the conference organizers, snapped this picture of me holding Jowi Taylor’s special guitar.