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Dr. Elizabeth Epperly to launch compilation of L.M. Montgomery's scrapbooks

New edition of “Imagining Anne” gives us a peek at the insights and everyday life of the Island’s iconic author
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Imagining Anne: The Island Scrapbooks of L.M. Montgomery is published by Nimbus Publishing

Nimbus Publishing’s new edition of Imagining Anne: The Island Scrapbooks of L.M. Montgomery will be launched on July 25, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the Robertson Library at the University of Prince Edward Island. The book is compiled and edited by Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Epperly, past-president of UPEI and founder of the L.M. Montgomery Institute (LMMI), who will speak about the book and sign copies. Montgomery treasures, from the LMMI and Robertson Library, will be on display. All are welcome.

The world may know L.M. Montgomery as an author, but many do not know her as an ardent scrapbooker. She collected items from everyday life—including pressed flowers, souvenirs, cats’ fur, advertisements—and created colourful mixed media collages. Looking at the pages, readers may learn something about her times, when line drawings and hand-coloured plates entertained audiences, and also about her thoughtful choices and creative processes. What did the imaginative young writer preserve? What adventures did she commemorate and dramatize? Dr. Epperly serves as a guide through the scrapbooks, suggesting stories hidden and revealed among the vibrant images.

Montgomery mined her scrapbooks for material and even altered them over the years. In 1905, outlining and writing Anne of Green Gables, she turned to her own colourful arrangements and found puffed sleeves, school girl antics, passion for nature, hints of romance, and traces of genuine heartache. She continued to create personal scrapbooks until just a few years before her death, but these early Island scrapbooks are the liveliest and most personally revealing, roughly covering the mid 1890s to mid 1910, showing a young creative artist at thoughtful play and a mature artist, internationally successful, considering her past and future.

Imagining Anne is made possible through the partnering of the Heirs of L.M. Montgomery, Inc., the Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace Trust, the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, the L.M. Montgomery Institute, and Dr. Elizabeth Epperly.

The University of Prince Edward Island prides itself on people, excellence, and impact and is committed to assisting students to reach their full potential in both the classroom and community. With roots stemming from two founding institutions—Prince of Wales College and Saint Dunstan’s University—UPEI has a reputation for academic excellence, research innovation, and creating positive impacts locally, nationally, and internationally. UPEI is the only degree granting institution in the province and is proud to be a key contributor to the growth and prosperity of Prince Edward Island.

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