I was thrilled when Laura Robinson asked me to take part in this special event at the North York Central Library as part of their Book Club’s reading of my favourite L.M. Montgomery novel, Rilla of Ingleside. Laura has curated a thought provoking exhibit on L.M. Montgomery’s reflections on World War I, combining artifacts from the period, excerpts from Rilla and Montgomery’s journals.
The exhibit has been shown around Ontario, in Charlottetown, P.E.I., and France. The event will also feature Benjamin Lefebvre, who I believe will be reading out some of his findings of perspectives on Rilla when it was published. And I will be talking about some of the questions that have come up while writing my novel, in particular the idea of L.M. Montgomery as Teen Author and maybe two or three things about her boyfriends…
I had the pleasure of seeing Laura’s exhibit in Charlottetown when I was there for the conference last June. Here are a few pics to get you excited about coming. The first banner features I would say one of the first “selfies” taken in Montgomery’s kitchen in Leaskdale, Ontario.
A big theme in Rilla is the idea of waiting and what women did for the war effort. Here are some of those reflections including telegrams, intimate photos of Montgomery’s life during the war, and some “how to” manuals on what people could do for the war effort.
This exhibit highlights the important work women did for the war effort and how this was reflected in Rilla and Montgomery’s journals.
There is certainly more to be seen, so if you’re free on Tuesday night and in the Toronto area, I hope to see you there.