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A Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Novel Anne of Green Gables

The year 2008 will mark the 100th anniversary of the publication of L.M. Montgomery's first and most famous novel Anne of Green Gables. In honour of this important anniversary, a committee has been formed to plan a series of events in 2008 to celebrate the author, the novel and the impact they have had on readers around the world. Our vision is to raise public awareness of Montgomery and her writing through this celebration, and to offer people from around the world the chance to celebrate the many things that have made Anne of Green Gables so famous through the years - imagination, love, humour, and, of course, the beauty of Prince Edward Island. While we are still in the development phase of planning this celebration, we have compiled a sampling of potential events and activities.

Sample List of Educational- and Entertainment-based Projects and Activities:

  • 8th Biennial International Conference: The L.M. Montgomery Institute of UPEI will be hosting the conference. The theme is "L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables and the Idea of Classic." The focus is to situate Anne within the world of writing for young people.
  • National Scrapbook Day: Young and old alike will sign up for scrapbooking workshops.
  • Writers' Festival: This event includes lectures, presentations and events with authors influenced by L.M. Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables. This will be connected to the international conference.
  • Book Clubs / Reading Circles: Including traditional and online clubs.
  • Montgomery "Fact-A-Day" published by electronic and print media.
  • Development of an Anne 2008 website that will be consistently updated with interactive trivia contests, guest book, printable colouring pages, and details of upcoming events and activities.
  • Atlantic Provinces Library Association Conference: Held in Charlottetown in 2008, Anne and L.M. Montgomery will be a highlight of the event.
  • Annual L.M. Montgomery Festival in August 2008.
  • Birthday Party for Anne: This event could be in March at both Green Gables House and Avonlea Village.
  • Theatre productions of Anne of Green Gables -The Musical%u2122 and/or Anne and Gilbert.
  • Photography Competition: Can you illustrate Montgomery's Island descriptions in a photo?
  • Anne Clubs Around the World: Members will receive a special invitation to the International Anne Day.
  • Quilting/Crafting Connections: Arrange special crafting exchanges/projects for groups around the world.

 

You can also cherish Anne of Green Gables with the special limited edition 25-Cent Anne of Green Gables Coin in full colour from the Royal Canadian Mint.

Canada Post will also mark the 100th anniversary of the first publication of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables. The commemorative issue, which includes two stamps, an Official First Day Cover and other related postal products, will be on sale June 20, 2008.

A CTV major television event, the world premiere of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW BEGINNING airs Sunday, December 14th. Written and directed by the Emmy Award-winning Kevin Sullivan, the force behind the original ANNE OF GREEN GABLES movies.

Anne 2008 Press Releases:

 

 

Anne of Green Gables named #14 in Top 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels

See what other novels made the Top 100:
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