The Conference has Now Concluded

Price List (new reduced fees)

New! Full Conference: $175.00

New! One-day Conference: $100.00

Student Conference Fee: $60.00

New! Gala Dinner: $75.00

Movie Night at the Bookshelf Cinema: $15.00

Bala Coach Tour: $65.00

Tour of Montgomery's homes: $85.00  Tour is Full 

New! Thanks to our sponsors, we can reduce conference fees!

  • $175 full conference (film screening, Bernard Katz lecture, exhibit opening, Saturday conference, gala dinner with keynote by Pamela Wallin)
  • $100 day registration (Saturday conference sessions only)
  • $75 gala dinner and keynote by Pamela Wallin

If you have already registered for the conference at the original registration fee levels, you will be eligible for a rebate to reduce your conference registration costs. Please contact Helen Salmon at to request your rebate cheque.

The Program

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Bookshelf Cinema, 41 Quebec Street, Guelph

7:00pm — "Takes on Maud"

A special screening of two short films produced by Atlantis Films, which reflect the themes L. M. Montgomery wrote about so passionately. The Bookshelf Cinema will host the 7:00pm screening of "I Know a Secret" (1984), based on a short story by L. M. Montgomery, and the Academy Award winning "Boys and Girls" (1982), adapted from the story by Alice Munro, will be followed by panel discussion featuring the films' Oscar-winning producer, film and television executive Michael MacMillan; L. M. Montgomery scholar Dr. Elizabeth Waterston, Benjamin Lefebvre, writer and contributor to Making Avonlea: L.M. Montgomery and Popular Culture (University of Toronto Press, 2002) and theatre professor Paul Salmon. Reception in the E-bar to follow.

Cost: $15.00 (plus tax)

Tickets are available at the Bookshelf and U of G Bookstore.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Day — Coach Tour to Bala, Ontario to visit the L. M. Montgomery Museum. Bala's Museum features L. M. Montgomery's stay in Muskoka which became the setting for her only Ontariobased novel, The Blue Castle.

Details of the Bala Coach Tour

7:30am – 5.30pm

This visit to the LM Montgomery Museum is based on Lucy Maud Montgomery's holiday with her family in Muskoka. It became the setting for her Muskoka and only Ontario-based novel, The Blue Castle. You will also enjoy the famous Cranberry Marsh.


  • Why Lucy Maud Montgomery fell in love with Muskoka
  • How Muskoka helped Maud to feel at peace for the first time in years
  • The Muskoka connection with Maud's first marriage proposal
  • How Muskoka influenced the writing of The Blue Castle
  • A musical and a play based on The Blue Castle
  • Why an LMM Museum is located in Bala
  • Dr. Mary Rubio's role in the vision for the Bala Museum
  • The Cranberry Marsh scenery and products

Bala's Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • Restored tourist home of Fanny Pike, where LMM and family took their meals
  • Close to the Roselawn Lodge property where LMM and family stayed
  • Gift Shop
  • Owned and operated by Linda Jackson-Hutton and Jack Hutton
  • Opened July 22, 1992

Lunch: Bala Bay Inn, located in Bala at the time of LM Montgomery's visit

Cost: $65.00 (subject to coach cost increase)

Time and Place of Departure: 7:30am am at the Delta and Stone Road Mall

4:00pm to 7:00pm — Registration — Royal City Ballroom Foyer

4:00pm — Bernard Katz — L.M. Montgomery Scholar

Florence Partridge Room, Room 384, McLaughlin Library, University of Guelph

A history of the first editions of Anne of Green Gables, Archival and Special collections, University of Guelph Library. Light Refreshments will be served. Open to all visitors.  This session is Full 

No Charge — Open Event

7:00pm (Opening remarks at 7:30pm) — Registrants and invited guests only.

Official Opening of the exhibit "Searching for Home: The Lives of L.M. Montgomery" (based on the University of Guelph's L. M. Montgomery Collection) at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. Exhibit will run until January 18, 2009.

Note: This event is only open to Full Conference registrants.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

From Canada to the World: The Cultural Influence of L.M. Montgomery

Royal City Ballroom, Delta Hotel, Guelph

Conference Pricing

New! $175.00, the Full Conference Fee includes all conference sessions, two refreshment breaks, lunch, the gala dinner on Saturday, October 25, 2008 and a special invitation to the official opening of the exhibit, "Searching for Home: The Lives of L.M. Montgomery" on Friday, October 24, 2008. This special invitation will only be extended to the first 200 full conference registrants.

New! $100.00, the One-day Conference Fee includes all conference sessions, two refreshment breaks and lunch on Saturday, October 25, 2008.

$60.00, the Student Conference Fee includes all conference sessions, two refreshment breaks and lunch on Saturday, October 25, 2008.

New! $75.00, the Gala Dinner includes a keynote address by Pamela Wallin, Chancellor, University of Guelph and a performance by Jack and Linda Jackson Hutton, owners of Bala's Museum, of "Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery".

Main Program

7:30am to 9:00am — Registration — Royal City Ballroom Foyer

8:45am to 8:50am — Welcome — Alastair Summerlee, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Guelph

8:50am to 8:55am — Mike Ridley, Chief Librarian and CIO, University of Guelph

Mr. Ridley will discuss how important the L.M. Montgomery archives are to the University of Guelph and discuss the important and critical role of donors in developing research and teaching resources at the U of G. Mike will chronicle how the archive came to Guelph and the important role of family members in preserving the documents as well as their desire to make them widely available to the public by donating them to the University.

9:05am to 9:30am — Helen Salmon, Associate Chief Librarian, User Services, and Lorne Bruce, Head, Archives and Special Collections

Mrs. Salmon and Mr. Bruce will host the official launch of the L.M. Montgomery Research Centre Web site. They will speak about Guelph's significant library and special collections that are accessed by researchers from around the world. Not only does Guelph own the world famous L.M. Montgomery Collection, but it has the Scottish Collection, and the Guelph and Wellington County Collection all of which are intertwined. Guelph's vision is to make these collections more accessible to students, faculty and researchers through expanded space, digitization projects, internet exchanges and outreach activities.

9:30am to 10:20am — Dr. Elizabeth Epperly, Professor Emerita and founder of the L.M. Montgomery Institute, UPEI.

"Revisiting Archives"

Dr. Epperly will talk about how her work with archives has shaped her as a writer and scholar, and she will highlight her work with Guelph's "living archives".

10:20am to 3:00pm — Book Sales — Royal City Ballroom Foyer

10:20am to 10:40am — Break — Royal City Ballroom Foyer

10:40am to 11:30am — Dr. Catherine Ross, former Dean of the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.

"Responses to LMM: What Readers Tell Us"

Dr Catherine Ross, former Dean of the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western, has a long-standing research interest in understanding the experience of pleasure-readers. In over 240 open-ended interviews conducted by her and her students, she has asked avid readers to talk about how they choose books, rereading, books that have been important to them in childhood, etc. A surprising number of interviewees talked about how LMM's books became important in their lives, with characters like Anne and Emily and Valancy becoming "friends." Using as a starting point what these interviewed readers have said, Catherine Ross will explore how readers have read LMM.

11:30am to Noon — Liz Driver, Food Historian

Lunch will feature food prepared using recipes from LMM's personal Cookbook. Lunch speaker Food Historian, Liz Driver will look at LMM's Cookbook as an artifact that reveals as much about LMM as about her times. Using recipes Ms Driver will examine the foodways, social activities and traditions associated with eating during LMM's lifetime.

Noon to 12:10pm — Elaine Crawford (of Crawford's Bakery).

A brief presentation by Elaine Crawford (of Crawford's Bakery, 2869 Bovaird Drive West, Brampton, Ontario L6X 0G4) on adapting the original cookbook to the published work Aunt Maud's Cookbook. (Available at signing session)

See the article on the Crawford Bakery at

12:10pm to 1:30pm — Buffet Lunch — Royal City Ballroom Foyer

12:30pm to 1:30pm — Book Signing — Gryphon Room

The book signing session will provide an opportunity for authors to sign books either purchased from the bookstore or personal books. Small round tables with parson style soft chairs will be set up around the perimeter of the room.

Authors are Mary Rubio, Elizabeth Waterston, Elizabeth Epperly, Irene Gammel, Catherine Ross, Elaine Crawford and Liz Driver.

1:30pm to 1:45pm — Åsa Warnqvist, Assistant Professor, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

"L. M. Montgomery in Sweden"

Dr. Warnqvist will discuss her new research project which studies the importance of Montgomery's work to Swedish critics, readers and writers and discuss an 2009 L.M. Montgomery Conference at Uppsala University in Sweden.

1:45pm to 2:30pm — Dr. Irene Gammel, Professor of English and the Canada Research Chair in Modern Literature and Culture, Ryerson University

" 'There's such a lot of different Annes in me': Putting Together the Fragments of Life and Writing in Anne of Green Gables"

Dr. Gammel is well-known for her scholarship on gender and modernism. Her research has helped uncover the earliest roots of modern and feminist performance art, contributed to the consolidation of L.M. Montgomery Studies as an academic field, and claimed women's confessional discourses as a sub-discipline of autobiographical studies.

2:30pm to 2:50pm — Break — Royal City Ballroom Foyer

2:50pm to 3:40pm — Dr. Elizabeth Waterston, Professor Emerita, University of Guelph.

Dr. Waterston will examine the Rilla of Ingleside manuscript (contained in the LMM Collection at the University of Guelph) which is one of the few (if not the only) women's war novels about WWI. Elizabeth will look at the patterns of thinking that are revealed through the manuscript.

3:40pm to 4:30pm — Dr. Mary Rubio, Professor Emerita, University of Guelph.

Dr. Rubio will read from her new biography of LMM and talk about the process of writing it, speaking directly to some of the divergences between journals and her research findings.

4:30pm to 6:00pm — Reception & Book Signing — Gryphon Room

6:15pm to 7:00pm — Pre-dinner Show — Royal City Ballroom

Jack and Linda Hutton of Bala's Museum have re-created the lost 1919 silent movie, Anne of Green Gables, starring Mary Miles Minter, and using original movie stills. Their live performance, accompanied by authentic silent movie piano by Jack, an international ragtime performer, will take you right back to that era. The presentation includes movie stills never seen before in a similar performance, and not at the LMM conference in P.E.I. last June. That includes Gilbert disarming Anne after she holds off a mob with a shotgun. Great fun!

7:00pm — Gala Dinner — Royal City Ballroom

Note: only included in the Full Conference Fee or may be registered for separately.

8:30pm — Dinner Keynote Address — Dr. Pamela Wallin, Chancellor, University of Guelph

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Coach tour of Montgomery's Ontario homes: Leaskdale (Uxbridge) and Norval. Guided tours will be provided of the Manses, Churches, gardens, woodlands and walkways that inspired LMM's writings.  Tour is Full 

Details of the tour of Montgomery's homes

8:00am – 5.30pm

This visit to Norval and Leaskdale takes you to two of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Ontario homes, the manses for her husband's Presbyterian charges. You will see his churches, as well as the LM Montgomery Garden and Archives. Enjoy lunch featuring Montgomery's recipes.


  • How Lucy Maud Montgomery settled into married life in Leaskdale, raising children and balancing her duties as a Minister's wife, along with her writing and speaking dates
  • Why LM Montgomery loved Norval almost as much as Cavendish, PEI
  • How LMM found her way into the hearts of the people
  • Which books were written during the Leaskdale and Norval years, and how LMM books and diaries document an era in Canadian history
  • Maud's love of gardening and her culinary skills

Norval Sites

  • Norval Presbyterian Church 1878
  • Norval Presbyterian Manse 1888
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery Heritage Garden
  • Union Presbyterian Church 1884
  • LMM Archives — The L.M. Montgomery (Norval) Collection and Gift Shop
  • Crawford Bakery

Leaskdale Sites

  • Leaskdale Presbyterian Church
  • Leaskdale Presbyterian Manse
  • Zephyr Presbyterian Church and Rainbow Valley
  • Foster Cemetery (where Montgomery's infant son Hugh is buried)

Lunch: Tin Mill Restaurant in Uxbridge, with a catered meal based on Montgomery's recipes.

Cost: $85.00 (subject to coach cost increase)

Time and Place of Departure: 8:00am at the Delta and Stone Road Mall