Before Green Gables and 100 Years of Anne Shirley

Wednesday, February 13, 2008.

Budge WilsonThis episode comes to you from the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada, where a large group of people braved a moderate snowstorm to attend the launch of Before Green Gables, the prequel of Anne of Green Gables.

The book launch coincides with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the introduction of Anne Shirley to the world. To mark the occasion, Canada Post has unveiled two new stamps (one for Anne Shirley and one for Prince Edward Island), the Royal Canadian Mint unveiled their new Anne Shirley quarter and Girl Guides of Canada have unveiled a new patch.

This episode of Just One More Book!! includes interviews with author Budge Wilson, editor Helen Reeves, LM granddaughter Kate Macdonald Butler, the Right and Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, LM Montgomery expert Betsy Epperly, publicist Alina Goldstein and the many voices of Anne Shirley enthusiasts.

Anne of Green Gables links

Excerpts of songs from the CD Your Daughters and Your Sons by The Duhks used with permission of Sugar Hill Records (Thank you, Molly!)

  • Annabel
  • Anna William’s Reel
  • Crusty Rolls and Chili
  • The Ol’ Yellow House

You can view some photos from the event here.


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February 13, 2008 @ 8:08 am

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[…] If you’re curious about the new Anne of Green Gables book–Before Green Gables–then check out on this! The podcast includes interviews with author Budge Wilson (ohh! I wish I could have been there. But listening to the podcast is a close second), editor Helen Reeves from Penguin Books, who edited Before Green Gables , LM Montgomery’s granddaughter Kate Macdonald Butler, LM Montgomery expert Betsy Epperly, Adrienne Clarkson (the Governor-General of Canada, and a literacy advocate) and more. […]

Comment by Yuka Kajihara

February 13, 2008 @ 7:07 pm

Thank you for sharing the audio interview. I enjoyed it very much!

Comment by Jen Robinson

February 13, 2008 @ 9:12 pm

OK, Mark and Andrea, this interviews brought tears to my eyes, even before I’ve started to read the book. Which I now can’t wait to read. I especially love how people you interviewed talked about Anne as though she was real. And I loved the little girl who planned to dress as Anne for Halloween. What a wonderful treat!

Comment by Mary Beth Cavert

February 14, 2008 @ 10:09 pm

I enjoyed your podcast program so much!
Thank you for sharing it!

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May 1, 2008 @ 12:02 pm

Being this is the 100th anniversary of the writing of Anne Of Green Gables, a stage production of Anne Of Green Gables is taking place in Cornwall, ON July 31-Aug. 3. Being presented by Dream Maker Young Peoples’ Theatre, this production will showcase the talents of young people from the area. We are celebrating the anniversary by showcasing area talent while making this an occasion for families, senior citizens, and young people to appreciate the legacy that Lucy Maud Montgomery has left us with her writing. For more information contact Dream Maker Productions at 613-932-3510.

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Comment by Beth F

February 27, 2009 @ 10:14 am

Nice post! And thanks for the podcast.

I reviewed Before Green Gables here.

Comment by shana malcolm

July 7, 2009 @ 9:25 pm

I have been a fan of Anne of Green Gables for many years, so when I heard there was a new book coming out about the famous red head I had to find it. I currently have three full sets of the Anne books and one full set of the videos.

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