L.M. Montgomery Institute Conference features free evening of song and celebration
Rosalee Peppard set to perform at special event.
The 13th biennial L.M. Montgomery Institute (LMMI) Conference will feature a free public concert by Canadian women’s musical oral historian Rosalee Peppard. Peppard will perform her song portrait of the Island’s literary icon Lucy Maud Montgomery on June 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Holland College’s Florence Simmons Hall in Charlottetown. The evening will begin with a reading by Prince Edward Island’s poet laureate, Deirdre Kessler. All are welcome to this free event. The conference runs June 21 through 24 in Charlottetown. The four-day conference, L.M. Montgomery and Reading, will provide a forum to explore the idea and role of reading as it applies to Montgomery. It will present opportunities to reflect upon and re-read the state of Montgomery studies and share insight about the past, present, and future of its inherently interdisciplinary work. Montgomery herself studied, collected, and passionately reread favourite books and cherished her literary encounters so deeply that they have become part of the fabric of her own writing. “The 2018 conference will bring together seasoned scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, and general readers to explore new questions for research and scholarly discussion about one of Canada’s best-known and loved authors and her works,” said Dr. Emily Woster, LMMI visiting scholar and conference cochairwoman. The conference aims to explore the ways that reading, in all its forms and possibilities, has influenced Montgomery and her millions of readers and viewers over time. Delegates will explore the reception of Montgomery’s writings nationally and internationally. This 25th anniversary conference will reflect on the past, present and future of Montgomery studies. The conference committee received more proposals for papers and presentations than ever before and selected 64 speakers from 11 countries. “The L.M. Montgomery Institute at UPEI promotes research into, and informed celebration of, the life, works, culture, and influence of Montgomery,” said Dr. Philip Smith, LMMI committee chairman. “We have a rich network of local, national, and international Montgomery scholars and enthusiasts. The conference welcomes both academics and community members, and anyone with an interest in Montgomery is encouraged to register.” The conference also celebrates the L.M. Montgomery Institutes 25th anniversary. Full details can be found at lmmontgomery.ca.
Rosalee Peppard will give a free performance as part of the 13th L.M. Montgomery Institute Conference in Charlottetown.