Song por­trait

L.M. Mont­gomery In­sti­tute Con­fer­ence fea­tures free evening of song and cel­e­bra­tion

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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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Ros­alee Pep­pard will give a free per­for­mance as part of the 13th L.M. Mont­gomery In­sti­tute Con­fer­ence in Char­lot­te­town.

Woster

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