"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Saturday, June 25, 2011

L.M. Montgomery's Granddaughter to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Prince Edward Island

TORONTO, June 24, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - As part of the upcoming Royal visit, Kate Macdonald Butler, granddaughter of L.M. Montgomery, will attend a reception in honour of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Dalvay-by-the-Sea in PEI on Monday, July 4, from 12 to 4 p.m. Kate and her daughter Eliza will fly to PEI, the birthplace of Anne of Green Gables, with the hope of presenting the Duchess with a special 100th Anniversary Edition of the book she is reported to have loved as a child.

Lynne Missen, Publishing Director, Young Readers Group, Penguin Canada says: "Anne of Green Gables holds a very special place in the hearts of Canadians, and at Penguin, we were thrilled to hear that the Duchess of Cambridge shared our love for such a beloved Canadian heroine."

Anne of Green Gables, Before Green Gables (a prequel written by award-winning Canadian author Budge Wilson), and Imagining Anne: The Island Scrapbooks by Elizabeth Rollins Epperley were published by Penguin Canada in 2008 to mark the 100th anniversary of Canada's beloved literary heroine.

The 100th Anniversary Edition of Anne of Green Gables was created using the exquisite original cover by George Gibbs and interior illustrations by M.A. Claus and W.A.J. Claus. Two of Montgomery's grandchildren, Kate and David Macdonald, provided a new introduction for this special edition of the novel. Throughout her years, L.M. Montgomery kept diaries and scrapbooks, and two of these, known as the Island Scrapbooks, reveal her creative imagination, interests, and inspirations from the years 1893 to 1910, covering the time she wrote and published Anne of Green Gables.

While millions of readers across the world may have a dog-eared, much loved paperback edition of Anne of Green Gables at home, it is the wish of the Montgomery heirs to bestow the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their own special, signed editions of these famous books, to be handed down through generations.

Kate Macdonald Butler, one of L.M. Montgomery's grandchildren, lives in Toronto with her two teenage children. Kate is the daughter of Ruth Macdonald and the late Dr. Stuart Macdonald, who was L.M. Montgomery's youngest son. Kate wrote The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook in 1984, published by Oxford University Press. She is a board member of the Anne of Green Gables Licensing Authority Inc. and manages the Toronto office of the "Anne" Authority. The "Anne" Authority was formed in 1994 and is jointly owned by the province of Prince Edward Island and the heirs of L.M. Montgomery. Kate is the President of Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Inc., a family owned company that oversees all L.M. Montgomery related inquiries and projects. She is also a patron of the L.M. Montgomery Society of Ontario, a board member of the L.M. Montgomery Heritage Society

Penguin is one of the world's leading children's trade book publishers, publishing some of the world's bestselling and award-winning authors and brands, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and the works of Roald Dahl. Penguin Canada is proud to be the official publisher of the 100th Anniversary Editions of Anne of Green Gables.

*Anne of Green Gables, Before Green Gables and other indicia of Anne are trademarks of the Anne of Green Gables Licensing Authority Inc.

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