In June 2018, scholars gathered at the L.M. Montgomery Institute’s 13th Biennial Conference, “L.M. Montgomery and Reading,” hosted by the University of Prince Edward Island, to discuss the works and world of L.M. Montgomery. Dr. Trinna S. Frever presented her conference essay, “Seeing Female Readers, Reading Female Readers, Making Meta-Readers: Montgomery as Depictor and Creator of Scholars” by video.
This idea of L.M. Montgomery origin stories struck a chord with conference attendees. Scholar Dr. Julie Sellers suggested that a website be created to collect these stories; Dr. Kate Scarth, Chair of L.M. Montgomery Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island, took the initiative to do just that. Now, in cooperation with UPEI’s L.M. Montgomery Institute, Frever and Scarth are teaming up to gather fans’ Montgomery origin stories, as well as some information about these fans and their reading/viewing practices, for an anticipated book about Montgomery’s contribution to fans’ lives and to the world.