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Reflecting on Anne of Green Gables - a beloved novel comes to life at Library and Archives Canada

OTTAWA, May 29, 2008 - On the occasion of 100th anniversary of the publication of Anne of Green Gables, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) takes you back to a simpler time and an enchanting world with the launch of an exciting new exhibition of author Lucy Maud Montgomery's works and memorabilia.

The exhibition entitled Reflecting on Anne of Green Gables opens on June 4, at 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa. It will explore the writing of this novel, its literary success, its creative transformation into other media and the phenomenon of its international popularity.

Visitors to the exhibition will see documentary evidence, including some new findings and archival records, about influences on Lucy Maud Montgomery's writing as well as a selection of material relating to the success of the novel, its subsequent adaptations to stage and screen, and its enduring appeal to people of all ages.

"This exhibition gives us a glimpse into the magic and joy of Anne Shirley's world and captures enduring popularity of Lucy Maud Montgomery's novels with the young and the young at heart, in a great many countries," said Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. "Library and Archives Canada is proud to highlight this important Canadian author and to introduce her works to a new audience and a new generation."

There are more than 75 items on display, the majority of which are taken from the vast literary collection at Library and Archives Canada. Some of the items include pages from L.M. Montgomery's handwritten manuscript of Anne of Green Gables, on loan from the Confederation Centre for the Arts; novels translated into15 different languages, sound recordings, correspondence and a rare lithographed poster from the 1919 silent film adaptation starring Mary Miles Minter. Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to compare video extracts on display from the 1934 film version and the 1985 mini-series.

The most significant contributions to the exhibition are documents from the Ronald I. Cohen collection of Lucy Maud Montgomery memorabilia, all of which were donated to Library and Archives Canada between 1999 and 2003. The collection contains posters, advertising slides, screenplays and photographs connected with the film and stage version of Anne stories.

Library and Archives Canada has planned a wide variety of programming activities in celebration of the 100th anniversary, including the joint release of a Canada Post "Anne of Green Gables" with the Japanese government; on-site school programming for children from Grades 4 to 6 organized by the LAC Learning Centre and costumed volunteers and summer students on hand to give guided tours of the exhibition.

Reflecting on Anne of Green Gables is open to the public every day until March 1, 2009, at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa. Admission to the exhibition is free of charge.

*L.M. Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables are trademarks and official marks of the heirs of L.M. Montgomery and the Anne of Green Gables Licensing Authority Inc. and are used under licence.

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