100 Years of Anne Anniversary Collection Now Available Across Canada, Authors Budge Wilson and Dr. Elizabeth Epperly in Toronto to Launch Official Celebration of 100 Years of Anne

    TORONTO, Feb. 7 /CNW/ - Penguin Group (Canada) has released Before Green
Gables, the only official prequel ever sanctioned by the family of
L.M. Montgomery, written by Governor-General's Award finalist Budge Wilson. As
part of this extraordinary celebration, Penguin Group (Canada) has also
published a 100th Anniversary Edition of Anne of Green Gables, and Imagining
Anne: The Island Scrapbooks of L.M. Montgomery, a collection of
100 beautifully reproduced pages from L.M. Montgomery's scrapbooks, collected
in one volume by Montgomery scholar Elizabeth Epperly.
    Wilson and Epperly currently reside on Canada's East Coast. Both women
will join Penguin and the heirs of L.M. Montgomery in Toronto next week to
mark the official launch of the 100 Years of Anne celebration.
    The 100 Years of Anne launch will take place at the Royal Ontario Museum
on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 7:00pm. This event will be open to the public
and tickets can be purchased by visiting the ROM website at www.rom.on.ca.
    This launch is only the beginning of a significant number of events and
engagements planned for the upcoming year. The authors will return to Ontario
for an event at the Leaskdale Manse Museum in Uxbridge in April. The Leaskdale
Manse Museum is a restoration project to conserve the legacy of
L.M. Montgomery.
    Below is a list of Toronto events scheduled for Wilson, Epperly, and the
heirs of L.M. Montgomery for the week of February 10:

                          February 10, 2008 - Toronto

             High Tea with Budge Wilson and Kate Macdonald Butler
                    Flying Dragon Books, 1721 Bayview Ave

                          February 12, 2008 - Toronto

       Official Launch of 100 Years of Anne at the Royal Ontario Museum
             Readings with Budge Wilson and Dr. Elizabeth Epperly
         Evening introduced by The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson
                             Royal Ontario Museum

                          February 14, 2008 - Toronto

                         Reading for the Love of It
             Teacher/Librarian Conference (registration required)
                               Sheraton Centre

    Mark Twain once called Anne "the dearest and most loveable child in
fiction since the immortal Alice." Since it was first published in 1908, Anne
of Green Gables has become one of the most-loved stories in the world and one
of the best-selling Canadian books of all time. In print for almost 100 years,
it has been translated into over 20 languages and has sold approximately
50 million copies worldwide.
    Now, 100 years after the publication of Anne of Green Gables, Penguin
Group (Canada) invites you to rediscover one of literature's most beloved

    A media-only reception will take place at the ROM on February 12th at
    6pm. RSVP is required.

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

    "L.M. Montgomery" and "L.M. Montgomery's signature and cat design" are
    trademarks of Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Inc."

For further information:

For further information: or to request an interview with the authors
while they are in Toronto (February 10-14), contact: Alina Goldstein, Senior
Publicist, Penguin Group (Canada), (416) 928-2408,

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