Lucy Maud Montgomery

She will forever be identified with Prince Edward Island, thanks to her orphan heroine, Anne Shirley. But in fact, Lucy Maud Montgomery spent far more time in Ontario. In 1935, she moved with her then-retired minister husband from Norval, near Georgetown, to Riverside Drive in Swansea, where she lived the last years of her life. She died in 1942, deeply depressed.


Much of Montgomery’s life was anything but happy, a sad contrast to the spirit of joy and optimism of her novels. Helping us to learn more about the author of Anne of Green Gables  is Mary Rubio, who wrote the comprehensive biography Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings. We will also be screening a short film from the Extraordinary Canadians series, with author Jane Urquhart exploring Montgomery’s life.  Read more about the event.



Documentary: Lucy Maud Montgomery with Jane Urquhart, 23m. D. Helen Klodawsky. Proceeds support Back Lane Studios programs. 


Tickets to this Extraordinary Women are $10 in advance on Eventbrite (; $15 at the door.