Celebrating Austen, Wharton, and Montgomery

Between December 2017 and June 2018, I hosted a celebration in honour of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. There’s more information about the guest posts in the series here: “Youth and Experience: Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

Youth and Experience

In May 2023, my friend Naomi MacKinnon and I co-hosted a readalong for L.M. Montgomery’s novel Jane of Lantern Hill (1937):

Back in Bonn with Bethie, #ReadingLanternHill

The Idyllic Island

“She is my daughter … no outsider shall ever come between us again”


In November 2017, along with Naomi of Consumed By Ink, I co-hosted a readalong for L.M. Montgomery’s 1926 novel The Blue Castle. Please see “An Invitation to Read The Blue Castle, by L.M. Montgomery” and “‘Going in for realities’ in L.M. Montgomery’s The Blue Castle.”The Blue Castle

Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, and L.M. Montgomery are three of my favourite writers. Here are some of the other blog series I’ve hosted and readalongs I’ve participated in:

I hosted a series of guest posts called Emma in the Snow,” which ran from December 23, 2015 (the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Emma) to the last day of winter in March 2016.

Emma in the Snow

2014 was The Year of Mansfield Park three cheers for Austen’s strongest heroine, Fanny Price! I put together a series of thirty-nine guest blog posts to mark 200 years of this complex and controversial novel, and it was a real pleasure to bring together so many of Austen’s readers at this Mansfield Park party. Read more about “An Invitation to Mansfield Park” here. Contributors to the series included writers of Austen-inspired fiction, bloggers, booksellers, doctors, journalists, librarians, and academics.

An Invitation to Mansfield Park

2013 was also an exciting year in the world of Austen and Wharton, as it marked the 200th anniversary of the publication of Austen’s famous and beloved novel Pride and Prejudice, and the 100th anniversary of the publication of Wharton’s novel The Custom of the Country, which her biographer Hermione Lee calls “her greatest book.”

Pride and Prejudice

Here’s my series of posts about the experience of rereading Pride and Prejudice, and here’s my series of posts celebrating 100 years of The Custom of the Country.

The Custom of the Country

My friend Naomi hosted a readalong for Montgomery’s Emily novels in 2017 and you can find my three posts here: “Rereading L.M. Montgomery’s Emily Novels.”Emily of New Moon

Blog posts for the 2015 Green Gables Readalong and other posts on L.M. Montgomery are listed on my “L.M. Montgomery in Nova Scotia” page.

Public Gardens, Halifax, Nova Scotia