UPEI to host launch of books about Island tourism and Lucy Maud Montgomery

Atlantics Brief Desk Posted: June 14, 2022, 12:10 PM 

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Two books, including one that chronicles the history of tourism in P.E.I. and another that compiles a series of essays examining P.E.I.’s beloved author Lucy Maud Montgomery, will launch at UPEI this month.

The books The Summer Trade: A History of Tourism on Prince Edward Island and L.M. Montgomery and Gender will launch at the university on June 21 at 7 p.m.

The Summer Trade: A History of Tourism on Prince Edward Island is written by Edward MacDonald and Alan MacEachern and tracks the evolution of tourism in P.E.I. from its beginning in the 19th century to the COVID-19 pandemic.

MacDonald is a professor of history at UPEI and co-editor of several collections about the environmental history of Atlantic Canada.

MacEachern is a professor of history at Western University and has written widely about Canadian environmental history.

He is also a visiting scholar at the L.M. Montgomery Institute at UPEI and co-chair of the institute’s 15th annual, biennial international conference, which will take place at UPEI from June 22-26.

An exhibition titled The Summer Trade, curated by MacDonald and MacEachern is on display at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery alongside the book's launch.

L.M. Montgomery and Gender is edited by Holly Pike and Laura Robinson and includes essays by 19 contributors on various topics, from medical discourse to explorations of Montgomery’s use of humour and the author’s rewriting of masculinist traditions.