Elizabeth Waterston

Elizabeth Waterston

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Elizabeth Waterston: April 18, 2022 - February 18, 2024

Elizabeth Hillman Waterston was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2019. She was also a Member of the Order of Ontario and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She received these honors for her pioneering work in the fields of Canadian, children s, women s, and historical Canadian travel literature. These awards also recognized her far-reaching mentorship of fellow writers. She taught at the universities of Concordia and Western before moving to the University of Guelph where she was Professor Emerita.

Dr. Waterston fused scholarly analysis with her personal memories as student, teacher, and inveterate reader and writer in her recent non-fiction: Blitzkrieg and Jitterbugs, Rapt in Plaid: Canadian Literature and Scottish Tradition, and Magic Island: The Fictions of L.M. Montgomery.

With her friend and colleague Mary Rubio she co-edited books by and about L.M. Montgomery. Most recently she considered Montgomery s writing and re-writing processes in Readying Rilla: Reworking a Manuscript. Her very latest academic project, and the culmination of years of research and consideration, was an analysis of the first 20 poems in A Childs Garden of Verses, the beloved work of Robert Louis Stevenson.

After years of publishing academic books and articles and editing learned journals, she shifted into writing novels. Inspired by her winters in a retirement community in Florida, she wrote two later-life romances: Passion Spent and Ahoy.com. These were the kind of novels she liked to read: colorful, warm-hearted, full of modern characters and unexpected plot twists. Waterston was very pleased to know that Passion Spent was being adapted for the stage to be produced as a play in the spring of 2024.

To contact the estate of Elizabeth Waterston by email, write to: waterston.elizabeth@gmail.com             



New Releases

Elizabeth Waterston: Railway Ties


Readying Rilla


Blitzkrieg and Jitterbugs


The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1901-1911


Fiction by Elizabeth Waterston

Ahoy! dot com

Passion Spent

At the Corner of Hope

Plaid Around the Mountain


Elizabeth Waterston's non-fiction

Elizabeth Waterston: Magic Island Elizabeth Waterston: Rapt in Plaid Elizabeth Waterston: Kindling Spirit Elizabeth Waterston: Children's Literature in Canada Elizabeth Waterston: The Travellers: Canada to 1900 Elizabeth Waterston: Anne of Green Gables: The Norton Critical Edition Elizabeth Waterston: Writing a Life
The Journals of L M Montgomery: Volume 1 The Journals of L M Montgomery: Volume 2 The Journals of L M Montgomery: Volume 3 The Journals of L M Montgomery: Volume 4 The Journals of L M Montgomery: Volume 5 The Complete Journals of L M Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1890-1900 The Complete Journals of L M Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1901-1911