“Like Anne, I was often deemed impractical or scatterbrained, and my literary aspirations were mocked. But with Anne, I now knew I was not alone. If Anne existed and continued to exist in print after all those years, others must have identified with her, too, I reasoned, and I knew exactly who those people were: my kindred spirits,” says Sellers in the book’s preface. “If a piece of literature could so succinctly portray who we were, then I, too, intended to share my own writing with the world.”
Elizabeth Rollins Epperly, Professor Emerita and founder of the L.M. Montgomery Institute at the University of Prince Edward Island, said the poems are transformative and illustrate why the novel is a classic.
“Julie Sellers shares a lifetime reader’s pilgrimage to real and imagined places and moments, reflecting on her younger selves,” Epperly said. “Wise and gently playful, these beautiful pieces also celebrate a timeless nostalgia.”
Sellers and the publisher collaborated with Jay Wallace, assistant professor in Benedictine College’s Department of Art & Architecture, on the book design.
“Jay understood my vision perfectly,” Sellers said. “He captured the sensibilities of the pieces in the book and cover design and brought them to life.”
The book’s launch is set for June 15, 2021, and Sellers will hold readings for interested groups following that. For more information, follow the author at https://www.facebook.com/julieasellersauthor.