Jane Urquhart, honorary patron of the Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies, is an acclaimed Canadian author and long-
 time, devoted reader of Montgomery. Urquhart has written seven award-winning novels, notably The Stone Carvers
 and The Whirlpool, four books of poetry (including False Shuffles and Some Other Garden), and a collection of short
 fiction. Urquhart is the recipient of many awards, such as the Governor General’s Award and the International
 Dublin Literary Award. She was the first Canadian to win France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger (Best Foreign
 Book) and became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005. For the short biography series, Extraordinary
 Canadians
, Urquhart wrote the entry on L.M. Montgomery and also contributed an afterward for Montgomery’s novel Emily Climbs (New Canadian Library, 2009). Urquhart was a keynote speaker at the L.M. Montgomery Institute's 2016 biennial conference sharing her reflections on Montgomery as an author and literary influence. In an interview with the LMMI, featuring Urquhart as a keynote speaker, she said her favourite Montgomery novel is Rilla of Ingleside because “the character development is exceptional in this novel” and “the intimate look at a Canadian home during the First World War is truly extraordinary” (read the whole interview here). Due to her own extraordinary writing and her championing of Montgomery, an earlier Canadian woman writer, we are deeply honored to have Jane Urquhart as our honorary patron.