Lanier Ivester

Profile photo of Lanier Ivester Lanier Ivester is a “Southern Lady” in the best and most classical sense and a gifted writer in the most articulate and literal sense. She hand-binds books and lives on a farm with peacocks, bees, sheep, and the governor of Ohio’s leg. She loves old books and sells them from her website,, and she’s currently putting the final touches on her first novel, as well as studying literature at Oxford.

Interview: Jennifer Trafton, author of Henry and the Chalk Dragon

By Lanier Ivester

Jennifer Trafton’s much-anticipated Henry and the Chalk Dragon is a romp through the “what ifs” of an imagination run wild. It’s a companion for children feeling self-conscious about Read More ›

The Craft and Courage of L.M. Montgomery, Pt 4

By Lanier Ivester

In this final installment, I want to say a few words about Lucy Maud’s personal challenges as a writer. Even a casual perusal of her journals reveals the fact that Maud was a creature of intense, sometimes crippling moods. I don’t think anyone could be capable of communicating the full scope of human joys and sorrows like she did without being intimately acquainted with both the heights and the depths. Read More ›

A Voice in the Dark

By Lanier Ivester

In broad daylight, I like to say that I’ll bet that my barn is haunted. Read More ›

Staff Work of the Omnipotence

By Lanier Ivester

I gave in to a cold a few weeks ago. It had been pursuing me for days, ever since we got home from Hutchmoot, but it finally caught up with me. This meant, among other things, that we did not go to the boat for the weekend, and we did not Read More ›

Seeds of Love

By Lanier Ivester

(I wrote this last December, and while the circumstances are different this year, the sentiments are not. Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.)

I am so sick of death. Read More ›

The Craft and Courage of L.M. Montgomery, Pt 3

By Lanier Ivester

Here in Part Three, I’d like to take a look at how Montgomery accomplished her magic in very practical ways, and how the rather quotidian components of people, place, and work ethic all added up to some of the most beloved fiction of the twentieth century. Read More ›

The Craft and Courage of L.M. Montgomery, Pt 2

By Lanier Ivester

Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote 22 novels, 530 short stories, 500 poems, and 30 essays. And by the time of her death in 1942, she was a household name, not just in Canada, but all over the world.

So, how did she do it? Read More ›

The Craft and Courage of L.M. Montgomery, Pt 1

By Lanier Ivester

Combing through an old notebook of ideas one day, Lucy Maud Montgomery came across this entry which she had copied from a newspaper clipping: Read More ›

Lark Rise to Candleford

By Lanier Ivester

The hamlet stood on a gentle rise in the flat, wheat-growing north-east corner of Oxfordshire. We will call it Lark Rise because of the great number of skylarks which made the surrounding fields their springboard and nested on the bare earth between the rows of green corn… Read More ›

Proper Introductions: George MacDonald

By Lanier Ivester

G.K. Chesterton called him “one of the three or four greatest men of the 19th century.”

Madeleine L’Engle said he was the “grandfather of us all—all of us who struggle to come to terms Read More ›

The Life Imagined

By Lanier Ivester

“Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.”

The Henry David gem had been buzzing at my mind all day, and all day I had been tenaciously smiling it down. Read More ›

Surprised by Joy

By Lanier Ivester

I had the privilege of presenting last weekend at the From Death Unto Life conference in Franklin, Tennessee, and one of my sessions was a short plenary on William Wordsworth’s immortal sonnet, Read More ›