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    New Publication – Storage Issues by Suzanne Kay Miller

    January 31, 2011

    Storage Issues, poetry by Suzanne Kay Miller written between 1988 and 2008, reflects on being a Mennonite woman in a modern world. The work is part of the DreamSeeker Poetry Series produced by the Cascadia Publishing House, and can be ordered from Cascadia, Amazon, Barnes and Noble , or your local bookstore.

    From the publisher:

    Storage Issues pictures an individual wandering through the remains of communal life. These personal lyric and narrative poems search for meaning in the background, events, and concerns of one Mennonite woman’s existence. The poems invoke archetypal help and seek elemental order, but they also accept the ...

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    New Publication – Face to Face: A Poetry Collection by Julie Cadwallader-Staub

    January 31, 2011

    This is Julie Cadawallader-Staub’s first published collection of poetry, much of which has appeared in numerous journals and programs, including Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. The eighth volume in the Cascadia Publishing House’s DreamSeeker Poetry Series, Cadawallader-Staub’s book can be purchased at the publisher’s website, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and many other bookstores.

    From the Publisher:

    In this riveting collection of poems, Julie Cadwallader-Staub invites the reader to experience the exquisitely tender as well as brutally difficult realities of living with someone dying of cancer.Face to Facehonestly and gracefully describes her journey through the darkness of death and into ...

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    Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords research on Mennonites

    January 18, 2011

    Gabrielle Gifford wrote her senior thesis at Scripps College on Old Colony Mennonites and received a Fulbright in 1994 to spend a year in Mexico with the group.

    Read the story in The Mennonite Weekly Review:

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    Call for Submissions - Rhubarb Special Issue

    November 16, 2010

    Rhubarb Magazine is publishing a special issue on Mental Illness/Mental Health in June 2011. The issue will be guest edited by Ted Dyck, the Editor of Transition Magazine published by the Saskatchewan Chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Ted has published widely and served as the chief editor of the literary magazine GRAIN for three years.

    We are looking for visual art, fiction, poetry, nonfiction including memoir, by and about and persons with experience of mental health/illnmess issues. The deadline for submissions is January 30, 2011, sent directly to Only electronic submissions will ...

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    New from Todd Davis

    November 9, 2010

    Household of Water, Moon and Snow: The Thoreau Poems, a chapbook by Todd Davis, has just been released by Seven Kitchens Press in a limited edition.

    To order your copy and read a poem from the collection go to:

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    Rudy Wiebe Short Stories --Just Published

    November 8, 2010

    Just published: "Rudy Wiebe: Collected Stories, 1955-2010" by the
    University of Alberta Press," 528 pp., $39.95. Introduction by
    Thomas Wharton. "For more than fifty years, Canadian literary legend
    Rudy Wiebe has been defining and refining prairie literature through
    his oeuvre of world-renowled novels, histories, essays, and short
    stories. He has introduced generations of readers far and wide to
    western Canadian Mennonite, aborginal, and settler culture. This
    volume contains the fifty short stories that Wiebe completed between
    1955 and 2010, including four previously unpublished stories."

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    "Mennonites Don't Dance" --Stories by Darcie Friesen Hossack

    November 8, 2010

    "Mennonites Don't Dance," a collection of stories by Darcie Friesen
    Hossack, has been published by Thistledown Press in
    Saskatoon. "Taking place primarily on the Canadian prairies, the
    families in these storis are confronted by the conflict between
    tradition and change--one story sees a daughter-in-law's urban ideals
    push and pull against a mother's simple, rural ways, in another, a
    daughter raised in the Mennonite tradition tries to break free from
    her upbringing to escape to the city in search of a better
    life. Children learn the rules of farm life, and parents learn that
    their decisions, in spite ...

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    Miriam Toews wins The Writer's Trust Engel/Findley Prize

    November 3, 2010

    Acclaimed novelist Miriam Toews has won a $25,000 award.

    The 46-year-old writer, who grew up in Steinbach, Man., and lived in Winnipeg before moving to Toronto in 2009, was awarded the Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Prize on Tuesday.

    The award, handed out at the 10th annual Writers' Trust Awards in Toronto, is presented to writer in mid-career.

    Toews has five books to her publishing credit, the first coming out in 1996 and the most recent in 2008.

    Her 2004 novel, A Complicated Kindness, was her breakthrough work. It was on the Canadian bestseller lists for more than a year ...

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    Sherie Renee Scott on Broadway

    October 15, 2010

    Sherie Renee Scott, co-author of Everyday Rapture, which premiered on Broadway in Spring 2010, is now starring in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown as Pepa. The play opens in November 2010.

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    Sandra Birdsell's novel Finalist for Governor General's Award

    October 15, 2010

    Sandra Birdsell's recent novel, was named as a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards.

    The Canada Council for the Arts provides almost $450,000 for the Governor General’s Literary Awards. Each winner will receive $25,000 and a specially-bound copy of the winning book.

    Waiting for Joe, published by Random House of Canada, charts a contemporary odyssey of loss and dispossession. Caring for an elderly parent while they slowly lose their tangible assets, Joe and Laurie confront both economic and emotional bankruptcy. The discoveries they make as their lives disintegrate effect a poignant and intense depiction of class ...