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    This Hidden Thing, novel by Dora Dueck, just published

    May 30, 2010

    Dora Dueck’s second novel This Hidden Thing was recently published by CMU [Canadian Mennonite University] Press in Winnipeg. “The young woman standing outside the prosperous Winnipeg house that day in 1927 knew she must have work. Her family depended on it. But Maria Klassen had no idea that her new life as a domestic would mark her for the rest of her days. This Hidden Thing reminds us how dangerous and powerful secrets can be. This lyrical and moving novel offers one woman’s compelling, ordinary, and surprising life.” The novel is grounded in Dora Dueck’s earlier research, including many ...

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    Todd Davis & Mary Linton Poetry of Nature Workshop

    May 24, 2010


    Merry Lea to Offer Poetry of Nature Workshop

    Saturday, June 12, 2010 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Writers who love the outdoors will gather at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Saturday, June 12, 9:30 a.m. Р3:30 p.m. for a day of word play among some of Indiana's finest wetlands, woodlands and prairies. Poet Todd Davis will team up with ecologist
Mary Linton to offer inspiration and guidance in the kinds of settings that inspired William Wordsworth, John Keats, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, and Jane ...

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    Just Released: Woldemar Neufeld's Canada: A Mennonite Artist in the Canadian Landscape, 1925-1995

    May 16, 2010

    Book Description from http://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/press/Catalog/neufeld.shtml

    Woldemar Neufeld (1909–2002) emigrated with his Mennonite parents from Ukraine to Canada in 1924. By the late 1920s, he had begun his lifelong project as documentarist, responding especially to the built environment, whether close to his home in southern Ontario or farther afield: northern Ontario, the prairies and the west coast, the Maritimes and Quebec. His work passed through a number of styles, from the coolly abstract to the vividly “realistic.” Although he never abandoned oils, he produced a substantial body of watercolours and block prints—the latter ...

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    Laurier Anniversary Lecture to be given by Paul and Hildi Froese Tiessen

    May 16, 2010

    "Elmira, Ontario" by Woldemar Neufeld (1987)

    Annual Anniversary Lecture

    LALL's 13th Annual Anniversary Lecture

    Keynote Speakers: Dr. Paul Tiessen and and Dr. Hildi Froese Tiessen

    "First Art, then Tennis": the Construction of Kitchener-Waterloo in the Visual Imagination
    of Woldemar Neufeld, 1925 - 1995


    Tuesday, May 25, 2010 | 7 p.m.
    Senate and Board Chambers
    Wilfrid Laurier University
    75 University Avenue West
    Waterloo, ON | 519-884-0710 ext. 4628

    for more information, see http://www.wlu.ca/page.php?grp_id=160&p=2322

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    Everyday Rapture on Broadway!

    May 10, 2010

    Sherie Rene Scott's musical, "Everyday Rapture," has opened on Broadway at the American Airlines Theater to rave reviews! Read all about it here:

    http://theater.nytimes.com/2010/04/30/theater/reviews/30everyday.html

    Raised in Kansas by a Mennonite mother and what she describes as a "cavalry officer" father, Sherie Rene Scott plays a character based on her own life. Read more about it here:

    http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/s/sherie_rene_scott/index.html?inline=nyt-per

    For "hot" links to these sites, visit and "like" the Center for Mennonite Writing facebook page.

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    Mennonite in a Little Black Dress -- #1 NYT Paperback Bestseller

    May 10, 2010

    Mennonite in a Little Black Dress is at the top of the New York Times paperback bestseller list for Nonfiction this week--its third week on the list!

    http://www.nytimes.com/pages/books/bestseller/

    For "hot" links visit and "like" the facebook page for the "Center for Mennonite Writing"

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    Ken Reed receives Grant from the Schowalter Foundation

    May 10, 2010

    Schowalter Foundation, Newton, Kansas, has just announced a grant of $10,000 as seed money for the research and writing of a major new historical novel on the coming to America of the Swiss German Mennonites in 1710. Schowalter awarded the grant to the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society (LMHS), Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in cooperation with Ken Yoder Reed, author of two previous novels on Mennonite life and history.

    The coming-to-America story of the Swiss German political refugees is a largely untold story. Mennonite and Amish refugees, caught up in the European geo-political wars and chaos of the eighteenth century, fled to ...

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    Boundary Waters Retreat with Jeff Gundy and Julia Spicher Kasdorf

    April 15, 2010
    Jeff Gundy and Julia Spicher Kasdorf will be the resource persons at the "Stirring the Waters" Writer's Retreat at Wilderness Wind, near Ely, Minnesota, June 24-27, 2010. Join them by the lakeside for a refreshing time of reflection and writing in an unspoiled natural setting.


    Read more about Wilderness Wind and download a brochure of the Writer's Retreat at http://www.wildernesswind.org/Lakesideretreats.htm


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    Rhubarb Magazine solicits work for Food Issue

    April 10, 2010

    Rhubarb Magaine is looking for submissions on the theme of food,
    especially fiction and short prose, deadline May 15.

    Send submissions in a word document to submit@rhubarbmag.com

    For further details, visit www.rhubarbmag.com

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    Memoir by Lee Snyder just published by Cascadia

    April 1, 2010

    At Powerline and Diamond Hill: Unexpected Intersections of Life and Work by Lee Snyder has just been published by Cascadia publishing company.

    This is a readable and engaging reflection on the elements of a life that led to leadership and service in surprising ways. Snyder was the first woman president of Bluffton College, and has held a number of significant leadership roles in the Mennonite Church. Yet her book is as intimate and personable as a chat over tea, sharing reflections of works of art and literature that inspire her, challenges faced in finishing her education as an adult or ...