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    Mennonite Life Resurrected!

    June 11, 2010

    June 14, 2010


    Mennonite Life returns from the dead in online form

    NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Once again, Mennonite Life has risen from the dead.

    Since 1946, when Bethel College began publishing the journal, Mennonite Life has been devoted to exploring and developing Mennonite experience. Its intended audience is scholars and academics as well as a wider literate readership interested in Mennonite matters.

    From 1946-99, Mennonite Life was published in paper form. Starting with the March 2000 issue, it became a free, online-only journal. Over the decades of its existence, Mennonite Life has undergone many transitions in …

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    Recent Reviews of Mennonite Literature - Connie Braun

    June 10, 2010

    Connie Braun, The Steppes are the Colour of Sepia: A Mennonite Memoir. Vancouver: Ronsdale Press, 2008.


    Jeff Gundy, Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio


    Shirley Showalter, Vice President for Programs, Fetzer Institute

    The the review in context at Shirley Showalter's Blog, 100 Memoirs:

    and in

    Mennonite Quarterly Review

    Read Connie Braun's essay, “Silence, Memory and Imagination as Story: Canadian Mennonite Life Writing," in the Archives of the CMW Journal on this site.

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    Richard Kauffman on Memoirs and the Mystery of Life

    June 2, 2010

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    May 12, 2010

    Memoirs and the mystery of life

    by Richard A. Kauffman

    Judging by my reading habits, the memoir is my favorite form of literature. I’ve read scores over the last 15 years.

    A Private History of Awe by Scott Russell Sanders is my favorite. I first encountered Sanders via his collections of essays. I was drawn to his sense of place and rootedness, his nature mysticism and Quaker sensibilities and his incredible powers of observation and description. His memoir is a love story of sorts, an account of …
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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 interviews, …

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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. – 3:30 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 Kenyon.

    About the Presenters:

    Dr. Todd Davis teaches …

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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

    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 influenced by German Expressionist and Japanese printmaking approaches.

    Woldemar …

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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

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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:

    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:

    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!

    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 William …