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    Ken Reed’s New Novel

    July 16, 2009

    Ken Reed has published his second novel about Pennsylvania Mennonites, He Flew Too High (Enumclaw, WA: WinePress, 2009). It concerns a church split in the 1950s that led to tragic physical and spiritual consequences requiring forgiveness and healing.

    Reed says that his intention was to give an “unromanticized” view of Mennonites, in contrast to the recent public interest in romance fiction about the Amish. One reviewer says it is “part love story, part apocalyptic narrative, part suspense tale.”

    Reed, who grew up Mennonite near Lebanon, Pennsylvania, is now a Presbyterian living in Silicon ...

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    Purpose Magazine: Call for Submissions

    July 14, 2009

    Purpose is a monthly magazine published by Mennonite Publishing Network
    (MPN) for all adult members and attendees of Mennonite Church Canada and
    Mennonite Church USA congregations.
    Purpose features short first person anecdotal stories and verse that
    encourages Christians in their daily discipleship walk. Mennonite authors are
    strongly encouraged to offer their stories. Most writings are selected from
    free lance submissions. Writings are purchased on a one-time rights basis.
    Send electronic submissions to horsch@mpn.net.
    Writer guidelines and monthly themes are available on the MPN
    > > website: http://www.faithandliferesources.org/periodicals/purpose/

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    Mennonites on the New York Stage

    June 23, 2009



    Three Mennonite-related stage productions caught the attention of theatre critics in New York City in the Spring of 2009: Vern Thiessen’s one-act play “A More Perfect Union” by the Epic Theater Ensemble; the musical Everyday Rapture by Sherie Rene Scott and Dick Scanlan by the Second Stage Theater; and Jessica Dickey’s The Amish Project at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

    Thiessen’s two-character play, which ran through June 7, is “a story of race, religion, sex, plagiarism, politics, pregnancy and nuns” that New York Times theater critic Anita Gates found “stolid, static.”

    Sheri Renee Scott starred in her own play about stardom ...

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    Katie Funk Wiebe memoir published

    June 2, 2009

    You Never Gave Me a Name: One Mennonite Woman's Story by Katie Funk Wiebe

    Published June 15, 2009 by Dreamseeker books. 284 pp. $15.95

    Publisher's Description:

    "I loved this book," says Dora Dueck, writer and editor, who is author of several books and co-editor of Northern Lights: An Anthology of Contemporary Christian Writing in Canada (Wiley, 2008). "This is Katie's life, her name, her harvest of work and discovery. But something wonderful happened as I read what she shares so honestly and well: I saw my own story--and felt it good, and safer again, to ...

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    Elise Hofer Derstine wins 2nd Place in Larry Neal Writer's Competition

    May 26, 2009

    Elise Hofer Derstine, a 2004 graduate of Goshen College, won second place in the Larry Neal Writers' Competition sponsored by the Washington, DC Commission on the Art and Humanities. Derstine won the award for three unpublished poems submitted in the adult poetry division. Last year Derstine won third place in the same division of the competition. For further information about the Larry Neal Awards, see http://dcarts.dc.gov/dcarts/cwp/view.asp?a=3&q=528384

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    A Hundred Camels: A Mission Doctor's Sojourn and Murder Trial in Somalia

    May 19, 2009

    Just Published by Cascadia:

    A Hundred Camels: A Doctor's Sojourn and Murder Trial in Somalia

    by Gerald L. Miller, M.D. and Shari Miller Wagner

    Available: June2009
    Pages: 228

    Prices: $13.95US/$14.95Can.
    ISBN 13:978-1-931038-54-6

    As this suspenseful, true-life drama of a doctor's trial for a patient's murder unfolds, readersare given access to an ancient, clan-based culture few Americans have experienced in a country recently declared by the United Nations as a humanitarian crisis “worse than Darfur.”

    "This vivid, compelling story becomes a vehicle of beauty—the kind that wounds as we recognize our own ...

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    Rudy Wiebe Wins Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award

    May 12, 2009

    Edmonton-Celebrated Canadian author and U of A professor emeritus Rudy Wiebe has added another award to his long list of accolades, winning a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award.

    "My parents, with their five children, arrived in Didsbury, Alberta, as penniless refugees from the Soviet Union in March 1930, and they could not dream that a child of theirs would ever become a writer, published and read in many parts of the world," said Wiebe.

    "But this magnificent country, Canada, our home, gave me that opportunity, helped me to explore my crazy ideas, my place, my ancestors-wherever I ...

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    Shirley Showalter Wins Memoir Prize

    May 2, 2009

    Shirley Showalter won First Prize from the Kalamazoo Journal for the best memoir or piece of creative non-fiction submitted in 2009. Read her essay at

    http://www.mlive.com/special-sections/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2009/03/my_mothers_pulpit_memoircreati.html

    Showalter will have another essay in the upcoming issue of CMW Journal, to be released on or about May 15, 2009.

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    Yaguchi poetry featured in "For a Beautiful Planet"

    April 24, 2009

    Thirteen poems by Yorifumi Yaguchi have appeared in the anthology "For a Beautiful Planet: Voices from Contemporary Sixteen Poets of Japan, 2009" published in 2009 in Osaka by Chikurinkan. Two of the poems--"The Earthquake" and "When the Earthquake"--are based on incidents during his recent visit to China, as reported in Wilbur Birky's journal in Issue 2 of the CMW journal.

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    Jean Janzen's latest collection of poetry published

    April 24, 2009

    Jean Janzen’s latest poetry book, Paper House , has recently been published by Good Books.

    "Her refusal to turn aside from any difficulty, any loss, here presses her writing into firmer edges than ever before . . . . She brings longing to every page, and then calls us in, gently, yet irresistibly." From the publisher

    Jean Janzen is the author of seven collections of poetry, and a book of essays on the creative process, Elements of Faithful Writing. She lives in Fresno, California. Janzen received an Artist's Award from the National Endowment of the Arts. She has also authored numerous hymns, some ...