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    Di Brandt chosen as Writer-in-Residence

    September 28, 2014

    Di Brandt, an admired Canadian poet, essayist, and literary critic, was selected as the Winnipeg Public Library's Writer-in-Residence for 2014-2015.

    Beginning this October and continuing until April 2015, she will work with the public through workshops and individual consultations. In addition, she will continue to concentrate on her own writing. The Writer-in-Residence program is designed to provide new, emerging, and established writers with a chance to recieve feedback on their manuscripts.

    “My mentoring philosophy is very simple," Di Brandt said. "I try to really ‘hear’ what the writer is trying to communicate and create in the work-in-progress, and to ...

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    October 1 Deadline! Mennonite/s Writing Submissions

    September 21, 2014

    There is still time to submit a proposal for Mennonite/s Writing VII: Movement, Transformation, and Place. The deadline is October 1. If you haven’t already submitted one, either creative or critical, now is the time. Please encourage the writers in your life to consider it, too. The full call for proposals and links for submissions can be found on our web site Also, watch the website for registration, which should be open shortly after October 1. See you at the conference next March 12-15, 2015!

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    An invitation to Mennonite Writers from Carol Ann Weaver

    September 19, 2014

    Call for writings about the earth . . . for a special composition

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    Evie Yoder Miller publishes new novel

    June 18, 2014

    Evie Miller Yoder, author of Eyes at the Window, recently published her second novel, Everyday Mercies.

    The novel tells the story of Carrie, whose proposition to grow organic vegetables clashes with her dairy-farming father's ideas about working the land. Miller Yoder takes a lively look at the tension and humor of family life, focusing on everyday interactions between four generations of Mennonite women.

    Yoder Miller grew up in Kalona, Iowa, and graduated from Goshen College in 1966. She received an M.A (1994) and Ph.D. (1998) from Ohio University. Although she has published a variety of stories, poems ...

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    Miriam Toews wins the Rogers Writer's Trust Prize

    June 18, 2014

    Miriam Toews won $25,000 and the Rogers Writers Trust prize for a novel she says "she wished she didn't have to write."

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    Samatar wins award for best new writer

    June 18, 2014

    Sofia Samatar, from California, received the John W. Campbell award for Best New Science Fiction or Fantasy Writer at the World Science Fiction Convention.

    Samatar was awarded this honor for her debut novel--A Stranger in Olondria, published by Small Beer Press in 2013--and her short stories that have been published in a variety of magazines and books.

    A Stranger in Olondria follows Jevick, a pepper merchant's son, on his ghost-riddled adventure to the distant land of Olondria. The critically acclaimed novel was thirteen years in the making.

    Samatar, an American of Somali and Swiss German Mennonite background, wrote ...

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    Ruminate Magazine Short Story Contest

    June 18, 2014

    Deadline: October 27, 2014

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    Maurice Mierau's adoption memoir

    May 27, 2014

    In September, Freehand Books will release Maurice Mierau's Detachment: An Adoption Memoir. The book explores what happens after the adoption papers are signed, focusing on the author's own experience of adopting two sons from Ukraine.

    Mierau, who has authored several books of poetry, now lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His memoir has received critical acclaim:

    "Detachment is a startling portrait of a real Modern Family—cobbled together across continents, haunted by old wars and buried trauma, held together by the stubborn human need for love and connection, for belonging. Maurice Mierau's attempt to understand the people who made him ...

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    Forthcoming novel by Rudy Wiebe

    April 27, 2014

    Random House of Canada will be releasing Rudy Wiebe's newest novel, Come Back, on September 30, 2014.

    The book tells the story of Hal Wiens, a retired professor who mourns the death of his wife. One day, he catches sight of his beloved son, Gabriel--who died 25 years earlier. The sighting sets off a series of events in the quest to unravel the mystery of Gabrial's death.

    Wiebe, an award-winning Canadian author, taught at Goshen College and the University of Alberta. He has written nearly ten novels, several collections, and a memoir.

    "Come Back is a rare and ...

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    Inspiration Point: Bluffton University's Online Literary Magazine

    March 20, 2014

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