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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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    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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    An invitation to Mennonite Writers from Carol Ann Weaver

    June 18, 2014

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

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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 ...

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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 ...

Recent Journal Discussion

  • Introduction

    On August 12, 2014 Jim Brenneman, President, GC wrote:


    Thanks for another great issue. I thoroughly enjoyed the songs as poetry, but also the several instances of links to the songs sung, and, especially, the commentary or interviews by and of the songwriters themselves. With gratitude to all!

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  • When the Roll is Called a Pyonder

    On May 20, 2014 Wanda D wrote:

    Life and logic as seen through the eyes of a child is so refreshing, before cynicism replaces curiosity. Reminds me very much of my own childhood.

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  • Poems by Anna Ruth

    On May 9, 2014 Dawn Nelson wrote:

    Loved the poems!

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