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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 ...

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    Inspiration Point: Bluffton University's Online Literary Magazine

    March 20, 2014

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    Dora Dueck wins novella award

    March 20, 2014

    Dora Dueck, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, won The Malahat Review's 2014 Novella Prize with her story "Mask." Chosen from among 221 submissions, "Mask" will be published in the Summer 2014 issue of The Malahat Review.

    The contest's judges said that Dueck's piece "is a deftly written, deeply affecting account of the physical and psychological ramifications within one family struggling to live with the wounds inflicted by war. This is the work of an honest writer, who has handled sensational, painful material with insight and compassion."

    Dora Dueck has authored two novels as well as a collection of short ...

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    Interview with Miriam Toews

    March 20, 2014

    Miriam Toews spoke about her latest novel, All My Puny Sorrows, in this interview with National Post.

    All My Puny Sorrows is the story of two sisters, both accomplished, one suicidal and the other struggling to keep her sister alive.

Recent Journal Discussion

  • 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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  • When the Roll is Called a Pyonder

    On May 8, 2014 Patrick L wrote:

    Diana’s writing is wonderful. To me, she has a wonderful ability to take something that maybe we see everyday, shine a light on it with words and re-present it to me in a way that makes me think about it differently. Maybe all art does that in a way…

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