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Recent News Stories

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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 novelsas well as a collection of short stories ...

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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.

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    Miriam Toews' new novel due out April 15, 2014

    March 18, 2014

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

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    Sound in the Land 2014, June 5-8

    February 14, 2014

    Conrad Grebel University College/UWaterloo, CANADA

    Call for papers and performances deadline is March 15. Send proposals to

    We seek proposals that present new insights in ecological understandings ofmusic and sound. We are seeking contributions from as wide a range of contributors as possible, including creative writers, environmentalists, scientists, scholars, and musicians. We look forward to rich dialogue across a range of related disciplines, as we explore new ways for Mennonite people to relate to the environment.

    We will explore ways of hearing the earth and listening to the environment. In the early 20th century, Mennonites paved the way for conscientious objector status in North America. Possibly in the 21st century, Mennonites can pave new, creative, sustainable ways to relate to the overwhelming environmental issues of our day. Sound in the Land is one vital venue for this. By bringing together musicians, environmentalists, scientists, theologians, and all manner of writers in fields of ‘creation care’ and ecomusicology, we will study sound from an environmentally ethical basis, consistent with long-standing Mennonite values.

    Check our website for more information:

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    Mennonite/s Writing VII: Movement, Transformation, Place

    December 6, 2013

    Call for Proposals

    March 12-15, 2015

    Fresno Pacific University

    Co-sponsors: Fresno Pacific University and Hesston College

Recent Journal Discussion

  • Bird Brain

    On January 25, 2014 Shirley Hershey Showalter wrote:

    Utterly delightful! I can only imagine how children would roar with laughter and groan with fear as Birdbrain proceeds to topple the old hierarchies. I think you pulled out all the bird images in pop culture, fairy tales, and even Shakespeare.

    My hat’s off to you, Vern.

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  • Interview with Stephen Shank

    On January 16, 2014 J.Daniel Hess wrote:

    Thank you Ervin. Your excellent essay could have been written only by a person engaged with the literate voice, knowledgeable of theatre, understanding of dramatists, and articulate. Amazing to me that Steve’s work in Europe has not registered with us — us being Mennonite academia. You have done us a favor.

    I remember Steve at Goshen as an artist in search of a people and place who could access and thus appreciate his extraordinary gifts.

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  • Humor: In This Issue

    On November 11, 2013 Robin Gingerich wrote:

    I just read the latest issue of the JCMW and I laughed and laughed!!! Hilarious!!! I really needed a good laugh and that we just it!! Thank you!!!

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