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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 ...

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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.

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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