The HSW Literary Agency


How does one follow up a Commonwealth Prize nomination?

Thistledown Darcie Friesen HossackIf you’re Darcie Friesen Hossack, naturally, you follow one nomination with another–and with an enthusiastic new review!

We’re thrilled to report that Darcie’s Mennonites Don`t Dance (Thistledown Press 2010) is a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. The $10,000.00-award, endowed in memory of writer Danuta Gleed and administered by The Writers’ Union of Canada, recognizes outstanding debut collections of English-language short fiction. CBC Books followed up yesterday’s shortlist announcement by highlighting Darcie and her fellow nominees.

This latest nomination follows closely on the glowing review that Mennonites Don’t Dance received from The Winnipeg Review, which praises the way Darcie “beautifully and economically … crafts a silent understanding….”

Hossack writes in such a way that the sounds, smells, and stories nearly come off the page. You can almost smell the rollkuchen, hear the crisp crunch of fresh watermelon, and taste the sweetness of dandelion wine. Her prose is simple but delicate, plain but punchy.

The Winnipeg Review‘s take is available in its entirety online. Selected previous press for Mennonites Don’t Dance is available here and here.

Congratulations, Darcie, on your most recent accolades!

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