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MENNONITES DON’T DANCE a Danuta Gleed Runner-Up

Darcie Friesen Hossack Mennonites ThistledownCapping off what has been a stellar first eight months post-publication, Mennonites Don’t Dance, the debut collection of short stories by Darcie Friesen Hossack, was selected as one of two runners up for the 2010 Danuta Gleed Literary Award. The announcement coincided with the Writers’ Union of Canada‘s 2011 annual general meeting on Saturday, May 28th.

In their citation, jurors Douglas Glover, J. Jill Robinson, and Claire Holden Rothman¬†enthused, “Readers easily and gladly enter the world Darcie Friesen Hossack has created in Mennonites Don’t Dance. That world, a primarily Mennonite world, is peopled with an array of characters both fair and foul, kind and cruel, characters all engaged to greater or lesser degrees in what Faulkner has called the ‘struggles of the human heart.’ These fine stories are written with great care, unfolding naturally and skilfully.”

Congratulations, Darcie!

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