Turnstone Authors at Manitoba Mennonite Literary and Music Festival, Brandon

Four Turnstone authors--Di Brandt, Sarah Klassen, Patrick Friesen and Armin Wiebe--will be appearing at the Manitoba Mennonite Literary and Music Festival at Brandon University in March. The festival is comprised of an afternoon and an evening event, both on Saturday, March 2nd. Scheduled programming will include: fiction, poetry and play readings, orchestral and choral performances, a film screening and round table discussions about Mennonite art. Admission is $20 ($15 for students and low income) for one event or $35 ($20 for students and low income) for both the afternoon and evening events.


WORSCHT en RHUBUABAA Manitoba Mennonite Literary and Music Festival
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Lorne Watson Hall, Brandon University
Afternoon Event: 1:00-5:30
Evening Event: 7:00-10:30
Tickets available at the Brandon University Faculty of Arts and School of Music offices, at Ten Thousand Villages (829 Rosser), or at the door.

Refreshments Provided


Scroll down for a more detailed schedule of events.


Di Brandt is one of Canada's most loved and admired poets. Her internationally celebrated and award-winning poetry titles include questions i asked my mother; Agnes in the sky; Jerusalem, beloved; and Now You Care. Di Brandt has lived in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Toronto, Windsor (Ontario) and Berlin.  She currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Literature and Creative Writing at Brandon University, Manitoba. Di Brandt is also an award-winning essayist and literary critic, and has collaborated with numerous other writers, critics and artists, including Annie Jacobsen, Jane Finlay-Young, Barbara Godard, Aganetha Dyck, Rebecca Campbell, Carol Ann Weaver and Jana Skarecky.


Born in Manitoba’s Interlake, Sarah Klassen learned at an early age to appreciate both birdsong and nature’s silence. An accomplished poet and fiction writer, she has won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (Journey to Yalta), the High Plains Award for Fiction (A Feast of Longing), the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry (A Curious Beatitude), and the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry. Her work has been nominated for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and the Aqua Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Her new collection of poetry is Monstrance (Turnstone Press). Klassen lives in Winnipeg.


Patrick Friesen was born in Steinbach, Manitoba and now lives in British Columbia. His work has appeared in such journals as Canadian Literature, Poetry Australia, Dandelion, NeWest Review, Prairie Fireand New Quarterly. He has published numerous books of poetry and has written several stage and radio plays. Friesen has also collaborated with choreographers, dancers, musicians and composers. He tours on a regular basis, giving readings and workshops all over the country. In 1997, his book, A Broken Bowl, was nominated for the Governor-General's Award.


Armin Wiebe's novels have been nominated for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. His stories have been published in a number of literary magazines and anthologies. He teaches creative writing at Red River College in Winnipeg.

Detailed Scheduling for WORSCHT en RHBUABA:

Afternoon Event:

Deutsche Kinderlieder, BU Chorale (Andree Dagenais, conductor)Schloap Bebe, Schloap, Sarah Hall and Ken Nichols
Readings by Di Brandt, Audrey Thiessen, Katherena Vermette, Armin Wiebe
Readings by Sarah Klassen, Elsa Reesor-Taylor, Patrick Friesen, Rudy Wiebe
Short film directed and presented by Elsa Reesor-Taylor
Round Table: "Is there such a thing as Mennonite writing?" Chaired by Di Brandt


Evening Event:

Sacred Music by Johannes Brahms and J.S. Bach, sung by the BU Chorale
"Coyotes do not carry her away" by Ken Nichols (lyrics by Di Brandt), performed by Naomi Forman (soprano), Catherine Wood (clarinet), and Ann Germani (harp)
Play readings of 20-minute excerpts of the following plays, directed by BIll Kerr:
The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz by Armin Wiebe
Dionysus in Stony Mountain by Steven Ratzlaff
The Sitter and A Short HIstory of Crazy Bone by Patrick Friesen
Round Table: "Mennonite creative arts in performance," with featured playwrights, actors, and chaired by Ardith Boxall and Bill Kerr


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