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Mennonite Authors in Saskatchewan
We want to recognize Mennonite Authors in Saskatchewan and give them a mention here so that you may more easily find them. Our purpose is not to do the author's promotion for them, but to draw attention to the literacy and creativity of our Mennonite writers.
David I. Bergen - Bible Teaching Meditations
Ruth Derksen Siemens - Gulag Letters & Daughters in the City
Jack Driedger - Growing up in Blumenheim (small village)
Reuben Epp - Adventures of a Mechanic
Ruth Marlene Friesen - 30 Years Writing a Novel in Secret
Victor Carl Friesen - a Nature Lover
Ken Petkau - Translator, author
Elma (Martens) Schemenauer - author and editor
Margaretha (Toews) Willms - And the Meadowlark Sang
If you are aware of an author with strong Mennonite and Saskatchewan roots or ties, please let us know of their book and website. We would prefer that the author have a website to which we can refer visitors for more information. However, we will also list some to show how prolific Mennonite authors in Saskatchewan have been. See the Book list by authors names on this site.
Where we find an author who has written a number of books and has an interesting profile, we are more likely to give that author a full page profile here. We need information like; around 600 words about the life of the author, with a contempory photo, and a cover graphic for the author's book(s).
A Starting List of Saskatchewan Mennonite Authors
These names are from our book list.
Balzer, Nettie - Raising Eight on 80, the story of raising a family in the 1930s, 400pp. pbk. $25.00. This book was launched by MHSS on February 22, 2015. Helena - a Peek into the Past, 85 short stories based on the life of the author's mother's life stories. pbk, 377 pp. self-published, printed by BlitzPrint, Calgary. Book launched by MHSS, Nov. 4, 2012. $20.00. Both of Nettie's books are available through the Books section of this site.
Bartel, Elizabeth - Even Such a Time - The story of Anna, a fifteen year old girl, sent to work for a wealthy family. Chronicles her life through marriage, children, a world of war and a shocking family tragedy. Pub: self-published. $20.00 Elizabeth has also written, About Those Reimers and her latest book, By Whatever Name, is launched September 23, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Buhler, Abram - Altester Abram J. Buhler 1903-1982 with/ Altester John D. Reddekopp - by Lindsay Martens. pbk. 25 pgs., presented at AGM of MHSS in March 2009. Pub: MHSS. $2.00.
Dick, Janice L;
Janice's Newest Books!
Doell, Leonard, ed - Mennonite Homesteaders on The Hague - Osler Reserve - hdc., 536 pages. Homestead records of Hague-Osler Reserve and 1901 Canadian Census records for that area. Cross referenced tot the Bergthal Gemeinde Buch, and the Reinlander Gemeinde Buch. Pub: Leonard Doell. $30.00
Driedger, Jack ;
Driedger, William - Jacob, Out of the Village - Pbk. 208 pp. The story of a small boy in an Old Colony Village in the Dirty Thirties. Publ: Self-published. $17.00
Fast, Bernhard - Drama of a Pioneer's Son, The, - Pbk. 120 pp. Quality Press. $7.00
Friesen, Henry A. - Johann Friesen of Poland and His Descendants Telling Their Stories, 156 pp. pbk $20.00. This book was launched by MHSS on February 22, 2015, and is available through our Books section of this site. For more information, Henry has his own website: henryfriesen.wordpress.com
Friesen, Victor Carl;
Guenther, Bruce - The Osler Mission Chapel 1974-1994, the Convergence of Old Colony Mennonites with Evangelical Protestantism in 20th Century Canadian Society, pbk. 37 pgs. first presented to the Canadian Society of Church History, University of Calgary, June 1994, and Pub: in Journal of Mennonite Studies. $2.00.
Guenther, Mary - Searching for Eternal Values, Pbk. 175 pp. An authorized biography of George Loewen. $15.00
Jantz, Harold and Neoma - Rooting the Faith (2008) Pbk. 103 pp A history of the Mennonite Brethren Church in Saskatchewan. $9.00
Janzen, William - 1920 Migration of Old Colony Mennonites from the Hague-Osler area to Mexico - presented at AGM in March 2006. pbk. 21 pgs. Pub: MHSS. $2.00
Klaassen, H. T. - Birth and Growth of Eigenheim Mennonite Church 1892-1974. Pbk. 85 pp. Valley Printers. $5.00
Klassen, Walter - The Days of Our Years - A history of the Eigenheim Mennonite Church, hdc. 1992 312 pages. Published on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the church. This book includes many excellent photographs. SALE. $2.00
Neudorf, Nettie - We Will Rejoice - Pbk. 205 pp. The Story of Isaac & Anna (Leoppky) Neudorf - 1980, Osler, SK. - Nettie Neudorf., pbk. Osler, Sask. Pub: Nettie Neudorf, self-published, Caronport, SK. $1.00
Neufeld, Elmer - Toews Family History, 263 pp. pbk., Story of Heinrich Isaac Toews, 1855-1918, and Katherine Klassen 1857-1922, pub. Saguenay Home Printing. $20.00
Nickel, John and Nickel, Gene - Nikkel, Nickel History - hdc, 203 pages, by - $10.00
Nickel, John P.;
Patkau, Ken - Lost Dreams, New Beginnings - Pbk. 290 pp. The Jacob Aron and David Aron Lepp family saga. Pub: Patkau, Globe Printers, Saskatoon. $30.00
Reimer, Isaak - The Old Colony: the Village of Einlage in South Russia - 500 pp. Pbk. Translated by Esther Patkau, 2009. $40.00
Roth, Ed - Give Me a Bid to Go, Hdc. Friesen printers 168 pp. $30.00. 1 copy only
Schemenauer, Elma (Martens) - is a first-generation daughter of Russian Mennonite immigrants to Saskatchewan. She spent her early years in a farming community between Elbow and Davidson. This community later inspired the fictional setting for her novel Consider the Sunflowers, published in October 2014 by Borealis Press of Ottawa. See her page for a more detailed list of her prolific writings. Note: MHSS is not selling any of her books, but you can ask for her novel, Consider the Sunflowers in any bookstore or library, or you can order it online from Chapters Indigo, or from her publisher Borealis Press. Visit her own website at elmams.wix.com/elma site.
Wahl, Bob - The Story of the Saskatchewan School #99 451 pp. pbk. A unique portrayal of early education and the lives of settlers along the South Saskatchewan River, many of whom were Old Colony Mennonites. Many photos and copies of historic documents. Published by Friesen Press, 2014, Victoria, BC., $35.00. This, and an earlier book are available through MHSS/books. Contending with Horses (2009) Pbk. 314 pp. Autobiography. Wahl's journey from rural beginnings near Osler, Saskatchewan through incredible highs and lows in a sales career and Christian ministry in Canada, the United States and Europe. $20.00. Bob has more information on his own blog/site
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