Please join Mary Ann Loewen, Lynda Loewen, and Cari Penner for the launch of their new collection, 'Finding Father: Stories from Mennonite Daughters".

This is a free, public launch - books will be available for purchase, and light refreshments will be served.

'Finding Father' is a collection of stories about Mennonite fathers by their daughters. Written by well-known and first-time writers, these stories illuminate the often close and sometimes troubling relationships that exist between one of humanity’s most precious bonds. From battles over relationships and sexuality, to debates over chores and church, these stories also hold the shared intimacies of driving side by side with dad, laughing, and headed down the road.

Editor Mary Ann Loewen teaches Academic Writing at the University of Winnipeg. She worked as a nurse and a piano instructor, and is married with three grown children. She lives in Winnipeg.

Lynda Loewen was born and raised in small town Manitoba. She and her husband and two teenage girls now live in a spot in Winnipeg that feels like a small town. Her work life has been devoted to puzzling through the rough patches with individuals and families, first as a social worker and then as a marriage and family therapist. She also teaches psychology at Canadian Mennonite University.

Cari Penner served as deputy mayor of Steinbach and city councillor of the City of Steinbach for fourteen years. The first woman to be elected to municipal politics in her community, she enjoyed exploring the intricacies of zoning bylaws, municipal policies, and development plans. Although many still find this peculiar, she argues that the traditional Fruehes pursuits of cooking and cleaning are just part of what makes a great city. She is also a wife, mother and proud grandmother and is anticipating many happy years reading stories to her grandchildren.