September 25, 2017
Hello friends, readers, and donors;
I missed writing and sending out the fall letter last year, asking for donations for which we could issue tax receipts before the end of the calendar (tax) year. A mistake, it was, so here I am again passing the collection plate and asking for financial help. Our three issues this year have been all about Mennonite writing, and unusually offered as both magazines and books. We have done all we can to make them as beautiful and memorable as possible. You can buy all three issues or all three books for only $49, online, at www.rhubarbmag.com, which is also the quickest way to make a donation. Copies of individual issues are available for $25 each.
We need to do more than sell a lot of copies of these issues and books; we need to raise money to ensure we can pay everyone involved in making these the landmark publications they are. Rhubarb has paid writers and visual artists since our first issue, and we intend to do the same 19 years later.
While some grants were received for these issues in 2016 to pay editorial and design costs, no municipal, provincial or federal funding was granted to the Mennonite Literary Society in 2017, increasing the urgency of support from our subscribers, readers, and donors. We thank the Gerhard Lohrenz Publications Fund and the Winnipeg Foundation for grants in 2017, but it is not enough to support these landmark issues. Please help us now by sending a cheque made out to “The Mennonite Literary Society,” to The Mennonite Literary Society, 606 – 100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1H3 or give online by clicking on the donate button.
We find ourselves, we show ourselves, in our art and writing. 9 Mennonite Stories selected by David Bergen, has just been mailed to subscribers and will be launched on Thursday, October the 19th at Xcues, 551 Sargent, in Winnipeg (doors open at 7pm). 29 Mennonite Poets, edited by Clarise Foster, was launched last spring, and 11 Encounters with Mennonite Fiction, a volume of all new essays on Mennonite fiction, edited by Hildi Froese Tiessen, is waiting in the wings and will be launched on Friday, October 20th at 1pm at Eckhardt Gramatté Hall at the Mennonite/s Writing Conference at the University of Winnipeg. All three are beautifully designed by Relish Brand Experience and printed by Friesens in Altona.
Donations made before December 31, 2017 will be eligible for tax deductions (Canada only, alas) in your 2017 tax returns. Please send your donations made out to the “The Mennonite Literary Society” TO: Mennonite Literary Society, 606-100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 1H3. Or you can visit our website and follow the instructions after you hit the Donate button on the home page. All donations over $20.00 will receive a tax-deductible receipt.
Thanks for your support.
Victor Enns, President, Mennonite Literary Society
Patron $500 +
If you would like to donate to the Mennonite Literary Society, please send your donation to:
The Mennonite Literary Society
606-100 Arthur Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1H3
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