“Pinching Zwieback: Made-up Stories from the Darp” is available to order.
Mitchell Toews’ debut collection of short stories from At Bay Press (Wpg) is in stock and ready for orders from booksellers, libraries, and individuals. It will be carried by McNally Robinson Booksellers, Manitoba Made (Lac du Bonnet), the gift shop/book shops in the Mennonite Museums in Steinbach & Abbotsford, and (hopefully) many other bookstores. All the usual online sources will carry PZ. Ask for a copy at your favourite bookshop or library!
Mitch Toews speaks from the margins of small-town society, claiming a space for the underdog and the undervalued. His characters must go through all manner of tests and challenges, but in the end–love wins. Toews has that rare talent for touching your heart and being funny, too.
—Ralph Friesen, author of Between Earth & Sky: Steinbach’s First 50 Years and Dad, God, and Me.
Imbued with the turbulence of an ancestral river, the joy of a toboggan careening down an icy run, and the despair of dreams broken on a distant hockey rink, Mitchell Toews’ stories ask universal questions, about belonging, conforming and dissenting, all the while rooted in the snowdrifts and sun-drenched fields of a small prairie town. The answers emerge hot from the oven, fragrant like the zwieback buns of the title: we find ourselves in our family, and memories, and forgiveness, as familiar and soothing as the worn leather of a much-loved baseball glove.
—Zilla Jones, Journey Prize winner and finalist for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers