Toews, Miriam

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Miriam Toews, writer (born at Steinbach, Man 1964). Miriam Toews grew up in the Mennonite town of Steinbach, Manitoba. She provides a detailed description of life in this isolated, conservative religious community, and its impact on her family, in Swing Low: A Life (2000). Toews moved away from Steinbach as soon as she had finished high school, travelling and living in Montréal and then Europe. She returned to her home province to attend the University of Manitoba, where she earned a BA in film studies. She also completed a bachelor of journalism degree at the University of King's College, in Halifax. Toews has produced radio documentaries and has written for a number of magazines, garnering the 1999 National Magazine Award Gold Medal for Humour.
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