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Connie Braun

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Author Connie Braun discusses her book, The Steppes Are the Colour of Sepia: A Mennonite Memoir (Ronsdale Press, 2008), with Joseph Planta.


The Steppes Are the Colour of Sepia: A Mennonite Memoir by Connie Braun. (Ronsdale Press, 2008)

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: The Steppes Are the Colour of Sepia


Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line. This is THECOMMENTARY.CA.

The Steppes Are the Colour of Sepia: A Mennonite Memoir is an interesting book written by my guest now. This book is a fascinating journey by its author who with documents, letters and photographs takes us on a trip through her roots. From her ancestral history back in the grasslands of the Russian empire to the Fraser Valley, to the events of the 20th century where Europe is in upheaval thanks to Stalin and Hitler. The author is Connie Braun, who began writing this book after her father approached her with two cassettes he’d made, saying: “I’d like you to write this down. It’s my story.” The book speaks to dispossession, the refuge and immigrant experience, as it does about the documenting one’s family’s history, and finding oneself. The book is published by Ronsdale Press and retails for $21.95. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Connie Braun; Good morning, Ms. Braun.

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