In late 2021 I took over operations of a small independent publishing company called Pandora Press that specializes in scholarly and popular works in the area of Mennonite Studies and the history of sixteenth century Anabaptist and radical groups in medieval Europe. The press has published landmark books like C. Arnold Snyder’s Anabaptist History and Theology and Astrid von Schlachta’s From the Tyrol to North America: The Hutterite Story Through the Centuries, and there are many more on the way.
Since Fall 2021 I have brought over 125 titles from the Pandora Press backlist back into print, compiled and designed a new Pandora Press Catalogue, and commissioned a new logo and illustration for the press. See here for a more detailed update on Anabaptist Historians.
As the new Director of Pandora Press I am interested in working with authors who write critically, creatively, and rigorously on topics related to religion and history in the Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2022 the press published nine titles, including the first history of Mennonites in Quebec, an anthology and new instalment in the Mennonite-Catholic dialogue series, a new edition of a textbook on spiritual care in hospitals, a pamphlet on the refugee crisis and Community Peacemaker Teams, and a history of Mennonite Central Committee’s peace advocacy group in the US.
Our two bestselling titles in the last quarter of the year include a book of thought-provoking reflections on hymns by Carla Klassen called These Songs We Sing, and a unique philosophical novel by Ron Tiessen called Menno in Athens – the latter of which was publicly endorsed by Margaret Atwood on Twitter. In the final weeks of the year, Colin Godwin’s book Anabaptist Meditations was published, and 2023 will see the return of an important and longstanding Pandora Press series.
The “Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies” series will be re-launched in 2023 as an independent scholarly book series, for which I serve as the lead editor in consultation with an editorial board. See below for details on the first five volumes, with five more on the way in 2024.
Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies (New Series)
Series Editor: Dr. Maxwell Kennel
- Volume 1. Gary Waite, Anti-Anabaptist Polemics: Dutch Anabaptism and the Devil in England, 1531-1660. 2023. (An expansion and revision of the 2021 Zeman Lectures.) 200pp.
- Volume 2. Cornelius J. Dyck, Hans de Ries: A Study in Second Generation Dutch Anabaptism. Introduction by Mary S. Sprunger. 2023. (A new edition of a 1968 dissertation, and the only book-length treatment of Hans de Ries in English.) 350pp.
- Volume 3. Edmund Pries, Anabaptist Oath Refusal: Basel, Bern, and Strasbourg, 1525-1538. 2023. (The most comprehensive study of the Anabaptist refusal to swear oaths.) 500pp.
- Volume 4. Gottfried Seebass, Müntzer’s Heir: The Life, Work, and Theology of Hans Hut. Translated by Amalie Enns. 2023. (A translation of a 2001 study in German, and the only biography of Anabaptist figure Hans Hut.) 650pp.
- Volume 5. J. Lawrence Burkholder, Mennonite Ethics: From Isolation to Engagement. 2nd Edition. Edited by Lauren Friesen. 2023. (A corrected edition of a classic text in socially-engaged Mennonite ethics.) 650pp.