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A list of past, present...and future(?) Kobzar Literary Award winners and nominees, and other books that develop a Ukrainian-Canadian theme.
Blood and Salt

Blood and Salt

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : historical
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Why it's on the list ...
This current Kobzar Award nominee tells the story of Taras, interned at Banff-Castle Mountain camp as an 'enemy alien'. Like many Ukrainian immigrants during WWI, Taras's family had been encouraged to emigrate to Canada, only to find their welcome unequivocally revoked. A timely read as the centenary of the Great War approaches, and a saga than encompasses historical details both from Canada and Ukraine. Ultimately it is about the power of stories - to preserve hope, to connect with one's heritage, and to build power.
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The Knife Sharpener's Bell

The Knife Sharpener's Bell

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
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Why it's on the list ...
An unusual take on the Ukrainian Canadian experience, because this story is of immigrants who 'went back' to what was then Russia, after a bad experience in Canada.
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Prodigal Daughter

Prodigal Daughter

A Journey to Byzantium
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged : orthodox, literary

A deep-seated questioning of her inherited religion resurfaces when Myrna Kostash chances upon the icon of St. Demetrius of Thessalonica. A historical, cultural and spiritual odyssey that begins in Edmonton, ranges around the Balkans, and plunges into a renewed vision of Byzantium in search of the Great Saint of the East delivers the author to an unexpected place-the threshold of her childhood church. An epic work of travel memoir, Prodigal Daughter sings with immediacy and depth, rewarding read …

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Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems

Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems

The Sawchuk Poems
edition:eBook
tagged : canadian

In compact, conversational poems that build into a narrative long poem, Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems follows the tragic trajectory of the life and work of Terry Sawchuk, dark driven genius of a goalie who survived twenty tough seasons in an era of inadequate upper-body equipment and no player representation. But no summary touches the searching intensity of Maggs's poems. They range from meditations on ancient/modern heroism to dramatic capsules of actual games, in which the mystery of characte …

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Ladies Lending Library

Ladies Lending Library

edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
tagged : literary

In August of 1963, the women of Kalyna Beach prepare fortheir annual end-of-summer party. With their husbands awayin the city all week, the women’s days are ruled by the predictablerhythms of children and chores, and lightened by the “racy”books they trade amongst themselves and their Friday afternoonmeetings for gin and gossip. But this summer, everything willchange for the girls and women of Kalyna Beach, as they gain anew understanding of the possibilities open to them all.

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Lesias Dream

edition:Paperback

FIFTEEN-YEAR OLD LESIA can hardly bear it. She and her family must leave their beloved Baba in their Ukrainian hometown in order to flee to Canada. Dreaming of fields of wheat, wealth and security, Lesia looks forward to a life in Canada, free from poverty and rumours of war. But the 160 acres of hardscrabble prairie look nothing like the wheat fields of her dreams. And even though there is no fighting in her new country, the First World War follows them there.
SHORTLISTED FOR
The Manitoba Young …

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Strike!

Strike!

The Musical
edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

It's 1919. Brisbane, Seattle, Barcelona. Workers demand their share of the post-war pie but big business and big government say "no" to crippling general strikes. But in Winnipeg, an entire city shuts down for six weeks and becomes the nation's battleground for the democratic dream.Mike Sokolowski and his godson Stefan have escaped Europe only to become "enemy aliens" in Canada. But where Stefan finds social justice in the strike, Mike sees a threat to his slave-wage job—his only hope of savin …

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Luba, Simply Luba
Why it's on the list ...
A current nominee for the Kobzar Award; the script of Luba Goy's one-woman show of the same title.
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