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2016 Kobzar Literary Award Shortlist

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The 2016 jury members Karen Connelly, Tamas Dobozy and Shandi Mitchell said they were “inspired by the many literary works, histories, life stories, and documentaries that were entered for this prize. We were grateful, as well, for the insights they offered us into a cultural and historical tradition that were not necessarily our own. Throughout the course of reading and viewing these works, we developed a greater understanding of and appreciation for Ukrainian culture and its importance that seems especially pressing today.” Launched in 2003 by the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko, the biennial $25,000 Kobzar Award recognizes outstanding contributions to Canadian literary arts through presentation of a Ukrainian Canadian theme with literary merit. A winner will be announced at the award ceremony on March 2, 2016 at Palais Royale in Toronto. www.kobzarliteraryaward.ca
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