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2018 Kobzar Literary Award Shortlist

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The Shevchenko Foundation has announced the shortlist for the biennial $25,000 Kobzar Literary Award. The winner will be announced in March 2018 at a gala presentation in Toronto. The five finalist books – 4 non-fiction and one work of poetry – include: a book of original essays by contemporary Ukrainian-Canadian writers; a scholarly examination of the internment of Ukrainian/Galician-Canadians in Canada during the Great War; an anthropological perspective on the rituals and experiences of Ukrainian-Canadians; a long-form poem investigating the poet’s family background in what is now Western Ukraine; and a memoir about reclaiming one’s heritage through gardening. The jury, composed of writer, critic and scholar Randy Boyagoda; literary non-fiction writer and political and cultural commentator Charlotte Gray CM; and poet and non-fiction writer Maurice Mireau, winner of the 2016 Kobzar Literary Award, selected the following as the shortlist... (as well as Natalia Khanenko-Friesen for Ukrainian Otherlands: Diaspora, Homeland, and Folk Imagination in the Twentieth Century, published by University of Wisconsin Press )
Unbound

Unbound

Ukrainian Canadians Writing Home
edition:Hardcover
tagged : eastern, canadian

What does it mean to be Ukrainian in contemporary Canada? The Ukrainian Canadian writers in Unbound challenge the conventions of genre – memoir, fiction, poetry, biography, essay – and the boundaries that separate ethnic and authorial identities and fictional and non-fictional narratives. These intersections become the sites of new, thought-provoking and poignant creative writing by some of Canada’s best-known Ukrainian Canadian authors.

To complement the creative writing, editors Lisa Grek …

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No Free Man

No Free Man

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edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover

Approximately 8,000 Canadian civilians were imprisoned during the First World War because of their ethnic ties to Germany, Austria-Hungary, and other enemy nations. Although not as well-known as the later internments of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War, these incarcerations played a crucial role in shaping debates about Canadian citizenship, diversity, and loyalty.

Tracing the evolution and consequences of Canadian government policy towards immigrants of enemy nationality, No Free M …

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Kapusta

Kapusta

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tagged : canadian

In Kapusta, Moure performs silence on the page and aloud, writing "gesture" and "voice" to explore the relation between responsibility and place, body, and memory, sorrow and sonority. Here, poetry flourishes as a book "beyond the book," in a space of performance that starts and stops time.

In Little Theatres, Ern Moure's avatar Elisa Sampedrn first spoke about theatre and the need for smallness in order to articulate what is huge. Sampedrn, who reappears in the translation mystery O Resplandor a …

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Unearthed

Unearthed

Love, Acceptance, and Other Lessons from an Abandoned Garden
edition:Paperback
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Alexandra Risen's father dies just as she and her husband purchase a nondescript house set atop a natural gorge in the middle of the city. The garden is choked with weeds and crumbling structures. Over the years, as she undertakes the replanting, it stirs memories of her childhood when a nearby forest was her only escape from an empty home life. 
 
As Risen beats back the bushes to unveil the garden’s mysteries, her mother has a stroke and develops dementia. On one of her last visits home, s …

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