Shevchenko Foundation - Media Announcement - $25,000 Kobzar Literary Award to be presented March 6 at Gala Ceremony in Toronto

    TORONTO, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - The winner of the $25,000 Kobzar Literary Award
will be announced March 6 at a gala ceremony in Toronto at the Palais Royale,
attended by the Honourable Senator Raynell Andreychuk and Joy Kogawa, honorary
patrons of the award, and other dignitaries. Master of Ceremonies for the
evening will be the Canadian actor Fred Keating. Jazz vocalist Irene Atman
will provide musical interludes.
    Presented biennially, the Kobzar Literary Award recognizes a Canadian
writer who best presents a Ukrainian Canadian theme with literary merit
through poetry, drama, fiction, non-fiction or young people's literature.

    The 2008 finalists are:

    Marusya Bociurkiw, of Toronto, ON for Comfort Food for Breakups: The
Memoir of a Hungry Girl (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2007);

    Roman Fodchuk, of Calgary, AB for Zhorna: Material Culture of the
Ukrainian Pioneers (University of Calgary Press, 2006);

    Lisa Grekul, of Kelowna and Vancouver, BC, for Leaving Shadows:
Literature in English by Canada's Ukrainians (University of Alberta Press,
2005), and

    Janice Kulyk Keefer, of Toronto, ON for The Ladies' Lending Library
(HarperCollins, 2007).

    For information on the authors and their books, please visit

    The $25,000 prize is sponsored by the Shevchenko Foundation.
    The four member jury included author and playwright Sharon Butala; author
and educator Prof. Modris Eksteins; author and broadcast journalist
Laura Langston, and editor, author and literary critic John Metcalf.

    Members of the media are invited to attend the award presentation at
    approximately 9:00 p.m.,
    Thursday, March 6,
    at Toronto's Palais Royale,
    1601 Lakeshore Blvd. West.

For further information:

For further information: Christine Turkewych, Ph.D., Program Director,
or Oksana Zakydalsky, Media Contact, (416) 243-0122, email:,,

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