Anthology edited by Lisa Grekul and Lindy Ledohowski
TORONTO, March 1, 2018 /CNW/ - Lisa Grekul and Lindy Ledohowski were awarded the 2018 Kobzar Literary Award at a gala dinner in Toronto tonight, for their book Unbound: Ukrainian Canadians Writing Home. The winners received $20,000 from the Shevchenko Foundation, and University of Toronto Press, publisher of the winning title, received $5,000.
Each of the finalists received $1500:
Bohdan S. Kordan for No Free Man: Canada, the Great War and the Enemy Alien Experience, published by McGill-Queen's University Press (2016)
Natalia Khanenko-Friesen for Ukrainian Otherlands: Diaspora, Homeland, and Folk Imagination in the Twentieth Century, published by University of Wisconsin Press (2015)
Erin Moure for Kapusta, published by House of Anansi Press (2015)
Alexandra Risen for Unearthed: Love, Acceptance, and Other Lessons from an Abandoned Garden (a memoir), published by Viking, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Ltd. (2016)
Jury members Randy Boyagoda, Charlotte Gray CM and Maurice Mierau, winner of the 2016 Kobzar Literary Award, described the book of original essays by contemporary Ukrainian-Canadian writers as "a composite picture of an important literary community."
About Kobzar Literary Award: Launched in 2003 by the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko, the biennial Kobzar Award recognizes innovative contributions to Canadian literary arts through presentation of a Ukrainian Canadian theme with literary merit. www.kobzarliteraryaward.com
About Shevchenko Foundation: The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko is a national, chartered philanthropic institution providing leadership by building and nurturing a permanent endowment fund dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Ukrainian Canadian cultural heritage and the advancement of a flourishing Ukrainian community for the enrichment of Canada. www.shevchenkofoundation.ca