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Honorary Patrons

The Right Honourable
Adrienne Clarkson
The Honourable Senator
Raynell Andreychuk
Joy Kogawa
Nino Ricci


Advisors during Phase One:

Nik Burton
Coteau Books

Kitty Lewis
Brick Books

Jack Rabinovitch
Scotia Giller Prize

Antanas Sileika
Humber College School for Writers

Geoffrey Taylor
Harbourfront International Authors Festival

Nora Taylor
Charles Taylor Prize for Non Fiction
    The Kobzar Literary $25,000 Biennial Award recognizes outstanding contributions to Canadian literary arts by authors who develop a Ukrainian Canadian theme with literary merit in one of several genres: literary non-fiction, fiction, poetry, young readers' literature, plays, screenplays and musicals.



Kobzar 2018 Literary Award shortlisted authors present Ukrainian-Canadian Narratives at International Festival
of Authors
October 21 Saturday 2017
11 am at Harbourfront

October 4, 2017 – Toronto – The Shevchenko Foundation has announced the shortlist for the biennial $25,000 Kobzar Literary Award. Each of the finalists will read from their nominated works at a special event at the Toronto International Festival of Authors on Saturday, October 21 at 11:00 AM. For more information on the finalists: www.kobzarliteraryaward.com.

Ticket purchases online at special events@IFOA or Box Office 416 – 973 4000. Students are free.

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 nonfiction writer Maurice Mierau, winner of the 2016 Kobzar Literary Award, selected the following as the shortlist:
  • Lisa Grekul and Lindy Ledohowski, ed. for Unbound: Ukrainian Canadians Writing Home, published by University of Toronto Press (2016)

  • 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)
"With diverse treatments, the shortlisted authors demonstrated creativity and insightful understanding of Ukrainian-Canadian identity, culture and history," said Dr. Christine Turkewych, Director of Literary Arts at the Shevchenko Foundation. "The adjudication panel handled expertly the challenges of selecting a shortlist that best suited the criteria of the Kobzar award."

The winner will be announced on March 1, 2018 at a gala presentation in Toronto.

About the Kobzar Literary Award: Launched in 2003 by the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko, the biennial Kobzar Award recognizes outstanding contributions to Canadian literary arts through presentation of a Ukrainian Canadian theme with literary merit.

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.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION, AUTHOR PHOTOS AND BOOK COVERS, CONTACT:
Michaela Cornell mcornell@rogers.com 647-274-6112




Ukrainian-Canadian Narratives Celebrated with the Shortlist Announcement of the 2018 Kobzar Literary Award

September 12, 2017 – Toronto – 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 Mierau, winner of the 2016 Kobzar Literary Award, selected the following as the shortlist:
  • Lisa Grekul and Lindy Ledohowski, ed. for Unbound: Ukrainian Canadians Writing Home, published by University of Toronto Press (2016)

  • 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)
"With diverse treatments, the shortlisted authors demonstrated creativity and insightful understanding of Ukrainian-Canadian identity, culture and history," said Dr. Christine Turkewych, Director of Literary Arts at the Shevchenko Foundation. "The adjudication panel handled expertly the challenges of selecting a shortlist that best suited the criteria of the Kobzar award."

Each of the finalists will read from their nominated works at a special event at the Toronto International Festival of Authors on Saturday, October 21 at 11:00 AM. For more information on the finalists: www.kobzarliteraryaward.com.

About the Kobzar Literary Award: Launched in 2003 by the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko, the biennial Kobzar Award recognizes outstanding contributions to Canadian literary arts through presentation of a Ukrainian Canadian theme with literary merit.

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.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION, AUTHOR PHOTOS AND BOOK COVERS, CONTACT:
Michaela Cornell mcornell@rogers.com 647-274-6112




Jurors Announced
for $25,000
Kobzar Literary Award

Toronto, June 30  2017 – The Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko (Shevchenko Foundation) is pleased to announce the Kobzar 2018 Literary Award judging panel.  In alphabetical order:

Professor Randy Boyagoda, writer, critic & scholar
Charlotte Gray CM, writer of literary non-fiction, political & cultural commentator
Maurice Mierau,
poet, writer of non fiction, publisher

“The Board of Directors is very proud to have benefitted from the expertise of jurors who are award winners and highly regarded in the literary world. The 2018 Kobzar shortlist reflects their literary expertise as they diligently selected submissions that best suited our criteria,”  states Andrew Hladyshevsky, Q.C., President of the Shevchenko Foundation.

The Kobzar Literary Award was created to contribute to cultural development in Canada and to create opportunities for Canadian writers to explore Ukrainian Canadian themes.

The Kobzar 2018 Literary Award shortlisted finalists will be released soon and the recipient will be announced at an award ceremony in March 2018.

Presented every two years, the $25,000 Kobzar Literary Award recognizes a Canadian writer who best presents a Ukrainian Canadian theme with literary merit. Each shortlisted author receives $1,500.00 .
For more information, view:
www.kobzarliteraryaward.com

Contact: Dr. Christine Turkewych, Director of Literary Arts
                   christine@shevchenkofoundation.com

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Key Dates
January 31, 2019
Deadline for submissions for awarding in March 2020

What's New
Kobzar Literary
Award Night

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Palais Royal, Lakeshore Blvd.
Toronto ON

For tickets call: 416-233-9700

2017 Humber Writer's
Scholarship Recipients

Kobzar Writers' Scholarships awarded at Humber College



Ann Cavlovic with
David Bezmozgis

Photo Credit: Marc Lappano



Lesia Chytra with
Dr. Christine Turkewych

Photo Credit: Marc Lappano

Bello at Young
People's Theatre

Bello, for ages 6-9, is based on the Mennonite Ukraine of the 1920s, and will be performed at Young People's Theatre (YPT) in Toronto from
October 10-20, 2017.

A special discount is available
on October 14, as part of
First Saturday Savings -
all tickets are just $15!

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Bello
 
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