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The Honourable Senator
Advisors during Phase One:
Scotia Giller Prize
Humber College School for Writers
Harbourfront International Authors Festival
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.
Click here to view the 2012 Winner and Finalists.
|For Immediate Release
Kobzar Literary Award 2014 Shortlisted Authors
Featured at International Festival of AuthorsOctober 11, 2013 (Toronto, Ontario). What does a play about Canada's Queen of Comedy have in common with poetry that presents a cross-cultural journey, a compendium of folk remedies, stories of hardship in an Alberta internment camp and slave labour in a Nazi munitions factory? These works have all been
shortlisted for the 2014 Kobzar Literary Award celebrating Ukrainian Canadian themes in Canadian literary arts. Between the covers, authors also explore Canadian Ukrainian immigration history, culture and social values along with the impact that newcomers had on their adopted homeland for generations to come.
Jury members Joe Kertes, Annabel Lyon, Frances Itani and Olive Senior felt that the Kobzar 2014 shortlist, which for the first time has an entrant in each genre, provides a captivating variety of treatments/ approaches to a Canadian Ukrainian theme and captures narratives that had previously gone unrecorded in Canadian history.
The 2014 Kobzar Literary Award nominees are:
Also, for the first time since the inception of the Kobzar Literary Award in 2003, the Kobzar shortlisted authors have been invited to read from their works at the International Festival of Authors (IFOA), on October 27 at Harbourfront. The panel will be moderated by actress, artist and author Marilyn Lightstone.
- Luba, Simply Luba - Diane Flacks with Andrew Tarasiuk and Luba Goy, Scirocco Drama, J.Gordon Shillingford Publishing Inc., Winnipeg, 2013
- The Unmemntioable - Erin Moure, House of Anansi Press, Toronto, 2012
- Baba's Kitchen Medicines - Michael Mucz University of Alberta Press, Edmonton, 2012
- Blood and Salt - Barbara Sapergia, Coteau Books, Saskatchewan, 2012
- Making Bombs for Hitler - Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Scholastic Canada Ltd., Toronto, 2012
"Over the years, we have presented many Kobzar winners and shortlisted authors," said IFOA director Geoffrey E. Taylor. "An event celebrating their stellar nominees seemed like a natural addition to our programming. We're very much looking forward to it."
Tickets for the IFOA are $18.00 per panel and available at www.IFOA.com. Media are invited to attend the IFOA readings of Kobzar shortlisted authors on Sunday October 27, 2013 starting at 11 a.m.
About Kobzar Literary Award: 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 Kobzar Award Ceremony on March 5, 2014 at Palais Royale, Toronto. www.kobzarliteraryaward.com
About International Festival of Authors: IFOA presents the finest international novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers and biographers, and provides Canadian writers with an internationally recognized forum in which to present their work. Incorporated in 1986 as a non-profit organization with a mandate to cultivate and advance the cause of literature, the organization operates under the principal sponsorship of Harbourfront Centre, Toronto's leading multidisciplinary centre for contemporary arts.
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 or to set up media interviews please contact:
Director of Literary Arts, Kobzar Award & Scholarships
January 15 2015 deadline for March 2016 awarding.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
2014 Kobzar shortlisted authors read at the International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront in Toronto for the first time in a panel with moderator Marilyn Lightstone.
To purchase tickets,
Click here to view the
previous winners of
The Kobzar Literary Award.