Co-hosts Becky Toyne and Bohdana BashukHuge thanks to the Shevchenko Foundation and the Kobzar Literary Award committee for inviting me to be a part of their biennial celebration to announce the winner of the Kobzar Literary Award. I had fun co-hosting this year’s festivities at Toronto’s Palais Royale on March 1.

Co-editors Lisa Grekul and Dr. Lindy Ledohowski won the $20,000 prize for their anthology Unbound: Ukrainian Canadians Writing Home. Their publisher, University of Toronto Press, also received $5,000.

Unbound contributors Erin Moure and Marusya Bociurkiw accept the 2018 Kobzar Literary Award

Huge thanks too to Bohdana Bashuk, for being my co-hostess with the mostess. We had a fun and fabulous time emceeing the award gala.

For a bit more about this biennial award that recognizes a Canadian book that presents a Ukrainian Canadian theme, Open Book has a nice write-up, here.

 

Top Image: Kobzar Literary Award gala co-hosts Becky Toyne and Bohdana Bashuk

Bottom Image: Unbound contributors Erin Moure and Marusya Bociurkiw celebrate at the 2018 Kobzar Literary Award

Holiday Reads 2017

 

I made a list, Day 6 gifted it twice!

Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, YA, a music biography and (not pictured) an adorable picture book for kids.

What will you find in your stocking this year … ?

Listen to the audio here.

As part of the International Festival of Authors in Toronto I interviewed the five finalists for the 2017 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

Listen to the conversation >> audio

The finalists were:

Carleigh Baker for Bad Endings

Claire Cameron for The Last Neanderthal

David Chariandy for Brother (eventual winner)

Omar El Akkad for American War

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson for This Accident of Being Lost

Hanks Weiner SIRI

 

Tom Hanks (of Academy Award-winning actor fame) and Matthew Weiner (of Sopranos and Mad Men fame) have both just released their debut books.

Should you read them?

The “Should I Read It?’ segment gets two for the price of one this week. My review for Day 6 on CBC Radio One >> listen

Legacy of Spies

 

For his 24th novel, spy-novel master John le Carré returns to his most famous and beloved creation, George Smiley.

Sort of.

Narrated by Smiley’s younger protégé Peter Guillam, A Legacy of Spies serves as both a prequel and a sequel to The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Readers are united with old friends Guillam, Smiley, and Alec Leamas in the years leading up to the mission detailed in TSWCIFTC, and with the now-pretty-old Guillam and Smiley in the early 21st Century (though you’ll have to wait until the very end to see Smiley in anything but a flashback).

The novel has been met with much international fanfare.

Should you read it?

Spy puns (and unexpected Star Wars comparisons) abound in my review for CBC Day 6.

Listen here >> audio