Book Review: Orwell and the Refugees—The Untold Story of Animal Farm

Andrea Chalupa’s Orwell and the Refugees traces the amazing connection between George Orwell’s classic novel Animal Farm and Ukrainian refugees in the displaced persons camps of postwar Germany and Austria. Animal Farm carries the message of hope that someone in the West knew the truth about the Soviet Union, that someone understood the unimaginable horrors […]

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Knyzhka Corner Book Review: Orphanage 41 by Victor Malarek

In this edition of Knyzka Corner, we look at Orphanage 41 by Victor Malarek. Although Victor Malarek has written six non-fiction books, Orphanage 41 is his first novel. Mykola Yashan, the 19-year old protagonist of this novel, is forced into a voyage of nightmarish self-discovery. After the sudden death of his parents in an automobile […]

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Book Review: Putin’s Putsches by Maria Lewytzkyj

In this edition of Knyzka Corner: Maria Lewytzkyj’s book Putin’s Putsches – Russia, Ukraine and the Near-Abroad Conflict. Maria Lewytzkyj defines “Putsch” as “a violent attempt to overthrow a government.” She explains that Vladimir Putin’s “hybrid war” against Ukraine is a blatant attempt to destabilize the current government. She also tells the stories of ordinary people […]

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Knyzhka Corner Book Review: Sliding on the Snow Stone by Andy Szpuk

SLIDING ON THE SNOW STONE. Szpuk, Andy. That Right Publishing, 2011. 238 p. ISBN 1466305681   When Andy Szpuk asked his father about his earliest memory, he replied, “Russian soldiers carrying corpses away.” After hearing about his father’s life, Szpuk decided that this story must be told. Sliding on the Snow Stone gives readers a […]

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Book Review: Death of a Nightingale

Death of a Nightingale is a Danish mystery about corruption in modern-day Ukraine. The third Nina Borg mystery by the Danish writing team of Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis, Death of a Nightingale explores the life of Natasha Doroshenko and her daughter Rina.  Their story provides a springboard to explore not only corruption in modern-day […]

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Book Review: The Unmemntioble by Erin Moure

Erin Moure’s new book of poetry is a mixed media collection of verbal and image art. The title, The Unmemntioable, is not a spelling mistake.  It is a conscious decision by the award-winning writer to intrigue and mystify her audience. This collection of poems deals with Moure’s exploration of her Ukrainian heritage after the tragic […]

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Book Review: Sabotage by Karen Autio

Karen Autio’s new book Sabotage describes the experiences of Ukrainian and German prisoners in the internment camps during World War I. It is the third book in Autio’s trilogy about Finnish immigrants to Canada. In 1915 war is raging in Europe, and in Canada, there are rumours of espionage and sabotage. Paranoia against foreigners is […]

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Book Review: Brovko’s Amazing Journey & Andrei and the Snow Walker by Larry Warwaruk

BROVKO’S AMAZING JOURNEY Warwaruk, Larry Coteau Books, 2013. 159 p. ISBN 1-55050-555-9 ANDREI AND THE SNOW WALKER Warwaruk, Larry Coteau Books, 2002. 195 p. ISBN 1-55050-213-1 Reviewed by Myra Junyk   Transcript: On this edition of Knyzhka Corner, we look at two books by Saskatchewan author Larry Warwaruk. Brovko’s Amazing Journey traces the incredible journey […]

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Book Review: Blood and Salt by Barbara Sapergia

In her novel, Blood and Salt, Barbara Sapergia explores the internment of Ukrainian-Canadians during the First World War. Taras Kalyna, a 20-year old Ukrainian-Canadian immigrant in rural Saskatchewan, is torn from his family and friends and sent to the Banff-Castle Mountain internment camp in Alberta. Along with over 8000 prisoners (mostly Ukrainian), Taras must survive […]

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Book Review: Crossing the Border by Ksenia Rychtycka

Audio review and interview with Myra … as heard on Nash Holos August 11, 2013 Anthology explores realities of memory and today’s Ukraine Review by Myra Junyk Crossing the Border, Ksenia Rychtycka’s first anthology of short stories, explores the lives of Ukrainians in Ukraine and in other countries. Her poignant stories focus on family relationships, […]

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