A house we know and love

“Kazka pro Malenku Khatu bilia Maloho Lisu” (Tale of the Little House by the Little Woods), by Luba Gawur. Kyiv: Smoloskyp, 2016. 46 pp, $15. As many published memoirs about the Ukrainian Displaced Persons appear on the scene, this small 46-page book (in Ukrainian), “Tale of the Little House by the Little Woods,” by Luba Gawur is a unique gem. It is not a summary of historical events, but rather an introspective reflection on universal experiences and emotional upheavals of many post-World War II Ukrainian refugees.


Novel about Shevchenko

“The Exile: A Novel About Taras Shevchenko,” by Zinaida Tulub, English translation by Anatole Bilenko. London, England: Glagoslav Publications Ltd., 2015. 444 pp. ISBN: 978-1-7837-961-2, $34.27 hardbound,  $26.65 paperback, $9.99 Kindle e-book. Author Zinaida Tulub spent a period of time living in exile in Kazakhstan in 1947-1956, during which she gave much thought to writing about Taras Shevchenko’s time in exile there approximately a century earlier.


Collection of songs about the war in Ukraine

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – During periods of Ukraine’s history when the country and its people were under attack, and thousands laid down their lives in their defense, the national creative spirit manifested itself in songs about the fight and its heroes. That was the case with Kozak ballads and songs about the Ukrainian Sich Riflemen (Sichovi Striltsi) and the Ukrainian Insurgent Armyj (UPA). The current war also has inspired Ukrainian poets and musicians to compose songs about the fight against Russia’s aggression. Events like the Maidan, the Revolution of Dignity, the Heavenly Hundred, the Donetsk cyborgs, as well as the heroism of soldiers, the sacrifices of their families and the dedication of thousands of volunteers are the themes of these songs. A select number of Ukrainian singers and musical groups have produced a new CD with patriotic songs about the war in eastern Ukraine.


A memoir about a World War II childhood

“Borders, Bombs, and… Two Right Shoes,” World War II through the Eyes of a Ukrainian Child Refugee Survivor, by Larissa Zaleska Onyshkevych. Charleston, S.C.: CreateSpace, an company, 2016. ISBN: 0692746544; ISBN-13: 9780692746547. 222 pp. $10.


NEW RELEASE: Children’s book of “Stories for Every Season”

JENKINTOWN, Pa. – A new children’s book, “Stories for Every Season,” published by the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America Inc. (UNWLA) Branch 88 of the Philadelphia Regional Council, was launched at the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center (UECC) in Jenkintown on December 13. In this book, Christine R. Shwed, UNWLA Education Committee chair for 2005-2011, compiled, arranged and designed a collection of original enchanting stories based on Ukrainian folk tales and traditions, as well as follow-up exercises/activities developed to promote language and other learning skills. These stories were originally used to enrich the curriculum of UNWLA’s branch-run “svitlychky” (preschools) with new and lively materials. Besides providing good stories, these tales also taught important educational skills to young children.

Dr. Bohdan Kordan signs a copy of his new book for an attendee, as Marijka Stadnyk, vice-president of the Toronto branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, looks on.

Launch of “No Free Man” held in Toronto


TORONTO – A book launch was held in Toronto on November 17, 2016, to introduce the newly published book by Prof. Bohdan Kordan, “No Free Man: Canada, the Great War, and the Enemy Alien Experience.”

Organized by McGill-Queen’s University Press, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Toronto Branch, and the Shevchenko Scientific Society, the launch was the first in eastern Canada. Attendees had the opportunity to hear about many aspects of the internment of Ukrainians and other Eastern Europeans during the period 1914-1920. The evening commenced with a welcome from Shevchenko Scientific Society President Dr. Daria Darewych. Dr. Marta Dyczok introduced the author. Dr. Kordan began his presentation with an explanation of his approach to the subject of internment and, in general, civil rights.


Novel reflecting today’s reality in Ukraine

“The Linnet,” by Chris McNaught. Cambridge, England: Vanguard Press, 2016. 274 pp. ISBN: 978-1784-65-163-3, $16.99. Visitors to author Chris McNaught’s website are greeted with the following quote by Gunter Grass: “People need books with an epic background.


Spy thriller based on a true story

“The Man with the Poison Gun: A Cold War Spy Story,” by Serhii Plokhy. New York: Basic Books, 2016. 355 pp. ISBN: 978-0-465-03590-8, approximately $25 hardcover,  $19 e-book, $25-$30 audio. Serhii Plokhy, one of the foremost historians of the former Soviet Union, has penned a nonfiction spy thriller.


Academic story of Gareth Jones

“Gareth Jones: Eyewitness to the Holodomor,” by Ray Gamache. Cardiff, Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 2016. Paperback,  ISBN: 978-1-86057-122-0. 241p. $49.99; hardcover, ISBN 978-1860570568, $57.84.