Winnipeg author Maurice Mierau wins 2016 Kobzar prize

TORONTO -- Winnipeg writer and editor Maurice Mierau is the winner of the 2016 Kobzar Literary Award for his book "Detachment: An Adoption Memoir.

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Mierau received $20,000 and the book's publisher, Calgary's Freehand Books, received $5,000 for the award, which was presented at a gala dinner in Toronto on Wednesday night.

The prize is awarded every two years by the Shevchenko Foundation to recognize a Canadian writer who most effectively presents a Ukrainian Canadian theme through poetry, drama, fiction, non-fiction or young people's literature.

"Detachment: An Adoption Memoir" recounts Mierau and his wife's adoption of two young brothers from Ukraine in 2005.

"Mierau's narrative grips our hearts as we enter the complicated world of adoption in Ukraine and confronts the challenges of parenting children as they adapt to a new family in Canada," said Christine Turkewych, director of literary arts for the foundation.

Four others were nominated for the award and each received $1,500 prize:

  • Grant Buday for "The Delusionist," Anvil Press, Vancouver
  • Orest T. Martynowych for "The Showman and the Ukrainian Cause: Folk Dance, Film and the Life of Vasile Avramenko," University of Manitoba Press
  • Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch for "Underground Soldier," Scholastic Canada, Toronto
  • Stacey Zembrzycki for "According to Baba: A Collaborative Oral History of Sudbury's Ukrainian Community," UBC Press.


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