Canadian First World War


KOBZAR™ Book Award 2022 Shortlist Announced

Winnipeg, October 7, 2021 – The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko is
pleased to announce the shortlisted titles for the 2022 KOBZAR™ Book Award.

Presented biennially, the $25,000 KOBZAR™ Book Award recognizes outstanding contributions
to Canadian literary arts by authors who write on a topic with a tangible connection to the
experiences of Ukrainian Canadians. As the Ukrainian community celebrates 130 years in
Canada, the Ukrainian stories are limitless. KOBZAR™ Book Award entries can weave through
fascinating moments in world history, acquaint us with the lives of both one and the many,
introduce us to the challenges of different generations and waves of immigration. Ultimately,
they paint a picture of a people that proudly continues to shape the Canada we know today.

Distinctive to this Award is monetary recognition for both the winner and the winner’s

This year’s jury, Kerry Clare (49th Shelf), Laisha Rosnau (Author and winner of the KOBZAR™
Book Award 2020), and Ben Sigurdson (Winnipeg Free Press), is very excited to include on the
shortlist a novel, a graphic novel, and a book of poetry – three styles of literature as diverse as
the Ukrainian Canadian experiences which the KOBZAR™ Book Award strives to recognize.

The shortlisted titles for the 2022 KOBZAR™ Book Award are:


Enemy Alien: A True Story of Life Behind Barbed Wire

by Kassandra Luciuk
illustrator Nicole Marie Burton

Between the Lines 2020





Fields of Light and Stone

by Angeline Schellenberg

University of Alberta Press 2020







Good Citizens Need Not Fear

by Maria Reva

Knopf Canada 2020





The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko is a national, chartered philanthropic
institution dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and development of the Ukrainian
Canadian cultural heritage. In building and sustaining a permanent endowment fund, the
Foundation strengthens the Ukrainian community in Canada and enriches the Canadian
experience with the beauty, passion, and diversity of Ukrainian Canadian culture.

The 2022 KOBZAR™ Book Award will be presented on March 24, 2022, at a ceremony in
Winnipeg, Manitoba.

For more information, contact:

Bohdana Bashuk, Executive Director
p. (204) 944-9128
e. [email protected]

Irka Mycak
Communications and Community Relations Officer
p. 416-919-6566
e. [email protected]