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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Canadian author receives state award from Ukraine's president

Well, this couldn't have happened to a nicer, or more deserving, person:

[Brantford, Ont.] children's author Marsha Skrypuch - who crafts award-winning fiction based on historic atrocities - will receive a state award from Ukrainian president Victor Yushchenko.

She has been selected for the Order of Princess Olha, Class III: the highest form of honour the country bestows on foreign citizens. ...

The medal recognizes her works about the 1932-1933 Ukrainian famine, which killed up to 10 million people. The award comes as the country commemorates the 75th anniversary of what Ukrainians call Holodomor - meaning death by hunger. ...

In 2000, Skrypuch wrote a children's folktale called Enough, describing a young girl's attempts to save her village from starvation. And the famine inspired her story, The Rings, in a 2006 anthology of Ukrainian-Canadian writings, called Kobzar's Children, which she also edited.

Being honoured for Enough is particularly welcome, said Skrypuch, noting the book had spurred death threats and hatemail as recently as 2006. ...

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