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Toronto Author Receives Highest Ukranian Honour

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Toronto Author Receives Highest Ukranian Honour

Congratulations to Toronto author Marsha Skrypuch. She will be awarded Ukrainian Order of Princess Olha, Class III. The award will be given to her by Ukrainian president Victor Yushchenko.

From the Fitzhenry & Whiteside press release:

[Skrypuch] has been selected for the Order of Princess Olha, Class III which honours women for distinguished services in state, production, public, scientific, educational, cultural, charity and other spheres of public activity.

It will be awarded to recognize her works dealing the 1932-1933 Ukrainian famine, which killed approximately 10 million people. This year marks the 75th anniversary of what Ukrainians call Holodomor - meaning death by hunger.

In 2000, Skrypuch wrote Enough, a story of 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. Both books were published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

Marsha's next book, Daughter of War, is the story of Marta, an Armenian girl forced to disguise herself as a Muslim. The story is set against the horrors of Turkey during World War I. It will be released in May.

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