Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Maurice Mierau Wins 2016 Kobzar Prize for 'Detachment: An Adoption Memoir'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Maurice Mierau Wins 2016 Kobzar Prize for 'Detachment: An Adoption Memoir'

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Maurice Mierau wins 2016 Kobzar prize

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

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. …

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