Thrilled and very humbled to announce that Kalyna has been long-listed for the EPL Reader's Choice Awards for Alberta. Visit the EPL website for more information.
The following titles represent the Long List for the 2017 Alberta Readers' Choice Award. The top five finalists will be unveiled one day at a time via Facebook and Twitter starting in April. The public will be able to vote for the winner starting on Tuesday, July 4th.
Art Lessons by Katherine Koller
Enfield & Wizenty
Fifty Percent of Mountaineering is Uphill
by Susanna Pfisterer
Gatekeeper by Natasha Deen
Great Plains Teen Fiction
Kalyna by Pam Clark
Paper Teeth by Lauralyn Chow
Rising Abruptly by Gisele Villeneuve
University of Alberta Press
Rodent by Lisa J. Lawrence
Orca Book Publishers
Shift by Kelly Shepherd
Son of France by Todd Babiak
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Waking Anastasia by Timothy Reynolds
Tyche Books Ltd
In addition, Kalyna will be available at the Capital City Press Festival on Saturday, May 20th at the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Center in Edmonton. I am so honoured to have Kalyna beside the works of these wonderful authors.
On May 26th, fellow Stonehouse author will read from Kalyna at the Canadian Author's Association event for the Exporting Alberta Awards Ceremony.
Thank you for your emails. Kalyna is still going strong with readers in Calgary and in Winnipeg! Thank you for all of your support!
One year ago, Stonehouse Publishing launched five books, authored by people I am now honored to call friends: Melanie Kerr, Danika Stone, Doug Morrison and N. R. Cruse. They are all so supportive and affirming and this journey has been delightful because of them and the readers I have met along the way. Thank you to Netta and Julie for believing in us and our work!
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, " Life is a journey, not a destination..."
There was no destination in mind when I wrote Kalyna except to share the story of my ancestors with my family. Since then, the family circle for Kalyna has widened considerably encompassing many readers across Alberta and Canada including fellow authors. Kalyna has reached overseas through the efforts of many readers and friends and the emails I receive are treasured for their honesty and personal connection to the history, hope and forgiveness that is Kalyna.
The journey continues as book clubs continue to embrace Kalyna and I am honoured to attend two clubs this week to share the process of writing and share in discussion about issues in the novel and of our time. And so, I think it must be book clubs that propel our books to the list above, one year later, maybe not timeless, but Kalyna is timely and I hope to engage with more readers as the months continue. Thank you and let's celebrate ONE YEAR TOGETHER!
I am a mother. I am a teacher. I am a writer. I am a reader.
I absolutely love teaching, long to find the treasured time to write and relish in reading, escaping into a novel, scouring the Globe and Mail for articles of interest and craving poetry that makes me close my eyes and visualize the moment being captured.
These are turbulent times, when good writing matters immensely. Our stories are what will sustain us and bring us peace of mind. I want to share the last 4 books I have read as inspiration for what sustains me: Conclave by Richard Harris, The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and 100 Days by Juliane Okot Bitek. I could go back farther and each book of fiction or poetry would have similar connections. Literature and Poetry engage the psyche of human nature in a profound way and teach us empathy. This I firmly believe.
100 Days is a book of poetry I first picked up at the Writer's Guild of AB Conference in Calgary last year. Each poem is thought provoking and life energizing. These are poems which emerged from the experience of the Rwandan genocide and when I first opened the book, I read," There's no denying these haunted days are not necessarily days of grey -there are flowers everywhere- beauty is always undeniable" Each poem is so beautiful, heartfelt and moving. You can read one in its 8 - 10 lines and feel like it is expressing the sentiment of one's lifetime. These are moving poems and a gift to our collection of literature.
Conclave is a fictional account of the conclave choosing the next pope. The underlinings of such an undertaking are revealed in this behind the scenes look at the secrets of the papacy. Richard Harris brings to light the conflict within each human being, and within the confines of a group mentality. It questions what is right and what is important and what does the world need now? The ending is enlightened.
Homegoing begins in Ghana and soon stretches to London and America as two babies live diverge into different worlds within our world. Absolutely stunning and poetic writing from Yaa Gyasi make this a journey of "what if's?" It gives us pause for thought about how where we are born and when we are born defines us.....or does it.....or does it have to?
The Lonely Hearts Hotel has had such mixed reviews that I want to give it a shout out as another achievement for Heather O'Neill. She braves issues that are untouchable and inconceivable in their brutality but there is always a silver lining. Find the silver lining, the space within us that endures. She somehow manages to weave a lifelong friendship with humour, tragedy, danger and revelation of the seedy underbelly of big city life in Montreal and New York City all at the same time. It is a novel of our time for accepting the past and moving forward with courage and conviction.
Thank you to Svitlana Krys for organizing and hosting my visit today to MacEwan University and her English class. I was honoured to share my presentation and historical research with such a wonderful audience. Meeting Jars Balan and sharing stories and interests was a highlight of the visit.
Through Kalyna, I have discovered a deep rooted community of artisans, writers of all genres and film makers dedicated to increasing awareness of the Ukrainian Internment during WW1. I am grateful for their dedication, spirit and belief in the future.
History Unbound: A Literary Conversation with Pam Clark
Tue, Jan 31 2017
Join author Pam Clark as she introduces her novel Kalyna (Stonehouse, 2016) which speaks of the internment of Ukrainian Canadians during WWI. She will explore how history can unfold and reveal itself to each of us through archival evidence and photographs and a desire to understand what came before.
Presented by the Kule Chair in Ukrainian Studies.
MacEwan International | Global Awareness Week
Date Tue, Jan 31 2017
Start Time 10:00 a.m.
End Time 10:50 a.m.
Location Room 6-348
10700 - 104 Avenue
City Centre Campus
Faculty/Department Global Awareness Week, MacEwan International, Faculty of Arts and Science
Event Type Lecture/speaker/presentation
Contact Person Christine Grange
Contact Phone 780-633-3678
Contact Email email@example.com
Happy New Year and Happy Year of Canada 150 Celebrations!
I am pleased to share that Stonehouse Publishing is launching its new releases in February this year! What a wonderful journey they are on as a new publishing house in Alberta. Be sure to check out their link to find out more information about attending the launch in Edmonton and their new books.
On January 31'st, I will be presenting at MacEwan University in Edmonton as part of Global Awareness Week. I am grateful for this opportunity to share Kalyna with a new audience and to share how archival photographs, journals and documents came to life in writing Kalyna. A writer's inspiration comes from unique places and mine came from the items themselves and the people within them. The lecture is called History Unbound and explores the wriring of Kalyna as an uncovering of the past, opening up a part of history that was kept quiet for so many years.
Throughout the writing process and promotion of Kalyna, I have learned about many other Canadian artists determined to share the hisotry of the Ukrainian Internment during WW1. One of these artists is Ryan Boyko, a film maker with Armistice Films, and today he released a trailer on youtube entitiled, " It Never Happened." It is commemmorating the internment camps across Canada and he also has many short films/ episodes on you tube as well. I also received a wonderful note from a Canmore singer songwriter named Bradley Bischoff of the Banff Wardens Band who has also written a song called Ghost in the Trees about the Internment. I have included his video below about the Otter Camp in Yoho National Park with his song.
There is power in numbers and solidarity in our voice. We are raising them together. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of this beautiful, welcoming and tolerant country, the past must be remembered and preserved.
In late September, I attended my first Kalyna book club night! it was wonderful to meet with avid readers with a genuine love of literature. The discussions that ensued were lively, the questions thoughtful and hearing the responses to characters and events in Kalyna was most heartwarming for me. There was an overwhelming sadness that Aya had been left in Montreal. "What will become of Aya?" Katja asks....and so too did the readers at the book club. Stay tuned!
Also, I wanted to thank readers who are sending me notes and letters expressing a personal connection to Kalyna. This means the world to me and I am saving every one of them. Your words are part of our connection to the past and who we are today as Canadians. Thank you so much.
In a few weeks, I am honoured to be attending Turner Valley Library as part of their OUT LOUD Author Series. I am working on a powerpoint full of inspiring quotes, archival photos and historical sources that became part of Kalyna. Please join us on November 3rd at 7pm if you are in the area.
As a member of the 2016 Historica Canada Advisory Board, I was asked to submit ideas for upcoming Historica Minutes for 2017/2018. Without hesitation, my top pick was the internment of Ukrainian Canadians during WW1 in 24 camps across Canada. I will update the progress of this as it becomes available.
I was also thrilled to learn from Stonehouse that Kalyna is heading into second printing! I am grateful to all the readers, the libraries, the festivals, the independent bookstores and Chapters/ Indigo for taking Kalyna cross country! Thank you for all your support.
Honoring Ukrainian culture and traditions and the memory of those interned is the focus of the summer readings of Kalyna.
July 2nd: I was thrilled to meet Canmore residents and people from all over the world at Cafebooks in Canmore. A friend, Janet Steeves, prepared this collage to remember this special afternoon. Thank you to everyone who stopped by especially Halya, Yuliana, Mary, K&K, and Linda.
This weekend, Doug Morrison, fellow Stonehouse author, and I will be reading and discussing our books at Mary C. Moore Library in Lacombe, Alberta. Please join us in the library for a great afternoon featuring Course Correction and Kalyna!
Readings in August take me north of Lacombe to Andrew, Alberta, Edmonton, Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village and Redwater where I will be participating in festivals and readings. Saturday, August 21st at 1:30, please join me at the Babas and Borshch Festival in Andrew in the Grand Hall. Stay for the Zabava! Details here.
Since the release of Kalyna on May 1st, I have been engaged in wonderful launches, readings and neighbourhood events to promote and share the story of the Ukrainian internment in Banff, Castle Mountain during WW1. Steven Buechler is one of the supporters of Kalyna that I would like to thank. CBC Daybreak Alberta, Shelf Life, Owl's Nest, Audreys and my friends and family have all been spreading the word about Kalyna and it has made a name for itself on the Calgary Herald's Bestseller's list for the past four weeks. I am thrilled with its wider audience and presence in the public realm. Thank you!
As we head into summer and the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the first wave of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada, I am reminded of our amazing quality of life we enjoy here in Canada and will continue to share the story of Kalyna and what it means to be Canadian.
I love history, art and literature and bring all three to my writing and teaching. I believe in the power of story and encourage you to share your own story.