A public reading with Canadian author Diana Stevan
Event takes place on Zoom, live on Facebook
Introduction by literary critic Maria Shuvalova, Kyiv
Moderator Uliana Hlynchak, Head of UCAF programming, journalist, producer at Ukrainian TV Network KONTAKT
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Diana Stevan likes to joke she’s a Jill of all trades. A graduate of the University of Manitoba (B.Sc.in H.Ec., M.S.W) she has worked as a family therapist, teacher, librarian, model, actress and sports reporter for CBC television. With writing her passion, she’s published newspaper articles, poetry; a short story, and a novelette, The Blue Nightgown, a coming-of-age story set in the 1950s.
Her novels cross genres: A Cry from the Deep (2014), a time-slip romantic mystery; The Rubber Fence (2016), women’s fiction, inspired by her work on a psychiatric ward; and the books in Lukia’s Family Saga series, Sunflowers Under Fire (2019) and Lilacs in the Dust Bowl (2021), biographical / historical fiction. Diana based the latter two on her Ukrainian grandmother’s life during WWI, the wars that followed in Russia, and her immigration to Canada.
Sunflowers Under Fire was a finalist for the 2019 Whistler Independent Book Awards, a semi-finalist for the 2019 Kindle Book Awards, Literary Fiction category, and received an Honourable Mention in the 2020 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.
She’s currently working on the third and final book of Lukia’s Family Saga series. When Diana isn’t writing, she loves to garden, travel, and read. With their two daughters grown, she lives with her husband Robert on Vancouver Island and West Vancouver, British Columbia.
Maria Shuvalova is a literary critic and lecturer at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Fulbright Scholar (Harriman Institute, Columbia University in the city of New York, 2019–2020). Editorial assistant of the international peer-reviewed journal Kyiv Mohyla Humanities Journal. Translator at Tapas Localization, agency of media content localization, Annual International Film Festival Molodist. Co-founder and head of the non-governmental organization New Ukrainian Academic Community whose latest projects were the publication of book by Volodymyr Dibrova Taras Shevchenko. New Perspectives, an international conference The Female Artist as an Icon of National Modernization: The Phenomenon of Lesia Ukrainka in a Comparative Perspective (in Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of the Writer). Projects were implemented in cooperation with such organizations as the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University, the Association of Hispanics of Ukraine, Shevchenko Scientific Society in America, and publishing house Bilka.
Uliana Hlynchak – Head of UCAF programming, journalist, producer at Ukrainian TV Network KONTAKT
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