David Demchuk's horror story collection The Bone Mother among nominees for $25K Kobzar Book Award

The Kobzar Book Award is awarded biennially to a book with a connection to the Ukrainian Canadian experience.
David Demchuk's horror novel was on the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. (David Demchuk)

The Bone Mother by David Demchuk is among the five books shortlisted to the 2020 Kobzar Book Award.

The $25,000 prize is given out biennially to an accomplished book of any genre with a connection to the Ukrainian Canadian experience.

Demchuk's collection of horror stories takes place on the Ukrainian/Romanian border, as the last mythical creatures of Eastern Europe gather to tell their stories. 

The Bone Mother is the Toronto writer's first book. It won the 2018 Sunburst Award for adult fiction, was a finalist for the First Novel Award and was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Demchuk is an employee at CBC.

Other finalists include Winnipeg photographer John Paskievich for his book of photos The North End Revisited, Laisha Rosnau for her poetry collection Our Familiar Hunger, Sandra Semchuk's nonfiction book about First World War internment camps in Canada, The Stories Were Not Told and Alex Leslie's collection of linked stories We All Need to Eat.

The winner of the Kobzar Book Award will be announced on March 12, 2020 in Toronto.

The jury is comprised of NeWest Press general manager Matt Bowes, academic Lindy Ledohowski and novelist Nino Ricci.


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