Ukrainian Literature Day

Celebrate Ukrainian Literature Day

March 9th at the Toronto Reference Library


The Ukrainian Canadian Congress is once again encouraging Canadians to participate in the various Ukrainian Literature Day initiatives taking place across the country.

The objective of this national campaign is to raise awareness among Canadians that Ukrainian literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer to every segment of society. Ukraninian Literature Day also seeks to showcase some award-winning authors and books.  It is also an excellent opportunity to connect young Canadians with Ukrainian and Ukrainian Canadian literature.

A full list of Canadian writers of Ukrainian origin as well as a substantive analysis of their writing is provided by Lisa Grekul in her book Leaving Shadows:  Literature in English by Canada’s Ukrainians. The following writers are well known and their books are available in the Toronto Public Library:

Myrna Kostash, Andrew Suknaski, George Ryga, Janice Kulyk Keefer, Vera Lysenko, Maara Haas and Ted Galay.

March 9th marks the birthday of Taras Shevchenko, the famous Ukrainian poet, artist and literary father. Shevchenko is widely regarded as the most important contributor to the development of Ukrainian literature.

Canadians across the country are encouraged to support Ukrainian Literature Day by making use of the public library system and checking out one of the hundreds of books on Ukrainian themes.

At the Toronto Reference Library we are going to celebrate Ukrainian Literature Day. You are invited for:

  • A special User Education session for Adults and Seniors in the Ukrainian language on March 9th. You will learn how to find and order books and DVDs from home using the online catalogue. This session will start at 10:00 am in the computer Learning Centre 2. To reserve please call the User Education Centre at 416-393-7209.
  • After the computer session come to the 4th floor and browse our collection of reference and circulating books in the Ukrainian language. Bring your library card with you if you would like to borrow books.
  • English speaking patrons are invited to familiarize themselves with our collection of Ukrainian literature in translation and with the Canadian authors of Ukrainian heritage (3rd floor)
  • A display of Ukrainian literature through the ages will be presented on the 4th floor.


All services are free of charge. Everybody is welcome.