Wednesday, February 3, 2016


My Superteam - Walter Kulyk - Creative direction, Art direction, and Production coordination (Traffic Advertising, Inc.), and Al Klymochko - Graphic Design, Photo enhancements, and Production files (Stare Design Inc.). Editor - Debra Esau Maione, WordsWorth Services. 

Without their talent, the book would not have been the treasure that it is. Дякую! Danke! Thanks!

The book is selling well, even at the end of January.  Has been on the McNally Robinson Bestsellers list since the first week of December, at #1, 2, 3, and back to #1!

If any organizations or groups want to fund raise, the book is available by the box (18 books) -- you get a generous % of the selling price.  Please contact me.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The book is sellimg well!

what's interesting is that the media are calling me, not the other way around....

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Still time to get the Christmas book for Christmas!    Perfect gift -- the book is available in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Sudbury, New York, New Jersey


McNally Robinson Booksellers

Oseredok - Ukr. Cultural and Educational Centre 


Holy Eucharist Church 

Orthodox Consistory 


Tenderloin Meats


Holy Family Home

University of Manitoba Bookstores

Winnipeg Art Gallery Gift Shop

Rossdale:   BVM Protection Church

Saskatoon:  McNally Robinson


Friends of Kule Centre


Cobblestone Freeway

Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts 

Ottawa:   Ukrainian Orth. and Cath. churches

Toronto:  Koota Ooma

Montreal:  Yevshan

Sudbury:   Ukrainian Seniors Centre

N. N.J. -- contact author here

  NYC:  Ukrainian Museum;   Surma

San Diego:  House of Ukraine

Kerhonkson:  Soyuzivka

Monday, December 14, 2015


So happy to let everyone know that the launch of my "First Star I See Tonight" Ukrainian Christmas Traditions" at McNally Robinson Booksellers on Dec. 3 was very successful.   Over 200 attended.   It was a Ukrainian-style launch, with koliadnyky (carollers) [thank you, Melos Ensemble!] and medivnyk [Ukr. honey cake) [thank you, Geoffroy Dextraze, pastry chef!]   Thanks to my wonderful son Dobryan for being the MC.  And to John Toews of McNally's for organizing the launch.
I also had a launch at Oseredok (Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre), with some good discussions.  Tomorrow, will be speaking at Holy Family Home.
The books are available across Canada now, and in NYC - The Ukrainian Museum, and Surma.      Available from:; ; Koota Ooma, Toronto ; Ukrainian Museum, NYC; Friends of Kule Centre, Edmonton; Audrey's, Edmonton; House of Ukraine, San Diego; Ukrainian bookstores in Winnipeg, Lubov Foundation.
The book is #1 on the McNally Robinson bestseller list for softcover non-fiction this week (was #2 last week)!
Thanks to Diane Maione, my editor, and Walter Kulyk (creative direction) and Al Klymochko (graphic design), the graphic designers who created such a beautiful volume.  And without my kind and generous sponsors [see panel in photo], I would not have been able to do this.      
As a few readers noted, "it is a happy book."
Still time for organizations to order the books for fundraising.