Chrystyna Zorych Holman

Book launch and conversation at Charlottetown Library

Bookmarkwill present the launch of Chrystyna Zorych Holman’s new book A New Country, a New Life on March 6 from 6:30–8 pm in the Rotary Auditorium of the Charlottetown Library Learning Centre. The evening will be moderated by Kathy Large. 

Holman’s activist parents came with their two children to Canada as refugees as part of the third wave of Ukrainian immigration post-WWII. A New Country, a New Life focuses on their adjustment to life in Canada—from the hardships to the remarkable friendships, humorous stories, and gratitude to the country that gave them hope. 

The book includes a wide cast of characters from the Ukrainian-Canadian community that congregated around her family, and speaks to a world of invaluable Ukrainian cultural knowledge—touching on everything from Christmas traditions, embroidery, and pysanky to the poems of women political prisoners in the USSR.

Having lived through dramatic circumstances leaving her homeland and establishing life anew, Holman has had a long standing desire to collect her family’s stories in one chronicle—for her sake, that of her children, and for anyone interested in the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada.

Beyond writing, Holman loves to read, travel, host, and cook—and learn anything new. She has travelled all over the world including to Australia, Japan, Ukraine, and China—as part of her teaching work. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education.