14 Apr Director of The Disappeared Wins $25,000 Writing Award
Shandi Mitchell, director and writer of The Disappeared, has won the 2012 Kobzar Literary Award for her 2009 debut novel, Under This Broken Sky.
The biannual $25,000 prize recognizes “outstanding contributions to Canadian literary arts through an author’s presentation of a Canadian Ukrainian theme,” and is open to fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and YA literature.
“Shandi’s writing career has blossomed and we can’t wait for the world to see what she has created for the big screen,” said Walter Forsyth, producer of The Disappeared. “As she puts the finishing touches on the film, we congratulate her on another award for her exceptional novel.”
Jurors Denise Chong, Randall Maggs, Nino Ricci, and M.G. Vassanji praised Under This Broken Sky, saying it is a “compelling and poignant narrative that honours the ancestry of many Canadian Ukrainians who worked for a better life during the depression era.”
Awarded the Canada Council’s 2008 Victor Martin-Lynch Staunton Endowment in Media Arts, Shandi was noted by The New York Times as one of ten most interesting new writers of 2009 following the release of her debut novel. Under This Unbroken Sky, published around the world, won the Commonwealth Regional Prize, the T. H. Raddall Fiction Award, the Margaret & John Savage First Book Award and was long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Award.