Maria Reva’s fictional novel Good citizens need not fear won the 2022 Kobzar Book Prize, a biennial prize that awards $25,000 to an outstanding book on the Ukrainian Canadian experience.
Inspired by her family’s own experiences in Ukraine, Good citizens need not fear is Reva’s first book. Starring a feisty “orphan turned beauty pageant addict” named Zaya, the novel weaves together stories of the chaotic years leading up to and immediately following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989.
The graphic novel Enemy Alien: A True Story of Life Behind Barbed Wire by Canadian author Dr. Kassandra Luciuk and illustrated by nicole marie burton was also shortlisted for the prize, alongside the collection of poetry, Fields of light and stone by Manitoba author Angeline Schellenberg.
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Good citizens need not fear was also shortlisted for the shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize 2020. In 2018, Reva won the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers for his little story Ermine’s Cloak, which appears in Good citizens need not fear.
Originally from Vancouver, Reva now lives in Texas.