Dibrova Diary

BY MYROSIA STEFANIUK
with drawings by Luba Kytasta
 

ABOUT

Dibrova, a rustic woodland near Brighton, Michigan, has been a cherished summer haven to thousands of Ukrainian immigrants. They gathered here at picnics festivals, camps, sports competitions and bonfires. 

 

Myrosia Stefaniuk’s memoir is the universal story of refugees and displaced people who search for stability and kinship in a place where they can connect with nature and feel at home although separated from their ancestral land.

SUMMARY

Whatever roles we played back in the city, our homes, school or jobs, all these masks were left behind when we stretched out in the sun.  Here, in familiar, comfortable and comforting surroundings, nature won out and our personalities became open and unassuming.  Here we were truly free…

MYROSIA STEFANIUK, DIBROVA DIARY

Dibrova Diary review in The Ukrainian Weekly

Rich with history and vivid imagery, Myrosia Stefaniuk’s Dibrova Diary delves into the very soul of a captivating lakefront estate that has served as a second home to five generations of Ukrainians in the Detroit area. Lore, legends and personal anecdotes are interwoven with poetry and fascinating facts. The connections between people and traditions, between community and the ties that bind, and the search for home resound throughout this magnificent gem. 

KSENIA RYCHTYCKA, author of CROSSING

THE BORDER

 
BY MYROSIA STEFANIUK
with drawings by Luba Kytasta

BIO

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Myrosia Stefaniuk, writer and teacher, has published poetry, prose, nonfiction and literary translations. Her family fled the Soviet takeover of Ukraine, lived in refugee camps for Displaced Persons in Europe, and ultimately resettled in the Detroit area. She is married, has two adult children and six grandchildren. 

Luba Kytasta’s drawings reflect her expanded vision of Dibrova’s untamed beauty, beckon us to see familiar things in a new light and discover something magical that we didn’t know. Luba is a ballet mistress and artist – and the author’s sister.

 

Upcoming Events

  • Book Launch
    Warren Civic Center Library (Conf. Room)
    Sep 07, 2018, 6:30 PM
    Warren Civic Center Library (Conf. Room), 1 City Square, Warren, MI 48093, USA
    Myrosia Stefaniuk will introduce her book which contains stories, legends and lore about Dibrova. Books will be available for sale. PLEASE CALL THE LIBRARY TO REGISTER (586) 574-4564.
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  • interview on "Slovo" Ukrainian Radio Program - WNZK AM 680-690
    Detroit radio: WNZK AM 680-690 or online
    Aug 17, 2018, 9:00 PM
    Detroit radio: WNZK AM 680-690 or online
    Natalia Shmoron's interview with Myrosia. Discussion about Dibrova itself and "Dibrova Dibrova" on the radio or online: https://usliveradio.com/wnzk-690680-am-wnzk-25809/
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