Ukrainian Cultural Center of New England

A Kind of Refugee - Book Presentation


Sunday, April 7th, 2024    
12:00 pm


Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church
146 Forest Hills St, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA

Event Type

Connecticut-born, Kyiv-based author Larissa Babij will present her new book “A Kind of Refugee: The Story of an American Who Refused to Leave Ukraine,” introduced by author Askold Melnyczuk and joined by political activist Tania Vitvitsky in conversation, followed by a book-signing.

Larissa Babij was at home in Kyiv when Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. “A Kind of Refugee” chronicles the first year of all-out war in Ukraine through vivid dispatches that Babij sent to readers abroad. It is a personal story of coming to terms with her own inherited past as the grandchild of Ukrainian WWII refugees while responding to russia’s assault on her home and discovering the significance of taking care of your country together with your compatriots. “A Kind of Refugee” is both a testimony to Ukraine’s indefatigable spirit and a message to Americans to take responsibility for their power to shape the war’s outcome.

“Babij’s vivid account of her days in Kyiv and traversing the war-ravaged country, together with a brief but illuminating return to the US, offers a paradigm and becomes an essential contribution to the growing body of what’s known as the literature of witness.” — Askold Melnyczuk, author of The Man Who Would Not Bow.

You may pre-order the book here.

Books will also be available for sale at the event.