Book signings and talks
June 11 at 2 p.m. Santa Barbara Public Library, Faulkner Gallery, 40 E Anapamu From Chernobyl with Love in conversation with Ukrainian native and UCSB psychology lecturer Oksana Yakushko and SB librarian Molly Wetta.
Coming soon … fall signings for Straitjackets and Lunch Money.
From Chernobyl with Love was awarded the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Academic Press. Exiled was featured in Alta Journal’s 13 books to read for March. Exiled was also featured on the Bookshop Podcast.
Katya reported on the difficulty of writing about the war in Ukraine for LitHub.
She was profiled in Alta Magazine after winning a Society for Features Journalism Excellence-in-Features Award.
She was asked to recommend five memoirs about deep topics that won’t depress you for Shepherd.com.
Katya was interviewed for California Sun’s popular “5 questions with …”
She spoke about the war in Ukraine on the NPR affiliated podcast Journeys of Discovery, on KVEC News Talk and on the Spiritual Journalist podcast.
Los Angeles Public Library and San Francisco Public Library both featured talks by Katya. The Ukrainian Institute of America included Katya in their virtual book presentation book series. She spoke with author Joan Steinau Lester about memoir writing and author Sieu Sean Do about refugees for U.C. Berkeley Extension.
Three book podcasts also had her on their shows: Overflowing Bookshelves, The Bookshop Podcast and A Book & Its Author.
“From Chernobyl with Love: Reporting from the Ruins of the Soviet Union” was a Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) 2020 winner and a Foreword Indies 2019 winner. It was excerpted in The Rumpus.
Foreword Reviews gave Chernobyl 5 stars and named it Book of the Day for Nov. 13, 2019. Chernobyl was reviewed by Shelf Awareness and Kirkus review. NPR affiliate KRCB Northern California Public Media highlighted it in their 2019 roundup. Chernobyl was also featured on KVEC.
Literary Hub published Katya’s essay on how the reality of post-chernobyl life was way more complicated than a TV show. Additional reviews and coverage in UAinFocus and KCBX. If you want to read other books about life abroad try some of the titles on this The Rumpus What to Read When list.
Read the Foreign Policy Magazine review of “Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back” published in the Fall 2018 issue and listen to Katya talk about Exiled on KQED, the most listened to NPR station in the U.S. Katya was also the keynote speaker at the Khmer Parent Association’s annual conference and featured on Khmer TV.
University Press Week 2019 featured a piece by Katya on Exiled and community and Katya spoke about Exiled on WNYC Studios The Takeaway.
Katya has spoken about journalism on a series hosted by Women’s March San Luis Obispo and on Wilbur Sargunaraj’s (India’s first YouTube star) CQ Chats.