The sun never sets on the Polish diaspora.
They are everywhere, in their infinite variety, and what luck we have to stay in touch, even if only virtually.
When Andrzej Derkowski arrived in Halifax in 1949 he had hoped to exchange his pith helmet for a cowboy hat. Canada had other plans for him. A marvelous tale, well told.
Britain’s most spectacular secret agent was brave, loyal, irresistibly beautiful, and “a law unto herself.” Author Clare Mulley pens an excellent study of the fascinating Krystyna Skarbek/Christine Granville.
Meet the “Polanders” of California who celebrated their 150th anniversary.
Not only wars, argues Monika Zofia Pauli, but reckless human actions can destroy our historical environment.
She favors preservation rather than demolition: “…because the greenest building is one that is already built.”
Roy Eaton is a man of many talents, much charm, a lot of courage, and irrepressible spirit who long ago decided to treat adversity as a gift.
Winner of the first Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin competition, his recordings include “The Meditative Chopin” and “The Joyful Joplin;” Roy Eaton is both.
Musician, poet, writer and chef, all of it in Polish, Hebrew, Arabic, German, French and English.
The trial of Melchior Wańkowicz in 1960s communist Poland was a cause célèbre. Today, a new biography brings a captivating portrait of a “great humanist with a pragmatic approach to life, a prolific hard working writer, bon vivant, thinker, husband, father and most of all a fabulous reporter and storyteller.”
Before totalitarianism enforces its orders with boots and guns, it needs an intellectual framework. Stephen Drapaka reviews “Inhumanities,” a book that details the all too willing enthusiastic work of academics, journalists and other professionals in building this sordid enterprise.
New York Times columnist David Orr once noted that while it’s impossible to know which country has the best writers, let alone the best poets… if cash money were on the line, you’d find few critics willing to bet against Poland. Now, the world’s best celebrate Polish American poets.
Stefan Norblin’s life and art continue to fascinate; “Ida” dazzles, as does “Life Feels Good.” Wojtek the Soldier Bear gets his own Scottish tartan; Beth Holmgren’s book on Helena Modjeska is awarded; and Magda Romanska seems to be everywhere. Plus Katy Carr explores war and freedom through film and music workshops.
Warsaw, a “green capital”? Indeed, says, Adam Sulkowski, reporting in from the 2013 COP19 Climate Summit in Poland’s vibrant, thriving and – yes, ever greener – capital.