I am a writer, Titanic fanatic, and former television news reporter with a keen interest in social history, art forgery, and anything I can read about life in America’s Gilded Age.
I am currently finishing a new novel called Waiting to Be Found, that tells the story of a famous “unassailable” masterpiece in America that I think is a fake.
My first novel, Ravenscraig was published by Heartland Associates of Winnipeg and was launched on November 29, 2011 to an amazing response at the McNally Robinson book store. I self-published outside of Canada and am very pleased and deeply thankful at the reader response. And yes there is a sequel in the works.
Every time I tell someone about Ravenscraig, it inevitably leads to their telling me about how their families came to Canada or the United States. It seems there is an ever growing interest in genealogy and family histories and I am very appreciative of the many stories people tell me about how Ravenscraig has inspired them to learn more about their own family stories.
Family history and stories about those early years in the “new country” have always been of great interest to me. My family is Ukrainian Canadian, and I am a fifth generation descendent of the first group of 27 Ukrainian pioneer families that came to Manitoba to farm in 1896. We are, to this day, “peasant stock” as my mother proudly claims.
I was born and raised in Winnipeg, and enjoyed a long and exciting career in television and radio news in Calgary, Winnipeg and Montreal. I feel greatly privileged to have had a “front row seat”, microphone in hand, to tell the stories of the newsmakers of the day, from homeless people, to captains of industry, to just plain decent people doing good things in the world. Well, and to be honest, to tell a great many stories about people who were not to be admired. Overall, I loved being in news and have a great respect for my friends who continue to work in the media.
I am also a Jew by choice, which came about, in large part, through my years of research into the history of Winnipeg’s Jewish community and the natural path I found to study Judaism.
I invite your comments and questions, and hope that I can connect you to information that you find inspiring, interesting or perhaps a sought-after missing piece of your own history.
Thanks for stopping by.
By the way, for those from Winnipeg, my mom, Mary Krawchenko, (seen here with my daughter, Katiana) is someone you might remember as Mrs. K.
She started a very popular business in 1970, making pizzas and perogies. My dad, Carl Krawchenko, of blessed memory, owned Frontier Meat and Packing Ltd, then later, Carl Krawchenko Equipment Co., and was a partner in Superior Cheese.