It wasn’t until well into adolescence that Megan Buskey learned the basic facts of her family history: her mother grew up in a gulag exile settlement because her grandparents were deported from their Ukrainian village to Siberia after the Second World War. Following her grandmother’s death in 2013, Buskey began to broach the silence that surrounded her family’s past—a silence, she soon learned, that had both personal and political causes. Called “one of the best and most intimate histories of Ukraine” by the country’s Financial Times correspondent, Ukraine Is Not Dead Yet weaves together history, reportage, and memoir to illuminate the fates of an ordinary Ukrainian family against the extraordinary circumstances—war, totalitarianism, fledgling independence, and, once again, war—that have defined the country’s recent history.
Megan Buskey is a nonfiction writer who has contributed to The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, The New Republic, NPR’s All Things Considered, and other outlets. A former Fulbright Fellow to Ukraine, she has been studying and writing about the country for two decades. She lives in New York City.
Buskey will be in conversation with Joshua Keating. Keating is a writer and analyst focusing on world news and foreign policy. He is currently global security reporter at Grid. He is the author of Invisible Countries, an exploration of border changes, the creation of new countries, and the future of the world map, which was published by Yale University Press in 2018. He has previously worked as an editor and writer at Slate and Foreign Policy. He has reported from countries including Iraq, Somalia, Russia, China, and Haiti. His work has also been published by the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Guardian, Politico, Smithsonian Magazine, and Roads & Kingdoms.