Live! At the Library: Lesia Maruschak

Live! At the Library: Lesia Maruschak

On November 2, 2023, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. will host author Lesia Maruschak to mark the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor, 1932-1933 famine-genocide in Soviet
Ukraine.  Maruschak will premiere a new installation created especially for the Library of Congress. Titled, when a book holds your memories, the new body of work will become part of Maruschak’s Project MARIA; hailed by the National Holodomor Genocide Museum (Kyiv, Ukraine) as one of the most important visual arts exhibitions addressing the
famine-genocide. when a book holds your memories will provide the backdrop for a discussion of her three books on the Holodomor, two of which are in the collection of the
Library of Congress, Transfiguration and MARIA. Maruschak’s third fine art publication in the series Transfiguration: Spirits & Traces will be released in November 2023 and will be on
view for the event.

In addition to a talk by Maruschak, when a book holds your memories, will include a community bookmaking activity for visitors. Reminding us that there is no one correct way to narrate history, visitors will encounter a room filled with photographic images of blurred portraits, sacred books, and landscapes blended with Soviet posters, excerpts from soldiers’ notebooks and pages from children’s readers. Visitors will be invited to take pages from the stacks, sew them together and create their own books—what Maruschak calls “containers for memories.”

No experience is required and all ages are welcome to participate! Tickets available here: When a Book Holds Your Memories | Library of Congress (

Date & Time

November 2, 2023, from 5;00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


101 Independence Ave SE,
Washington, DC 20540