by Koozma J. Tarasoff,
Ottawa, Canada, August, 2003
Koozma J. Tarasoff took his new book on the
road for 7-weeks in May and
June to do Readings, Signings, and Promotions in Western Canada.
Logging in some 13,000 kilometers [8,078 miles], Koozma personally
delivered books to customers en route (and mailed others from Ottawa),
met them first hand, autographed the books, and thanked his supporters
for making it possible to help finance this very expensive $100,000
book project with a CD-ROM.
When the government refused to provide any funding, Koozma went to the
people for pre-publication sales; the response showed trust that 400
books were purchased
before the product came out. As well there were others (such as Bill
Florence and Any Markin, Bill Perehudoff) who donated funds for the
Co-publisher Leonard Sbrocchi was most generous when he agreed to pay
of the printing costs. Developer Ron Mahonin and his team agreed to
a quality product and have contributed hundreds of hours of expertise
complete it. Others sent articles and photographs to illustrate the
In brief, this was a co-operative venture of many peoples!
In his travels, many friends and acquaintances hosted Koozma, which was
an indication that the hospitality ethic of the Doukhobors is alive and
well. People (Doukhobors and non-Doukhobors) went out of their way to
help organize the events, at times bringing with them choirs to help
set the stage for his
Readings. Salmo Librarian, June Stockdale, coordinated readings in five
BC libraries. Elmer and Marilyn Verigin of Castlegar opened their
to Koozma and made him feel at home. Bill Anatooskin of Burnaby, BC was
to get Koozma on the prestigious Rafe Mair show on CKNW in Vancouver;
had read the book in advance and for 25 minutes allowed Koozma to
discuss the Doukhobor pioneers before an estimated audience of 100,000.
When the interview
was over, Mair asked him to autograph the book for him. This was a
of Koozma's visit to Vancouver. Bill also got him to do Readings in
Timeless Books at Westminster Quay Public Market, and a short interview
CBC Radio program “BC Almanac”. As a pioneer himself and a master chef,
Bill” and his wife Jackie often treated Koozma with tasty gourmet
As Koozma exclaimed, “What else can one ask for?”
Koozma had the pleasure of attending and participating in the Unity
Meeting in Delta, BC as well as do a Reading at the Annual Father’s Day
Picnic and Molenye [Prayer] in Ladner, BC. The response here and
elsewhere was positive and enthusiastic. The full colour 500-page book
on fine art paper and hard cover brought rave reviews. The editor of
Kamsack Times published a full-page illustrated review. Saskatoon
Star-Phoenix did the same.
John J. Verigin Sr., Honourary Chairman of the Union of Spiritual
Communities of Christ, read the book and described it “as the best
encyclopedia on the Doukhobors” that he has ever read.
At Koozma’s Readings, people appreciated being reminded about our brave
and resourceful pioneers who have made a difference in our lives. Too
we have neglected them until they have died. The time is now to
acknowledge and respect them for their valued contributions to society.
The book is the right one for our times.
Jon-Lee Kootnekoff of Penticton, BC wrote: “A hearty congratulations to
you. What a beautiful, entertaining, colorful, educational and
masterpiece. Reading Spiritual Wrestlers is a mystical experience on
own; it is an exceptional well-researched and well-written strategy for
life more abundantly.”
David Meakin of Regina, Sask. wrote: “There have been many great
comments on your work. Keep up the good work! I don’t know if anyone
has told you, but you’re becoming a legend in the Doukhobor community
through your many years of dedication.”
Dr. Glenn D. Paige (President of Center for Global Nonviolence,
Honolulu, Hawaii) described the book as follows: “What a happy surprise
to receive yesterday
a copy of the classic Spirit Wrestlers: Doukhobor Pioneers’ Strategies
Living. A wonderful fruit of many years labor of love. Congratulations
you and to all of your marvelous contributors. What a solid
world understanding of Doukhobor culture and history. Your section on
myths is a great tool for education. The photographs speak powerfully
the realities of Toil and Peaceful Life. How greatly I admire all those
of a nonviolent future world. If extra copies from the print run are
I would like to purchase two gift copies for the following nonviolent
Associates who can help build the Doukhobor-Gandhi bridge”.
Dr. Paige’s wonderful book Nonkilling Global Political Science (first
published in India in 2002) has already been translated into nine
languages and arrangements are in process for a Russian translation in
St. Petersburg. Paige’s book is
posted free with six other books on nonviolence at the CGNV website: http://www.globalnonviolence.org.
Paper and hardbound copies can be obtained from Xlibris.com, Amazon.com
and ordered through bookstores.
As author/co-publisher, Koozma Tarasoff plans to promote the book
further particularly at universities and libraries. As well, a
multi-media CD-ROM is currently in the making and will include
everything that is in the book plus audio and video supports. Hopefully
it will be released in September and will be mailed to those who
pre-purchased the book. Separate copies can be ordered for $30 plus
applicable taxes and postage.
It is the author's hope that the stories of our pioneers will inspire
the readers to make use of the lessons of hard work, creativity,
hospitality, and civility that characterizes many of them. 'Read,
learn, and be part of this noble process of enriching our lives', he
Koozma's book can be purchased at the Doukhobor Museums in Castlegar,
BC or Verigin, Saskatchewan. Or it can be ordered directly from Koozma
at Spirit Wrestlers Publishing, 882 Walkley Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1V
6R5. Price: $89.95 plus applicable taxes and postage. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
See exerpt: "Popular
Myths or Fallacies about the Doukhobors" at Spirit-Wrestlers.com