Saskatchewan Book Awards is proud to partner with the Regina Public Library Readers' Summit to bring you a series of readings from a few of our shortlisted authors, with a keynote address by Anthony Bidulka, award-winning mystery writer
Schedule of Events
Thursday, April 23
7:00 PM: Opening Night: A Reading from Sweet Life by author Linda Biasotto
RPL's second Readers' Summit kicks off with a special reading by Saskatchewan Book Awards First Book nominee, Linda Biasotto, author of Sweet Life. Don't miss a chance to enjoy the first reading of the 2015 summit! Refreshments served. Registration required.
Friday, April 24
7:30 PM: Anthony Bidulka: The Pits, the Passion, and the Prairies: What I Learned about Life from Becoming a Writer
For ages 19 & over. The RPL Readers' Summit officially opens with Saskatoon Citizen of the Year, Anthony Bidulka, speaking on how he made the giant leap from mild mannered accountant to mystery/thriller writer. Anthony will discuss what he learned about following his passion, dealing with the pits of despair, and how being in a very public role influenced positive change in his community. Seating limited. First come, first served. Second level mezzanine, Central Library. Doors open at 7:00 PM. Only those 19 years of age and older will be admitted. Registration not required.
Saturday, April 25
11:00 AM: Anthony Bidulka: The Women of Skawa Island
Join Saskatoon mystery author Anthony Bidulka for a discussion of his novel The Women of Skawa Island. Teens welcome.
1:00 PM: Arthur Slade: The Hunchback Assignments: Island of Doom
Join Regina Public Library Writer-in-Residence Arthur Slade for a discussion of his novel The Hunchback Assignments: Island of Doom and a preview of his upcoming e-book The Diary of Amber Fang. Teens welcome.
2:30 PM: Edward Willett (E.C. Blake): Masks
Join Saskatchewan Book Awards Young Adult Literature nominee, Edward Willett (E.C. Blake), for a discussion of his novel, Masks. Teens welcome.
Sunday, April 26
1:00 PM: Trevor Herriot: The Road is How: A Prairie Pilgrimage through Nature, Desire, and Soul
Join Saskatchewan Book Awards Book of the Year nominee, Trevor Herriot, for a discussion of his book, The Road is How: A Prairie Pilgrimage through Nature, Desire, and Soul. Teens welcome.
2:30 PM: Saskatchewan Book Awards: It's a Winner!
Join us for a special reading on the day after the Saskatchewan Book Awards by one of the SBA winners, who will discuss his or her triumphant book. Teens welcome
Saskatchewan Book Awards is pleased to announce that this year's Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award nominees have been invited to share their work at Government House in celebration of Poetry Month. The event, which is put on by the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, will take place on April 15th.
Chef, poet and food advocate, dee Hobsbawn-Smith is an award winning freelance food writer and culinary educator. Between 2001 and 2008, she wrote a weekly column, “The Curious Cook” in the Calgary Herald. Hobsbawn-Smith is the author of 6 books, the most recent of which is Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet. She lives on a farm just outside Saskatoon with fellow author Dave Margoshes, where she is currently earning her MFA in writing at the University of Saskatchewan. Wildness Rushing In is her first poetry collection. It is also nominated for the University of Regina Book of the Year Award.
Judith Krause is a Regina writer, editor and teacher whose work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College as well as a BA and BEd from the University of Regina. She has edited a number of poetry collections and co-edited the anthology Out of Place with Ven Begamudre. Her earlier publications include four poetry collections: What We Bring Home (1986), Half the Sky (1994), Silk Routes of the Body (2001), and Mongrel Love (2008) and a collaborative chapbook, blue transport/ the insistence of green (2007). Krause is a two-time recipient of the City of Regina Writing Award, co-winner of the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, and has been awarded residencies and fellowships in the U.S. She is currently serving as the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate.
Bruce Rice has published five books of poetry. Bruce's first collection, Daniel, (1988) received the Canadian Authors Association Award. He has twice been longlisted in the CBC/Canada Writes competition. His children's book, Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle was published in 2013. Born in northern British Columbia, Bruce grew up in Prince Albert and spent a decade in the Maritimes obtaining his B.A. and Masters. He now lives and works in Regina.
On February 27th, Saskatchewan Book Awards discovered that a miscommunication had occurred with the members of the jury for the Prix du livre français. Martine Noël-Maw's book Trois millions de pas had been mistakenly shortlisted instead of her book Le troisième souhait.
When we realized that this error had occurred, we conferred with the jury and decided that the most ethical approach was to restore the intended book to the shortlist. We then reached out to the author and the publisher to inform them of our error.
We apologize for the hurt and embarrassment we have caused for both the author and the publisher. Our policies for communication with our jury members will be reviewed with this unfortunate incident in mind.
Saskatchewan Book Awards is dedicated to promoting the work of Saskatchewan authors and publishers. We fully intend to continue supporting Ms. Noël-Maw and we will celebrate her work, along with the work of 30 other Saskatchewan authors and their publishers at the Awards Ceremony on April 25th.