The 2016 Call for Entries has been posted. Submissions will not open until Tuesday, September 1, 2015 and they will close on Monday, November 2, 2015. Please read through the Call for Entries and begin planning your submission! Or send it on to someone you think should submit!
This month, you can look forward to readings from three of our 2015 winners on Wednesday, August 12th. Laurier Gareau, Zarqa Nawaz, and Michelle LaVallee will participate in SWG's Words in the Park over the lunch hour. SBA director Courtney Bates-Hardy will host.
Follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts this month for the opportunity to win a stack of books! A new contest will be announced shortly for Saskatchewan residents.
Saskatchewan Book Awards held its AGM in May, where we thanked our resigning board members and welcomed four new members. We would like to thank Kathleen Wall and Isabelle Campeau for the time and energy they dedicated to SBA. We are pleased to welcome Austin Davis, Robin Canham, Avnee Paranjape, and Patrick Malone to the 2015/2016 Board. Daniel Parr, the former Vice-Chair, has taken on the role of Chair of the Board and Austin Davis has stepped into the Vice-Chair position. Cathy Fenwick, Maria Swarbrick, and Coby Stephenson will remain on the board as continuing members. The 2015/2016 Board of Saskatchewan Book Awards looks forward to another year of celebrating Saskatchewan authors and publishers!
Now, mark your calendars! The 2016 Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 30 in the Conexus Arts Centre. Stay tuned for more details. Keep your eyes open for the Call for Entries, which will be posted soon. In the meantime, check out the profiles of our new board members!
The SBA office will be closed for staff holidays from Monday, June 29 until Monday, July 20. Emails and phone messages will be returned when the office re-opens.
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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.