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Shortlist Announced for 25th Saskatchewan Book Awards

The shortlist for the 25th Saskatchewan Book Awards was announced today in Regina and Saskatoon. Congratulations to all of the shortlisted authors and publishers! We look forward to celebrating with all of you at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 28 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. Tickets are now on sale!

Awards for Writers

Regina Public Library Book of the Year Award

Extended Families by Ven Begamdudré (Coteau Books)

Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont (Thistledown Press)

Islands of Grass by Trevor Herriot (photographs by Branimir Gjetvaj) (Coteau Books)

The Bus by Adam Pottle (Quattro Books)

The Gold by David Carpenter (Coteau Books)

The Last Chance Ladies’ Book Club by Marlis Wesseler (Signature Editions)


Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Award

Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont (Thistledown Press)

The Bus by Adam Pottle (Quattro Books)

The Last Chance Ladies’ Book Club by Marlis Wesseler (Signature Editions)

 

University of Saskatchewan Non-Fiction Award

Fiery Joe by Kathleen Carlisle (University of Regina Press)

Islands of Grass by Trevor Herriot (photographs by Branimir Gjetvaj) (Coteau Books)

 

Jennifer Welsh Scholarly Writing Award

Fiery Joe by Kathleen Carlisle (University of Regina Press)

 

Rasmussen, Rasmussen & Charowsky Indigenous Peoples’ Writing Award

Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont (Thistledown Press)

In Care by Kenneth T. Williams (Scirocco Drama)

#IndianLovePoems by Tenille K. Campbell (Signature Editions)

 

O’Reilly Insurance and the Co-operators First Book Award

#IndianLovePoems by Tenille K. Campbell (Signature Editions)

The Last Best Car by Dale Edward Johnson (Dale Edward Johnson)

 

Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award

breathing at dusk by Beth Goobie (Coteau Books)

Fabric of Day by Anne Campbell (Thistledown Press)

Stay by Katherine Lawrence (Coteau Books)

 

Children’s Literature Award

Stay by Katherine Lawrence (Coteau Books)

Violet and Victor Write the Most Fabulous Fairy Tale, written by Alice Kuipers, and illustrated by Bethanie Deeney Murguia (Little, Brown and Company)

When the Trees Crackle with Cold by Bernice Johnson-Laxdal and Miriam Körner (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing)

 

City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book Award

breathing at dusk by Beth Goobie (Coteau Books)

Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont (Thistledown Press)

Me (and) Me by Alice Kuipers (Harper Trophy Canada)

nipê wânîn by Mika Lafond (Thistledown Press)

 

City of Regina Book Award

Islands of Grass by Trevor Herriot (photographs by Branimir Gjetvaj) (Coteau Books)

The Cityborn by Edward Willett (DAW Books)

The Fabric of Day by Anne Campbell (Thistledown Press)

The Last Chance Ladies’ Book Club by Marlis Wesseler (Signature Editions)

 

Awards for Publishers

Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport Publishing Award

University of Regina Press

Claiming Anishinaabe by Lynn Gehl

Fiery Joe by Kathleen Carlisle

Mapmaker by Barbara Mitchell

Mudeater by John D. Pihach

 

Publishing in Education Award
Sponsored by University of Regina Faculty of Education and SaskBooks

University of Regina Press

Aaniiih/Gros Ventre Stories, compiled and edited by Terry Brockie and Andrew Cowell

Fiery Joe by Kathleen Carlisle

Speaking in Cod Tongues by Lenore Newman

The Magnificent Nahanni by Gordon Nelson

 

Saskatoon Public Library Indigenous Peoples’ Publishing Award

Gabriel Dumont Institute Press

Métis Christmas Mittens by Leah Marie Dorion (Michif translation by Norman Fleury)

University of Regina Press

Aaniiih/Gros Ventre Stories, compiled and edited by Terry Brockie and Andrew Cowell

Claiming Anishinaabe by Lynn Gehl

 

Congratulations

Kara Golemba to Play at Awards Ceremony

Kara Golemba

Saskatchewan Book Awards is pleased to present Kara Golemba as this year's featured musician at the 25th Saskatchewan Book Awards Ceremony. 

Kara Golemba's guitar-wrapped poetry is a blend of folk, roots and country. Her honeyed voice can be sweet and charming or powerfully raised to rattle the teacups. Every Little Light, Golemba’s debut EP has continued to establish her reputation as an insightful songwriter. The 2016 winner of the 620 CKRM Proudly Saskatchewan showcase and the Spirit of Saskatchewan songwriting award for “Mason Jar of Memories”, Kara has been playing stages such as Craven Country Jamboree, Gateway Festival, All Folk'd Up, and took part in CBC/Creative City Centre's project Empty Room Series.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Would you like to make a difference in the lives of authors and publishers in this province? Please consider becoming a sponsor of the Saskatchewan Book Awards! 

We are still looking for a sponsor for the Children's/Young Adult Literature Award for the 25th Awards Ceremony. Previous winners of this award include Lois Simmie, Alice Kuipers, Arthur Slade, and Candace Savage. 

Benefits of sponsorship are numerous: you will receive 4 complimentary tickets to the Awards Ceremony where you will have the opportunity to present the award, meet the author, and receive a signed copy of their winning book. 

If an award sponsorship is too much of a commitment right now, did you know that you can be a sponsor of the Saskatchewan Book Awards for as little as $250? You could sponsor the AV presentation at the Awards Ceremony, and receive a complimentary ticket, your name and/or logo on the presentation, and in the program. Take a look at our Sponsorship Recognition package for more information! 

Please contact Executive Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 306-569-1585 if you have any questions about sponsorship.

Thank You!

Thank You

The Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan Book Awards would like to thank Austin Davis for his contributions to the organization over the last three years. Austin recently stepped down as Chair of the Board of Directors. He joined the Board in 2015, became Vice-Chair in 2016, and Chair in 2017. Former Vice-Chair Léa Prpick has been voted in as the new Chair, with Robin Ganev taking on the role of Vice-Chair. We wish Austin all the best in his future endeavours!  

Don't Miss the 2018 Shortlist Announcement!

Shortlist Announcement

Join Saskatchewan authors and publishers as the shortlist is unveiled for the 25th Saskatchewan Book Awards. This event takes place concurrently in Regina and Saskatoon. The Regina announcement will be hosted by RPL's Writer-in-Residence Andrew Battershill and the Saskatoon announcement will be hosted by Elizabeth Philips, previous winner of three Saskatchewan Book Awards. Get ready to add some fantastic books to your 2018 reading list!

Zarqa Nawaz to Host 25th Awards Ceremony

Zarqa Nawaz Announcement 2

Saskatchewan Book Awards is pleased to announce our host for the 25th Saskatchewan Book Awards: Zarqa Nawaz! Zarqa is the creator of the hit tv show Little Mosque on the Prairie and the author of Laughing All the Way to the Mosque. She is also a frequent public speaker on Islam and comedy, gender and faith, multiculturalism and plurality. We're very excited to welcome her to the stage, where she will help us celebrate 25 years of Saskatchewan writing and publishing! 

 
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