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Festival of Words

It's almost summer, which means it's almost time for the Saskatchewan Festival of Words in Moose Jaw! Don't miss this year's Festival, which will feature many of our shortlisted authors, as well as a special session on Saturday afternoon with four winners: Dwayne Brenna, Terry Jordan, David Gane, and Angie Counios.

Thank You

We are incredibly grateful to our 2016/2017 Board members. We would especially like to thank Daniel Parr, who has retired as Chair after six years on the Board. Austin Davis will take his place, with Léa Bealieu Prpick as the Vice-Chair. Welcome to our new and returning Board members!

The 2017/2018 Board:
Austin Davis, Chair
Léa Beaulieu Prpick, Vice-Chair
Donna Woloshyn, Secretary
Denise Leduc, Treasurer
Vijay Kachru
Kali McDonald
Jack Walton
Joe Couture
Lindsay Baker
Robin Ganev
Troni Grande

Announcing the 2017 Award Winners

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Awards for Writers

Regina Public Library Book of the Year Award
The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel (Penguin Random House)

Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Award
New Albion by Dwayne Brenna (Coteau Books)

University of Saskatchewan Non-Fiction Award
A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905 by Bill Waiser (Fifth House Publishers)

Rasmussen, Rasmussen & Charowsky Indigenous Peoples’ Writing Award
Burning in this Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe (Coteau Books)

O’Reilly Insurance and The Co-operators First Book Award
Along Comes a Wolfe by Angie Counios and David Gane (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing)

Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award
Burning in this Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe (Coteau Books)

Young Adult Literature Award
The Pain Eater by Beth Goobie (Second Story Press)

City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book Award
The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel (Penguin Random House)

City of Regina Book Award
Towards a Prairie Atonement by Trevor Herriot (University of Regina Press)

Jennifer Welsh Scholarly Writing Award
No Free Man: Canada, the Great War, and the Enemy Alien Experience by Bohdan S. Kordan (McGill Queen’s University Press)

Prix du livre français
La voix de mon père by Madeleine Blais-Dahlem (Éditions de la nouvelle plume)

Awards for Publishers

Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport Publishing Award
University of Regina Press for Towards a Prairie Atonement by Trevor Herriot

Advancing Education Award for Publishing in Education
University of Regina Press for Measures of Astonishment: Poets on Poetry presented by the League of Canadian Poets

Indigenous Peoples’ Publishing Award
Coteau Books for Burning in this Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe

It's April!

April Newsletter

If you missed out on our early bird tickets, don't worry, there's still time to buy our regular priced tickets! Tickets are available for purchase until Wednesday, April 26 for $75/person, $600/table of 8, and $750/table of 10. Purchase tickets online at bookawards.sk.ca or mail a cheque to our office (315-1102 8th Avenue, Regina, SK S4R 1C9).

Shortlist Reading II

Join us in Saskatoon for a reading by shortlisted authors Arthur Slade, Beth Goobie, and Madeleine Blais-Dahlem! Arthur Slade's Flickers is shortlisted for the Young Adult Fiction Award, Beth Goobie's The Pain Eater is shortlisted for the Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Award, Regina Public Library Book of the Year Award, and the Young Adult Literature Award, and Madeleine Blais-Dahlem's bilingual book La voix de mon père / My Father's Voice is shortlisted for the Prix du livre français.

vertigo

SBA is pleased to partner with the Vertigo Reading Series to bring you presentations from three shortlisted books at the MacKenzie Art Gallery on April 20th. Emily Eaton will be talking about Fault Lines: Life and Landscape in Saskatchewan's Oil Economy, while Valerie Zink displays some of the photographs from the book. Their book is shortlisted for the City of Regina Book Award. Carla Braidek will read from her collection of poetry, A Map in My Blood, which has been shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award, and Blair Stonechild will share his non-fiction work The Knowledge Seeker: Embracing Indigenous Spirituality, which has been shortlisted for the City of Regina Book Award.

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Sponsored by les Éditions de la Nouvelle Plume, the three authors who are shortlisted for the Prix du livre français will read in French from their shortlisted books on Thursday, April 20 at 7pm at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Saskatoon. David Baudemont will read from his beautiful book, Lignes de fuite, a celebration of rural Saskatchewan in word and watercolour. Madeleine Blais-Dahlem will read from La voix de mon père, her Young Adult novel set in 1950’s rural Saskatchewan, and Laurier Gareau will read from his historical novel, De poussière et de vent.

McNally Robinson accueillera les auteurs Fransaskois en nomination pour le Prix de livre français, offert les années impaires au Saskatchewan Book Awards jeudi, le 20 avril à 19h00. David Baudemont présentera son recueil de réflexions philosophiques illustrées à l’encre et au fusain, Lignes de fuite. Madeleine Blais-Dahlem lira de son roman jeunesse en guise de mémoire, La voix de mon père. Laurier Gareau lira de son roman historique De poussière et de vent qui explore l’histoire de la Saskatchewan durant les années 1928-1945.

 RPL Writes of Spring

On April 27th we will be at the newly renovated George Bothwell Library for a panel discussion with shortlisted authors David Gane, Angie Counios, Judith Silverthorne, and Gail Bowen! RPL Writer-in-Residence and shortlisted author Trevor Herrior will host.

March Newsletter 2017

Early bird tickets

Shortlist Reading I

Poetry lovers, this one is for you! Enjoy an evening of poetry with three shortlisted authors from the Saskatchewan Book Awards. Lisa Bird-Wilson will read from her powerful collection The Red Files,  Katherine Lawrence will share a centuries-old immigrant tale in Never Mind, and Sylvia Legris will delve into the body in The Hideous Hidden.

Shortlist Reading II

We've got a reading for fans of Young Adult literature as well! Enjoy a special appearance from three Young Adult authors at McNally Robinson.  Three shortlisted authors from the Saskatchewan Book Awards will read from their Young Adult books and answer questions from the audience.  Arthur Slade will share from the delightfully creepy Flickers,  Beth Goobie will read from her powerful new book The Pain Eater,  and Madeleine Blais-Dahlem will read from the English section  of her bilingual novel La voix de mon père / My Father's Voice.

RPL Writes of Spring

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Volunteer Opportunity:
We are looking for volunteers to assist with the production of our 2017 Awards. Volunteer duties may include general set up, guest check-in, ushering, bookselling, and tear down. Let us know if you have any prior bookselling experience. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and become familiar with Saskatchewan authors and publishers, gain event production experience, and become involved in the Saskatchewan writing community. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 306-569-1585, and leave us your name, email address, and phone number.

When: April 29th, 2017 4:00-9:30pm
Where: Conexus Arts Centre
www.bookawards.sk.ca

Sunset chaser

Saskatchewan Book Awards is seeking to fill vacancies on its board for the AGM in May. SBA is looking to fill all executive positions (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer), as well as members-at-large. Please contact Daniel Parr at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

2017 Shortlist Announcement

Saskatchewan Book Awards is pleased to announce the 2017 Shortlist. The winners will be revealed at the 24th Awards Ceremony on April 29, 2017. Tickets are now on sale! Congratulations to all of the shortlisted authors and publishers! Click here for a printable version.

Awards for Writers

Regina Public Library Book of the Year Award

A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905 by Bill Waiser (Fifth House Publishers)

Never Mind by Katherine Lawrence (Turnstone Press)

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel (Penguin Random House)

The Pain Eater by Beth Goobie (Second Story Press)

Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Award

New Albion by Dwayne Brenna (Coteau Books)

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel (Penguin Random House)

The Pain Eater by Beth Goobie (Second Story Press)

What’s Left Behind by Gail Bowen (McClelland & Stewart)

University of Saskatchewan Non-Fiction Award

100 Days of Cree by Neal McLeod with Arok Wolvengrey (University of Regina Press)

A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905 by Bill Waiser (Fifth House Publishers)

Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing My People (And Yours) by Harold R. Johnson (University of Regina Press)

Inside the Mental: Silence, Stigma, Psychiatry, and LSD by Kay Parley (University of Regina Press)

Towards a Prairie Atonement by Trevor Herriot (University of Regina Press)

Rasmussen, Rasmussen & Charowsky Indigenous Peoples’ Writing Award

Burning in this Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe (Coteau Books)

Mythologizing Norval Morrisseau: Art and the Colonial Narrative in the Canadian Media by Carmen L. Robertson (University of Manitoba Press)

Road Allowance Kitten, written by Wilfred Burton, illustrated by Christina Johns, translated by Norman Fleury (Gabriel Dumont Institute Press)

The Red Files by Lisa Bird-Wilson (Nightwood Editions)

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

Along Comes a Wolfe by Angie Counios and David Gane (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing)

Magpie by Michael James (Thought Catalog Books)

Wind Leaves Absence by Mary Maxwell (Thistledown Press)

Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award

A Map in my Blood by Carla Braidek (Thistledown Press)

Burning in this Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe (Coteau Books)

The Hideous Hidden by Sylvia Legris (New Directions Publishing)

The Red Files by Lisa Bird-Wilson (Nightwood Editions)

Young Adult Literature Award

Convictions by Judith Silverthorne (Coteau Books)

Flickers by Arthur Slade (HarperCollins)

The Pain Eater by Beth Goobie (Second Story Press)

Yellow Dog by Miriam Körner (Red Deer Press)

City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book Award

A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905 by Bill Waiser (Fifth House Publishers)

Been in the Storm So Long by Terry Jordan (Coteau Books)

Burning in this Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe (Coteau Books)

Never Mind by Katherine Lawrence (Turnstone Press)

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel (Penguin Random House)

City of Regina Book Award

Fault Lines: Life and Landscape in Saskatchewan’s Oil Economy by Emily Eaton, photographs by Valerie Zink (University of Manitoba Press)

Inside the Mental: Silence, Stigma, Psychiatry, and LSD by Kay Parley (University of Regina Press)

The Knowledge Seeker: Embracing Indigenous Spirituality by Blair Stonechild (University of Regina Press)

Towards a Prairie Atonement by Trevor Herriot (University of Regina Press)

Jennifer Welsh Scholarly Writing Award

Holy War: Cowboys, Indians, and 9/11s by Mark Cronlund Anderson (University of Regina Press)

No Free Man: Canada, the Great War, and the Enemy Alien Experience by Bohdan S. Kordan (McGill Queen’s University Press)

Reconsidering C.B. Macpherson: From Possessive Individualism to Democratic Theory and Beyond by Phillip Hansen (University of Toronto Press)

Prix du livre français

De poussière et de vent by Laurier Gareau (Éditions de la nouvelle plume)

La voix de mon père by Madeleine Blais-Dahlem (Éditions de la nouvelle plume)

Lignes de fuite by David Baudemont (Éditions de la nouvelle plume)

Awards for Publishers

Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport Publishing Award

Coteau Books

Scattered Bones by Maggie Siggins

University of Regina Press

Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing My People (And Yours) by Harold R. Johnson

Holy War: Cowboys, Indians, and 9/11s by Mark Cronlund Anderson

Reading from Behind: A Cultural Analysis of the Anus by Jonathan A. Allan

The Long Walk by Jan Zwicky

Towards a Prairie Atonement by Trevor Herriot

Advancing Education Award for Publishing in Education

Coteau Books

Convictions by Judith Silverthorne

Gabriel Dumont Institute Press

Road Allowance Kitten, written by Wilfred Burton, illustrated by Christina Johns, translated by Norman Fleury

University of Regina Press

100 Days of Cree by Neal McLeod with Arok Wolvengrey

Beginning Cree by Solomon Ratt, with illustrations by Holly Martin

Measures of Astonishment: Poets on Poetry presented by the League of Canadian Poets

Indigenous Peoples’ Publishing Award

Coteau Books

Burning in this Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe

University of Regina Press

100 Days of Cree by Neal McLeod with Arok Wolvengrey

 
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