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Lightning Author Talks

Lightning Author Talks

Join host and RPL Writer-in-Residence Andrew Battershill and a special panel of shortlisted authors to discover the best of local writing. The featured authors are Ven Begamudré, author of memoir Extended Familes; Kathleen Carlise, author of Fiery Joe; Trevor Herriot, author of Islands of Grass; and Edward Willett, author of sci-fi novel The Cityborn.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Would you like to make a difference in the lives of authors and publishers in this province? There's still time to become a sponsor of the 25th Saskatchewan Book Awards Ceremony! 

We are 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. We are also looking for a MC Sponsor and a Photographer Sponsor, which are valued at $750 and $500 respectively. 

Benefits of sponsorship are numerous: depending on the level of your sponsorship, you could receive complimentary tickets to the Awards Ceremony, see your logo on our program or AV presentation, receive a signed copy of a winning book, and more. 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.

Call for Board Members

Call for Board Members

Saskatchewan Book Awards is seeking to fill five vacancies on the Board of Directors for its AGM on May 16th. Members from Saskatoon are welcome, and would participate in meetings via conference call. The board meets eight times per year, plus committee meetings. Please contact Courtney Bates-Hardy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 306-569-1585) for more information. 

Upcoming Readings

Shortlist Reading

Join us for a reading from shortlisted authors Adam Pottle, Mika Lafond, and Beth Goobie. 

The Bus by Adam Pottle is shortlisted for two awards, the Regina Public Library Book of the Year Award and the Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Award. Mika Lafond’s debut book nipê wânînis shortlisted for the City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book Award. Breathing at Duskby Beth Goobie is also shortlisted for the Saskatoon Book Award along with the Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award. 

Live captioning will be provided by Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Society.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take in a reading from these incredible authors!

Vertigo Series

Join us for a special edition of the Vertigo Series, with readings from shortlisted authors Tenille Campbell, Ven Begamudré, and Marlis Wesseler.

#IndianLovePoems by Tenille Campbell is shortlisted for the Rasmussen, Rasmussen and Charowsky Indigenous Peoples' Writing Award and the O'Reilly Insurance and the Co-operators First Book Award. Ven Begamudré's Extended Families is shortlisted for the Regina Public Library Book of the Year Award. The Last Chance Ladies' Book Club is shortlisted for three awards, including the Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Award, City of Regina Book Award, and the Regina Public Library Book of the Year Award.  

Stay tuned for more details! 

Childrens Reading

Join children's authors Alice Kuipers, Katherine Lawrence, Miriam Korner, and Bernice Johnson-Laxdal in the Story Circle as they read from their shortlisted children's books. 

Violet and Victor Write the Most Fabulous Fairy Taleby Alice Kuipers, Stay by Katherine Lawrence, and When the Trees Crackle with Cold by Miriam Körner and Bernice Johnson-Laxdal are all shortlisted for the Children's Literature Award for this year's Saskatchewan Book Awards.

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.

 
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