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Call for Jurors

Saskatchewan Book Awards is looking for jury members for the 25th Saskatchewan Book Awards. Eligible jury members include authors (of at least 2 published books), publishing professionals, professors, and librarians. Jury members must reside outside of Saskatchewan.

Jury members will read the books submitted in their category, select a shortlist and winning title, and provide comments for the shortlisted titles. Each jury member must have professional experience in the category under consideration and maintain confidentiality throughout the evaluation process. The majority of the work will take place between November 2017 and January 2018, with conference calls to determine the shortlist and winner occurring in January.

If interested, please contact the SBA office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your name, address, phone number, a brief bio, and three possible categories that you would prefer to evaluate. 

The award categories include: Book of the Year, Regina Book, Saskatoon Book, Children's Literature, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Scholarly, Publishing in Education, Publishing, Indigenous Peoples' Publishing, Indigenous Peoples' Writing, First Book. 

Mark Your Calendars!

25th Ceremony

Mark your calendars for 2018! Next year's Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina.

Festival of Words

The Festival of Words in Moose Jaw is coming up this weekend! 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. 

Submissions Open

Submissions will open for the 2018 awards on September 1, 2017. Check back on our website for more information in the coming months!

We Need Your Feedback!

We need your feedback centered

Did you attend the 24th Saskatchewan Book Awards Ceremony? We would love to hear from you! Please fill out our short survey with your comments and suggestions. Your feedback helps us tailor future events for you. Your comments are greatly appreciated.

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.

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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.

 
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