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We hope you had a fantastic holiday! We are back in the office, and busy assembling a fantastic slate of events for you in 2017.

We would like to send out a big thank you to the Lorne and Evelyn Johnson Foundation and the G. Murray and Edna Forbes Foundation Fund at the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation. Saskatchewan Book Awards has received grants from both of these funds. What a great way to kick off the New Year!

We'd also like to welcome back Andrea Martineau, who will be fulfilling the role of Event Coordinator this year. Andrea is a fourth-year student at the University of Regina, studying English and Psychology. She completed an internship with us last year, and we're very happy to have her back!

Our events will kick off next month with the Shortlist Announcement, which will take place in both Regina and Saskatoon on Thursday, February 9 over the lunch hour. Feel free to bring your bagged lunch to the announcement! In Regina, you can join us in the Mezzanine of the Central Library, and in Saskatoon, we'll be in the Gallery of the Frances Morrison Library. Tracy Hamon (winner of the 2015 Regina Book Award) will host the announcement in Regina, and Jeanette Lynes (winner of the 2016 Poetry Award) will host the announcement in Saskatoon. Join us to find out who the contenders will be for the 2017 Saskatchewan Book Awards!

SBA is pleased to announce that award-winning author James Daschuk will be hosting the 24th Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 29 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. Daschuk is the author of Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation and the Loss of Aboriginal Life, which won five Saskatchewan Book Awards, the Governor General's Medal for scholarly research in history, and was recently named by the Literary Review of Canada as one of the twenty-five most influential Canadian books of the past twenty-five years.

Tickets will go on sale for the Awards Ceremony on February 9th. You'll be able to purchase tickets on our website (www.bookawards.sk.ca) via PayPal or by sending your cheque to our office (315-1102 8th Ave, Regina, SK S4R 1C9).

You can look forward to various readings and other events in the months leading up to the Awards Ceremony, including readings at McNally Robinson in Saskatoon. We are also very pleased to be partnering with the Regina Public Library once again in April for Writes of Spring: A Celebration of Readers and Writers. Stay tuned for more details, and don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

We have some exciting sponsorship opportunities available for 2017! The Children's Literature Award and the Indigenous Peoples' Publishing Award are currently open for sponsorship. We are very pleased to now offer customized sponsorship opportunities, including corporate tables, band sponsor, and more! Check out our updated sponsorship page for more details, and please get in touch with Executive Director Courtney Bates-Hardy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 306-569-1585) if you're interested in learning more about our sponsorship opportunities!

 
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