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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

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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

February 2017 Newsletter

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We are kicking off February with our 2017 Shortlist Announcement! Our Regina event will be hosted at the Regina Central Branch Library Mezzanine by 2015 Regina Book Award winner Tracy Hamon, and our Saskatoon event will be hosted in the gallery of the Frances Morrison Library by 2016 Poetry Award Winner Jeanette Lynes. Stop by on your lunch break and mingle with some of Saskatchewan's most excellent writers and publishers, as well as our incredible sponsors.Feel free to bring a bagged lunch. For updates check out our Facebook events: Regina & Saskatoon.

 

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Tickets for the 24th Saskatchewan Book Awards go on sale February 9th! Our early bird prices of $60/person, $480/table of 8, and $600/table of 10 will be available until April 1st. From April 1st to April 26th regular priced tickets will be available for From April 1st to April 26th regular priced tickets will be available for $75/person, $600/table of 8, and $750/table of 10. Tickets can be purchased at bookawards.sk.ca, or a cheque can be mailed to our office at 315-1102 8th Avenue Regina, SK S4R 1C9.

 

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We are thrilled to announce that Étienne Fletcher will be performing at the 2017 Saskatchewan Book Awards Ceremony! Étienne, a Francophone from Regina, has been recognized with receiving the People's Choice Award and Songwriter's Award at Nouvelle Scene and Chant Ouest in 2015. Uniting his English and French roots in his work, Étienne delves into folk, rock, blues, pop, and dance music. Joining him on our stage will be his guitarist Sean McCannell and drummer Gaelan Malloy. This trio's energy is contagious, and their performance will be a wonderful addition to the Awards Ceremony, celebrating Saskatchewan-grown writers and publishers with Saskatchewan-grown music! For a taste of Étienne's music before the Awards Ceremony, take a peek at his website.

Happy New Year!

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!

Season's Greetings!

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It's been an incredible year at the Saskatchewan Book Awards. We celebrated excellence once again at our 23rd Awards Ceremony in April, participated in twelve readings over the course of the year, went to two major festivals, and held our very first BrunchRaiser. Thank you for contributing to our organization by attending our events and supporting Saskatchewan's amazing authors and publishers.

You can continue to show your support for Saskatchewan authors and publishers this Giving Tuesday (November 29th) by buying their books from your local bookseller or by making a donation to our organization. Visit the Awards link above and check out the previous shortlists and winners to guide you in making a book purchase. If you would like to donate to our organization, click on the button on the right to be taken to our Canada Helps page. You can donate by credit card, Interac online, or Paypal, and they'll issue your charitable tax receipt right away! If you would prefer to make a donation by cheque, you can mail it to our office at 315-1102 8th Ave, Regina, SK S4R 1C9 and we'll send you a charitable donation receipt through the mail.

Your tax-deductible donation will help ensure that SBA continues to recognize, reward and promote the work of Saskatchewan authors and publishers. Your donation makes a difference to their lives and work, provides economic benefits to the province, and supports the overall cultural life in Saskatchewan.

We continue to look for new sponsors to partner with in the New Year. Please contact our office or check out our sponsorship page if you're interested in learning more about our current sponsorship opportunities. We're in the process of adding some new options (entertainment sponsor, photographer sponsor, etc) to our sponsorship package, so please get in touch if you're interested in working with us on a customized sponsorship opportunity!

You can look forward to another great year in 2017, beginning on Thursday, February 9th with the Shortlist Announcement in Regina and Saskatoon. The Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates.

Thank you again for your generous support.

Best wishes for the holidays,

Courtney Bates-Hardy
Executive Director

Student Internship Available

NEW!! EXTENDED DEADLINE: November 25, 2016

Saskatchewan Book Awards is looking for a university student to take part in a volunteer internship with our organization. The student would receive 3 academic credit hours towards his/her degree as part of the Arts Work Experience Internship Program at the University of Regina. The position would begin in January and continue until after the Awards Ceremony in April. There is the possibility of some paid work after the internship. Please contact the Arts Student Services Office (306-585-4137 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to find out if this internship would fit into your course requirements. If so, please send your cover letter and resumé to our office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before November 25, 2016.

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