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Shortlist Announcement 2020

Saskatchewan Book Awards Shortlist Announcement

The shortlist for the 27th Saskatchewan Book Awards (SBA) was announced Friday, Feb. 14, in Regina and Saskatoon at the respective city libraries.

Paul Seesaquasis has been shortlisted for four awards for his exquisitely written and beautifully photographed book, Blanket Toss Under the Midnight Sun. Newcomer Jason Heit is shortlisted for three awards for Kaidenberg’s Best Sons. Also shortlisted fo the 2020 SBA are previous winners Alexandra Popoff, Ed Willett, Candace Savage, and Harold Johnson.

“We are very excited about the 2020 Saskatchewan Book Awards shortlist,” says Executive Director, Kam Teo. “The shortlist represents Saskatchewan books that are remarkable for its diverse voices, compelling narrative, and exquisite writing.

Award winners will be announced at the 27th Saskatchewan Book Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 25, 2020, at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. The ceremony will be hosted by Kris Alvarez, a Regina theatre artist, comedian, director, and a popular MC. Tickets for the Awards Ceremony will be on sale after the shortlist announcement and can be purchased online through PayPal or by cheque. Get them at the early bird price of $60/ticket until the end of March. On April 1, tickets will be $75 each so act fast to get your tickets. Student tickets are also available for $35. Contact the Saskatchewan Book Awards at 306-569-1585 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Regina Public Library Book of the Year Award

  • Strangers in the House by Candace Savage (Greystone Books)
  • Voice: On Writing With Deafness by Adam Pottle (University of Regina Press)
  • Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun by Paul Seesequasis (Penguin Random House Canada)
  • Peace and Good Order by Harold R. Johnson (Penguin Random House Canada)
  • Birds of Saskatchewan ed Alan R. Smith, C. Stuart Houston, and J. Frank Roy, eds (Nature Saskatchewan)

G. Murray & Edna Forbes Foundation Children’s Award

  • Critters: Under Dark by Allan Dotson (Your Nickel's Worth Publishing)
  • The Underdog Duckling by Sally Meadows (Your Nickel's Worth Publishing)
  • When We Had Sled Dogs as told by Acimowin Ohci Wanihikiskanahk by Ida Tremblay and Miriam Koerner (Your Nickel's Worth Publishing)
  • Junior Paranormal Investigators by Michael James (Hollow Hills, LLC)
  • The Absence of Sparrows by Kurt Kirchmeier (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

City of Saskatoon and Saskatoon Public Library Saskatoon Award

  • Kaidenberg’s Best Sons by Jason Heit (Coteau Books)
  • Voice: On Writing With Deafness by Adam Pottle (University of Regina Press)
  • At the Wolf’s Door by Chaz Osburn (Hellgate Press)
  • Blanket Toss Under the Midnight Sun by Paul Seesequasis (Penguin Random House Canada)
  • Strangers in the House by Candace Savage (Greystone Books)

University of Saskatchewan, President’s Office, Non-Fiction Book Award

  • Blanket Toss Under the Midnight Sun by Paul Seesaquasis (Penguin Random House Canada)
  • Vassily Grossman and the Soviet Century by Alexandra Popoff (Yale University Press)
  • Peace and Good Order by Harold Johnson(Penguin Random House Canada)
  • Strangers in the House by Candace Savage (Greystone Books)
  • Birds of Saskatchewan ed. Alan R. Smith, C. Stuart Houston, and Frank J Roy (Nature Saskatchewan)

Poetry Award Honouring Anne Szumigalski

  • Phases by Belinda Betker (Coteau Books)
  • This Hole Called January by Paula Jane Reminger (Thistledown Press)
  • Dry Valley by Bernadette Wagner (Radiant Press)

University of Regina Faculty of Arts/University of Saskatchewan College of Arts & Science Jennifer Welsh Scholarly Writing Award

  • Vassily Grossman and the Soviet Century by Alexandra Popoff (Yale University Press)
  • Back to Blakeney by David McGrane ed., et al. (University of Regina Press)
  • Imagining Child Welfare in the Spirit of Reconciliation by H. Montgomery, ed. (University of Regina Press)

Rasmussen & Co. Indigenous Peoples’ Writing Award

  • Bone Black by Carol Rose GoldenEagle (Nightwood Editions)
  • Peace and Good Order by Harold Johnson (Penguin Random House Canada)
  • Blanket Toss Under The Midnight Sun by Paul Seesaquasis (Penguin Random House Canada)
  • Wolf Woman: A Search for Identity by Beatrice (Wolfe) Wallace (DefendDignity)
  • Surviving Domestic Violence by Kendra Weenie (Self-Published)

Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Award

  • Bone Black by Carol Rose GoldenEagle (Nightwood Editions)
  • At the WoIf’s Door by Chaz Osburn (Hellgate Press)
  • Kaidenberg’s Best Sons by Jason Heit (Coteau Books)
  • Master of the World (Worldshapers: Book Two) by Edward Willett (DAW)

Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport First Book Award

  • Five Red Sentries by Raye Hendrickson (Thistledown Press}
  • Kaidenberg’s Best Sons by Jason Heit (Coteau Books)
  • Naked Dreams by Gerard Makuch (aka Edgar Roland King) (Self-Published)
  • Up from Garlic Flats by Victor Cicansky (Radiant Press)
  • The Absence of Sparrows by Kurt Kirchmeier (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

City of Regina Book Award

  • Critters Underdark by Allan Dotson (Your Nickel's Worth Publishing)
    Wide Open: A Searing Memoir of Sexual Assault and Recovery - D.M. Ditson (Coteau Books)
  • Five Red Sentries by Raye Hendrickson (Thistledown Press)
  • A Walk in Wascana by Stephanie Vance (Your Nickel's Worth Publishing)

Publishing Awards

SaskBooks Publishing in Education Award

  • Frenemy Nations by Mary Soderstrom (University of Regina Press)
  • Performing Turtle Island: Indigenous Theatre on the World Stage, edited by Jesse Rae Archibald-Barber, Kathleen Irwin, and Moira J. Day (University of Regina Press)
  • When We Had Sled Dogs, as told by Acimowin Ohci Wanihikiskanahk, by Ida Tremblay and Miriam Koerner (Your Nickel's Worth Publishing)
  • Imagining Child Welfare in the Spirit of Reconciliation: Voices from the Prairies, edited by Dorothy Badry, H. Monty Montgomery. Daniel Kikulwe, Marilyn Bennett and Don Fuchs
  • Lac Pelletier: My Metis Home, by Cecile Blanke (nee LaRoque)

Creative Saskatchewan Publishing Award

  • In My Own Moccasins by Helen Knott (University of Regina Press)
  • Phases by Belinda Betker (Coteau Books)
  • Black Writers Matter edited by Whitney French (University of Regina Press)
  • Angry Queer Somali Boy by Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali (University of Regina Press)
  • When We Had Sled Dogs ,as told by Acimowin Ohci Wanihikiskanahk by Ida Tremblay and Miriam Koerner (Your Nickel's Worth Publishing )

Saskatoon Public Library Indigenous Peoples’ Publishing Award

  • The Voyageurs: Forefathers of the Metis Nation by Zoey Roy (Gabriel Dumont Institute Press)
  • Performing Turtle Island edited by Jesse Archibald (University of Regina Press)
  • In My Own Moccasins by Helen Knott (University of Regina Press)
  • No Surrender: The Land Remains Indigenous by Sheldon Krasowski (University of Regina Press)
  • Adam’s Tree by Gloria Mehlmann (Radiant Press)

 

Shortlist Announcement and April 25th date for the Saskatchewan Book Awards!

The Saskatchewan Book Awards will be announcing its "Shortlist" for the 2020 Saskatchewan Book Awards on Friday, February 14, at Noon. The announcement will take place simultaneously at the Regina Public Library and the Saskatoon Public Library. It will be the beginning of a year-long celebration of Saskatchewan literary and publishing excellence. Stay tuned!

Furthermore, the 2020 Saskatchewan Book Awards will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Once again, it will take place in Regina at the Conexus Arts Centre. Come celebrate literary excellence with some of Saskatchewan's (and Canada's) best writers and publishers. Stay tuned for when tickets go on sale. Don't miss out!

 

 

Reflections on my first Saskatchewan Book Awards as Executive Director.

I have been a librarian since 2005 – and I have been a bibliophile for far longer than I care to admit -- so for me having an evening celebrating the literary and publishing talent of Saskatchewan is the equivalent of the buzz one hears at several author readings combined into one. A room of twenty people talking about a specific author before and after an author reading is about having several conversations – either talking about previous works in anticipation of the reading (as well as catching up with friends and neighbours) to after the reading as soon as the Q & A session is over. 

The writing and publishing of a book is a painstaking and often lonely process that combines creativity with that of a business model in order to provide a final product for Saskatchewan readers. The relationship an individual has with a book is also a solitary exercise. The reader is actually engaging in an act of receiving and interpreting the story as told by the author. Therefore, an author reading serves to bring together readers in a community setting. It is also a rare moment when an author directly engages with her reading public and vice versa. The author reads a part of her work, explains her creative process, and answers questions about character and plot lines. Not only does the community benefit from having a relationship in person with an author they admire the author also engages her reading public in a way that goes beyond the solitary process of writing. Interpretations by readers may stimulate new ideas for future work as well as point out observations about a character in the work the author herself has not considered. Relationships between authors and readers are developed.

Over the years I have hosted author readings by Saskatchewan writers as varied as Arthur Slade whose Young Adult books are of Saskatchewan Book and Governor General Award winning-calibre; to Gail Bowen whose mysteries have a national and an international following; to poet Louise Halfe, whose vivid prose entrances; to James Daschuk, whose work is part of the national conversation about Indigenous rights. Books can entertain, inform, or even provoke the reader. Ulimately, the best authors engage their readers.

I am looking forward to being in the company of Saskatchewan’s talented writers, publishers, and most importantly, eager readers at the 2020 Saskatchewan Book Awards on Saturday, April 25, 2020, at the Conexus Arts Centre, in Regina. I hope that many Saskatchewan readers will join me in a celebration of Saskatchewan literary excellence.

Days the SBA will be closed over the Holiday Season!

To Saskatchewan Book Awards many Friends our office will be closed from Tueday, December 24, 2019 to Thursday, January 2, 2020. The office will reopen on Friday, January 23, 2020.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from the SBA Board, Executive Director, and volunteers!

 

Shortlist Announcement Feb 14 and the 2020 Saskatchewan Book Awards takes place April 25, 2020!

The Saskatchewan Book Awards will be announcing its "Shortlist" for the 2020 Saskatchewan Book Awards on Friday, February 14, at Noon. The announcement will occur simultaneously at the Regina Public Library and the Saskatoon Public Library. It will be the beginning of a year-long celebration of Saskatchewan literary and publishing excellence. Stay tuned!

Furthermore, the 2020 Saskatchewan Book Awards will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Once again, it will take place in Regina at the Conexus Arts Centre. Come celebrate literary excellence with some of Saskatchewan's (and Canada's) best writers and publishers. Stay tuned for when tickets go on sale. Don't miss out!

Saskatchewan Arts Board Awards Night: Monday November 4

On Monday, November 4, ED Kam Teo, board chair, Donna Woloshyn, and board member, Jack Walton, attended the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s (SAB) Annual Gala, which took place in Saskatoon, at the Persephone Theatre. The Saskatchewan Book Awards were nominated in the Leadership-Organizational Award category. The SAB Award was won by Common Weal Community Arts. The third nominee was Paved Arts, Saskatoon. To be nominated for a Saskatchewan Arts Board Award is already an honour. Saskatoon board member, Jack Walton, also enjoyed the evening’s festivities.

 
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