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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

BrunchRaiser

Saskatchewan Book Awards is pleased to invite you to Sunday brunch on November 13th. Only $20 per person gets you one regular priced brunch item at the Capitol Restaurant in Regina.

Connie Gault, Gerry Hill, and Carol Daniels will read at the event. A 50/50 Raffle and Silent Auction will also be featured.

Seating times:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tickets are available at the SBA office (315-1102 8th Ave) or from board and staff members. All proceeds go towards supporting authors and publishers in Saskatchewan! Call or email Executive Director Courtney Bates-Hardy for more information (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 306-569-1585).

 

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Submissions Open for 2017 Saskatchewan Book Awards

Saskatchewan Book Awards is now open for submissions to the 2017 awards competition. The Call for Entries is available for download on our website. Once you're ready to submit, please use our online entry form. Copies of the book and a cheque for the submissions fee must be sent to the office at 315-1102 8th Ave, Regina, SK S4R 1C9. Submission fees are used for the administrative costs of processing the submissions and are therefore non-refundable. Submissions will close on Tuesday, November 1.

This year, there are 14 categories, including: Book of the Year, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Saskatoon Book, Regina Book, First Book, Poetry, Indigenous Peoples’ Writing, Young Adult Literature, Scholarly Writing, Publishing, Indigenous Peoples’ Publishing, Publishing in Education, and the Prix du livre français. The Children’s Literature Award is not being offered in 2017 but will be offered again in 2018.

The shortlist will be announced in February 2017 and award winners will be announced on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. 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. for more information.

 

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Changes to the Poetry Award Criteria

The 2017 Call for Entries was released on August 2, 2016 with changes to the Poetry Award criteria. The changes indicated that co-authored books and anthologies would be eligible for the Poetry Award. The SBA office has since received feedback from the poetry community that the inclusion of anthologies is neither warranted nor wanted.

In 2015, a co-authored poetry book was submitted to the Book Awards that highlighted a gap in the criteria. At the Annual General Meeting in May, the board voted to change the criteria of the Poetry Award to allow books by more than one author to be eligible. Upon reviewing the motion made by the board at the AGM, we believe the intention was to make books by no more than two authors eligible. As such, the Criteria of the Poetry Award has been adjusted to reflect this decision. Books by one or two authors, but not anthologies, will be eligible for the Poetry Award. Submissions will open on September 1st.

Saskatchewan Book Awards deeply values the authors and publishers we support and celebrate, and we want our criteria to reflect this principle. SBA apologizes for any inconvenience that these changes may have caused, and appreciates the patience and support of our authors and publishers. Please contact the SBA office directly with any questions or concerns.

Next Year's Ceremony

Mark your calendars! The 24th Saskatchewan Book Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. Submissions will open in September. Keep an eye on our website for the Call for Entries, which will be posted later this summer.

Thank you to everyone who responded to our survey about the 2016 Awards Ceremony.

Recently, the SBA Board discussed the possibility of alternating the Awards Ceremony between Regina and Saskatoon. The survey found that 56% of people who responded felt that the Awards Ceremony should alternate between Regina and Saskatoon, but when they were asked if they would attend in Saskatoon, only 41% said they would attend. Many of the respondents were hesitant about a potential move due to the financial and logistical difficulties it would present. While the Board believes that alternating between the two cities is an excellent goal to work towards, SBA will continue to build our resources and find new ways to reach out to our audience in Saskatoon before making such a move.

Summer Hours

The SBA office will be closed on July 1 for Canada Day. We will reopen on July 6. Our summer hours will be reduced (Mon-Wed, 10-5), so please call ahead before visiting the office.

Upcoming Events

Tara Gereaux and Gerry Hill will be reading in Victoria Park on Wednesday, July 6th at noon for the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild's Words in the Park.

Words in the Park SWG

SBA shortlisted authors and winners, both past and present, will be presenting at the 2016 Saskatchewan Festival of Words in Moose Jaw July 14th-17th. More information can be found atfestivalofwords.com.

SBA will have a featured panel on Saturday, July 16 at 1:30 pm in the Moose Jaw Art Museum Theatre with Elizabeth Philips, Cassidy McFadzean, and Connie Gault.

Festival of Words

Welcome to New Board Members

SBA is delighted to welcome six new board members: Lindsay Baker, Kali McDonald, Joe Couture, Giles Woodward, Léa Prpick, and Denise Leduc. They join Daniel Parr (returning Chair), Austin Davis (returning Vice-Chair), and Vijay Kachru on the 2016/2017 Board. You can find out more about them on our website.

Sponsorship Information

Saskatchewan Book Awards is looking for new sponsors. We have many exciting opportunities available for individuals and organizations who want to make a difference in the literary community. For more information, get in touch with Courtney Bates-Hardy at 306-569-1585 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 
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