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Saskatchewan Book Awards Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the 2017 Saskatchewan Book Awards was announced today in Regina and Saskatoon. 

The shortlist celebrates excellence in books from a wide range of genres and diverse cultural heritages. The awards are divided between writing awards and publishing awards that recognize both Saskatchewan authors and publishers. The categories include poetry, fiction, non-fiction, young adult literature, and more. Francophone writing will also be recognized this year with the Prix du livre français. 

“SBA received a total of 188 submissions this year, and we are very excited to present the shortlist, which showcases the incredible diversity of Saskatchewan’s literary community,” says SBA Executive Director Courtney Bates-Hardy.

SBA was formed in 1993 and remains the only provincially-focused book awards program in Saskatchewan. It is a principal ambassador for the province’s literary community, with a nationally recognized reputation for celebrating artistic excellence. The 13 award categories offered this year are diverse, representative of Saskatchewan’s literary production, and responsive to emerging areas of interest. Award winners are determined through a selective jury process.

Award winners will be announced on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. The ceremony will be hosted by award-winning author James Daschuk. Tickets for the Awards Ceremony are now on sale and can be purchased online through PayPal or by cheque. Get them at the early bird price of $60/ticket, $480/table of 8, or $600/table of 10 until April 1. After April 1, tickets will be $75 each, $600/table of 8, or $750/table of 10. Contact the Saskatchewan Book Awards at (306) 569-1585 or by email at info@bookawards.sk.ca.

Editors and News Directors: The shortlist is attached.
For more information, please visit bookawards.sk.ca or contact:

Courtney Bates-Hardy
Executive Director
(306) 569-1585
director@bookawards.sk.ca
 



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

 

University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina 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


For more information, please visit bookawards.sk.ca

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