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YANN MARTEL AND LOUISE BERNICE HALFE WIN BIG AT THE SASKATCHEWAN BOOK AWARDS

REGINA, SK— Yann Martel and Louise Bernice Halfe won five Saskatchewan Book Awards between them at the 24th Saskatchewan Book Awards Ceremony on Saturday night. Over three hundred people gathered at the Conexus Arts Centre for the reveal of these reputable awards. Bilingual musician Étienne Fletcher energized the crowd with a performance during the ceremony, and Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate Brenda Schmidt shared her love of poetry with the audience.

Shortlisted twice before for Beatrice & Virgil, Yann Martel received his first Saskatchewan Book Award for The High Mountains of Portugal. His book won the City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book Award as well as the prestigious Regina Public Library Book of the Year Award.

No stranger to the Saskatchewan Book Awards, Louise Bernice Halfe received the Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award and the Rasmussen, Rasmussen, and Charowsky Indigenous Peoples’ Writing Award. Her publisher, Coteau Books was awarded the Indigenous Peoples’ Publishing Award for her book.

Other award winners included Regina Public Library’s Writer-in-Residence Trevor Herriot, who won the City of Regina Book Award for Towards a Prairie Atonement. Madeleine Blais-Dahlem received the Prix du livre français, which is offered every other year, for her bilingual book La vois de mon père / My Father’s Voice. Bill Waiser picked up the University of Saskatchewan Non-Fiction Award for his Governor General’s Award-winning book A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905. First-time authors David Gane and Angie Counios won the O’Reilly Insurance and the Co-operators First Book Award for their book, Along Comes a Wolfe. The full list of award winners is available below and at bookawards.sk.ca.

For more information, please visit bookawards.sk.ca or contact:

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

 


 

Saskatchewan Book Awards’ Winners

Awards for Writers

Regina Public Library Book of the Year Award
The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel (Penguin Random House)

Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Award
New Albion by Dwayne Brenna (Coteau Books)

University of Saskatchewan Non-Fiction Award
A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905 by Bill Waiser (Fifth House Publishers)

Rasmussen, Rasmussen & Charowsky Indigenous Peoples’ Writing Award
Burning in this Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe (Coteau Books)

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)

Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award
Burning in this Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe (Coteau Books)

Young Adult Literature Award
The Pain Eater by Beth Goobie (Second Story Press)

City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book Award
The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel (Penguin Random House)

City of Regina Book Award
Towards a Prairie Atonement by Trevor Herriot (University of Regina Press)

Jennifer Welsh Scholarly Writing Award
No Free Man: Canada, the Great War, and the Enemy Alien Experience by Bohdan S. Kordan (McGill Queen’s University Press)

Prix du livre français
La voix de mon père by Madeleine Blais-Dahlem (Éditions de la nouvelle plume)

 

Awards for Publishers

Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport Publishing Award
University of Regina Press
Towards a Prairie Atonement by Trevor Herriot

Advancing Education Award for Publishing in Education
University of Regina Press
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
 

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