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Sandra Birdsell Announced as Winner of Cheryl & Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild congratulates Sandra Birdsell on receiving the 2014 Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild was proud to host the award for the Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence on September 16, 2014 at the Saskatoon Club. Jeanne Alexander, President of SWG, emceed the event. Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg presented the award to Sandra Birdsell. Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, brought greetings and congratulations. Sandra Birdsell gave a short thank you speech and a small reading before the reception.

The award honours a Saskatchewan writer who has written a substantial body of acclaimed literary work. It carries a prize of $10,000 and a framed limited edition print of a painting by Saskatchewan artist Dorothy Knowles.

Award-winning writer, editor and teacher, Sandra Birdsell of Regina, has proven herself to be one of the best writers Saskatchewan has to offer. She is the author of six novels, including Waiting for Joe, Children of the Day, The Russländer, three collections of short stories, and several scripts for television, theatre and radio. A respected mentor, she has been a lecturer and writer-in-residence at numerous universities across Canada, United States, Italy, England and Poland. “Sandra's fiction has been consistently recognized as among the best in the country, and she is most deserving of the Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award with its dedication to literary excellence.” (2014 Kloppenburg Jury)

Sandra Birdsell

This prestigious award was established in May 2010 by Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg, lawyers by profession, but philanthropists at heart. The three Honorary Patrons of the Award are: Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan; His Worship Donald J. Atchison, Mayor of the City of Saskatoon, and Dr. Gordon Barnhart, Interim President of the University of Saskatchewan. All were present for the occasion, along with a number of other distinguished guests.

The Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence is one of the most lucrative provincial awards in Canada.

The SWG administrates The Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence, including jury selection. To the best of our knowledge, there is only one other such provincial award in Canada: the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, which gives $5,000 to its recipients. The creation of a literary award significantly raises the profile of writing in the province and again puts Saskatchewan in the forefront of support of the arts.

 

For more information about the Award, please see this web page: Kloppenburg Award

 

For more information contact:

Tracy Hamon, Program Manager

Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild
Tel: (306) 791-7743

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