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Sharon Butala Recipient of the 2012 Kloppenburg Award

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild congratulates Sharon Butala on receiving the 2012 Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild was proud to host the reception for the Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence on September 18, 2012 at the Saskatoon Club. Jerry Haigh, Past President of SWG, emceed the event. Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg presented the award to Sharon Butala. Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan brought greetings and congratulations. Sharon Butala 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.

Sharon Butala began writing in 1978, publishing her first novel in 1984. She has since published five more novels, three short story collections, and seven works of nonfiction, the best known of which is The Perfection of the Morning: An Apprenticeship in Nature, (HarperCollins, 1994) and the most recent of which is The Girl in Saskatoon: A Meditation on Friendship, Memory and Murder (HarperCollins, 2008). Butala has been shortlisted twice for the Governor General's Award (both for fiction and nonfiction), and once for the Commonwealth Prize for fiction for Fever (short fiction). She was the 1998 recipient of the Marian Engel Prize and has won numerous other awards and prizes including one Saskatchewan Book Award for nonfiction. In 2000, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Regina, and in 2004 from the University of Saskatchewan, in 2002 became an Officer in the Order of Canada. In 2009, she received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.

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 Ilene Busch-Vishniac, President of the University of Saskatchewan. A number of distinguished guests attended the 2012 Kloppenburg Award presentation.

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

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