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SASKATCHEWAN BOOK AWARDS SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

SASKATCHEWAN BOOK AWARDS SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

Carole Daniels (Cree) has been nominated for three awards at the Saskachewan Book Awards | Image source: Eagle Feather News. 

The shortlist for the 2016 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, children’s literature, publishing in Education, and more.

“SBA received a total of 185 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. “We are proud to support Saskatchewan authors and publishers, and to encourage the recognition they so deserve.”

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 30, 2016 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. The ceremony will be hosted by award-winning author and comedian Dawn Dumont. 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 $50/ticket, $350/table of 8, or $450/table of 10 until April 1. After April 1, tickets will be $60 each, $420/table of 8, or $540/table of 10. Contact the Saskatchewan Book Awards at (306) 569-1585 or by email at info@bookawards.sk.ca.

SASKATCHEWAN BOOK AWARDS SHORTLIST

Cover of The Education of Augie Merasty
The Education of Augie Merasty, written by Joseph Augie Merasty (Cree), recounts the author’s life in a residential school. This book is distributed through University of Regina Press. | Image source: University of Regina Press

University of Regina Book of the Year Award

Connie Gault A Beauty McClelland & Stewart
Jeanette Lynes Bedlam Cowslip Wolsak and Wynn
Joseph Auguste Merasty & David Carpenter The Education of Augie Merasty University of Regina Press
Guy Vanderhaeghe Daddy Lenin and Other Stories McClelland & Stewart

Fiction Award

Carol Daniels Bearskin Diary Nightwood Editions
Connie Gault A Beauty McClelland & Stewart
R.P. MacIntyre Mahihkan Lake Thistledown Press
Elizabeth Philips The Afterlife of Birds Freehand Books
Guy Vanderhaeghe Daddy Lenin and Other Stories McClelland & Stewart
Dianne Warren Liberty Street HarperCollins

#IdleNoMore and the Remaking of Canada by Ken Coates
#IdleNoMore and the Remaking of Canada, written by Ken Coates, takes a look at how the Idle No More Movement inspired a new generation of Aboriginal youth leaders. Distributed by University of Regina Press. | Image source: University of Regina Press

University of Saskatchewan Non-Fiction Award

Raymond Blake Lions or Jellyfish: Newfoundland-Ottawa Relations since 1957 University of Toronto Press
Ken Coates #Idlenomore and the Remaking of Canada University of Regina Press
Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum) Nationhood Interrupted Purich Publishing
Alexandra Popoff Tolstoy’s False Disciple Pegasus Books

Rasmussen, Rasmussen & Charowsky Aboriginal Peoples’ Writing Award

Rita Bouvier nakamowin’sa for the seasons Thistledown Press
Carol Daniels Bearskin Diary Nightwood Editions
Tara Gereaux Size of a Fist Thistledown Press
Harold Johnson Corvus Thistledown Press
Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum) Nationhood Interrupted Purich Publishing
Judith Silverthorne and Ray Lavallee, illustrated by Mike Keepness Honouring the Buffalo Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing

Carol Daniels
Carol Daniels (Cree) is a journalist who became Canada’s first Aboriginal woman to anchor a national newscast when she joined CBC Newsworld in 1989. This is her first novel and distributed by Nightwood Editions. | Image source: Nightwood Editions

O’Reilly Insurance and The Co-operators First Book Award

Carol Daniels Bearskin Diary Nightwood Editions
Tara Gereaux Size of a Fist Thistledown Press
Beth Gobeil Breathing Room Hagios Press
Lisa Guenther Friendly Fire NeWest Press
Cassidy McFadzean Hacker Packer McClelland & Stewart

Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award

Rita Bouvier nakamowin’sa for the seasons Thistledown Press
Gerald Hill Hillsdale Book NeWest Press
Jeanette Lynes Bedlam Cowslip Wolsak and Wynn

Children’s Literature Award

Leah Marie Dorion My First Métis Lobstick Gabriel Dumont Institute Press
Judith Silverthorne and Ray Lavallee, illustrated by Mike Keepness Honouring the Buffalo Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing

nakamowin’sa for the seasons is Rita Bouvier’s (Métis) third collection of poetry. This book is distributed by Thistledown Press. | Image source: thistledownpress.com
nakamowin’sa for the seasons is Rita Bouvier’s (Métis) third collection of poetry. This book is distributed by Thistledown Press. | Image source: thistledownpress.com

City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book Award

Rita Bouvier nakamowin’sa for the seasons Thistledown Press
Ken Coates #Idlenomore and the Remaking of Canada University of Regina Press
Yvette Nolan Medicine Shows: Indigenous Performance Culture Playwrights Canada Press
Elizabeth Philips The Afterlife of Birds Freehand Books
Lloyd Ratzlaff Bindy’s Moon Thistledown Press
Guy Vanderhaeghe Daddy Lenin and Other Stories McClelland & Stewart

City of Regina Book Award

Connie Gault A Beauty McClelland & Stewart
Cassidy McFadzean Hacker Packer McClelland & Stewart
Dianne Warren Liberty Street HarperCollins

University of Regina Arts and Luther College Award for Scholarly Writing

Raymond Blake Lions or Jellyfish: Newfoundland-Ottawa Relations since 1957 University of Toronto Press
Mareike Neuhaus The Decolonizing Poetics of Indigenous Literatures University of Regina Press
Greg Poelzer and Ken Coates From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation UBC Press

Publishing Award

Coteau Books – Wild Rose by Sharon Butala
MacKenzie Art Gallery – Amalie Atkins by Timothy Long

Children of the Broken Treaty - Charlie Angus
Children of the Broken Treaty chronicles how through breaching of treaties, broken promises, and callous neglect, Canada has deliberately denied First Nations children their basic human rights. Distributed by University of Regina Press. | Image source: University of Regina Press

University of Regina Press

Children of the Broken Treaty by Charlie Angus
#Idlenomore and the Remaking of Canada by Ken Coates
The Education of Augie Merasty by Jospeh Auguste Merasty and David Carpenter

University of Regina Faculty of Education and Campion College Award for Publishing in Education

University of Regina Press

Children of the Broken Treaty by Charlie Angus
Metis and the Medicine Line by Michel Hogue
The Decolonizing Poetics of Indigenous Literatures by Mareike Neuhaus
The Education of Augie Merasty by Joseph Auguste Merasty and David Carpenter

Regina Public Library Aboriginal Peoples’ Publishing Award

Purich Publishing – Nationhood Interrupted by Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum)
Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing – Honouring the Buffalo by Judith Silverthorne and Ray Lavallee, illustrated by Mike Keepness

This article has been republished with permission by Eagle Feather News.

 

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