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Saskatchewan Book Awards announces winners

Saskatchewan Book AwardsUniversity of Regina assistant professor James Daschuk was the big winner at this year’s Saskatchewan Book Awards, which were handed out at a ceremony in Regina on April 26.

His book Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life was awarded the University of Saskatchewan College of Arts & Science and Library Non-fiction Award; the Drs. Morris & Jacqui Shumiatcher Regina Book Award; the National Bank Financial Wealth Management First Book Award; and the University of Regina Arts and Luther College Award for Scholarly Writing. Dashuk’s publisher, University of Regina Press, received the University of Regina Faculty of Education and Campion College Award for Publishing in Education for its work on the title.

Lisa Bird-Wilson’s story collection Just Pretending (Coteau Books) was awarded the University of Regina Book of the Year Award, as well as the SaskPower Fiction Award and the Rasmussen, Rasmussen & Charowsky Aboriginal Peoples’ Writing Award. Coteau took home the First Nations University of Canada Aboriginal Peoples’ Publishing Award.

The other award winners are:

Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport Publishing Award
Fists Upon A Star: A Memoir of Love, Theatre and Escape from McCarthyism, Florence Bean James and Jean Freeman (University of Regina Press)

Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award
The Invisible Library, Paul Wilson (Hagios Press)

SaskEnergy Children’s Literature Award
Dear Flyary, Dianne Young; John Martz, illus. (Kids Can Press)

City of Saskatoon and Library Saskatoon Book Award
Mantis Dreams: The Journal of Dr. Dexter Ripley, Adam Pottle (Caitlin Press)