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  • SaskBooks at the Regina Farmers’ Market This summer, for the first time ever, attendees of the Regina Farmers’ Market can view and purchase the fruits of the labours of a variety of Saskatchewan publishers, with books in genres including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, cookbooks, and children’s books. In partnership with the Saskatchewan Writers Guild (SWG), SaskBooks will be attending Regina Farmers’ Markets on most Wednesdays throughout the summer. Attendees of the Market will be able to learn more about the programs and services the Writers Guild offers, as well as purchase Writers Guild memberships, merchandise, and publications. SaskBooks will be providing a different selection of Saskatchewan-published books for sale each week, and staff will be on hand to chat about the publishing industry in the province and the services SaskBooks offers its members. Wednesday afternoons in the summer will also feature the Saskatchewan Writers Guild Words in the Park Reading series. Between noon and 1:00 P.M., some great Saskatchewan ...
  • Publisher Profiles: Literary Press Publisher Profiles: Literary Press by Collette Parks Saskatchewan was home to an explosion of literary activity in the 1970s; it was a bit of a revolution. Why send manuscripts out to Vancouver or Toronto when they can be published right here at home? For over 40 years, Thistledown Press and Coteau Books have been publishing high-quality literary fiction, poetry, short story collections, and young adult novels. “There is a uniqueness to the prairie. The landscape and history play a role here,” says John Agnew, Coteau Books’ Managing Editor. “We strive to publish the best in prairie writing, and there is lots of it. We see hundreds of manuscripts each year.” Jackie Forrie, Publishing and Producing Manager at Thistledown Press, says “We look for good writing that touches people, and we especially like to feature new voices. We feature writers from across Canada, but we very much enjoy bringing books written by prairie authors ...
  • Publisher Profiles: The Work of Cultural Retention Publisher Profiles: The Work of Cultural Retention by Collette Parks Remembering the past is an important part of ensuring a culture survives. Saskatchewan publishers are individuals and unique organizations working tirelessly to record and remember who we are as a people. Based out of Regina, Les Éditions de la nouvelle plume is the only French publishing house west of Winnipeg. Many of their books for younger readers are developed with Fransaskois or the French immersion schools, and those books always have a Saskatchewan theme. Titles such as Le trésor du Wascana and Les fântomes de Spiritwood, by Martine Noel-Maw, feature subjects set in Saskatchewan that catch kids’ attention. “We publish a lot of literature for young children, middle years, a few novels, and several collections of French plays. French theatre is thriving in Saskatchewan right now,” says Laurier Gareau, President of Les Éditions de la nouvelle plume. “Our mission is to foster a better understanding ...
  • Publisher Profiles: Parkland Publishing Publisher Profiles: Parkland Publishing fills a local guide book niche by Collette Parks Years ago I killed some time in the English-language travel guides section of an Amsterdam bookshop, waiting for the afternoon rain to pass. Young and on a strict budget, I quietly flipped through the pages. My attention settled on a small collection of Canadian guides and I curiously read the descriptions of my home. Saskatchewan’s beauty has a charm that can be underestimated and overlooked. Luckily for us, Robin and Arlene Karpan are definitely paying attention. Since 1998, Robin and Arlene, the duo that makes up Parkland Publishing, have been publishing Saskatchewan travel guides. Their award-winning and best-selling books help both local and outsider travellers discover the natural beauty of our humble home. “The books we do are primarily although not exclusively on Saskatchewan, with an emphasis on travel-related guidebooks and photography. When we first got into it, there weren’t many travel ...

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Professional Development sessions:

  • September 28/29
  • November 23 – Winter PD and Seasonal Luncheon, Saskatoon
  • November 24 – Winter PD and Seasonal Luncheon, Regina
  • March 2018 (TBA)

Displays schedule:

  • August 2, 16, 23, 30 – SaskBooks at the Regina Farmers’ Market
  • September 14 – 15 – Northern Lights Library Conference, Elk Point, Alberta
  • September 24, 2017 – Word on the Street, Saskatoon
  • October 13 – 14 – Cream of the Crop Craft Show, Regina
  • November 17 – 19 – WinterGreen Craft Fair, Regina
  • December 1 -3 – Sundog Craft Faire, Saskatoon
  • February 16, 2018 – Regina Teachers Convention, Regina

Annual Conference:

  • June 2018 in Regina

Partnerships, Funders, and Supporters

    • Canadian Heritage via Canada Book Fund
    • Canada Council for the Arts
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    • SKArtsBoard
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