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  • 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 ...
  • Promise of Accessibility – a SaskBooks PD Session Publishers are required to provide electronic files (or scannable physical copies) for use by readers with print disability. When you get the call from National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS) or the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) for your book, are you ready? Is accessibility already part of your work flow? How do you know if your content will be usable by assistive technology? This workshop includes lots of here’s-how-to-do-it information from Canadian expert Laura Brady. Laura is an ebook developer and the principal of Brady Type, an ebook design and conversion studio. When: 9 – noon Wednesday March 29 in Saskatoon; 9 – noon Thursday March 30 in Regina Where: SASKATOON EVENT IS CANCELLED In REGINA, Mosaic Tower III, 2010 12th Avenue, second floor boardroom Registration is available here.

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Dates and Deadlines

Professional Development sessions:

  • June 15/16 Conference sessions
  • September 28/29

Displays schedule:

  • April 22 LitCon (Moose Jaw Public Library)
  • April 29 Saskatchewan Book Awards Ceremony (Regina)
  • April 27-30 Alberta Library Conference (Jasper)
  • May 4 Saskatchewan Library Association Conference (Prince Albert National Park)
  • May 6-7 Fan Expo Regina
  • May 27 Cathedral Village Arts Festival (Regina)

Annual Conference:

  • June 15/16 2017 in Saskatoon

Partnerships, Funders, and Supporters

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