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  • Fall PD Sessions – Writing Book Cover Copy Register now for the following BOOKTASTIC SESSIONS with Trena White from Page Two in Vancouver: Monday 26 September 2016 Location: SASKATOON, Gabriel Dumont Institute, #2, 604 22nd Street West Tuesday 27 September 2016 Location: REGINA, Mosaic Tower 111, 2010 12th Avenue, second floor boardroom 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Ins and Outs of Writing Book Cover Copy (Trena White) The 250 words that appear on a book’s cover are some of the most important in the entire book. They are what encourages a potential reader to buy it. So how do you write persuasive copy? This workshop will explain how to write copy that sells books: what you should put on the front cover, how much weight to give endorsements, how to write a great author bio, and what to say in the description. Participants will examine plenty of concrete examples from real books that have worked — or not. Trena White is ...
  • Welcome to new board of directors! SaskBooks welcomes its new board of directors! Newly elected at the June conference are: Regine Haensel from Serimuse Books and Belinda Riehl-Fitzimmons from the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society. Welcome “on board” (HA! See what we did there?); we look forward to working with you. Moving in to executive roles on the board are: Morgan Tunzelmann from University of Regina Press, who is SaskBooks’ new President; Leeann Minogue from Coteau Books, our new Vice President; Jennifer Matotek from the Dunlop Art Gallery, who became SaskBooks’ Treasurer; and Heather Nickel from Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing moves into the role of Past President. Member-at-Large Kathleen Coleclough from Kakwa will bring her wisdom to the board for another term. We wish to extend our thanks to our previous directors from 2015: Deana Driver from DriverWorks Inc., Robin Karpan from Parkland Publishing, Karon Shmon from Gabriel Dumont Institute, and Paul Wilson from Hagios Books.  
  • Creative Saskatchewan names new CEO Creative Saskatchewan has appointed Ranjan Thakre as the new Chair of the Board of Directors. Thakre replaces Interim Chair, Susan Whitney, who has been appointed Vice-Chair. Newly appointed to the Board of Directors today is Jason Zhao. With Thakre and Zhao’s appointments, the Board of Directors is at a full complement and now has staggered terms for members providing greater continuity going forward. Reappointments to the Board were also announced today Valerie Creighton, Caroline Walker, and Bruce Willis, will each serve for two-years while Susan Whitney, Cory Furman, Jocelyne Kost, Jocelyne Wasacase-Merasty, and Rick Krieger will complete one-year terms.
  • Publishing Conference & AGM Registration for the 2016 Summer publishing conference is now open. The publishing conference at Mosaic Tower III in Regina, will feature: publishing industry updates from industry professionals and funders “From Manuscript to Book”, a presentation by Anna Boyar, managing editor of Freehand Books panel discussion on urban and rural library purchasing practices what NOT to do with your book’s cover design keynote address from Susan Whitney, Interim CEO of Creative Saskatchewan and more! Join Saskatchewan publishers for a rural reception in Riceton and keynote discussion from Creative Saskatchewan Interim Chair Susan Whitney in Riceton (transportation provided to and from Riceton). Register before June 1st for the best rates. There are a limited number of travel subsidies available and they will be offered on the basis of registration order. Download the conference schedule and registration form here.

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Dates and Deadlines

Catalogue submissions due August 22

Professional Development sessions:

  • 26 & 27 September in Saskatoon and in Regina

  • 24 & 25 November in Saskatoon and in Regina

Submissions for Saskatchewan Book Awards: 1 November

Displays schedule:

  • August 29-30, 2016 – Northwest School Division Conference, Meadow Lake, SK
  • September 12 – 18, 2016 – Saskatchewan Book Week and Book Tours
  • September 18, 2016 – Word on the Street Saskatoon, Francis Morrison Library, Saskatoon
  • September 24, 2016 – Word on the Street Lethbridge, Main Branch Library, Lethbridge, AB
  • October 14-15, 2016 – Cream of the Crop, Conexus Arts Centre, Regina
  • November 5 – 6, 2016 – Humboldt Fall Trade Showcase, Humboldt Uniplex
  • November 14, 2016 – Saskatoon Teachers Convention, TCU Place, Saskatoon
  • November 18 – 20, 2016 – WinterGreen Craft Fair, Conexus Arts Centre, Regina
  • December 2-4, 2016 – Sundog, SaskTel Place, Saskatoon

Partnerships, Funders, and Supporters

  • Canadian Heritage via Canada Book Fund
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Creative Saskatchewan
  • Saskatchewan Arts Board
  • SaskCulture
  • Saskatchewan Book Awards