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  • Contributions to Publishing Award SaskBooks and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce the creation of an award to recognise commitment, leadership, excellence and innovation, and mentorship by individuals or by individual book publishers who operate(d) in the publishing industry in Saskatchewan. Book publishing has been an active part of Saskatchewan’s business landscape and creative economy since 1905. Over the years, Saskatchewan has been home to publishers of every kind of book imaginable. This Award was created to recognize the hard work, commitment, leadership, and business innovation that has kept Saskatchewan publishers at the forefront of the publishing industry in Canada. SaskBooks is Saskatchewan’s creative industry association for book publishers. Incorporated nearly 30 years ago as a provincial agency to represent the then six publishers in the province, SaskBooks now enjoys a membership of 47 book publishers. The books our publishers produce regularly win awards and turn heads. Join SaskBooks and the Saskatchewan Book Awards on ...
  • Audiobooks Primer for Publishers Register for the next SaskBooks Professional Development session: Audiobooks Primer for Publishers, led by David Caron of ECW Press. 9 to noon, Monday March 26 in Saskatoon (registration link for Saskatoon) or 9 to noon, Tuesday March 27 in Regina (registration link for Regina) Whether it’s licensing titles to other publishers or producing audiobooks yourselves, this workshop will give you detailed information on how it’s done. We’ll cover working with your authors, licensing publishers, narrators, studios and more, as well as marketing and distribution. In other words, all you need to know to be part of the fastest growing area of book publishing. David Caron is the co-publisher and president of ECW Press, a Toronto-based book, ebook, and audiobook publisher with a mix of award-winning literary works and niche non-fiction, marketed around the world. He has a zeal for community building, both in books and beyond, and is presently the president of the Ontario ...
  • 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 ...

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Professional Development sessions:

  • March 26/27 Saskatoon or Regina – David Caron presents an Audiobooks Primer for Publishers
  • April 13, George Bothwell Library, Regina – Publishing Symposium (presented with the SK Writers Guild – the business of publishing)
  • Conference – June 2018

Displays schedule:

  • February 16, 2018 – Regina Teachers Convention, Regina
  • April 26-27, Saskatoon – AWASIS Conference
  • April 26-29, Jasper – Alberta Library Conference
  • May 26-June 1, Regina – Congress of the Humanities
  • May 26, Regina – Cathedral Village Arts Festival
  • October 12, 13, Regina – Cream of the Crop

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
    • SaskCultureColour
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