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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.
  • Books for Cold Evenings Saskatchewan winter evenings are ideal for curling up with a book. These titles,along with hundreds of others, are available at saskbooks.com, or wherever you buy your books locally. When the Trees Crackle with Cold (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing) – A bear sleeps safely in her den, Kohkom tells a story by the fire, the trees crackle with cold— we are all connected to the seasons and the cycle of nature. The calming rhythm of the words echoes the rhythm of the land in this timeless Children’s picture book about the moon calendar of the northern Cree. Firewater (U of R Press) – A passionate call to action, Firewater examines alcohol—its history, the myths surrounding it, and its devastating impact on Indigenous people. Provocative, irreverent, and keenly aware of the power of stories, Firewater calls for people to make decisions about their communities and their lives on their own terms. Fragment (Thistledown Press) – When ...
  • Read Local: Publishing Success from Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing An update from Heather Nickel at Your Nickel’s Worth Press: YNWP is pleased to have been featured in the latest edition of Prairie books NOW! magazine. The article highlights YNWP’s busy fall/winter season and the release of five new titles: Along Comes a Wolfe by Counios & Gane, an edge-of-your-seat YA thriller set in Saskatchewan; Good Morning, Sunshine! A Story of Mindfulness by Trina Markusson and James Hearne, which launched in October 2016 to great commercial demand, particularly for those seeking a practical resource to help children live and find peace in the present moment; Government House, Regina, Saskatchewan: An Illustrated History by Edward Willett, a 352-page, full-colour, photographic exploration of Saskatchewan’s vice-regal residence and how the role of the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan has affected our past and influences our future; The Life & Times of Lighthouse McNeil: An Adventure in the RCMP by George Garrett, the biography of a ...
  • SaskBooks 2016 Holiday Gift Guide SaskBooks is proud to present our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Find Saskatchewan-published books for all the people on your list (even the tricky one). The SaskBooks Holiday Gift Guide helps you find gifts to feel good about, by supporting local producers and culture. With genres ranging from poetry to cookbooks to historical fiction, and books from all over the province, the guide is as comprehensive as can be. Get a Saskatchewan book for everyone you know, and one or two for yourself as well! 2016 SaskBooks Holiday Gift Guide
  • Saskatchewan Best Sellers We’re putting 2016 to bed, but before we tuck it in and say goodnight, we’re leaving the light on for just a little while so it can read from this year’s list of best selling Saskatchewan books: The Great Saskatchewan Bucket List (Parkland Publishing) Cream Money: Stories of Prairie People (DriverWorks Ink) Fun on the Farm: True Tales of Farm Life (DriverWorks Ink) Western Canadian Farm Trivia, 2nd Edition (Parkland Publishing) The Education of Augie Merasty (University of Regina Press) The Cypress Hills Massacre (Saskatchewan Archaeology Association) Firewater – How Alcohol is Killing My People (and Yours) (University of Regina Press) Good Morning, Sunshine! (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing) The Surprising Lives of Small-Town Doctors (University of Regina Press) ABCs Down on the Farm (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing)
  • The Stars in our Books Publishers in Saskatchewan are making big splashes with their new titles and with their tried and beloved ones. Pio-Seelos books, with author and publisher Henry Ripplinger at the helm, has steered its way into some pretty big recognition with this article from the Catholic Register for his incredibly popular and best-selling Angelic Letters series, which have sold more than 200,000 copies worldwide since 2010. Books six and seven are due to be released in spring and fall 2017, and we wouldn’t be surprised at all if they make the Globe and Mail’s bestseller list, as the others in the series, a long lost love story, have done. Your Nickel’s Worth Press (YNWP) has had a very busy fall season with the release of five new titles: Along Comes a Wolfe by Counios & Gane; Good Morning, Sunshine! A Story of Mindfulness by Trina Markusson and James Hearne, which launched in ...
  • Contracts – professional development session Taking place in Saskatoon on the morning of Thursday, November 24, and in Regina on the morning of Friday, November 25, the topic of the sessions will be Publishing Contracts. Issues discussed will likely include Royalty Agreements, Distribution Agreements, and Printers’ Contracts, but if there are any topics specifically related to contracts that you’d like to see discussed, or for more information please contact [email protected] Registration forms are available here 
  • Saskatchewan Book Publishing Week Success As you can tell by the catchy headline up there, Saskatchewan Book Publishing Week was a huge success! Thanks to support we received from the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Book Fund and to Creative Saskatchewan, we were able to tour nine writers’ eleven books published by nine Saskatchewan through five locations across the province. The tour was a smashing success, welcoming more than 300 students, bibliophiles, and local media from La Ronge, the Batoche area, Yorkton, Ogema, and Maple Creek. This is the first year SaskBooks has produced a reading tour to celebrate Saskatchewan Book Publishing Week. We would like to extend our thanks to our featured publishers: Burton House Books, Coteau Books, DriverWorks Ink, Gabriel Dumont Institute, Saskatchewan Archaeological Society, Joan Soggie, Thistledown Press, University of Regina Press, and Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing for producing excellent books; and to our featured readers: Byrna Barclay, Wilfred Burton, Sharon ...
  • 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 principal and co-founder ...
  • 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.
  • Parkland Publishing launches “Photographer’s Guide to Saskatchewan” Parkland Publishing announced the release of their latest book, Photographer’s Guide to Saskatchewan, by Robin and Arlene Karpan. With a focus on nature, wildlife, and awesome landscapes, Robin and Arlene guide you to their favourite haunts throughout the province, from prominent national and provincial parks to little-known photogenic treasures. Supplemented by maps, GPS coordinates, and 250 stunning photographs, the 208-page book not only takes you to outstanding photo hot spots, but also reveals what you need to know to capture amazing images. Robin and Arlene are having a book launch on Thursday, June 2, 8 p.m. at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Saskatoon. Two days later, on Saturday, June 4, they will give a presentation at the Chaplin Shorebird Festival. For more details, please visit www.parklandpublishing.com
  • Creative Saskatchewan expands eligibility for grants Creative Saskatchewan, the province’s primary funding agency for the creative industries, announced a recent and significant change to its policies, resulting in increased eligibility for creative producers. From the Creative Saskatchewan media release issued 13 April 2016: “Previously, arts and culture organisations that received operational funding from either the Saskatchewan Arts Board or  permitted to apply to Creative Saskatchewan’s grant programs. Effective immediately, that restriction has been lifted.” Creative Saskatchewan grants focus on the commercial viability of proposed projects, the goal of which should be commercial success. This is excellent news for Saskatchewan publishers and for the publishing divisions of organisations that benefit from Arts Board and SaskCulture support. More information is available from Creative Saskatchewan’s blog.
  • The Ins and Outs of Rights and Licensing – SaskBooks PD Sessions How to Sell the Rights to Your Books in International Markets with Catherine Mitchell Join Catherine Mitchell in a comprehensive session on how to sell the rights to your books in international markets. Learn what steps to take, what out-of-country publishers may be looking for and what details to negotiate contractually. Catherine Mitchell is a Toronto-based book publishing consultant and rights agent with extensive international experience in translation rights, export sales and distribution, marketing, and public relations. Former Director, Foreign & Special Markets at Tundra Books, the children’s publisher of McClelland & Stewart, she is a graduate of the Banff Publishing Workshop and a past president of IBBY Canada. Active on many industry initiatives, Catherine is co-chair of the Canadian Coalition for Cultural Diversity, working to ensure cultural policy is not subject to the constraints of international trade agreements. Sessions are Monday, 21 March 2016 in Saskatoon at Gabriel Dumont Institute; and Tuesday, 22 ...
  • Economic Impact Survey – Publishing If you are actively engaged in the publishing industry in Saskatchewan, please fill out Creative Saskatchewan’s Economic Impact Survey. It will take about 20 minutes to complete, and you will need some financial information from the past two years. Your information is confidential and results will only be shown in aggregate. We need as many people as possible engaged in the publishing sector to fill this survey out, so that the breadth of the publishing industry in the province is captured as much as possible. Questions should be directed to Praxis Consulting (contact info available in the survey).
  • Saskatchewan Bestsellers 2015 SaskBooks Top 25 Bestselling Books of 2015 Proving that word-of-mouth is still an incredibly effective sales tool, The Great Saskatchewan Bucket List (Parkland Publishing, $19.95) has topped SaskBooks’s list of bestselling books for the fourth year in a row. The significance of Indigenous issues in Saskatchewan is evident in the fact that almost half of the bestselling titles of 2015 are about Aboriginal life, history, and culture. The presence of The Zenimaginarium Garden (DriverWorks Ink, $12.95) and Time After Time (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing, $19.95) on the list shows that Saskatchewan has not been slow to get in on the current trend of adult colouring books. DriverWorks Ink and Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing are two leading examples of Saskatchewan’s burgeoning hybrid-publishing model, and collectively hold 10 of the 25 spots on the list. The sale and production of Saskatchewan books contributes $2.25 million to the GDP each year, and SaskBooks is immensely ...
  • Best selling literary books Notable Literary Books of 2015 It’s hard to argue with sales figures; in terms of book sales, non-fiction rules the roost in Saskatchewan book publishing. However, the province’s many wonderful novelists, poets, and of course, literary publishers, don’t let that deter them from producing important, noteworthy books that sell in Saskatchewan and across Canada, earning national acclaim. Some of the great literary titles produced in Saskatchewan that reinforced the province’s unique voice included Saskatchewan Book Award winning poetry books The Trouble with Beauty , a homage to rural Saskatchewan, by Bruce Rice (Coteau Books, Poetry Award) and Red Curls , capturing poetic brush strokes in the life of a German artist, by Tracy Hamon (Thistledown Press, City of Regina Award). Rose’s Run by Dawn Dumont (Thistledown Press), taking place on a thinly disguised Saskatchewan First Nation, won at the Saskatchewan Book Awards in the Fiction category. 2015 was a great year for ...
  • UBC Press acquires Purich Publishing Long-time Saskatchewan publishers Purich Publishing has been acquired by UBC Press. Long a vanguard of publishing books on Aboriginal law, social justice, and western Canadian issues, Don Purich and Karen Bolstad worked closely with authors to select and develop works that offer uniquely important perspectives on topics including Indigenous law, identity, youth justice, the duty to consult, Indigenous health, and nationhood. Purich and Bolstad will step back from their role as full-time publishers, but will continue to offer guidance as consultants to the soon-to-be launched UBC Press Purich imprint. Congratulations to Don and Karen and to UBC Press. SaskBooks has enjoyed many years of guidance and expertise from Purich Publishing, and we are happy for your Canadian publishing good news! Full media release is available here.
  • Give the gift of Saskatchewan Saskatchewan might be too big to wrap, but any of these books make the perfect piece of Saskatchewan to slip into a stocking. By giving Saskatchewan-published books, not only are you giving a great gift, you are giving a gift you can feel good about too, by supporting local publishers and businesses. There’s a Saskatchewan-published book for everyone on your list; why not put a little Saskatchewan under the tree? Full Christmas gift guide available here (PDF).
  • The Creative Economy Here’s a great article about the creative industries. Thanks to the Saskatchewan Arts Board for posting it! With revenues of US $2.25 billion, cultural and creative industries account for 3 percent of world Gross Domestic Product and employ 29.5 million people, or about 1 percent of the world’s active population. Cultural and creative industries (CCI) revenues exceed those of telecom services and employ more people than the car industry of Europe, Japan and the US combined (29.5 million vs. 25 million). This major contribution of CCI to the global economy is explained in a new study, jointly presented by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, France, and published by EY (formerly Ernst & Young). – See more at: http://www.socan.ca/news/cultural-and-creative-industries-fuel-global-economy
  • Saskatchewan Books Bring all the Awards to the Yard! Some notable winners in Saskatchewan for 2015 include Parkland Publishing of Saskatoon, who won Tourism Saskatchewan’s Travel Media Award for The Great Saskatchewan Bucket List, Saskatchewan Scenic Drives and Saskatchewan’s Best Hikes and Nature Walks; Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing of Regina, whose Leaving Mr. Humphries was shortlisted for a Shining Willow Award; and the Saskatchewan-published books which won almost half of all the awards at the 2015 Saskatchewan Book Awards, the rest of which were won by books written by Saskatchewan authors but published elsewhere. In Canada, Saskatchewan books were featured at the BC Book Prizes (Sophie, in Shadow by Thistledown Press, shortlisted for the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize), Manitoba Book Awards (In the Tiger Park by Coteau Books, shortlisted for the Landsdown Prize for Poetry), The Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic (Sophie, in Shadow by Thistledown Press and The Song of the Sword by Coteau ...
  • Saskatchewan Book Publishing Week Saskatchewan has celebrated its first Book Publishing Week. Officially declared in August 2015 by the Honourable Mark Docherty, Minister of Parks, Culture, and Sport on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan, to take place on the week of September 20, 2015, Saskatchewan Book Publishing Week was a great success for Saskatchewan publishers. “This celebratory week was declared to recognize the activities of Saskatchewan’s publishers, who collectively contribute to the province’s cultural landscape and GDP. Saskatchewan’s publishers produce books that tell Saskatchewan’s stories, and they help us share our stories with the world,” said Brenda Niskala, Executive Director of SaskBooks, the provincial publishers association. The declaration of Saskatchewan Book Publishing Week is in part the result of enthusiasm from SaskBooks, and from Coteau Books and Thistledown Press, two of Saskatchewan’s premiere literary presses, both of whom celebrate their 40th anniversaries in 2015. “Book production thrives on the prairies,” said Niskala. “Saskatchewan ...
  • Read Local: Publishing Success Stories – DriverWorks Ink We want to treat you to just a few of the success stories our publishers have to share: DriverWorks Ink After the Truck Hit by Jennifer Kuchinka, Gina’s Wheels by Mary Harelkin Bishop, Jamie and the Monster Bookroom by Kerry Simpson, printed with the support of the Creative Industries Production Grant from Creative Saskatchewan (a funding resource for the creative industries in the province, including publishing), all received Honorable Mentions in the Wild Card, Children’s Books, and Children’s Books categories respectively at the Great Midwest Book Festival in Chicago, IL. After the Truck Hit by Jennifer Kuchinka sold out first print run in three months.    
  • Read Local: Publishing Success Stories – Case Nutrition Consulting Regina dietitian Shelley Case is one of North America’s leading celiac disease and gluten-free experts. She is also the publisher and author of the national best seller “The Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide”, which is in its fourth edition and ninth printing. More than 75,000 copies of this book have been sold to date. Shelley received a Creative Industries Production Grant from Creative Saskatchewan for a new book, “Gluten-Free Diet: The Definitive Resource Guide”, due for release in June 2015.
  • Read Local: Publishing Success Stories – Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing The Office of the Treaty Commissioner will include Honouring the Buffalo: A Plains Cree Legend, told by Elder Ray Lavallee, written by Judith Silverthorne and illustrated by Mike Keepness, in the new treaty resource it is developing for Saskatchewan curriculum. The publication of this important story would not have been possible without the Creative Industries Production Grant from Creative Saskatchewan. Please see also: Leader Post Review Ottawa Citizen Review CJME attention YNWP is also proud to note that SaskGalleries featured a special showcase of Saskatchewan artwork in Scottsdale, Arizona, including artwork by illustrator Mike Keepness.
  • Read Local: Publishing Success Stories – Pio-Seelos Books The Angelic Letters Series by author, Henry K. Ripplinger and published by Pio-Seelos Books is comprised of some of the best-selling books in the country! The series is available from Chapters/Indigo and Coles across Canada, McNally Robinson in Saskatoon and Winnipeg, Amazon.ca and Amazon.com, Costco, Walmart, Real Canadian Superstores, Independent and Christian book store retailers, Ripplinger Art Gallery in Regina. Pio-Seelos Books has contracted with two distributors in the United States: Baker & Taylor and Ingram. Book 1, Pewter Angels, will be released into the US market beginning this May, 2015 in select Costco stores and for customer orders at Barnes & Noble. Awards: Pewter Angels, winner of two gold medals: The Independent Publishers Book Award (IPPY) for Best Fiction in the Christian/Religious Category and in 2011 the Gold Medal in the Living Now Book Awards in the Inspirational Category of the Year. Another Angel of Love, book 2, won the Silver ...
  • Read Local: Publishing Success Stories – Dunlop Art Gallery Dunlop Art Gallery will be hosting a party at Central Library on Saturday, March 28 to celebrate the launch of three of our forthcoming titles documenting 3 exhibitions we’ve produced in 2014-15. Who’s Afraid of Purple, Orange and Green?, Tragedy Plus Time, and Material Girls. These three titles, co-published with Black Dog Publishing, celebrate some of Dunlop Art Gallery’s highest-attended and critically-acclaimed exhibitions presented in 2014-2015. Black Dog Publishing Limited London specializes in beautifully produced illustrated books that represent a fresh, eclectic take on contemporary culture. Dunlop Art Gallery has been thrilled to partner with Black Dog to produce these exciting new publications, filled with full colour illustrations, critical essays, and commissioned artist projects. Contributing authors: Mark Cheetham, Michael Davidge, Blair Fornwald, Dagmara Genda, Jennifer Matotek, and Wendy Peart Artist projects: Thirza Cuthand, Alison S.M. Kobayashi, Walter Scott, and Joy Walker The Dunlop welcomes all local publishers to attend and partake in some food, drink, dancing, and ...
  • Congratulations are in order! Saskatchewan publishers Robin and Arlene Karpan (Parkland Publishing) were just named Finalists for the Travel Media Award in the 2014 Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence. Winners will be announced at the Awards Gala on April 16, 2015. And if you haven’t already congratulated Thistledown Press, Hagios Press, Purich Publishing, Coteau Books, Gabriel Dumont Institute, Les Editions de la nouvelle plume, and the University of Regina Press for their nominations for Saskatchewan Book Awards (the full list of nominees is here), make sure you do. Our publishers produce incredible, award-winning books every year.
  • Publishers Forum 2015 You are invited to join SaskBooks for our Spring 2015 Professional Development Sessions in Saskatoon on March 19 and 20, 2015. The event begins with the SaskBooks Annual General Meeting and Membership meeting from 1:00 to 4:00 on March 19 at the Refinery Arts and Spirit Centre (SaskBooks members only, unfortunately). Then join us for our 25th Birthday Party, at the Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Affinity Gallery at 4:30 P.M. In addition to refreshments and birthday cake, we will also be featuring a retrospective panel on Saskatchewan publishing titled Saskatchewan Publishing Then and Now. Our day of sessions begins in earnest on March 20 at the Refinery Arts and Spirit Centre with breakfast served at 8:00 A.M. During the day we’ll enjoy presentations from Jean Cichon (Account Manager, Canadian Manda) on Best Practices in Sales Repping and Why It’s Important, Ronald Sirois (Learning Resource Consultant, Saskatchewan Teacher’s Federation) on How to Get ...
  • Spring 2015′s NEW BOOKS! Our publishers and their book elves have been working very hard, and they’re excited about some of the new books that are coming out this spring. Keep these titles in mind for your summer reading lists and look for SaskBooks at display events this year, because we will have these awesome books. From Wild Sage Press: Tending the Tree of Life by Irwin Kahan, illustrated by Wendy Winter Limited edition of 200 copies; 112 pages, softcover, 6×9, full colour cover, b&w illustrations interior $25 ISBN 978-0-9881229-8-7 Release date: March 2015 How did a Jewish farm boy from Saskatchewan end up participating in LSD experiments and other cutting-edge psychiatric research? The author tells the often dramatic story of his life simply, with humour and optimism, whether recounting anecdotes of life on the farm during “the dirty thirties,” in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, or as a member of the research team that developed ...
  • Private: Creative Saskatchewan Grants Available Creative Saskatchewan’s grant programs for Creative Industries Production, Market & Export Development, Research, and Capacity Building are now open for applications. The deadline to apply is 4pm, 23 January 2015. All of the guidelines and application forms are available from Creative Saskatchewan’s website (creativesask.ca).