SaskBooks’ Board of Directors draws on expertise in the publishing industry, and consists of the following positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Past President, and Members-at-Large. Our officers are elected for one year terms by a majority vote of our members at our AGM. SaskBooks’ board members are volunteers for our organisation.
John Kennedy – Radiant Press
John looks after administration and operations of Radiant Press, one of Saskatchewan’s newest publishers. John has over 30 years of non-profit arts management and film industry experience, and is a keen and enthusiastic publishing explorer.
Byrna Barclay – Burton House Books
While Burton House Books is an emerging publishing house, Byrna Barclay has been on the scene for a respectable amount of time. A seasoned writer and editor, Byrna has served as the Chair of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the President of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, as well as on many other boards and committees, including the Saskatchewan Book Awards and the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre. Byrna is the author of ten novels and short story collections, and Burton House Books has recently released four new Saskatchewan books.
Belinda Riehl-Fitzimmons – Saskatchewan Archaeological Society (“The Archies”)
Belinda Riehl-Fitzsimmons has been interested in books since childhood. In fact, reading was a preferred activity to sports. She began her journey of book creation with being the editor of her small-town school yearbook for 4 years. Following earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in archaeology and anthropology, she worked off and on in the archaeological consulting field, often writing and researching materials for client reports. She became the Business Administrator for the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society in the fall of 2006. Her skills in proofreading and basic editing soon led to taking on the role of editor of the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society’s Newsletter (now the Quarterly) in 2007, which she continues. Other titles she has helped create are Sifting Through Time – A History of the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society, and Occasional Papers in Archaeology Number 2 – Contributions to Northern Plains Archaeology and Number 3 – The Cypress Hills Massacre. Belinda is married with three adult children, and lives in Saskatoon.
Tim Stobbs – Flatland Publishing
Tim Stobbs is a chemical engineer with experience in clean coal technology, environmental policy analysis and regulatory cost modelling. He established Flatland publishing in 2010 to self-publish a personal finance book on early retirement in 2011. Tim has also been active in his community, serving on the Regina Public School Board from 2009 until 2012, and he served on the board of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan. Tim is a freelance writer with experience in technical writing, non-fiction (personal finance), blogging, and report writing, and he enjoys his works with the Regina Public Library.
Deana Driver – DriverWorks Ink
Deana Driver is an award-winning book publisher, journalist, author, and editor. She was a freelance journalist for more than 30 years and, in 2008, founded DriverWorks Ink publishing, which specializes in inspiring non-fiction books about Prairie people and publishes other genres as well. Since she wrote her first book in 2001, Deana has published or co-published more than 55 titles written by Saskatchewan and Prairie writers including herself. Her passion is for true stories that help others lead better lives. In addition to non-fiction biographies, she publishes nonfiction spiritual healing and wellness, children’s fiction, rural humour, and cowboy and rural poetry. Many of those genres include pieces of or are based on non-fiction. Since 1998, Deana Driver has been listed in Who’s Who of Canadian Women and Canadian Who’s Who.
Karen Clark – University of Regina Press
Karen Clark is the Scholarly Acquisitions Editor for the University of Regina Press. She completed her undergraduate degree in English at the University of Regina, receiving honours and the President’s Medal. She pursued her graduate work at the University of Alberta, then taught in the English Department at Texas Tech University for nine years. Her areas of teaching and research were primarily in Aboriginal literatures, autobiography studies, and environmental literature. Karen is not only thrilled to be back in Saskatchewan and at the U of R again, but to be involved with Astonished!—a program in which her nephew, Duncan Rice, participated. In serving as the new Secretary for Astonished!, Karen hopes to honour Duncan and his family by helping others, and to give back in some small way to all those who cared for and loved Duncan. Karen also enjoys cooking, gardening, knitting, hiking, running and travelling, and is a certified yoga teacher and a student of ashtanga.
Heather Nickel –Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing
Heather loves to read and finds that publishing prairie stories is a great way to indulge her passion. She has a BA (English) from the University of Saskatchewan and began helping authors publish books in 1997. Heather’s books are strong contenders for regional and international book prizes, and many of Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing books have been adopted to educational curricula in Canada. Some of her recent titles are published in English and various Cree dialects, in consultation with Elders and members of the communities in which the books are produced.