Saskatchewan Loves Books! Book Publishing Week 2018 is a four day tour that visits three community libraries, two post-secondary institutions, a care home, and five First Nations Elementary Schools for a total of eleven live literary events across Saskatchewan, featuring nine authors and representing five different publishing houses.
The Honourable Gene Makowsky, Saskatchewan Minister of Parks, Culture, and Sport, officially declared the week of September 24 as “Saskatchewan Book Publishing Week”. An institution for bibliophiles since 2016, the inaugural Book Publishing Week was declared so SaskBooks, the provincial creative industry association for book publishers, to showcase some of the incredible books produced in our province and to celebrate the 40th anniversaries of Coteau Books and Thistledown Press, two of the province’s anchor literary publishers. Book Publishing Week connects Saskatchewan publishers with libraries, schools, and readers throughout Saskatchewan.
Some of the writers and books featured during Saskatchewan Book Publishing Week:
Lynda Monahan, from Prince Albert, is currently the John M. Cuelenaere Library writer-in-residence. She travels south-west to North Battleford to read from the anthology Line-Dance (Burton House Books, 2016) on Sept 25th 7:00 pm. Paul Hanley, prolific environmental writer for the Saskatoon Phoenix, will join Lynda and read from Man of the Trees: Richard St. Barbe Baker, The First Global Environmentalist (U of R Press, 2018). Rita Bouvier, Métis poet born and raised in Îlle-à-la-crosse, travels north to read from nakamowins’a for the seasons (Thistledown Press, 2015) at the Meadow Lake Library Sept. 26, 7:00 pm. Gail Bowen, mystery writer extraordinaire residing in Regina, travels to Biggar to read from Sleuth: Gail Bowen on Writing Mysteries (U of R Press, 2018) on Sept. 27th, 7:00 pm. Paul Hanley joins Gail to read from Man of the Trees: Richard St. Barbe Baker, The First Global Environmentalist (U of R Press, 2018). James Trettwer, from Regina, reads from his debut short-story collection Thorn-Field (Thistledown Press 2018), which focuses on relationships of all sorts in a fictional small town in Saskatchewan. Chelsea Coupal, from Sedley, hones her poetic attention towards her home town in her debut poetry collection Sedley (Coteau Books, 2018). Both authors travel north to read in Rosetown at 10:00 am and then south to Swift Current Library at 2:30 pm Sept. 28th. Jesse Rae Archibald Barber, professor at FNUniv, writer, and editor of Kisiskâciwan: Indigenous Voices from Where the River Flows Swiftly (U of R Press, 2018), reads at First Nations University on Sept. 28th 7:00 pm. His reading is followed by a discussion about publishing
The madcap tour that is Saskatchewan Book Publishing Week 2018 could not happen without the enthusiasm and support of publishers, writers, librarians, school staff members, and book lovers across the province.
The original Saskatchewan Book Publishing week, first declared by the Minister of Parks, Culture, and Sport in 2016, celebrated the 40th anniversaries of Coteau Books and Thistledown Press, two of the province’s anchor literary publishers, and to showcase some of the incredible books produced in our province.
For full list of events and bios visit bookweek.skbooks.com
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Saskatchewan Book Publishing Week is supported by Creative Saskatchewan, Tourism Saskatchewan, Young Canada Works, SaskCulture and SaskLotteries through the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, and The Writers’ Union of Canada.