The many facets of Saskatchewan culture were reflected in this year’s celebration of its best writers and publishers at the 16th Annual Saskatchewan Book Awards Gala held on Saturday, November 29th in Regina. Guest speaker Maria Campbell, award winning author and activist, along with renowned Métis fiddler John Arcand and his wife Vicki, set the stage for a unique Métis themed evening, with a crowd of over 400 enthusiastic book lovers, writers and publishers at the Conexus Arts Centre. The announcement of the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Awards recipients completed the evening.
Alison Lohans was the winner of the Young Adult Literature Award (sponsored by SaskEnergy) for her book, This Land We Call Home, published by Raupo/Pearson Education New Zealand. This book draws on her mother’s experience as a teacher at an Arizona World War II Japanese American relocation camp.
Over the next six months, the winning authors will be reading from their award winning books at more than a dozen Saskatchewan Book Awards Literary Salons being planned at various locations throughout the province.
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