Each year the Saskatchewan Book Awards honour the best books by Saskatchewan authors, and I’m pleased to announce that the 2015 shortlisted books include Masks, in two categories: Young Adult Literature (self-explanatory) and Regina Book Award (for the best book by a Regina author).
The books are judged by out-of-province judges, and the stated criteria is simply “the quality of the writing.”
I’ve been shortlisted for Saskatchewan Book Awards in the past but have only won once, for my YA fantasy Spirit Singer (written under my other name, Edward Willett), back in 2002. I was also nominated for Best First Book in 1997 for my first novel, Soulworm; for Children’s Literature a couple of years later fro my YA fantasy The Dark Unicorn, and for the Regina Book Award a couple of years ago for my adult fantasy novel Magebane (written as Lee Arthur Chane).
Best thing about winning a Saskatchewan Book Award? A $2,000 cash prize!
In the Young Adult Literature category, the other nominees are:
Brenda Baker, Camp Outlook (Second Story Press)
Robert Currie, Living with the Hawk (Thistledown Press)
Alice Kuipers, The Death of Us (HarperCollins)
For the Regina Book Award, the other nominees are:
Tracy Hamon, Red Curls (Thistledown Press)
Trevor Herriot, The Road is How: A Prairie Pilgrimage through Nature, Desire, and Soul (HarperCollins)
Margaret Hryniuk and Frank Korvemaker, Legacy of Worship: Sacred Places in Rural Saskatchewan (Coteau Books)
Zarqa Nawaz, Laughing All the Way to the Mosque (HarperCollins)
The awards will be announced at a gala on April 25.