The shortlist for this year’s Saskatchewan Book Awards, honoring the best books by Saskatchewan authors, was announced Friday, and I’m thrilled to be able to tell you that Master of the World, Book 2 in my Worldshapers series from DAW Books, has been shortlisted for the Fiction Award, sponsored by Muslims for Peace and Justice.
This is the second year I’ve been shortlisted in this category: my short-story collection Paths to the Stars was, too.
Master of the World is my ninth book to be shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Award. I won the Regina Book Award in 2002 for my young-adult fantasy Spirit Singer, which I re-released last year from Shadowpaw Press.
My first novel, Soulworm, was shortlisted in the First Book category, The Dark Unicorn was shortlisted in the Children’s Literature category, J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of Imaginary Worlds was also shortlisted for Children’s Literature, Masks was shortlisted for the Regina Book Award and the Young Adult Fiction award, Magebane was shortlisted for the Regina Book Award, The Citybornwas shortlisted for the Regina Book Award, and Paths to the Stars was shortlisted for the Regina Book Award and the Fiction Award.
The awards will be presented on April 25 at the Conexus Arts Centre here in Regina. Winners receive $2,000 in most categories and $3,000 in the Book of the Year category.