U of R well represented on the Saskatchewan Book Awards shortlist

By Costa Maragos Posted: February 16, 2018 4:30 p.m.

Author Kathleen Carlisle has received three Saskatchewan Book Award nominations for her U of R Press published book Fiery Joe: The Maverick Who Lit Up the West.
Author Kathleen Carlisle has received three Saskatchewan Book Award nominations for her U of R Press published book Fiery Joe: The Maverick Who Lit Up the West. Photo by Vistara Sidebottom

The shortlist for the 25th annual Saskatchewan Book Awards has been announced and the U of R is well-represented.

U of R Press, the University’s publishing house, has received 12 nominations and the University of Regina will be well-represented at the 2018 Saskatchewan Book Awards when they’re handed out.

Leading the way with three nominations is Fiery Joe: The Maverick Who Lit Up the West by Kathleen Carlisle. It has been nominated for the non-fiction, scholarly writing, and the publishing awards.

Carlisle’s book tells the story of the meteoric rise and fall of Joe Phelps, a cabinet minister who played a pivotol role while serving under Premier Tommy Douglas.

Other U of R Press titles receiving nominations are:

  • Claiming Anishinaabe by Lynn Gehl (two nominations)
  • Aaniiih/Gros Ventre Stories, compiled and edited by Terry Brockie and Andrew Cowell (two nominations)
  • Mapmaker by Barbara Mitchell
  • Mudeater by John D. Pihach
  • Speaking in Cod Tongues by Lenore Newman
  • The Magnificent Nahanni by Gordon Nelson
U of R Press titles swept two of the three categories for publishers; The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport Publishing Award and the Publishing in Education Award sponsored by the U of R’s Faculty of Education and SaskBooks.
Dale Johnson
Dale Johnson, Communications Strategist with the U of R, at a book signing at the U of R Bookstore. Johnson is shortlisted for the First Book Award for The Last Best Car - The 67-X.

“We are thrilled to have our books recognized by the Saskatchewan Book Awards, which speaks to the hard work, creative thought, and tenacity of both our authors and the publishing team,” says Bruce Walsh, Director and Publisher of U of R Press.

Also making the shortlist is The Last Best Car – The 67-X by Dale Edward Johnson, Communications Strategist with the U of R’s External Relations Department.

Johnson, a car columnist with The Leader-Post, has been nominated for the First Book Award. Johnson traces the history of the rare 67-X car. Only four were made in 1967 and only three remain. They were given away as part of a nation-wide contest.

“It’s a thrill to be nominated and great to share the stories of the four original winners of these amazing cars and catch up with the people who own these cars today,” says Johnson.

Winners will be announced April 28 at the awards banquet to be held at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina.

Please visit here for the complete list of the Saskatchewan Book Awards 2018 shortlist.