Volume 11, Number 6 October 31, 2003

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U of S authors well-represented in Saskatchewan Book Awards short-list

The short-list for the 2003 Saskatchewan Book Awards has been announced and the authors of four out of the seven contenders for the Book of the Year prize are associated with the University of Saskatchewan.

In alphabetical order they include Professor Emeritus of English David Carpenter for Trout Stream Creed, St. Thomas More (STM) Sessional Lecturer Tim Lilburn for Kill-site, Bill Waiser from the Department of History for Hell Can't Stop Us, and STM Publications Assistant Donald Ward for Nobody Goes to Earth Any More.

Ward's book was also nominated in the Fiction category, Waiser's look at the On-To-Ottawa Trek and the Regina Riot made the short-list for Nonfiction and the Saskatoon Book Award, and Lilburn's collection of poetry will also be considered in the Poetry class.

Other U of S nominees include Ron Marken, Director of the Gwenna Moss Teaching and Learning Centre, who along with co-author Gail Bowen, was shortlisted in both the Fiction and Regina Book Award categories for their work Dancing in Poppies. In the Nonfiction category, nominees include Professor Emeritus of Medical Imaging Stuart Houston for Steps on the Road to Medicare, Bohdan Kordan, Director of the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage at STM for Enemy Aliens, Prisoners of War, and Associate Professor of History Janice MacKinnon for Minding the Public Purse. That book was also nominated in the category of Scholarly Writing.

Joining Lilburn as contenders for the Poetry award are Elizabeth Brewster, Professor Emeritus in English, for Jacob's Dream, English Professor Hilary Clark for The Dwelling of Weather, and STM Sessional Lecturer John Livingstone Clark for Body and Soul. Hilary Clark's book will also compete for the Saskatoon Book Award.

Along with MacKinnon's work, nominees for the Scholarly Writing award include Henry's Handbook of Soil and Water by Les Henry of the Department of Soil Science, and Saskatchewan's Communities in the 21st Century by Agriculture Economists Jack Stabler and M. Rose Olfert.

Diseases of Field Crops in Canada, edited by Professor Emeritus of Biology Robin Morral along with K.L. Bailey, B.D. Gossen and R.K. Gugel, all from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, is in the running for both the Award for Publishing and Publishing in Education. Also vying for the Award for Publishing is Building for the Future by University Secretary Gordon Barnhart.

The Saskatchewan Book Awards will be announced Nov. 29 at the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts in Regina. In advance of the awards ceremony, a brunch that will include readings by nominees will be held Nov. 2 at the Delta Bessborough Hotel. Advance tickets are available at the U of S Bookstore, McNally Robinson Booksellers, Coles, Westgate Books, The White Cat Bookstore, Readers Nook and the Mendel Art Gallery.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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