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05/07/13


Saskatchewan Book Awards: Non-Fiction

Non-Fiction Award 2013:

Winner:
Candace Savage:
A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape

note: this book also won the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction

Description: When Candace Savageand her partner buy a house in the romantic little town of Eastend, she has no idea what awaits her. At first she enjoys exploring the area around their new home, including the boyhood haunts of the celebrated American writer Wallace Stegner, the backroads of the Cypress Hills, the dinosaur skeletons at the T.Rex Discovery Centre, the fossils to be found in the dust-dry hills. She also revels in her encounters with the wild inhabitants of this mysterious land -- two coyotes in a ditch at night, their eyes glinting in the dark; a deer at the window; a cougar pussy-footing it through a gully a few minutes' walk from town.

But as Savage explores further, she uncovers a darker reality -- a story of cruelty and survival set in the still-recent past -- and finds that she must reassess the story she grew up with as the daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of prairie homesteaders....Syndetics

Nominees:

Lynn Gidluck:
Visionaries, Crusaders, and Firebrands: The Idealistic Canadians Who Built the NDP

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Muriel A. Jarvis, (and Mary E. Vandergoot):
Thin Pink Lines: My Life as a Nurse & Beyond

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Alexandra Popoff:
The Wives: The Women Behind Russia's Literary Giants

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To see the list of all winners and nominees, go to the All Time Award Nominees List by Year posted by the Saskatchewan Book Awards.


04/29/12


Saskatchewan Book Awards winners 2012

Saskatchewan Book Awards winners were announced on April 28

Here are some of the Non-Fiction Awards. For the full list, go to the link above:

Book of the Year:

* Darren R. Préfontaine: Gabriel Dumont : li chef michif in images and in words
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Non-Fiction Award:

* Curtis R. McManus: Happyland: A History of the "Dirty Thirties" in Saskatchewan, 1914-1937

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* Mark Cronlund Anderson and Carmen L. Robertson won the Scholarly Writing Award, the First Peoples’ Writing Award and the Regina Book Award for their book Seeing Red: A History of Natives in Canadian Newspapers.
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02/04/12


2012 Canada Reads

Canada Reads 2012 Contest (click here to go to the CBC Canada Reads website. You can read more about the books and the authors)

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WINNER:

Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre

Something Fierce is playwright and actor Carmen Aguirre's memoir about coming of age in the Chilean resistance movement.

The Author: Carmen Aguirre grew up amid the terror and defiance of the Chilean resistance movement.

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THE OTHER NOMINEES:

The Game by Ken Dryden

The Game is still widely regarded as the best book about hockey ever written, even almost 30 years after its original publication in 1983. In it, legendary goalie Ken Dryden chronicles his 1979 season with the Montreal Canadiens.

The Author: Ken Dryden was a legendary goalie for the Montreal Canadians. He has written five books and served as a Liberal MP for seven years.



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On a Cold Road by Dave Bidini

On a Cold Road is the book that marked Rheostatics guitarist Dave Bidini's transition from rock star to writer, a chronicle of the band's 1996 cross-Canada tour with The Tragically Hip.

The Author: Dave Bidini used to be a guitarist for the iconic rock band the Rheostatics. He has published 10 books, and writes a regular column in the National Post.


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Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat

Prisoner of Tehran is Marina Nemat's harrowing account of the two years she spent as a teenager in a political prison in Iran after the Islamic Revolution.

The Author: Marina Nemat grew up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and followed up the success of her first book with a sequel, After Tehran, about her life in Canada.

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The Tiger by John Vaillant

The Tiger is a shocking true story about the struggle between the citizens of a remote Russian village and the ferocious, endangered Siberian tiger who is out for revenge against the poachers who survive by destroying his kind.

The Author: John Vaillant has worked as a journalist since 1998, exploring the often surprising collisions between man and nature.
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