Saskatchewan Book Awards winners were announced on April 28
For the full list of winners, go to the link above:
* Harold Johnson,: The Cast Stone
Summary: A dystopian novel in which a First Nations professor confronts and assesses the impact of the US annexation of Canada through an examination of personal values and First Nations social mores.
First Book Award:
* Anne McDonald: To The Edge Of The Sea
Summary: Alex was in harmony with the water. He taught himself to swim and liked working the sea but always yearned for something more. His brother Reggie despised it all and yearned to escape. Mercy Coles lived in high society and yearned for new experiences. All three would get their wish, but coincidence would shape those wishes in profound ways. Alex finds himself on a circus trapeze. Reggie joins the farmer's protests against tax collectors and battles his own personal demons. Mercy finds herself in the middle of the battle for Canadian confederation with hard-drinking politician John A. MacDonald.
The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
Here's what Booklist has to say:
Alcott’s debut brims with engrossing storytelling, marred by occasionally clunky writing. Tess Collins is an ambitious young woman who dreams of stepping out of her 1912 class restrictions and becoming more than a maid. She wants the world to know her talent as a dressmaker. Her fate is forever altered when she encounters the mercurial, imperious designer, Lady Lucile Duff Gordon and becomes that lady’s personal assistant on the ocean liner Titanic. The actual sinking of the great ship is treated briefly (which may disappoint some Titanic buffs). Tess is willing to do almost anything to realize her designing dreams, even if it means bowing to the increasingly irrational, grandiose whims of her over-privileged employer. As Tess’ personal dramas unfold, the ugly aftermath of the ocean tragedy and the roles passengers and crew members played are revealed by the disturbing official investigation, which Alcott takes almost verbatim from the transcripts of the U.S. Senate hearings. For fans of Sarah Jio, Susanna Kearsley, and immigrant tales.
* * *
Click here to see other fiction titles about the Titanic.
This list includes my favourite Titanic novel:
From Time to Time by Jack Finney
Summary: Simon Morley, whose logic-defying trip from the present day back to the New York City of the 1880s in Time and Again has enchanted readers for twenty-five years, embarks on another trip across the borders of time.
This time Reuben Prien at the secret government-sponsored Project wants Simon to visit New York in 1912. Simon's mission: to protect a man who is traveling across the Atlantic with vital documents that could avert World War I. So one fateful day in 1912, Simon finds himself aboard the world's most famous ship...the Titanic.
posted by Sharon