The Independent Book Publishers Association’s (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Award winners were announced starting last night. The winner in the Teen: Fiction category was:
Kid Sterling by Christine Welldon
The finalists for the 2021 Saskatchewan Book Awards have been announced. The finalists include:
In Search of Almighty Voice: Resistance and Reconciliation, by Bill Waiser
In the following categories:
University of Saskatchewan, Non-Fiction Award
Jennifer Welsh Scholarly Writing Award
City of Saskatoon/Saskatoon Public Library Saskatoon Award
Finalists for the Edna and G. Murray Forbes Foundation Young Adult Award are:
Qaqavii, by Miriam Körner
Because of that Crow, by Beverley Brenna
The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Finalists have been announced. A finalist in the Cookbook Category is:
The gold winner from each category will be awarded in a series of virtual ceremonies from May 11 to 14, 2021.
The 2020 Whippoorwill Award winners have been announced. The Whippoorwill Award honour “young adult literature that sings the authentic stories of rural people and places”. This award, curated by educators across the United States, honours distinguished, rural, young adult novels published in English during the preceding year. Included in the winners is:
Larkin on the Shore by Jean Mills
Listen to Jean talk about Larkin on the Shore on the Canadian Launch Pod podcast, here: https://voiced.ca/podcast_episode_post/larkin-on-the-shore-ft-jean-mills/
Earlier in December author Jamie Bastedo hosted a virtual book launch for his new book Protectors of the Planet. In it he discusses the background to the book, mostly via a Power Point presentation. At the end he has a question-and-answer session with people linked in from across the country. Click on the image below to watch the book launch.
Quill & Quire have announced their 2020 Books of the Year: Books for Young People. On the list is
Annother annoucement from earlier this year:
The 2020 Skipping Stones Honor Books have been announced. The following books have been selected:
Just A Kid, by Rie Charles
"This book gives young readers a wonderful message. Encouraging them to believe that they too can make a difference regardless of their age"
The Garden, by Meghan Ferrari
"The novel with its engaging storytelling and vivid imagery can be definitely appreciated by younger readers; and the cultural and historical relevance it offers will be enjoyed by the older age group. This novel became an unexpected favorite of mine."
A Time to Run: Stuart & Sam, by Lorna Schultz Nicholson, published by Clockwise Press
"This is a touching coming-of-age story for both teens. Sam must learn that his life has great purpose without basketball. Stuart must learn how to tell a real friend from someone who is using him. Both boys must learn that change is not always a bad thing. Often it should be embraced."
Some relatively recent award announcements:
2020 Aurora Award
Nominated in the Best Young Adult Category
2020-21 Hackmatack Award Shortlist
2020 Western Canada Jewish Book Award
Shortlisted in the Children/Youth category
On Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year 2020 list:
The 2020 High Plains Book Awards Finalists are announced.
Truth and Beauty in the Canadian Rockies, by Lisa Christensen, has been selected as one of three finalists in the Art and Photography category.
The Canadian Historical Association announced their annual Clio Award winners for 2020.
Winning a Lifetime Achievement Award is Dr. Bill Waiser for his outstanding contributions to the history of Saskatchewan.