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May 23

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of children’s book author Carolyn Beck in the early morning on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The following is an image created by the Canadian Children's Book Centre in memory of Carolyn:

May 13

Rescue by Marie Etchell has won of the Chocolate Lily Book Award in the Novel Category (Grades 4 – 7). The award is a children's choice award voted by young readers in BC.

May 6

The winners of the Saskatchewan Book Awards were announced this weekend. The winner in Children’s Literature category was

Fox and Bear, By Miriam Körner

May 2

The Saskatchewan Arts Board (SK Arts) have announced the Artists or organizations celebrated for their contribution to the arts in Saskatchewan in 2024.

Among the artists recognized is Leah Dorion, illustrator of our recent picture book, Waci! Dance!







April 25

On Saturday, April 20th the winners of the 2023 CYGNUS Book Awards for Science Fiction were announced in Bellingham, Washington.

The winner in the Climate Fiction (CliFi) category and the overall Science Fiction winner was The Shadow of War by Timothy S. Johnston.








The CYGNUS Book Awards recognize emerging new talent and outstanding works in the genre of Science Fiction, Steampunk, Alternative History, and Speculative Fiction. The Cygnus Awards is a genre division of Chanticleer International Book Awards and Novel Competitions (The CIBAs).

The CYGNUS Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Science Fiction Book of the Year, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year.

April 22

Yesterday was the book launch for The Go-Between at A Different Drummer Books in Burlington, Ontario. Author Jennifer Maruno did a reading from the book and a signing afterwards.

Click here to see a slideshow from the event.

April 18

Last night was the book launch for The Stradivari Formula at Ben McNally Books on Queen St, Toronto.

Click here to view a video of author Grit Laskin reading from the book.

April 1

Finalists announced today for Diamond Willow Awards (Saskatchewan Young People’s Choice awards).

Congratulations to the following authors for being nominated for the 2024 Diamond Willow Award!

      Marie Etchell, author of Rescue


     Marco Fraticelli, author of Dear Elsa

March 10

The Saskatchewan Book Award shortlists have been announced.

Finalists for the Children’s Book Award include:


Fox and Bear,

By Miriam Körner





Molly Misses Nainai,

By Emma Chen,

Illustrated by Sean Huang


Finalists for the First Book Award include:

           Molly Misses Nainai

Finalists for the Indigenous People’s Writing Award include:


Waci! Dance!,

By Sage Speidel,

Illustrated by Leah Dorion


January 10

The 2023 Taste Canada book award winners were announced on October 31 

Winning gold in the Single-Subject Cookbooks category was:


The Artful Pie Project: A Sweet and Savoury Book of Recipes

By Denise Marchessault with photographs by Deb Garlick



December 21

On October 17 the 2023 Canadian Jewish Literary Awards winners were announced. Winning in the Adult Fiction category was



The Ribbon Leaf

by Lori Weber.




From the award jury:

The Ribbon Leaf by Lori Weber was submitted in the Youth category, but its poignancy transcends generations. This enthralling historical novel takes the reader into the events of the Holocaust through the experiences of two girls who are best friends growing up in Nazi Germany. Edie's family is Jewish. Sabine's father and brother rise in the Nazi hierarchy. Kristallnacht changes everything as Edie flees to Canada and Sabine makes a decision that goes against her family's beliefs and risks her life and freedom. Lori Weber puts her readers into the thick of World War II from two very different perspectives.

Click here to see the presentation of the award with the presenter talking about the book and Lori Weber accepting the award.