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SaskBooks is Saskatchewan’s provincial creative industry association for book publishers . We don’t publish books, but are a member-based not-for-profit association whose members are book publishers operating in Saskatchewan. Our publishers are small and independent businesses who publish books. The creative economy in the publishing sector includes business models like academic and scholarly publishers, literary presses, hybrid presses, self-publishers, and niche publishers. SaskBooks also provides regular "book pick" reviews to media outlets.

  • Sedley — growing up in small-town Saskatchewan

    By Chelsea Coupal Published by Coteau Books ISBN 9781550509410 $17.95 Sedley, written by Chelsea Coupal, is a delightful and insightful reflection of life in small-town Saskatchewan that had . . .

    Ben CharlesNovember 18, 2018

  • Paths to the Stars

    By Edward Willett Published by Shadowpaw Press $19.95 ISBN 978-1-9993827-0-4 I’ve read Willett’s work before. I’ve enjoyed every novel of his that I’ve consumed and hoped his latest work . . .

    Toby A. WelchNovember 14, 2018

  • I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust

    Written by Edward Willett, Illustrated by Wendi Nordell Published by YNWP $19.95 ISBN 9-781988-783178 Prolific Regina writer Edward Willett took a great idea and ran with it, and the result . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlNovember 11, 2018

  • No-Badge Killick: Life at Sea in Canada's Cold War Navy

    By Gord Hunter Published by Monkey's Fist Publishing $20.00 ISBN 978-0-9681803-1-0 Talk about adventures on the high seas. Gord Hunter hits the mark in No-Badge Killick: Life at Sea in . . .

    Keith FosterNovember 7, 2018

  • Death by Dinosaur

    By Jacqueline Guest Published by Coteau Books $14.95 ISBN 978-1-55050-943-4 Jacqueline Guest, bestselling author of Belle of Batoche, masterfully weaves her knowledge of Drumheller, Alta. . . .

    Amanda ZimmermanNovember 4, 2018

  • Children of the Broken Treaty

    Children of the Broken Treaty By Charlie Angus Published by University of Regina Press $27.95 ISBN 9780889774971 Children of the Broken Treaty opens with a quote from 14-year-old Chelsea . . .

    Madonna HamelOctober 21, 2018

  • Finding justice for Zara

    Zara's Dead By Sharon Butala Published by Coteau Books $24.95 ISBN 9-781550-509472 She's penned multiple novels, short fiction collections, plays, and non-fiction, including the highly . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlOctober 14, 2018

  • You Can Count on the Prairies!

    Text and photos by Leila J. Olfert Published by Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing $12.95 ISBN 978-1-988783-11-6 I've been reviewing books in various genres for the last few decades, and I can . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlSeptember 30, 2018

  • Matronalia

    By A.B. Dillon Published by Thistledown Press $20 ISBN 978-1-77187-153-2 "Life had not taught you that you were a girl yet." " ... my brain crawled with biting ants of . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlSeptember 23, 2018

  • Wolfe in Shepherd’s Clothing

    By Angie Counios and David Gane Published by Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing $19.95 9781988783130 Regina’s death toll is once again on the rise as Angie Counios and David Gane launch their . . .

    Michelle ShawAugust 11, 2018

  • 10 Essential Rules for Successful Grant Writing: Get the Money Your Non-Profit Organization Needs

    By Robert Friedrich Published by Last Mountain Publishers $29.00 ISBN 9780995962606 Written by Robert Friedrich, who has more than 30 thirty years of experience in the field, as a program . . .

    Kris BrandhagenJuly 28, 2018

  • After the War

    By Stéphane Grenier with Adam Montgomery Published by University of Regina Press $27.95 CAD ISBN 9780889775336 When Canadian soldier Stéphane Grenier headed to Rwanda in 1994 as part of the . . .

    Michelle ShawJuly 15, 2018

  • Journey to Joy: The Transformation of a Life … 21 Days at a Time

    By Christalee Froese Published by Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing $24.95 ISBN 978-1-988783-12-3 “I’ve always wanted to keep everything, do everything and be everything,” Christalee Froese . . .

    Keith FosterJuly 7, 2018

  • Antigone Undone: Juliette Binoche, Anne Carson, Ivo van Hove and the Art of Resistance

    By Will Aitken Published by University of Regina Press $24.95 ISBN 9-780889-775213 Great art can pick you up by the heels and shake the daylights out of you, and that’s what happened to . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlJune 30, 2018

  • Dear Me: The Widow Letters

    Compiled by Dianne Young Published by DriverWorks Ink $14.95 ISBN 978-1-927570-43-2 Only those who’ve experienced the loss of a spouse can know the intense emotional feelings of that . . .

    Keith FosterJune 24, 2018

  • When the Trees Crackle with Cold: A Cree Calendar

    By Bernice Johnson-Laxdal and Miriam Körner Published by Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing $12.95 ISBN 9781927756935 Winner of the recent Saskatchewan Book Awards Children’s Literature Award, . . .

    Michelle ShawJune 8, 2018

  • Door into Faerie

    By Edward Willett Published by Coteau Books $14.95 ISBN 978-1-55050-654-9 Door into Faerie is the fifth and final title in Regina writer Edward Willett’s The Shards of Excalibur series, and I. . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlJune 2, 2018

  • Drought & Depression

    (History of the Prairie West Series, Vol. 6) Edited by Gregory P. Marchildon Published by University of Regina Press $34.95 ISBN 978-0-88977-539-8 Grandma Knox recalled that after her . . .

    Keith FosterMay 28, 2018

  • Born Resilient: True Stories of Life’s Greatest Challenges

    By Allan Kehler Published by Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing $17.95 ISBN 978-1-988783-02-4 Born Resilient: True Stories of Life’s Greatest Challenges is the third book I’ve reviewed by . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlMay 19, 2018

  • Growing Fruit in Northern Gardens

    By Sara Williams and Bob Bors Published by Coteau Books $39.95 ISBN 9-781550-509137 For those who desire to grow fruit in their own northern gardens, the comprehensive and visually inviting . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlMay 17, 2018

  • Arab Cooking on a Prairie Homestead: Recipes and Recollections from a Syrian Pioneer

    By Habeeb Salloum Published by University of Regina Press $34.95 ISBN 9780889775183 I had no idea Arab immigrants settled in rural Saskatchewan in the early part of the 20th century. And, . . .

    Michell ShawMay 10, 2018

  • Sleuth: Gail Bowen on Writing Mysteries

    Sleuth: Gail Bowen on Writing Mysteries By Gail Bowen $18.95 ISBN 978-0-88977-524-4 If you’ve ever considered writing a mystery novel, Gail Bowen provides the perfect opportunity in her . . .

    Keith FosterMay 1, 2018

  • Leap! How to Overcome Doubt, Fear, And Grief & Choose The Path Of Joy

    By Lisa Driver Published by DriverWorks Ink $19.95 ISBN 978-192757033-3 When I review a self-help book, I'm interested in knowing the author's story. Is he or she writing based on personal . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlApril 17, 2017

  • DAG Volumes: No. 1 (2012)

    Editors Dr. Curtis Collins, Blair Fornwald, Wendy Peart Published by Dunlop Art Gallery $60 ISSN: 1929-9214 The Dunlop Art Gallery is a department of the Regina Public Library, thus it's . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlApril 2, 2017

  • Mistasinîy

    By Mary Harelkin Bishop Illustrated by Heaven Starr Published by Emmbee Ink and DriverWorks Ink $14.95 ISBN 978-1-927570-32-6 If you loved Mary Harelkin Bishop’s Seeds of Hope: A Prairie . . .

    Michelle ShawMarch 24, 2017

  • Lifting Weights

    By Judy McCrosky Published by Thistledown Press $18.95 ISBN 978-1-77187-105-1 Saskatoon's Judy McCrosky has a reputation for pushing the limits. As a multi-genre writer she's authored an . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlMarch 5, 2017

  • Outlier: Life, Law and Politics in the West

    Outlier: Life, Law and Politics in the West By Garrett Wilson Published by Benchmark Press $24.95 ISBN 978-1-927352-28-1 In his hard-hitting autobiography, Outlier: Life, Law and Politics . . .

    Keith FosterFebruary 11, 2017

  • Goodbye Stress, Hello Life!

    By Allan Kehler Published by Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing $15.95 ISBN 978-1-927756-53-9 Stress: every person deals with some amount of it. Some turn to vices (drugs, alcoholism, over-eating. . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlFebruary 3, 2017

  • Glad I Dropped In: A hodge-podge of memories and family lore

    By June Mitchell Published by Benchmark Press $20 ISBN 978-1-927352-27-4 Anyone looking for the pure pleasure of getting lost in a good book need look no further than June Mitchell’s Glad I . . .

    Keith FosterFebruary 1, 2017

  • Been in the Storm So Long

    By Terry Jordan Published by Coteau Books $21.95 ISBN 9-781550-506877 I've long considered Terry Jordan to be a masterful writer, but if there's any justice in the literary universe, his . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlJanuary 21, 2017

  • Towards a Prairie Atonement

    By Trevor Herriot Published by University of Regina Press $22.95 ISBN 978-0-88977-454-4 For the Métis, who lived on the Canadian prairies for centuries, land was everything. They hunted on it. . .

    Keith FosterJanuary 12, 2017

  • The best and worst sides of Saskatchewan

    Ten books from five publishers make up the list of the highest-selling books produced by Saskatchewan publishers. The full list in order: The Great Saskatchewan Bucket List (Parkland Publishing). . .

    SubmittedJanuary 3, 2017

  • Fun on the Farm ... True Tales of Farm Life

    Fun on the Farm ... True Tales of Farm Life Compiled and edited by Deana J. Driver Published by DriverWorks Ink $17.95 ISBN 978-192757030-2 Even if they've never lived on a farm, I'm going. . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlDecember 31, 2016

  • Otto & Daria: A Wartime Journey Through No Man’s Land

    By Eric Koch Published by University of Regina Press $25.95 ISBN 978-0-88977-443-8 When Otto Koch, a German Jew, suffers an appendicitis attack he’s rushed to a hospital in the Third Reich . . .

    Keith FosterDecember 19, 2016

  • Good Morning, Sunshine! (A Story of Mindfulness)

    Good Morning, Sunshine! (A Story of Mindfulness) By Trina Markusson, illustrated by James Hearne Published by Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing $15.95 ISBN 9-781927-756775 There's much talk . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlDecember 14, 2016

  • Launch Lead Live

    By Dr. Dawn-Marie Turner Published by Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing $24.95 978-1-927756-47-8 Maybe you’re an employee who’s been accused of resisting organizational change. Let’s face it, . . .

    Leslie VermeerNovember 30, 2016

  • The Knowledge Seeker: Embracing Indigenous Spirituality

    By Blair Stonechild Published by University of Regina Press $32.95 ISBN 978-0-88977-417-9 What is your purpose in life? This is one of the questions Blair Stonechild explores in The Knowledge. . .

    Keith FosterNovember 28, 2016

  • The Life & Times of Lighthouse McNeil: An Adventure in the RCMP

    By George Garrett Published by Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing $19.95 ISBN 978-1-927756-65-2 The legendary traditions of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are based on individual members who . . .

    Keith FosterNovember 25, 2016

  • Reflections of Ukraine: Ukrainian Churches of the Saskatchewan Countryside

    By Lloyd and Rose Virag Published by Lloyd and Rose Virag $39.95 ISBN 978-0-9950034-0-8 Have you ever wondered about all those little churches that dot the Saskatchewan landscape? Lloyd and . . .

    Keith FosterNovember 25, 2016

  • Art of Immersive Soundscapes

    Edited by Pauline Minevich and Ellen Waterman Published by University of Regina Press $39.95 ISBN 9-780889-772588 Music, laughter, the rustling wind: sound enriches our lives. Of course it . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlNovember 23, 2016

  • The Aboriginal Rock Paintings of the Churchill River

    By Tim E.H. Jones Published by Saskatchewan Archaeological Society $21.00 ISBN 9780969142065 When Tim Jones saw his first rock paintings on Kipahigan Lake in northern Saskatchewan in 1964, he. . .

    Keith FosterNovember 4, 2016

  • Hamburger

    By Daniel Perry Published by Thistledown Press $18.95 978-1-77187-097-9 Hamburger, Daniel Perry’s new collection of short fiction published by Saskatoon’s Thistledown Press, is loaded with . . .

    Leslie VermeerOctober 30, 2016

  • Convictions

    By Judith Silverthorne Published by Coteau Books $16.95 ISBN 9-781550-506525 I've now read enough of Judith Silverthorne's numerous books to know that anything she writes will be a worthy . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlOctober 23, 2016

  • Ceremony of Touching

    By Karen Shklanka
 Published by Coteau Books
 $16.95 ISBN 9-781550-506679 It's gratifying to possess some knowledge of where, both literally and metaphorically, a poet is writing from. The . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlOctober 16, 2016

  • Stepping into Traffic

    By K.J. Rankin Published by Thistledown Press $15.95 978-1-77187-101-3 If you’re looking for a new book to get teens back into the habit of reading for pleasure, you won’t go wrong with . . .

    Leslie VermeerSeptember 30, 2016

  • Sibling Shenanigans

    By Marjorie Cripps, illustrated by Val Lawton Published by Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing $12.95 ISBN 9-781927-75706 I can’t imagine a better title for first-time author Marjorie Cripps’ . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlSeptember 25, 2016

  • Burning in this Midnight Dream

    By Louise Bernice Halfe Published by Coteau Books $16.95 9781550506655 Burning in this Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe is a book of poetry contrasted by photographs, centered around . . .

    Kris BrandhagenSeptember 18, 2016

  • Shaping a World Already Made: Landscape and Poetry of the Canadian Prairies

    By Carl J. Tracie Published by University of Regina Press $27.95 ISBN 9-780889-773936 The respectful and sweeping premise for Shaping A World Already Made – the brainchild of author/cultural . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlSeptember 3, 2016

  • Small Displays of Chaos

    By Breanna Fischer Published by Coteau Books $12.95 9781550506617 Breanna Fischer’s book Small Displays of Chaos is about a girl from Saskatoon who develops an eating disorder during her last. . .

    Kris BrandhagenAugust 28, 2016

  • Hanna’s Letter

    By Darren Ulmer Published by DW Ulmer Publishing $9.95 978-0-99502421-2 It’s said books are a way to start a social conversation. That’s certainly the case for Darren Ulmer, author of the . . .

    Leslie VermeerAugust 24, 2016

  • My Good Friend, Grandpa

    My Good Friend, Grandpa Story by Elaine Sharfe, Illustrations by Karen Sim Published by Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing $9.95 ISBN 9-781927-756713 You don't have to be a grandparent to . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlAugust 21, 2016

  • Wind Leaves Absence

    By Mary Maxwell Published by Thistledown Press $17.95 ISBN 978-1-77187-100-6 I read Saskatoon poet (and nurse) Mary Maxwell’s first book, Wind Leaves Absence, with interest and no small . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlAugust 21, 2016

  • These Are Our Legends

    Narrated by Lillooet Elders, transcribed and translated by Jan van Eijk, Illustrated by Marie Abraham Published by University of Regina Press $24.95 ISBN 9-780889-773967 University of . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlAugust 14, 2016

  • The Sky Was 1950 Blue

    Written by Katherin Edwards, Design by Melissa Haney Published by Jackpine Press $30.00 ISBN 978-1-927035-22-1 Jackpine Press recently released The Sky Was 1950 Blue, a collaborative chapbook. . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlAugust 7, 2016

  • Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada’s Lost Promise and One Girl’s Dream

    By Charlie Angus Published by University of Regina Press $27.95 ISBN 978-0-88977-401-8 Unbelievable. Appalling. Horrific. These are adjectives that could be used to describe the contents of. . .

    Keith FosterJuly 31, 2016

  • Reinvesting in Families

    Reinvesting in Families By Dorothy Badry, Don Fuchs, H. Monty Montgomery, and Sharon McKay, eds. Published by University of Regina Press $39.95 ISBN 978-0-888977-352-3 Healthy families make. . .

    Leslie VermeerJuly 24, 2016

  • The Sixth Age

    By Kay Parley Published by Your Nickel's Worth Publishing $19.95 978-1-894431-85-9 The Sixth Age is a gentle comedic novel about a few months in the life of Allie Dutton, a poet, former farm . . .

    Leslie VermeerJuly 22, 2016

  • Questions for Wolf

    Questions for Wolf By Shannon Quinn Published by Thistledown Press $12.95; ISBN 978-1-77187-058-0 Questions for Wolf is a collection of poetry in Thistledown Press's New Leaf Series. In . . .

    Allison KyddJuly 20, 2016

  • Measures of Astonishment: Poets on Poetry

    With contributions by Margaret Atwood, Anne Carson, George Elliot Clarke, and others ISBN 9780889773714 $27.95 Published by U of R Press For the creative writer or the poetry reader or the . . .

    Tanya FosterJuly 17, 2016

  • Queen of Fire: Book One of the Leather Book Tales

    By Regine Haensel Published by Serimuse Books $14.95; ISBN 978-1495909511 The first part of a trilogy, this fantasy novel is suited to a young adult or even juvenile audience. Not that the . . .

    Allison KyddJuly 13, 2016

  • Lost + Found: Signposts for Steering Through the World

    Written by Laura Lamont, Designed by Jess Dixon Published by Jackpine Press ISBN 978-1-927035-18-4 $30.00 In 2015, Saskatoon’s Jackpine Press published Lost + Found: Signposts for Steering . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlJuly 11, 2016

  • homecoming

    By Zondra M. Roy Published by Jackpine Press $30 ISBN 978-1-927035-20-7 Sometimes the lines between genres blur. As I began reading Zondra M. Roy’s chapbook, homecoming , I thought, “looks . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlJuly 9, 2016

  • Goodbye Stress, Hello Life!

    Published by Your Nickel's Worth Publishing Review by Leslie Vermeer $15.95 978-1-927756-53-9 Allan Kehler wants you to find your joy. At a more down-to-earth level Kehler — a . . .

    Allan KehlerJuly 7, 2016

  • The Surprising Lives of Small-Town Doctors

    Edited by Dr. Paul Dhillon Published by University of Regina Press $21.95 ISBN 978-0-88977-431-5 “All doctors, no matter how great or experienced, are a work in progress. They call it . . .

    Keith FosterJune 24, 2016

  • A Map in my Blood

    ShlleyA Map in my Blood By Carla Braidek Published by Thistledown Press $17.95 ISBN 978-1-77187-096-2 Saskatchewan writer Carla Braidek’s most recent poetry demonstrates deep gratitude for . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlJune 16, 2016

  • Journeys in Community-Based Research

    By Bonnie Jeffery, Isobel M. Findlay, Diane Martz, and Louise Clarke, eds. Published by University of Regina Press $34.95 978-0-88977-339-4 To many people, pure academic research seems . . .

    Leslie VermeerJune 2, 2016

  • Laying the Children’s Ghosts to Rest: Canada’s Home Children in the West

    By Sean Arthur Joyce Published by Hagios Press $18.95 ISBN 978-1-926710-27-3 Even the best intentions can be paving stones to hell. In most cases, well-intentioned people like Thomas Barnardo. . .

    Keith FosterMay 31, 2016

  • Inside the Mental: Silence, Stigma, Psychiatry, and LSD

    Inside the Mental: Silence, Stigma, Psychiatry, and LSD By Kay Parley Published by University of Regina Press $24.95 ISBN 978-0-88977-411-7 You never know who you might run into in a mental. . .

    Keith FosterMay 28, 2016

  • I Am Free

    By Del Suelo Published by Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing $24.95 ISBN 978-1-927756-50-8 When I began I Am Free, Saskatchewan writer, wanderer and musician Del Suelo’s “slow-art” project that . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlMay 27, 2016

  • Forever Changed

    By Cheri Helstrom
 Published by DriverWorks Ink
 $16.95 ISBN 978-1-927570-27-2 Change is inevitable. Some changes are so massive that they can change one’s life – dramatically and permanently. . .

    Keith FosterMay 25, 2016

  • Corvus

    By Harold Johnson
 Published by Thistledown Press
Review $19.95; ISBN 978-1-77187-051-1 (pbk.) Corvus is a novel that repays the reader’s persistence. Its setting is 80 years in the future, . . .

    Allison KyddMay 23, 2016

  • In the Temple of the Rain God: The Life and Times of ‘Irish’ Charlie Wilson


    By Garrett Wilson
 Published by Canadian Plains Research Center
 $29.95 ISBN 978-0-88977-288-5 Reading In the Temple of the Rain God: The Life and Times of “Irish” Charlie Wilson is like . . .

    Keith FosterMay 23, 2016

  • Defying Palliser

    By Jim Warren and Harry Diaz
 Published by University of Regina Press
 ISBN 978-0-88977-294-6 $34.95 Everyone knows farming is tough. But how about getting just one truckload of grain out of . . .

    SaskBooksMay 21, 2016

  • Pursuing Growth: Practical Marketing Tips for Business Owners

    By Brent Banda Published by Mile 84 Press $30.00 ISBN 9-780973-136913 The back cover blurb on Brent Banda’s Pursuing Growth: Practical Marketing Tips for Business Owners makes a grand claim: . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlMay 19, 2016

  • And It Was Very Good: Everyday Moments of Awe

    By Ed Olfert Published by DriverWorks Ink $19.95 ISBN 9-781927-570227 I must begin this review with a disclaimer: I was hesitant to read and review this book, based on the recognizable . . .

    Shelley A. LeedahlMay 9, 2016

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