U of R Press receives four Saskatchewan Book Awards!
We are pleased to announce four URP books that swept awards at the Saskatchewan Book Awards this year! The URP winners are Aaniih/Gros Ventre Stories, compiled and edited by Terry Brockie and Andrew Powell, Speaking in Cod Tongues by Lenore Newman, Claiming Anishinaabe by Lynn Gehl, and Fiery Joe by Kathleen Carlisle. Congratulations to all!
PUBLISHING IN EDUCATION AWARD
"Lenore Newman's search for a singular Canadian cuisine takes the reader on a journey that leads us to the understanding that 'Canadian cuisine is the food of the regions.' Through her personal, nation-wide food exploration and dining experiences, Newman reveals a rich smorgasbord of regional culinary opportunities, differentiated by various locales, cultures, history, places and ways of eating together. Her writing style is inviting and clear, often humorous; the book is a pleasure to read. A delicious and healthy book!"
MINISTRY OF PARKS, CULTURE AND SPORT PUBLISHING AWARD
"In Claiming Anishinaabe, a sophisticated Indigenous knowledge system proudly takes its place alongside the conventional historical narratives, complementing and critiquing them as necessary. Gehl's journey to self-awareness through the knowledge made available to her through her ancestors is a significant contribution to understanding truth and reconciliation. The format and design of the book are appropriate to the content and the publisher is to be commended for making this important book available to us."
SASKATOON PUBLIC LIBRARY INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' PUBLISHING AWARD
"This is an important collection of stories on several levels. The trickster and war stories compiled in this book, collected near the beginning of the 20th century on contemporary oral tales, are engaging and vivid, thanks to crisp storytelling and stark, effective illustrations. The incorporation, front and centre, of the original language to share these stories is timely. Language preservation is an integral movement happening within Indigenous communities, and the jury appreciated the use of the language as a way to honour the past, while looking ahead to the future. This collection is a wonderful work, presented with beautiful design and production."
JENNIFER WELSH SCHOLARLY WRITING AWARD
"Fiery Joe is an insightful, entertaining, and compelling portrait of Joe Phelps, farmer, social activist, and one of Saskatchewan's most colourful politicians. Carlisle's work is a biography of the first order: she brings radical history to life and helps us see how an individual can confront and change seemingly immovable institutions. Never shying away from the truth of her subject matter, Carlisle gives us Phelps in all his complexity. This award is well deserved for this is a history that is relevant to Saskatchewanians and Canadians alike."