College of Arts and Science alumni were among the winners of 2020 Saskatchewan Book Awards, which celebrate excellence in publishing and writing.
Jason Heit (BA’99, BA’04, MA’07) was nominated for three awards for his debut novel Kaidenberg’s Best Sons. Heit’s book received the First Book Award, honouring Brenda MacDonald Riches, and the Fiction Award.
University of Saskatchewan (USask) registrar Russell Isinger (BA’88, MA’97) was shortlisted along with Department of Political Studies senior policy fellow and former USask chancellor Roy Romanow (BA’60, LLB’64, LLD’07). Isinger and Romanow are co-editors of Back to Blakeney: Revitalizing the Democratic State, along with John Whyte and St. Thomas More College faculty member Dr. David McGrane (PhD). The book received the Jennifer Welsh Scholarly Writing Award, sponsored by the USask College of Arts and Science and the University of Regina Faculty of Arts.
Alexandra Popoff (MA’98) and her biography Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century were shortlisted for two awards: The University of Saskatchewan President’s Office Non-Fiction Book Award and the Jennifer Welsh Scholarly Writing Award. She received the Non-Fiction Award.
Paula Jane Remlinger (BA’94, CACE’99, BEd’00, CTESL’00, MA’06) received the Poetry Award, honouring Anne Szumigalski, for her book of poetry, This Hole Called January.
More than a dozen College of Arts and Science alumni and faculty were shortlisted for awards.
The winners were announced in an online virtual awards show that was broadcast through social media platforms on June 18.