Friday, November 23, 2007

Bill Waiser has received two Saskatchewan Book Award shortlist nominations for two different books. In the non-fiction category, Everett Baker’s Saskatchewan (Fifth House Publishers) examines the photographic work of Saskatchewan Wheat Pool field man Everett Baker, who documented on film everyday people doing everyday things in Saskatchewan in the 1940s and 1950s. His colour photographs have been described as a national treasure.
Nominated in the Children's category, Tommy Douglas is a biography of Saskatchewan’s longest serving premier in Fitzhenry and Whiteside’s “The Canadians” series. The book is aimed at adolescent readers and represents Waiser’s first venture at writing history for a younger audience.

Allison Fairbairn, events coordinator at Saskatoon’s McNally Robinson bookstore, said, “Bill Waiser has the remarkable ability to choose topics that resonate deeply with prairie readers, and to make history both readable and immensely enjoyable. At McNally Robinson we know that a new book by Bill will be an instant bestseller.” The Saskatchewan Books Awards are now in their fifteenth year. The awards gala will take place at Regina’s Conexus Arts Centre on November 24. Good luck, Bill!