It’s official

2021 Glengarry Book Award Short List for Recognition of Literary Excellence

The Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts offered this inaugural award to authors with Saskatchewan ties. The award was won by Regina author Dianne Warren for The Diamond House. Recently, the Foundation began to promote the three shortlisted titles. The national jury, comprised of a Canadian author, publisher and former judge and diplomat, selected three titles for the 2021 Glengarry Book Award Jury Short List for Recognition of Literary Excellence.

I’m honoured that my debut novel (Small Reckonings) was one of the three, and I happily join Lori Hahnel (Vermin – Stories) and Leona Theis (If Sylvie Had Nine Lives) for this recognition. The national jury members will be announced in the spring. The Glengarry Award was established with a generous donation by Claire Kramer, to whom we are so grateful. The social media buzz around the shortlisted titles begins this week.


Thanks River Volta

That was fun! I enjoyed being part of the River Volta Reading Series last night with Katherine Lawrence, and adept moderators Dawn and Josiah from the Master of Fine Arts program at the U of S College of Arts and Science. An attentive gathering of 59 attendees, some logging in from the U.S. and as far away as Australia. Wonderful response to my novel and upcoming sequel sneak peek, and I (along with everyone else) so enjoyed the pure poetry and elegant prose from Katherine Lawrence. Thank you again, Dawn and Josiah, for the invitation to take part. My advice is to check out more offerings this year.

Looking forward to this

River Volta is a literary reading series in Saskatoon run by the students of the MFA in Writing program at the University of Saskatchewan. I’m a more than a little humbled to be sharing the Zoom stage with Katherine Lawrence, and looking forward to hearing her read.

On Friday, January 21, at 7 pm, River Volta will be interviewing Karin Melberg Schwier & Katherine Lawrence. The virtual meeting will include readings from Karin’s new book, Small Reckonings, and Katherine’s poetry collection, Never Mind.

The event is free and open to the public. You can register for the Zoom webinar through Eventbrite, here.