Literary landmarks: Regina, Saskatchewan

Regina is a lovely, book-loving city. Their library even hosts a regular writer-in-residence. If you're headed there, check out the must-see literary landmarks below.

Headed to another city? Check out our complete Literary Landmarks series here.

The Library at the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan


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You can come to the library at the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan to check out the stories of people's collective history in Saskatchewan. But you can also come to appreciate this classic, beautiful library, complete with a stunning circular staircase.

The Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery


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Art inspires art. Enjoy this beautiful space and the art it houses while appreciating a literary connection: this fall, the Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery is teaming up with Saskatchewan publisher Coteau Books to produce a book about Regina painter Wilf Perreault that will include poetry, fiction and essays by local writers inspired by his work. The writing will be featured in the retrospective exhibition at the gallery as well, from September 2014 to January 2015.

Speaker's Corner in Wascana Park


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Wascana Park is a gorgeous green space by Wascana Lake. Appreciate its beauty before checking out Speaker's Corner, a monument commemorating free speech. The plaque is dedicated to Nicholas Flood Davin, an author, journalist and politician who is most famous for sneaking into prison and interviewing Louis Riel the night before his execution. In 1883, Davin founded the Regina Leader newspaper.

Regina Public Library


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We love libraries! And the Regina Public Library loves readers and aspiring writers! It has a long-standing and very successful writers-in-residence program, where emerging writers can workshop their work with established writers. Past writers-in-residence include Lorna Crozier, Wayne Johnston and Sandra Birdsell. It is currently mystery writer Gail Bowen and soon will be children's writer Arthur Slade.

Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar


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Pop by Crave, a supposedly haunted restaurant, for a pint and check out the fantastic architecture. If you're lucky, it will be the same night as the Vertigo Reading Series, a monthly event featuring words and music by local artists.

Road trip suggestion: Avonlea


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If you have time, drive the 80 kilometres from Regina to Avonlea, a village of approximately 400 people that was named after the fictional Avonlea in Prince Edward Island - the setting for Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

A huge thank you to Joanne Skidmore, a board member for the Saskatchewan Book Awards, for her help building this list and her insight into these locations!