The province's literary talent was celebrated Saturday night at the 20th annual Saskatchewan Book Awards.

Several hundred people were at Regina's Conexus Arts Centre to honour the 14 winners.

Saskatoon's Candace Savage was a big winner, taking home three of the top prizes including the prestigious University of Regina Book of the Year Award for her work, A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape

Savage also won the College of Arts and Science University of Saskatchewan Non-Fiction Award and the City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book Award.

The best in First Nations and Métis writing and publishing were also celebrated at the awards ceremony. The Rasmussen and Charowsky Aboriginal Peoples' Writing Award went to Regina's Blair Stonechild for his biography, Buffy Saint-Marie: It’s My Way.

Regina’s Melanie Schnell was also a multiple award winner, taking home the Drs. Morris & Jacqui Shumiatcher Regina Book Award and the National Bank Financial Wealth Management First Book Award for her novel, While the Sun is Above Us.

Here are some of the other winners celebrated at the Saskatchewan Book Awards:

  • SaskPower Fiction Award — The Pious Robber by Harriet Richards (Saskatoon), Thistledown Press
  • Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award — Restless White Fields by Barbara Langhorst (Humboldt), NeWest Press
  • SaskEnergy Young Adult Literature Award — 40 Things I Want To Tell You by Alice Kuipers (Saskatoon), HarperCollins Canada
  • Luther and University of Regina Arts Award for Scholarly Writing — Reconciling Sovereignties: Aboriginal Nations and Canada by Felix Hoehn (Saskatoon), Native Law Centre
  • University of Regina Faculty of Education and Campion College Award for Publishing in Education — Day of the Cyclone by Penny Draper (currently in Victoria, BC), Coteau Books for Kids

The host of CBC Radio's The Morning Edition, Sheila Coles, has been master of ceremonies at the Saskatchewan Book Awards since its inception in 1993.