dumontThe Saskatchewan Book Awards are creeping up on their 25th anniversary. That won’t happen until 2018, but until then there will be plenty of great literature to celebrate.

The 2016 SBAs are being held at Conexus Arts Centre on Saturday April 30. Among the nominees are two writers — Saskatoon’s Guy Vanderhaeghe and Regina’s Dianne Warren — who have won national and international acclaim for previous novels and short-story collections. Here, Vanderhaeghe is nominated in three categories for Daddy Lenin and Other Stories while Warren has two nominations for her novel Liberty Street.

You can find more information on all the 2016 nominees on the SBA website. The gala begins at 5:30 p.m. with a prairie buffet, with the awards at 7 p.m. The emcee of the proceedings is Saskatchewan author and columnist Dawn Dumont (pictured), and as an added feature there will be live music by members of the Regina Andean music group Andino Suns.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased through the SBA website or by calling 306-569-1585.