Dianne Warren Photo Credit: Don Hall

Dianne Warren Photo Credit: Don Hall

The highlight of the year on the Saskatchewan literary calendar is undoubtedly the Saskatchewan Book Awards which occur in April. But that’s not the only major event.

Each year, the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild hosts a fall conference that alternates between Regina and Saskatoon. In 2015, the conference is being held at the Travelodge Hotel (4177 Albert) in Regina on Oct. 23-24. The conference theme is Great Expectations, and the focus of the various panels and presentations that are being held will be surviving and thriving in our current literary landscape.

Presenters include Dianne Warren (pictured), Daniel Scott Tysdale, Edward Willett, Anne Lazurko and current Regina Public Library writer-in-residence Iranian-Canadian author/academic Nilofar Shidmehr.

You can find out more information on the conference on the SWG website.  Most of the events are limited to registered participants, but the annual Caroline Heath Memorial Lecture is open to the public. It will be at the Travelodge Friday at 7:30 p.m. Dianne Warren, who just released a new novel called Liberty Street, is the guest lecturer, and her talk is titled “Writing Local, Writing Global: Random Thoughts on Regionalism”.

Vertigo Series is also holding a public reading in conjunction with the SWG conference. It will be at Crave Restaurant on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and will feature authors Connie Gault and Elizabeth Philips.