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2024 Blind Date with a Book Contest & Event! (January 22 - February 22)

The 2024 theme was "Celebrating Black Voices: A Literary Journey for Black History Month". 
On February 22, 2024 during the "Meet-the-Author" Event with poet Peace Akintade the winners, selected using a random number generator, were announced. Congratulations to the 2024 "Blind Date with a Book" Contest winners:

Maitri Shah, Graduate Student, Faculty of Science
Irene Zadnik, Staff, Dr. John Archer Library and Archives
Jessica Singh, Undergraduate Student, Faculty of Science

Mary Chipanshi Librarian gives the prize package in library bag to Jessica Singh, winner of the 2024 Blind Date with Book contest

Mary Chipanshi, Librarian and Jessica Singh

A total of 83 individuals borrowed 123 “Blind Dates." Contest participants rated their date for a chance to win one of three prize packs donated by the University of Regina Press and the poetry book “Earth Skin” by Peace Akintade.

table with wrapped books and labels reflecting genre, quotes from book and library barcode

Book with decorated labels that are part of the 2024 Blind Date with a Book Contest

Meet the Author Event

Thursday, February 22nd, 2024 the African-Canadian poet, public speaker and playwright Peace Akintade-Oluwagbeye presented an author talk at the Archer Library. She read from her book "Earth Skin," a poetry collection about the joys and woes of human connection, as well as spoke with Archer Library Librarian Mary Chipanshi. Akintade's talk was presented as part of Black History Month 2024.

Peace Akintade-Oluwagbeye (she/her) is an African-Canadian Interdisciplinary Poet, Public Speaker, Chorus-Poem Playwrighter, and Thespian residing in Saskatoon Saskatchewan. Author of "Earth Skin" a poetry-collection retelling the joys and woes of human connection.

     Mary Chipanshi and Peace Akintade in conversation     Peace Akintade reciting her poetry from her book "Earth Skin"

        Mary Chipanshi and Peace Akintade in conversation                                     Peace Akintade reciting poetry
                                                                                                                                  from her book "Earth Skin"


2024 Prize Package sponsored by University of Regina Press

The University of Regina Press generously donated the following titles:

  • "#BlackInSchool" by Habiba Cooper Diallo
  • "Black Writers Matter" edited by Whitney French
  • "Until we are free", edited by Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson and Syrus Marcus Ware.