One Book One Province 2018

The SLA’s One Book, One Province program is back for another year!

In March 2018, SLA invites everyone in the province to read Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens, by Amy Jo Ehman, published by MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc.

In this book you will be introduced to Saskatchewan’s rich food and cultural history and you may discover a few new recipes as well.

Read together, cook together, get together!

For more information: Anne Pennylegion, Program Coordinator

Phone: 306-780-9409





Background Information

One Book, One Province aims to increase literacy and to create a reading culture by providing opportunities for residents to become more socially engaged in their community through a shared story.

One Book, One Province encourages Saskatchewan’s social, economic and cultural development while supporting libraries and collaboration.

Read about the 2017 One Book One Province Project – the first in Saskatchewan.


Honourary Patron

“The One Book, One Province initiative is a fabulous way to connect people across Saskatchewan,” said Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield.  “The 2018 book selection – Amy Jo Ehman’s Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens is a beautifully-written, engaging book that tells fascinating stories about our food traditions.  As a book that appeals to all ages and people of diverse backgrounds, it is a perfect choice for this exciting program.  I am grateful to the Saskatchewan Library Association and their partners for celebrating our multiculturalism and for promoting understanding.  I also wish to congratulate and thank the talented Amy Jo Ehman for her delightful and meaningful book.”

Honorable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Honorary Patron

One Book, One Province Month Proclamation


Additional content coming shortly.

Community and Local Library Events

SLA can help publicize your local event. We will post messages on Facebook and twitter and list your event in this section of our website. Please register your event here:

Author Tour and Celebration Events

2018 OBOP Reading Tour

Amy Jo Ehman


Please note: Times and Dates are tentative and subject to change


March 1, 2018, 2 p.m.  

Saskatoon Public Library

Frances Morrison Central Library

311-23rd St E

Saskatoon, SK  S7K 0J6


March 8, 2018, 1:30 p.m.

Duck Lake Public Library

Box 490

Duck Lake, SK  S0K 1J0


March 9, 2018, Noon

The Wheatland Cafe with C.J. Katz


March 9, 20186:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

The Saskatchewan German Council

Culture in the Kitchen with Amy Jo Ehman

“Apfelkuken Now and Then”

Pre-registration and prepayment required



March 11, 2018, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Fort Qu’appelle Public Library


March 13, evening

Regina Public Library (Albert Branch)

Mâmawêyatitân Centre

3355 6th Ave.

Regina, SK  S4T 3H7


March 15, 2018, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Fort Qu’Appelle Public Library

Reading, food, community stories

148 Company Avenue South

Fort Qu’Appelle, SK  S0G 1S0


March 15, 2018

Qu’Appelle Public library

16 Qu’appelle St

Qu’appelle, SK  S0G 4A0


March 16, 2018. 1 p.m.

Elbow/Loreburn Public Libraries Joint event

Reading, signing, food, local museum will mount a kitchen related display

Elbow Civic Centre366 Coteau St. W

Moose Jaw, SK  S6H 5C9


March 26, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Leader Public Library

Reading, food and stories

Community Hall (Club room)

151 1st St West

Leader, SK  S0N 1H0


March 27, 2018, 2 p.m.

Gravelbourg Public Library

133 5th Ave. East

Gravelbourg, SK  S0H 1X0


March 29, 2018

McNally Robinson Saskatoon


Media Coverage

to be announced.

Project Partners and Sponsors

Sponsorship Information Document  Sponsorship_information_2018

Invitation to Partner

Further Reading

Here are some ideas and resources to get you started:

Book Clubs

  • This book provides the perfect opportunity to host a potluck Book Club meeting. Everyone in your group can bring an item from the book!
  • Your book club members could also prepare the food together. Choose a recipe or two and have everyone bring an ingredient.
  • Each book club member brings a recipe or a dish from their past and talks about what it means to them and their cultural heritage.

Libraries and Community organizations

Author Information

Amy Jo Ehman is a well-known Saskatchewan writer and broadcaster. Her books chronicle the history of food and food production in this province. She and her husband John spent a year eating local food and produced the award winning book Prairie Feast: A Writer’s Journey Home for Dinner in 2010. Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens was published in 2014. Amy Jo lives and works in Saskatoon.

Learn more about her at this website:

Follow her blog:

Find her on Twitter: @prairiefeast

About the Book and How to Find Copies

2018 One Book One Province Flyer

This book is organized into two sections: The People and The Food. Ehman traces the history of the province through the food that has been grown, prepared and eaten here. From First Nations and Métis people, to immigrants from Europe, Asia and the United States, the people who lived here used all available ingredients to feed their families.  The second section is a listing of recipes, complete with many photos of well-used recipe cards, starting with Bread, Biscuits and Bannock and ending with Pickles and Preserves.

Copies of Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens can be borrowed from public libraries in the province. Use the province-wide catalogue to search for a copy:

It is also available at bookstores including:

Coles, Chapters, Indigo:

McNally Robinson Booksellers:

Also available online at

Order from the publisher, MacIntyre Purcell:

Steering Committee

  • Debbi-Lynn Bateson
  • Sarah Bonish (Regina Public Library)
  • Cara Bradley (University of Regina)
  • Rorie Bruce
  • Kimberley Hintz (Provincial Library & Literacy Office)
  • Alison Jantz (Saskatoon Theological Union) and SLA VP of Advocacy & Development
  • Ann Liang (Marketing and Outreach Librarian
    Saskatchewan Polytechnic Library, Moose Jaw Campus)
  • Deborah McConkey (Horizon Seminary Library)
  • Colleen Murphy (University of Regina) Chair, and SLA Rep to the Multitype Library Board
  • Anne Pennylegion (SLA Program Coordinator)
  • Dorothea Warren (SLA Executive Director)

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