Curtis McManus, a Lakeland College history instructor, received the Nonfiction Award at the Saskatchewan Book Awards for his book Happyland – A History of the Dirty Thirties in Saskatchewan, 1914-1937.
In the 2011 released book, McManus examines the devastating impact of the prolonged drought on the people of western and southern Saskatchewan. The book explores all the aspects of the drought crisis, including “ethical, spiritual and social dislocation” that affected the Saskatchewan people, as well as the social programs put in place by provincial governments at that time. Thirteen awards were given out at the Saskatchewan Book Awards on April 28th.
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