The Estevan chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women hosted its annual author's banquet on May 2, and the highlights included a local author sharing her experiences, and an opportunity to support local young people.
Melanie Schnell, who is originally from the Lampman area, was this year's guest author. She discussed her debut novel, While the Sun is Above Us, and showed footage from her travels to Sudan. Schnell made two trips to Sudan to research the story.
While the Sun is Above Us examines the lives of a female Canadian aid worker and an enslaved Sudanese woman. They have a brief encounter in the novel that changes both of their lives.
Schnell won the First Novel Award at the Saskatchewan Book Awards last year. She is now working on a second novel.
Also during the event, Katelyn Pippus was presented with the $1,000 Mary Rose Boyer Memorial Scholarship. Pippus will be attending the University of Regina next year, where she will major in English. She plans to become a teacher.
The event also boasted a silent auction that offered many books.
Proceeds from the author's banquet will be directed towards the club's scholarship program.