Saskatchewan author spins story of realism in South Sudan

Those attending the annual Canadian Federation of University Women’s Author’s Banquet in Estevan on Friday night received an inspiring message of spirit and hope that prevailed in Southern Sudan while lending support to a popular local scholarship program.

The dinner, sponsored by the Estevan chapter of CFUW, attracted over 80 guests who listened to author Melanie Schnell, a former Lampman area resident and author of While the Sun Is Above Us, a gripping tale of her interaction with Dinka tribeswomen and men in South Sudan just prior to that region gaining status as an independent country.

The event also saw the awarding of the 2014 Mary Rose Boyer Memorial Scholarship to Katelyn Pippus who is graduating from the Estevan Comprehensive School this year and pursuing a degree in education, majoring in English at the University of Regina this fall.

The $1,000 scholarship is funded by the annual dinner that also features a

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