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Special Bonus Offer – Celebrating Sketches of Saskatoon 3rd Printing

I’ve recently taken possession of the third printing of my book, Sketches of Saskatoon. Copies of SOS continue to be very popular as gifts for travelers, family and business visitors, colleagues, clients, as well as lovers of art and this city of Saskatoon.

To celebrate the third printing, this special offer is available from now until the end of 2017. With each bundle of 10 or more copies that is ordered from my online shop, I will also include a special bonus gift of an original painting with a Saskatoon theme or image.

Each original will be 5×7, mounted on a 6×8 mat board (as shown here) and wrapped in a cello pack ready for presentation and gifting – or to keep and enjoy yourself.

The image shown on the right (that of a Saskatoon classic – the Delta Bessborough) is the gift that will accompany the very first ten-pack purchased.

The price of a bundle of 10 books is already discounted by 10%. The bonus painting is in addition to that discount. Deeper discounts are available on larger quantities.

To take advantage of this special offer, go directly to this link for complete pricing details and to place your order.


SOS Now Available At SoulPaper

Soul Paper logoSoulPaper, the sweetest, most browsable shop on 20th Street in Saskatoon bills itself as a premier paperie and creative hub. And it is all that, and more.

Thanks so much to proprietor, Susan Gallagher, for including Sketches of Saskatoon for sale amongst the many gifts and books carried in the shop. Since the first copies first went on display in May, Susan has called twice to have me replenish their stock. It seems SoulPaper clientele are great fans of Sketches of Saskatoon.

The only ‘problem’ is that each time I drop more books at the shop, I always take a look around at what’s on offer. And, I always find a thing or two I just have to purchase before I leave. 🙂

If you haven’t yet visited SoulPaper, be sure to drop in at 118-20th Street West. You’ll be delighted you did!

CAA Summer Magazine Feature on Sketches of Saskatoon

CAA Composite Clipping-150Thanks to the fine folks at CAA Saskatchewan for including a promo feature on Sketches of Saskatoon in their Summer 2016 magazine. You can read it for yourself here. Just click on the clipping to enlarge.

And, you can pick up your copies of SOS at the Saskatchewan Travel Shops and also through the CAA Online Shop.

Sketches makes a great gift for your travels, your hosts, and your guests who might be visiting you.

New Spot To Pick Up Your Copies Of SOS

CA Sk-wA big shout out to the folks at CAA Saskatchewan, and in particular to Loretta Nelson who manages Travel Merchandise Services.

CAA Sask will now be including copies of Sketches of Saskatoon for sale in their CAA stores. This is great news, as CAA members will be able to pick up copies of SOS to take along as travel gifts when they drop in at CAA to plan their upcoming trips.

Yet another way for this great ‘tuck it under your arm and give it away’ ambassador for our fine city to make its way around the world!

SOS Featured by SaskMade Marketplace

SAsk Made Lawson SOS-wThanks to Amanda Wilkins and the fine folks at SaskMade Marketplace for featuring Sketches of Saskatoon in their pop up shop at Lawson Heights Mall during the pre-Christmas shopping season.

Sask Made Marketplace does such a great job of profiling and promoting Saskatchewan ‘born and raised’ products – including books and works of art.

Be sure to drop by their main shop on 8th Street here in Saskatoon and check out their food goodies, too. Mmmm….Saskatoon berry this and Saskatoon berry that, amongst them.

SOS Joins Book Club At Saskatoon Public Library

Public Library-wMark your calendars for 7:00 pm on the evening of Thursday, December 11. Come on down and join me at the Frances Morrison Library for some Sketches of Saskatoon fun.

Leah Bruce of the Saskatoon Public Library will be hosting the Thursday evening Book Club gathering in the Gallery on the second floor.

I’ll be sharing some background info on SOS and how it came to be, answering your questions, and joining you in conversation about how we use images to convey a sense of home.

The event is open to all. No advance registration is necessary. Hot coffee will be provided on what might be a chilly winter’s evening.

The library will have several of their loan copies of SOS on hand. I’ll also bring a few copies of the book for sale that evening. They make great seasonal gifts – as do the prints of images from the book. I’ll have a few prints available for purchase as well.

Appearing here is the full SPL promo info for the event. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Patricia Katz: Author Reading

Join us as Patricia Katz reads from her book, Sketches of Saskatoon, and leads a discussion. Stroll along the sunny sidewalks of Saskatoon, relax along the riverside and relish skating outside. We’ll explore Saskatoon through her artwork and discuss how our sense of home is depicted through visual images.

Thursday / Dec 11 / 7-8 pm

Frances Morrison Central Library / The Gallery

Keep Your Eye On The Prize! It Could Be Yours!

Full Display vertical-wKeep your eye on the prize! It could be yours!

Between now and December 22, each customer at McNally Robinson Booksellers who buys copies of Sketches of Saskatoon will receive, not just an awesome book, but also an entry form for a very special draw.

The winning prize is a 16 x 12 inch print of the book’s front cover image, Saskatoon Panorama. The riverbank image is reproduced in a matte finish on canvas, stretched on a wooden frame, and completely ready to hang.

Draw box-wHere are a few photos of the info display, the books, the draw box, and the prize painting (top shelf) all of which you can check out for yourself at McNally, located at 3130 8th Street here in Saskatoon.

You’ll find this SOS end of aisle display right next to the featured announcements of upcoming events – directly across from the entrance to the Prairie Ink restaurant.

Thanks to Helen and Caroline and the fine folks at McNally for their support of the promotion and for their excellent work on the display.

The Prize - Saskatoon Panorama Print

The Prize – Saskatoon Panorama Print

Be sure to drop on over to McNally, pick up your copies of SOS, and pop your name in the draw box real soon.

I’ve got my fingers crossed for you!

PS – Sketches of Saskatoon has been flying off the shelves. In any season – but especially at this time of year – SOS makes a perfect gift for friends, family, employees, colleagues, and clients – near and far.

SOS Stepping Out In Style

Sketches of Sbow tie orange-waskatoon – all dressed up in its finest – put in an appearance at last weekend’s Mayor’s Cultural Gala.

The Gala is the premiere fund-raising event in support the fine work of the Saskatoon Community Foundation.

Since its inception eight years ago, the event has raised over $2.5 million and provided funds to support over 150 charity grants annually.

This year’s event had a ‘Home Grown’ theme – featuring Saskatoon based talent.

Attendees at the gala were gifted with their very own copies of Sketches of Saskatoon. What could be more home grown that a collection of sketches of this beautiful city created by a fellow Saskatonian?

I am delighted to be able to put SOS to work in the service of supporting charities who do such great work to keep Saskatoon shining.


Order Your Customized Editions Of Sketches of Saskatoon Now

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Sketches of Saskatoon has already shown its value as a gift for colleagues, employees, recruits, prospects, conference attendees, clients, students, and special visitors.

Because the book has been so well received, plans for a second printing are now underway.

For orders placed at the time of reprinting, you can have your organization’s message and logo included on the title page for a set up fee of just $175.

This offer applies to minimum orders of 100 copies. Books purchased under this offer will be priced at 40% off the retail price of $19.95 which will make them $11.95 per copy.

A hard cover edition can also be made available for organizations who prefer that option. Inquire about the hard cover pricing if that option is of interest.

Need more details or info? Just give me a call (Patricia Katz) at 306-934-1807 or drop me a line at

You can place your custom order right now using this SketchesofSaskatoon-Corp Custom Order Form-Katz.

More Places To Pick Up Your Copies of SOS

Berry Barn-wThanks so much to Natalie Erlandson, Manager of the Saskatoon Berry Barn on Valley Road, for stocking copies of Sketches of Saskatoon in the gift shop for the summer.

The Berry Barn is a very popular place for the locals to take guests and visitors for a taste of the country that’s close to the city. I’m a big fan of their Borscht and of course their Saskatoon Berry Pie. Ask for yours with an ice cold scoop of ice cream.


hues_logo-wThanks, also, to Paul Trottier owner of Hues Art Supply at 1818 Lorne Avenue here in Saskatoon for making copies of Sketches of Saskatoon available to his customers and clients. Hues is the ‘new kid on the block’ when it comes to art supply shops in the city, and is already very popular with Saskatoon artists.

In addition to art supplies, Paul’s shop serves as a gallery for the work of local artists and is fast becoming a hot-spot for how-to art workshops and classes. Paul, himself, is a member of the renowned Saskatchewan based artist’s group,  Men Who Paint.