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Atwood snubbed by GG Awards jury, too

[This post has been updated. For Q&Q‘s complete coverage of the 2009 GG shortlists, see here.]

The shortlists for the Governor General’s Literary Awards were announced this morning at Ben McNally Books in Toronto, and Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood was snubbed again, after failing to make the shortlist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, too. We’ll have the full lists and some industry reactions later today, but for now, here are the nominees in the English Fiction and English Non-fiction categories:


  • Michael Crummey, Galore (Doubleday Canada)
  • Annabel Lyon, The Golden Mean (Random House Canada)
  • Alice Munro, Too Much Happiness (McClelland & Stewart)
  • Kate Pullinger, Mistress of Nothing (McArthur & Company)
  • Deborah Willis, Vanishing and Other Stories (Penguin Canada)


  • Randall Hansen, Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945 (Doubleday Canada)
  • Trevor Herriot, Grass, Sky, Song: Promise and Peril in the World of Grassland Birds (HarperCollins Canada)
  • Eric Margolis, American Raj: Liberation or Domination? (Key Porter Books)
  • Eric Siblin, The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece (House of Anansi Press)
  • M.G. Vassanji, A Place Within: Rediscovering India (Doubleday Canada)


  • David W. McFadden, Be Calm, Honey (Mansfield Press)
  • Philip Kevin Paul, Little Hunger (Nightwood Editions)
  • Sina Queyras, Expressway (Coach House Books)
  • Carmine Starnino, This Way Out (Gaspereau Press)
  • David Zieroth, The Fly in Autumn (Harbour Publishing)


  • Beverley Cooper, Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Truscott (Scirocco Drama)
  • Kevin Loring, Where the Blood Mixes (Talonbooks)
  • Joan MacLeod, Another Home Invasion (Talonbooks)
  • Hannah Moscovitch, East of Berlin (Playwrights Canada Press)
  • Michael Nathanson, Talk (Playwrights Canada Press)


  • Shelley Hrdlitschka, Sister Wife (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Sharon Jennings, Home Free ((Second Story Press)
  • Caroline Pignat, Greener Grass: The Famine Years (Red Deer Press)
  • Robin Stevenson, A Thousand Shades of Blue (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Tim Wynne-Jones, The Uninvited (Candlewick Press)


  • Rachel Berman; text by Tim Beiser, Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog (Tundra Books)
  • Irene Luxbacher; text by Andrew Larsen, The Imaginary Garden (Kids Can Press)
  • Jirina Marton; text by Janet Russell, Bella’s Tree (Groundwood Books)
  • Luc Melanson; text by Olivier Ka, translation by Helen Mixter, My Great Big Mamma (Groundwood Books)
  • Ningeokuluk Teevee; text by Ningeokuluk Teevee, translation by Nina Manning-Toonoo, Alego (Groundwood Books)


  • Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott, A Slight Case of Fatigue (Talonbooks); English translation of Un peu de fatigue by Stéphane Bourguignon
  • Jo-Anne Elder, One (Goose Lane Editions); English translation of Seul on est by Serge Patrice Thibodeau
  • David Homel and Fred A. Reed, Wildlives (Douglas & McIntyre); English translation of Champagne by Monique Proulx
  • Susan Ouriou, Pieces of Me (Kids Can Press); English translation of La liberté? Connais pas¦ by Charlotte Gingras
  • Fred A. Reed, Empire of Desire: The Abolition of Time (Talonbooks); English translation of Le temps aboli : l’Occident et ses grands récits by Thierry Hentsch