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Dobozy, Spalding, Lam vie for GG award

Tamas Dobozy and Linda Spalding received their second nominations of the fall awards season

The Governor General’s Literary Awards announced its 2012 finalists this morning, adding several first-time nominees to the betting pool.

In the fiction category, Tamas Dobozy and Linda Spalding, both shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, received their second nominations of the fall awards season. The shortlist is rounded out by Scotiabank Giller Prize“winner Vincent Lam’s debut novel, Robert Hough’s fourth book, and short-story collections by Tamas Dobozy and Carrie Snyder.

The winners, each of whom receives $25,000, will be announced Nov. 13 at a ceremony in Ottawa.

The complete English-language shortlists, which include drama, non-fiction, children’s books, and translation, are as follows:




  • Catherine Banks, It is Solved by Walking (Playwrights Canada Press)
  • Trina Davies, The Romeo Initiative (Playwrights Canada)
  • Karen Hines, Drama: Pilot Episode (Coach House)
  • Cathy Ostlere and Dennis Garnhum, Lost: A Memoir (Scirocco Drama)
  • Anusree Roy, Brothel #9 (Playwrights Canada)


Children’s Literature: Text

Children’s Literature: Illustration

Translation: French to English

  • Sheila Fischman, Ru (Random House Canada); English translation of Ru by Kim Thúy (Éditions Libre Expression)
  • Michael Gilson, Mafia Inc.: The Long, Bloody Reign of Canada’s Sicilian Clan (Random House Canada); English translation of Mafia inc. Grandeur et misère du clan sicilien au Quebec by André Cédilot and André Noël (Éditions de l’Homme)
  • John Murrell, The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs & Thinking of Yu (Playwrights Canada Press); English translation of La petite pièce en haut de l’escalier and Je pense à Yu, suivi de Entrefilet by Carole Fréchette (Leméac Éditeurs/Actes Sud)
  • Nigel Spencer, Mai at the Predators’ Ball (Anansi); English translation of Mai au bal des prédateurs by Marie-Claire Blais (Les Éditions du Boréal)
  • Shelley Tepperman, The List (Playwrights Canada); English translation of La liste by Jennifer Tremblay (Les Éditions de la Bagnole)