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Governor General’s Literary Award shortlists feature Michael Crummey, Thomas King, and more

Award season continues with this year’s shortlists for the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Awards.

In what may come as a surprise to those who follow Canadian literary awards (or who placed bets on the lists), the nine fiction and non-fiction books nominated this year do not appear on any other major Canadian award shortlists, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, or the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize.

The GG winners will be announced online on Nov. 18, with a ceremony to follow at Rideau Hall on Nov. 26.

The English-language finalists are:


Michael Crummey, Sweetland (Doubleday Canada)

Bill Gaston, Juliet Was a Surprise (Hamish Hamilton)

Claire Holden Rothman, My October (Penguin Canada)

Thomas King, The Back of the Turtle (HarperCollins Canada)

Joan Thomas, The Opening Sky (McClelland & Stewart)


Sadiqa de Meijer, Leaving Howe Island (Oolichan Books)

Julie Joosten, Light Light (BookThug)

Christopher Levenson, Night Vision (Quattro Books)

Garth Martens, Prologue for the Age of Consequence (House of Anansi Press)

Arleen Paré, Lake of Two Mountains (Brick Books)


Rick Chafe, The Secret Mask (Playwrights Canada Press)

Sean Dixon, A God in Need of Help (Coach House Books)

Janet Munsil, That Elusive Spark (Playwrights Canada Press)

Jordan Tannahill, Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays (Playwrights Canada Press)


Michael Harris, The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection (HarperCollins Canada)

Arno Kopecky, The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway (Douglas & McIntyre)

Edmund Metatawabin and Alexandra Shimo, Up Ghost River: A Chief’s Journey through the Turbulent Waters of Native History (Knopf Canada)

Maria Mutch, Know the Night: A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours (Knopf Canada)

Children’s Literature (Text)

Jonathan Auxier, The Night Gardener (Penguin Canada)

Lesley Choyce, Jeremy Stone (Red Deer Press)

Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, Skraelings: Arctic Moon Magick, Book 1 (Inhabit Media)

Raziel Reid, When Everything Feels Like the Movies (Arsenal Pulp Press)

Mariko Tamaki, This One Summer (Groundwood Books)

Children’s Literature (Illustration)

Marie-Louise Gay, Any Questions?; text by Marie-Louise Gay (Groundwood)

Qin Leng, Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin; text by Chieri Uegaki (Kids Can Press)

Renata Liwska, Once Upon a Memory; text by Nina Laden (Little, Brown/Hachette)

Julie Morstad, Julia, Child; text by Kyo Maclear (Tundra Books)

Jillian Tamaki, This One Summer; text by Mariko Tamaki (Groundwood)

Translation (French to English)

Peter Feldstein and Paul-Émile Borduas, A Critical Biography (McGill-Queen’s University Press); English translation of Paul-Émile Borduas (1905–1960) : biographie critique et analyse de l’œuvre by François-Marc Gagnon (Éditions Fides)

Sheila Fischman, Wonder (McClelland & Stewart); English translation of Les larmes de saint Laurent by Dominique Fortier (Éditions Alto)

Linda Gaboriau, Christina, the Girl King (Talonbooks); English translation of Christine, la reine-garçon by Michel Marc Bouchard (Leméac Éditeur)

Maureen Labonté, And Slowly Beauty (Talonbooks); English translation of Lentement la beauté by Michel Nadeau, Marie-Josée Bastien, Lorraine Côté, Hugues Frenette, Pierre-François Legendre, Véronika Makdissi-Warren, and Jack Robitaille (Les éditions de L’instant même)

Rhonda Mullins, Guyana (Coach House Books); English translation of Guyana by Élise Turcotte (Leméac Éditeur)


October 7th, 2014

12:45 pm

Category: Awards

Tagged with: Governor General's Literary Awards