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Awards: Gary Barwin‚ Madeleine Thien among 2016 GG Awards finalists

Madeleine Thien

Madeleine Thien

The Canada Council for the Arts has revealed the finalists vying for this year’s Governor General’s Literary Awards‚ recognizing authors in 14 English- and French-language categories.

Many of the authors will be familiar to readers paying attention to this season’s other literary awards. Both Gary Barwin and Madeleine Thien appear on the Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlists‚ and are also nominated for the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Other multiple prize nominees include Anosh Irani, Kerry Lee Powell‚ Katherena Vermette‚ Catherine Leroux, and Lazer Lederhendler.

The winners, each of whom will receive $25,000, will be announced Oct. 25.

The following English shortlists were selected by peer-assessment committees:

Fiction chosen by Jaspreet Sing‚ Mara Swan‚ and Sara Tilley

  • Gary Barwin‚ Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada)
  • Anosh Irani‚ The Parcel (Knopf Canada)
  • Kerry Lee Powell‚ Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush (HarperCollins)
  • Madeleine Thien‚ Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Katherena Vermette‚ The Break (House of Anansi Press)

Poetry chosen by Shane Book‚ Richard Lemm‚ and Sandy Shreve

  • Joe Denham‚ Regeneration Machine (Nightwood Editions)
  • Steven Heighton‚ The Waking Comes Late (Anansi)
  • Susan Holbrook‚ Throaty Wipes (Coach House Books)
  • Gary Thomas Morse‚ Prairie Harbour (Talonbooks)
  • Rachel Rose‚ Marry & Burn (Harbour Publishing)

Non-fiction chosen by Kevin Chong‚ Mary Soderstrom‚ and Christi Verduyn

  • Kamal Al-Solaylee‚ Brown:What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone) (HarperCollins)
  • Teva HarrisonIn-Between Days (Anansi)
  • Harold R. Johnson‚ Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing My People (and Yours) (University of Regina Press)
  • Marc Raboy‚ Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World (Oxford University Press)
  • Bill Waiser‚ A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905 (Fifth House Publishers)

Young People’s Literature (text) chosen by Don Aker‚ Polly Horvath‚ and Y.S. Lee

Young People’s Literature (illustration) chosen by Gary Clement‚ Chieri Uegaki‚ and Ludmilla Zeman

  • Jo Ellen Bogart; Sydney Smith‚ ill.‚ The White Cat and the Monk (Groundwood)
  • Lucy Ruth CumminsA Hungry Lion‚ or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
  • Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen HatanakaTokyo Digs a Garden (Groundwood)
  • Esmé Shapiro‚ Ooko (Tundra)
  • Mireille Messier and Pierre Pratt‚ The Branch (Kids Can Press)

Drama chosen by Robert Chafe‚ Kevin Kerr‚ and Beatriz Pizano

  • Brad Fraser‚ Kill Me Now (Playwrights Canada Press)
  • Colleen Murphy‚ Pig Girl (Playwrights Canada)
  • Donna-Michelle St. Bernar‚ A Man A Fish (Playwrights Canada)
  • Jordan Tannahil‚ Concord Floral (Playwrights Canada)
  • Mary Vingoe‚ Refuge (Scirocco Drama/J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing)

French-to-English Translation chosen by Deborah Blythe‚ David Edney‚ and Don Wilson

  • Louis Carmain; Rhonda Mullins‚ trans.‚ Guano (Coach House)
  • Catherine Leroux; Lazer Lederhendler‚ trans.‚ The Party Wall (Biblioasis)
  • Geneviève Pettersen; Neil Smith‚ trans.‚ The Goddess of Fireflies (Esplanade Books/Véhicule Press)