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Canada Council for the Arts announces the 2012 Governor General?s Literary Award finalists

 
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The Canada Council for the Arts announced the finalists, selected out of approximately 1,700 submitted books, of the Governor General's Literary Awards, also referred to as the GGs, this morning. The GG Awards recognize literary excellence in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children?s literature (text and illustration) and translation in both English and French. ?This year?s shortlisted books put the creative talent of our authors, translators and illustrators front and centre," said Robert Sirman, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts, said. "They inspire readers to discover new places and live memorable experiences through books.?

This year is the second year in a row that the Canada Council has partnered with Indigo Books & Music and CBC/Radio-Canada to celebrate and promote the GGs. Indigo?s loyalty programs, plum rewards and iRewards are offering the chance to win a trip to Ottawa to attend the Governor General?s Literary Awards ceremony at Rideau Hall November 28th. Details of the contest will soon be available on the Indigo Books & Music?s website.

The winners will be announced on Tuesday November 13, 2012 at 10a.m. at the Conservatoire de musique et d?art dramatique du Québec, located at 4750 Henri-Julien in Montreal. Each winner will receive $25,000 and a specially-bound copy of the winning book. The publisher of each winning book will receive $3,000 to support promotional activities. Non-winning finalists each receive $1,000 in recognition of their selection as finalists, bringing the total value of the awards to approximately $450,000.

Congratulations to the finalists!

English Language Finalists:

Fiction

  • Tamas Dobozy, Kitchener, Ont., Siege 13
    (Thomas Allen Publishers, a division of Thomas Allen & Son; distributed by the publisher)
  • Robert Hough, Toronto, Dr. Brinkley?s Tower
    (House of Anansi Press; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
  • Vincent Lam, Toronto, The Headmaster?s Wager
    (Doubleday Canada, a division of Random House of Canada; distributed by the publisher)
  • Carrie Snyder, Waterloo, Ont., The Juliet Stories
    (House of Anansi Press; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
  • Linda Spalding, Toronto, The Purchase
    (McClelland & Stewart, a division of Random House of Canada; distributed by the publisher)

Poetry

  • Julie Bruck, San Francisco, Calif. (originally from Montreal), Monkey Ranch
    (Brick Books; distributed by LitDistCo)
  • David McGimpsey, Montreal, Li?l Bastard
    (Coach House Books; distributed by LitDistCo)
  • A. F. Moritz, Toronto, The New Measures
    (House of Anansi Press; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
  • Lisa Pasold, Toronto, Any Bright Horse
    (Frontenac House; distributed by Alpine Book Peddlers)
  • James Pollock, Madison, Wis. (originally from Southern Ontario), Sailing to Babylon
    (Able Muse Press; distributed by Ingram Book Company)

Drama

  • Catherine Banks, Sambro, N.S., It is Solved by Walking
    (Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press)
  • Trina Davies, Vancouver, The Romeo Initiative
    (Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press)
  • Karen Hines, Calgary, Drama: Pilot Episode
    (Coach House Books; distributed by LitDistCo)
  • Cathy Ostlere and Dennis Garnhum, Calgary, Lost: A Memoir
    (Scirocco Drama, an imprint of J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing; distributed by University of Toronto Press)
  • Anusree Roy, Toronto, Brothel #9
    (Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press)

Non-fiction

Children's Literature — Text

  • Rachel Hartman, Vancouver, Seraphina
    (Doubleday Canada, an imprint of Random House of Canada; distributed by the publisher)
  • Deborah Kerbel, Thornhill, Ont., Under the Moon
    (Dancing Cat Books, an imprint of Cormorant Books; distributed by Thomas Allen & Son)
  • Susin Nielsen, Vancouver, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
    (Tundra Books, an imprint of Random House of Canada; distributed by the publisher)
  • Judd Palmer, Victoria, B.C., The Umbrella
    (Bayeux Arts; distributed by Literary Press Group of Canada)
  • Allan Stratton, Toronto, The Grave Robber?s Apprentice
    (HarperCollins Publishers; distributed by the publisher)

Children's Literature — Illustration

  • Isabelle Arsenault, Montreal, Virginia Wolf, text by Kyo Maclear
    (Kids Can Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press)
  • Renné Benoit, St. Thomas, Ont., Big City Bees,
    text by Maggie de Vries
    (Greystone Books, an imprint of D&M Publishers; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
  • Jon Klassen, Los Angeles (originally from Niagara Falls, Ont.), House Held Up by Trees, text by Ted Kooser
    (Candlewick Press; distributed by Random House of Canada)
  • David Parkins, Lansdowne, Ont., In the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps it Up, text by Monica Kullin (Tundra Books; distributed by Random House of Canada)
  • Barbara Reid, Toronto, Picture a Tree, text by Barbara Reid
    (North Winds Press, an imprint of Scholastic Canada; distributed by the publisher)

Translation — French to English

  • Sheila Fischman, Montreal, Ru
    (Random House Canada; distributed by Random House of Canada) English translation of Ru by Kim Thúy (Éditions Libre Expression, Groupe Librex, a Quebecor Media company)
  • Michael Gilson, Saint-Lambert, Que., Mafia Inc.: The Long, Bloody Reign of Canada?s Sicilian Clan
    (Random House Canada; distributed by Random House of Canada)English translation of Mafia inc. Grandeur et misère du clan sicilien au Quebec by André Cédilot and André Noël
    (Éditions de l?Homme, a division of Sogides Group, a subsidiary of Quebecor Media)
  • John Murrell, Calgary, The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs & Thinking of Yu
    (Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by University of Toronto 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, Montreal, Mai at the Predators? Ball
    (House of Anansi Press; distributed by HarperCollins Canada) English translation of Mai au bal des prédateurs by Marie-Claire Blais
    (Les Éditions du Boréal)

For a list of the French-language finalists, the jury?s comments and additional information about the Governor General?s Awards, go to the the Canada Council GGs website.

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