Have a Look at This year’s Governor General’s Literary Award Shortlists

For the first time, in quite some time, Newfoundland has been shut out of Canada's Three Big Book Awards for fiction. But not to whine: local legend Andy Jones, and Local publisher, Pedlar Press made this year's GG Award shortlists.

For the first time, in quite some time, Newfoundland has been shut out of Canada’s Three Big Book Awards for fiction: The Giller, the Rogers Writers Trust, and now the Governor Generals … but hey, the books on all lists are still great.

And Andy Jones and Michael Harris save the day on a GG Award shut-out: Jones’s children’s book, Jack, the King of Ashes, is up for a children’s book award, and Michael Harris’s Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover is up for a prize in the non-fiction category.

Newfoundland-based publisher, Pedlar Press, have a novel shortlisted in the fiction category — Kate Cayley’s How You Were Born.

“Our literature reflects who we are as a society,” reads today’s GG Award press release. “Our authors, illustrators, and translators challenge us to learn more about ourselves and the world, whether through novels, works of non-fiction or translation, poetry, drama or books for children and young adults.”

And as Canada Council Director and CEO Simon Brault says, “The Governor General’s Literary Awards shortlist is a great place to start putting together a fascinating reading list.” Below are this year’s English language shortlists.

Kate Cayley How You Were Born
Rachel CuskOutline
Helen HumphreysThe Evening Chorus
Clifford JackmanThe Winter Family
Guy VanderhaegheDaddy Lenin and Other Stories


Kayla CzagaFor Your Safety Please Hold On
Liz HowardInfinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent
M. Travis LaneCrossover
Patrick LaneWashita,
Robyn SarahMy Shoes Are Killing Me


Beth GrahamThe Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble
Tara Grammy and Tom Arthur DavisMahmoud
Bryden MacDonaldOdd Ducks
David Yeecarried away on the crest of a wave
Marcus Youssef and James LongWinners and Losers


Ted BishopThe Social Life of Ink: Culture, Wonder, and Our Relationship with the Written Word
David HaltonDispatches from the Front: Matthew Halton, Canada’s Voice at War
Michael HarrisParty of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover
Armand Garnet RuffoNorval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird
Mark L. WinstonBee Time: Lessons from the Hive


Children’s Literature (Text)
Dan Bar-elAudrey (cow)
Darren GrothAre You Seeing Me?
Susin NielsenWe Are All Made of Molecules
Caroline PignatThe Gospel Truth
Emil SherYoung Man with Camera


Children’s Literature (Illustrated Books)
Andy Jones and Darka ErdeljiJack, the King of Ashes
JonArno Lawson and Sydney SmithSidewalk Flowers
Kyo Maclear and Marion ArbonaThe Good Little Book
John MartzA Cat Named Tim and Other Stories
Mélanie WattBug in a Vacuum


Translation (French to English)
David Scott HamiltonCaptive, House of Anansi Press, English translation of Anabiose by Claudine Dumont
Lazer LederhendlerThe Lake, House of Anansi Press, English translation of Malabourg by Perrine Leblanc
Rhonda MullinsTwenty-One Cardinals, Coach House Books, English translation of Les héritiers de la mine by Jocelyne Saucier
Susan Ouriou and Christelle MorelliStolen Sisters: The Story of Two Missing Girls, Their Families and How Canada Has Failed Indigenous Women, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, English translation of Soeurs volées: enquête sur un féminicide au Canada by Emmanuelle Walter
Donald WinklerMontcalm & Wolfe: Two Men Who Forever Changed the Course of Canadian History, HarperCollins Publishers, English translation of Montcalm et Wolfe by Roch Carrier
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