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The Shortlist for the 2014 Governor General's Awards Announced

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The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the finalists for the 2014 Governor General's Literary Awards. The awards celebrate Canadian works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children's literature (with categories for text and illustration) and translation.

The winner in each category will receive a $25,000 prize, with each finalist taking home $1,000. The awards presentation will take place at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on November 26. New this year, the Canada Council invites you to explore their interactive Governor General's Literary Awards website.

The 2014 Governor General's English-language finalists:


  • Michael Crummey for Sweetland (Doubleday Canada)
  • Bill Gaston for Juliet Was a Surprise (Hamish Hamilton)
  • Claire Holden Rothman for My October (Penguin Canada)
  • Thomas King for The Back of the Turtle (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Joan Thomas for The Opening Sky (McClelland & Stewart)
  • Poetry:

  • Sadiqa de Meijer Leaving Howe Island (Oolichan Books)
  • Julie Joosten for Light Light (BookThug)
  • Christopher Levenson for Night Vision (Quattro Books)
  • Garth Martens for Prologue for the Age of Consequence (House of Anansi Press)
  • Arleen Paré for Lake of Two Mountains (Brick Books)
  • Drama:

  • Rick Chafe for The Secret Mask (Playwrights Canada Press)
  • Sean Dixon for A God in Need of Help (Coach House Books)
  • Janet Munsil for That Elusive Spark (Playwrights Canada Press)
  • Jordan Tannahill for Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays (Playwrights Canada Press)
  • Non-fiction:

  • Michael Harris for The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Arno Kopecky for The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway (Douglas & McIntyre)
  • Edmund Metatawabin with Alexandra Shimo for Up Ghost River: A Chief's Journey through the Turbulent Waters of Native History (Alfred A. Knopf Canada)
  • Maria Mutch for Know the Night: A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours (Alfred A. Knopf Canada)
  • Children's Literature (Text):

  • Jonathan Auxier for The Night Gardener (Penguin Canada)
  • Lesley Choyce for Jeremy Stone (Red Deer Press)
  • Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley for Skraelings (Inhabit Media Inc.)
  • Raziel Reid for When Everything Feels like the Movies (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • Mariko Tamaki for This One Summer (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press)
  • Children's Literature (Illustration):

  • Marie-Louise Gay for Any Questions? (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press)
  • Qin Leng for Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin (Kids Can Press)
  • Renata Liwska for Once Upon a Memory (Little, Brown and Company)
  • Julie Morstad for Julia, Child (Tundra Books)
  • Jillian Tamaki for This One Summer

    Translation (French to English):

  • Peter Feldstein for Paul-Émile Borduas: A Critical Biography (McGill-Queen's University Press)
  • Sheila Fischman for Wonder (McClelland & Stewart)
  • Linda Gaboriau for Christina, The Girl King (Talonbooks)
  • Maureen Labonté for And Slowly Beauty (Talonbooks)
  • Rhonda Mullins for Guyana (Coach House Books)
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