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Shortlist for the 2015 Governor General's Awards Revealed

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How You Were Born by Kate Cayley

The Canada Council for the Arts has revealed this year's shortlist for the Governor General's Literary Awards, celebrating Canadian works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children's literature (with categories for text and illustration) and translation, in both English and French.

There is a good showing of small presses in the running. Pedlar Press is the only indie publisher in the fiction category, and Biblioasis continues their 2015 award streak by landing on the poetry shortlist. Playwrights Canada Press has three titles in the drama category and House of Anansi has two titles up for the translation prize, as well as a nomination for their children's imprint, Groundwood Books. Coach House Books also has a title in the translation category.

The winners will be announced on October 28, 2015. A public reading and book signing with the winners will take place at the Canada Council in Ottawa on December 1, 2015.

The 2015 Governor General's English-language finalists:


  • Kate Cayley for How You Were Born (Pedlar Press)
  • Rachel Cusk for Outline (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)
  • Helen Humphreys for The Evening Chorus (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)
  • Clifford Jackman for The Winter Family (Random House Canada / Penguin Random House Canada)
  • Guy Vanderhaeghe for Daddy Lenin and Other Stories (McClelland & Stewart / Penguin Random House Canada)
  • Poetry:

  • Kayla Czaga For Your Safety Please Hold On (Nightwood Editions)
  • Liz Howard for Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent (McClelland & Stewart / Penguin Random House Canada)
  • M. Travis Lane for Crossover (Cormorant Books)
  • Patrick Lane for Washita (Harbour Publishing)
  • Robyn Sarah for My Shoes Are Killing Me (Biblioasis)
  • Drama:

  • Beth Graham for The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (Playwrights Canada Press)
  • Tara Grammy and Tom Arthur Davis for Mahmoud (Playwrights Canada Press)
  • Bryden MacDonald for Odd Ducks (Talonbooks)
  • David Yee for carried away on the crest of a wave (Playwrights Canada Press)
  • Marcus Youssef and James Long for Winners and Losers (Talonbooks)
  • Non-fiction:

  • Ted Bishop for The Social Life of Ink: Culture, Wonder, and Our Relationship with the Written Word (McClelland & Stewart / Penguin Random House Canada)
  • David Halton for Dispatches from the Front: Matthew Halton, Canada's Voice at War (McClelland & Stewart / Penguin Random House Canada)
  • Michael Harris for Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada's Radical Makeover (Viking / Penguin Random House Canada)
  • Armand Garnet Ruffo for Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird (Douglas & McIntyre)
  • Mark L. Winston for Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive (Harvard University Press)
  • Children's Literature (Text):

  • Dan Bar-el for Audrey (cow) (Tundra Books / Penguin Random House Canada)
  • Darren Groth for Are You Seeing Me? (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Susin Nielsen for We Are All Made of Molecules (Tundra Books / Penguin Random House Canada)
  • Caroline Pignat for The Gospel Truth (Red Deer Press)
  • Emil Sher for Young Man with Camera (Scholastic Canada)
  • Children's Literature (Illustration):

  • Andy Jones and Darka Erdelji for Jack, the King of Ashes (Running the Goat Books & Broadsides)
  • JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith for Sidewalk Flowers (Groundwood Books)
  • Kyo Maclear and Marion Arbona for The Good Little Book (Tundra Books / Penguin Random House Canada)
  • John Martz for A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories (Koyama Press)
  • Mélanie Watt for Bug in a Vacuum

    Translation (French to English):

  • David Scott Hamilton for Captive (House of Anansi Press)
  • Lazer Lederhendler for The Lake (House of Anansi Press)
  • Rhonda Mullins for Twenty-One Cardinals (Coach House Books)
  • Susan Ouriou and Christelle Morelli for Stolen Sisters: The Story of Two Missing Girls, Their Families and How Canada Has Failed Indigenous Women (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)
  • Donald Winkler for Montcalm & Wolfe: Two Men Who Forever Changed the Course of Canadian History (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.)
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