The GG Shortlist 2015: 7 Outstanding Categories of Canlit, Mix of Emerging and Established Authors from Across Canada

Meet the 2015 finalists!

Ottawa, October 7, 2015 – The Canada Council for the Arts today announced the 2015 shortlist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards. See the full list of finalists below. This year, 970 titles in the English-language categories and 559 in the French-language categories were submitted.

“Our literature reflects who we are as a society. 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,” said Canada Council Director and CEO Simon Brault. “The Governor General’s Literary Awards shortlist is a great place to start putting together a fascinating reading list.”

Important dates

Wednesday, October 28, 6:30 am: The full list of winners will be unveiled at http://ggbooks.ca/.

Tuesday, December 1, 11:45 – 1:00 pm: Readers are invited to meet the English-language GG winners at a public reading and book signing at the Canada Council, 150 Elgin, Ottawa (event with French-language winners on Wednesday, December 2).

Download images of the shortlisted books.

 

English-language finalists

Fiction
Author Book
Kate Cayley (Toronto) How You Were Born, Pedlar Press
Rachel Cusk (London, U.K.) Outline, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Helen Humphreys The Evening Chorus, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Clifford Jackman (Guelph, Ont.) The Winter Family, Random House Canada / Penguin Random House Canada
Guy Vanderhaeghe (Saskatoon, Sask.) Daddy Lenin and Other Stories, McClelland & Stewart / Penguin Random House Canada

Poetry
Author Book
Kayla Czaga (Vancouver) For Your Safety Please Hold On, Nightwood Editions
Liz Howard (Toronto) Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent, McClelland & Stewart / Penguin Random House Canada
M. Travis Lane (Fredericton, N.B.) Crossover, Cormorant Books
Patrick Lane (North Saanich, B.C.) Washita, Harbour Publishing
Robyn Sarah (Montreal) My Shoes Are Killing Me, Biblioasis

Drama
Author Book
Beth Graham (Edmonton) The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, Playwrights Canada Press
Tara Grammy and Tom Arthur Davis (Los Angeles, Calif./Toronto) Mahmoud, Playwrights Canada Press
Bryden MacDonald (Toronto) Odd Ducks, Talonbooks
David Yee (Toronto) carried away on the crest of a wave, Playwrights Canada Press
Marcus Youssef and James Long (Vancouver/New Westminster, B.C.) Winners and Losers, Talonbooks

Non-fiction
Author Book
Ted Bishop (Edmonton) The Social Life of Ink: Culture, Wonder, and Our Relationship with the Written Word, Viking / Penguin Random House Canada
David Halton (Ottawa) Dispatches from the Front: Matthew Halton, Canada's Voice at War, McClelland & Stewart / Penguin Random House Canada
Michael Harris (St. John’s, N.L.) Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada's Radical Makeover, Viking / Penguin Random House Canada
Armand Garnet Ruffo (Kingston, Ont.) Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird, Douglas & McIntyre
Mark L. Winston (Vancouver) Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive, Harvard University Press

Children’s Literature (Text)
Author Book
Dan Bar-el (Vancouver) Audrey (cow), Tundra Books
Darren Groth (Delta, B.C.) Are You Seeing Me?, Orca Book Publishers
Susin Nielsen (Vancouver) We Are All Made of Molecules, Tundra Books / Penguin Random House Canada
Caroline Pignat (Ottawa) The Gospel Truth, Red Deer Press
Emil Sher (Toronto) Young Man with Camera, Scholastic Canada

Children’s Literature (Illustrated Books)
Author Book
Andy Jones and Darka Erdelji (St. John’s, N.L./ Maribor, Slovenia) Jack, the King of Ashes, Running the Goat Books & Broadsides
JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith (Toronto) Sidewalk Flowers, Groundwood Books
Kyo Maclear and Marion Arbona (Toronto/Montreal) The Good Little Book, Tundra Books
John Martz (Toronto) A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories, Koyama Press
Mélanie Watt (Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Que.) Bug in a Vacuum, Tundra Books

Translation (French to English)
Author Book
David Scott Hamilton (Montreal) Captive, House of Anansi Press, English translation of Anabiose by Claudine Dumont (Les Éditions XYZ)
Lazer Lederhendler (Montreal) The Lake, House of Anansi Press, English translation of Malabourg by Perrine Leblanc (Éditions Gallimard)
Rhonda Mullins (Montreal) Twenty-One Cardinals, Coach House Books, English translation of Les héritiers de la mine by Jocelyne Saucier (Les Éditions XYZ)
Susan Ouriou and Christelle Morelli (Calgary) Stolen 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 (Lux Éditeur)
Donald Winkler (Montreal) Montcalm & Wolfe: Two Men Who Forever Changed the Course of Canadian History, HarperCollins Publishers, English translation of Montcalm et Wolfe by Roch Carrier (Les Éditions Libre Expression) Ltd

 

French-language finalists

Fiction
Author Book
Françoise de Luca (Montreal) Sèna, Éditions Marchand de feuilles
Nicolas Dickner (Montreal) Six degrés de liberté, Éditions Alto inc.
Marilyne Fortin (Saint-Denis-de-Brompton, Que.) La Fabrica, Éditions Québec Amérique inc.
Catherine Harton (Montreal) Traité des peaux, Éditions Marchand de feuilles
Dominique Scali (Montreal) À la recherche de New Babylon, Éditions La Peuplade

Poetry
Author Book
Martine Audet (Montreal) Tête première dos contre dos, Éditions du Noroît
François Baril Pelletier (Ottawa) Les trésors tamisés, Les Éditions L'Interligne
Jean-Philippe Dupuis (Montreal) Langue maternelle, Le lézard amoureux
René Lapierre (Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Que.) La carte des feux, Éditions Les Herbes rouges
Joël Pourbaix (Montreal) Le mal du pays est un art oublié, Éditions du Noroît

Drama
Author Book
Simon Boudreault (Montreal) En cas de pluie, aucun remboursement, L’instant même/ Dramaturges Éditeurs
Fabien Cloutier (Quebec City) Pour réussir un poulet, Les éditions de L'instant même and Dramaturges Éditeurs
Jean-Rock Gaudreault (Longueuil, Que.) Jouez, Monsieur Molière!, Lansman Éditeur
Annick Lefebvre (Montreal) J'accuse, Dramaturges Éditeurs
Olivier Sylvestre (Montreal) La beauté du monde, Leméac Éditeur

Non-fiction
Author Book
Alain Asselin, Jacques Cayouette and Jacques Mathieu (Lévis, Que./Gatineau, Que./Beauport, Que.) Curieuses histoires de plantes du Canada : tome 1, Les Éditions du Septentrion
Ying Chen (Vancouver) La lenteur des montagnes, Les Éditions du Boréal
Chantal Savoie (Montreal) Les femmes de lettres canadiennes-françaises au tournant du XXe siècle, Les Éditions Nota bene
Patricia Smart (Ottawa) De Marie de l'Incarnation à Nelly Arcan : se dire, se faire par l'écriture intime, Les Éditions du Boréal
Jean-Philippe Warren (Montreal) Honoré Beaugrand : la plume et l'épée (1848-1906), Les Éditions du Boréal

Children’s Literature (Text)
Author Book
Camille Bouchard (Quebec City) Les forces du désordre, Éditions Québec Amérique
Denis Côté (Quebec City) Dessine-moi un martien, Soulières Éditeur
Roger Des Roches (Montreal) Boîtamémoire, Les Éditions de la courte échelle
Sandra Dussault (Quebec City) Direction Saint-Creux-des-Meuh-Meuh, Éditions Québec Amérique
Louis-Philippe Hébert (Wentworth-Nord, Que.) Marie Réparatrice, Les Éditions de La Grenouillère

Children’s Literature (Illustrated Books)
Author Book
Patrick Doyon and André Marois (Montreal) Le voleur de sandwichs, Les Éditions de la Pastèque
Jacques Goldstyn (Mont-Royal, Que.) L'arbragan, Les Éditions de la Pastèque
Mireille Levert (Montreal) Quand j'écris avec mon cœur, Les Éditions de la Bagnole/ Groupe Ville-Marie Littérature
Mélanie Perreault and Marion Arbona (Sainte-Thérèse, Que./Montreal) Rosalie entre chien et chat, Dominique et compagnie
Renée Robitaille and Philippe Béha (Montreal/Acton Vale, Que.) Douze oiseaux, Les Éditions de la Bagnole / Groupe Ville-Marie Littérature

Translation (English to French)
Author Book
Christiane Duchesne (Montreal) Élisabeth dans le pétrin, Les Éditions du Boréal, French translation of Bernadette in the Doghouse by Susan Glickman (Second Story Press)
Catherine Ego (Montreal) Voisins et ennemis : la guerre de Sécession et l'invention du Canada, Les Presses de l'Université Laval, French translation of Blood and Daring: How Canada Fought the American Civil War and Forged a Nation by John Boyko (Alfred A. Knopf Canada)
Marie Frankland (Montreal) MxT, Éditions de l'Hexagone, French translation of MxT by Sina Queyras (Coach House Books)
Rachel Martinez (Mont-Royal, Que.) Ma vie (racontée malgré moi) par Henry K. Larsen, la courte échelle, French translation of The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen (Tundra Books)
Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné (Montreal) Solomon Gursky, Les Éditions du Boréal, French translation of Solomon Gursky Was Here by Mordecai Richler (Penguin Books Canada)


 

 

Special #GGBooks contest for Canadian readers! It's as simple as a selfie!

The Canada Council is running an exciting new social media contest for Canadian readers this fall. Readers are asked to take a selfie with their favourite GG winning-book, post the picture to Twitter or Facebook with the hashtags #GGBooks and #MyCanLit, and tagging @CanadaCouncil or Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada. Full contest rules are available at http://ggbooks.ca/contest

 

Governor General’s Literary Awards

The Canada Council for the Arts funds, administers and promotes the Governor General’s Literary Awards, Canada's oldest and most prestigious literary awards program with a total value of $450,000. Each winner will receive $25,000. The publisher of each winning book will receive $3,000 to support promotional activities. Non-winning finalists each receive $1,000.

 

Awards presentation at Rideau Hall

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the 2015 GG Literary Awards on Wednesday, December 2 at 6 pm at Rideau Hall, in Ottawa. Media representatives wishing to cover the awards presentation should contact Marie-Ève Létourneau at the Rideau Hall Press Office, at 613-998-0287 or marie-eve.letourneau@gg.ca.

 

The 2015 peer assessment committees

The finalists for the Governor General’s Literary Awards are chosen by peer assessment committees, 7 in English and 7 in French, who consider all eligible books published between September 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015 for English-language books and between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 for French-language books.

 

English-language committees

Fiction: Jen Sookfong Lee, K.D. Miller, Jeffrey Moore

Poetry: Robert Hilles, Tammy Armstrong, Souvankham Thammavongsa

Drama: Leanna Brodie, Michael A. Miller, Bernardine Stapleton

Non-fiction: Stephen R. Bown, Joseph Khoury, Alison Wearing

Children’s Literature (Text): Jan L. Coates, Rachna Gilmore, David A. Poulsen

Children’s Literature (Illustrated Books): Dawn Baker, Judd Palmer, Farida Zaman

Translation (French to English): Jo-Anne Elder, Bobby Theodore, Anne-Marie Wheeler

French-language committees

Fiction: Jan Dominique, Perrine Leblanc, Claude Le Bouthillier

Poetry: Gary Klang, Andrée Lacelle, Charles Sagalane

Drama: Jasmine Dubé, Mélanie Léger, Ally Ntumba Beya

Non-fiction: Djemila Benhabib, Lise Gauvin, Kenneth Meadwell

Children’s Literature (Text): Melvin Gallant, Marthe Pelletier, Andrée Poulin

Children’s Literature (Illustrated Books): Robert Freynet, Roger Girard (Rogé), Badiâa Sekfali

Translation (English to French): Luc Baranger, Annie Brisset, Marc Collin

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