Blog: Finalists for the 2011 Governor General's Literary Awards


The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the 68 finalists for the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Awards. The GGs, Canada’s national book awards celebrate the excellence of Canadian writers, illustrators and translators. The English and French awards are in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature (text and illustration) and translation.

Each finalist will receive $1000. The publisher will receive $3000 to support promotional activity. Each winner will receive $25,000. The winners will be announced Tuesday, November 15 in Toronto.

Finalists for the English language awards are listed below. For more info, see the original press release.



  • Michael Boughn, Toronto, Cosmographia: A Post-Lucretian Faux Micro-Epic
  • Kate Eichhorn, New York City and Montreal, Fieldnotes, A Forensic
  • Phil Hall, Perth (Ontario), Killdeer
  • Garry Thomas Morse, Vancouver, Discovery Passages
  • Susan Musgrave, Sidney and Masset (British Columbia), Origami Dove


  • Brendan Gall, Toronto, Minor Complications: Two Plays
  • Jonathan Garfinkel, Toronto, House of Many Tongues
  • Erin Shields, Toronto, If We Were Birds
  • Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, Toronto, Gas Girls
  • Vern Thiessen, Astoria (New York) and Winnipeg (Manitoba), Lenin’s Embalmers


  • Charles Foran, Peterborough (Ontario), Mordecai: The Life & Times
  • Nathan M. Greenfield, Ottawa (Ontario), The Damned: The Canadians at the Battle of Hong Kong and the POW Experience, 1941-45
  • Richard Gwyn, Toronto, Nation Maker: Sir John A. Macdonald: His Life, Our Times, Volume Two: 1867-1891
  • J.J. Lee , New Westminster (British Columbia), The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit
  • Andrew Nikiforuk , Calgary (Alberta), Empire of the Beetle: How Human Folly and a Tiny Bug Are Killing North America’s Great Forests

Children’s Literature — Text

  • Jan L. Coates, Wolfville (Nova Scotia), A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk
  • Deborah Ellis , Simcoe (Ontario), No Ordinary Day
  • Christopher Moore, Toronto, From Then to Now: A Short History of the World
  • Kenneth Oppel, Toronto, This Dark Endeavour
  • Tim Wynne-Jones, Perth (Ontario), Blink & Caution

Children’s Literature — Illustration

  • Isabelle Arsenault, Montreal, Migrant, text by Maxine Trottier
  • Kim La Fave, Roberts Creek (British Columbia), Fishing with Gubby, text by Gary Kent
  • Renata Liwska, Calgary (Alberta), Red Wagon, text by Renata Liwska
  • Frank Viva , Toronto, Along a Long Road, text by Frank Viva
  • Cybèle Young, Toronto, Ten Birds, text by Cybèle Young

Translation — French to English

  • Judith Cowan, Trois-Rivières (Quebec), Meridian Line
    English translation of Origine des meridians by Paul Bélanger (Éditions du Noroît)
  • David Scott Hamilton, Vancouver, Exit
    English translation of Paradis, clef en main by Nelly Arcan (Les Éditions Les 400 coups)
  • Lazer Lederhendler, Montreal, Apocalypse for Beginners
    English translation of Tarmac by Nicolas Dickner (Éditions Alto)
  • Lazer Lederhendler, Montreal, Dirty Feet
    English translation of Les pieds sales by Edem Awumey (Les Éditions du Boréal)
  • Donald Winkler, Montreal, Partita for Glenn Gould
    English translation of Partita pour Glenn Gould by Georges Leroux (Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal)
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